LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Oil giant Shell is "blatantly false" when it claims it is cleaning up spills that continue to destroy the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of Nigerians, Amnesty International said Tuesday.
A new report quotes one contractor as saying his clean-up was "a cover-up" that involved simply turning over earth to let spilled oil dry for a few days, then returning the still-contaminated soil to the ground.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court on Friday ordered ConocoPhillips to pay 1.68 million yuan ($265,000) to 21 fishermen who claimed their livelihoods suffered from oil spills in northern China in 2011, state media reported.
The verdict from a court in Tianjin city followed nearly four years of haggling between the fishermen and the company, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A Texas lawyer, his brother and a second employee of his law firm are among seven people accused of faking more than 40,000 damage claims after the BP oil spill in 2010, federal prosecutors said Thursday.
Other attorneys paid Mikal Watts' law firm nearly $11 million for shares in his "seafood docket" of claims brought by deckhands on commercial fishing boats, according to the 95-count indictment unsealed Thursday in Gulfport, Mississippi.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal court records in New Orleans show all five Gulf of Mexico states have reached a settlement with the owner of the offshore drilling rig involved in the 2010 BP oil spill.
Alabama's governor had announced that state's settlement with rig owner Transocean last week. A filing dated Tuesday by Transocean and attorneys for Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas says that all of the states have entered a settlement agreement.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gulf coral damage from the massive BP oil spill is more extensive than previously thought, according to a new study that revealed sick and dying corals in the rich, deep-water environment off the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi known as the Pinnacles.
Using remotely operated submarines, researchers explored the Pinnacle Reef in September 2011 and found more than 400 coral colonies were injured. Corals — such as sea whips, sea fans and black corals — were covered in a scum of dead tissues and oily residue. Some showed severe damage, such as bare skeletons and missing branches.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is leading efforts to find a leak of what it believes is a petroleum-based substance coming from a sunken barge on the bottom of Lake Erie near the U.S.-Canadian border.
What makes that so challenging goes beyond just the location of the wreckage.
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Underwater contractors are being sent to Lake Erie to search for the source of what appears to be a petroleum leak coming from a century-old sunken barge recently found in the water near the U.S.-Canadian border, the U.S. Coast Guard said Sunday.
Shipwreck hunters think the leaking solvent is from a tanker barge that went down near Ohio's Kelleys Island during a storm nearly 80 years ago.
A market-based approach for cutting vehicles’ greenhouse gas emissions—which could include mileage-based driver fees or emissions trading—is the goal as Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia announced an agreement to work together on the issue, Reuters reports.
The last group of creditors has signed onto the Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan from Energy Future Holdings, and the company plans to lay out the settlement plan before a federal judge Wednesday, Reuters reports.
The Carbon Tracker Initiative warned Tuesday that fossil fuel companies could face $2.2 trillion in stranded assets over the next decade if policy changes fueled by climate change fears make their planned oil and natural gas projects uneconomic, Platts reports.
Oil prices jumped more than 2.5 percent Tuesday on fears that escalating Middle East tensions—after Turkey shot down a Russian warplane—would disrupt supplies. U.S. benchmark crude for January delivery gained $1.12, or 2.7 percent, to settle at $42.87 on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was $1.29 higher to $46.12, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The paperwork for the Northeast Energy Direct project—Kinder Morgan's $5 billion pipeline to move natural gas from the Marcellus Shale to the Northeast—has advanced from pre-filing to full application status at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, E&E reports.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other industry groups warn that if the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals doesn't overturn the ruling last December that Teck Metals may be responsible for the cost of cleaning up contamination drifting from its smelter in British Columbia, it could cause “massive liability,” E&E reports.
The Interior Department’s decision to include North Myrtle Beach in studies to determine whether wind leases should be sold off the South Carolina coast has the head of the local Chamber of Commerce excited, The State reports.
Eighty-eight House members, nearly all Republicans, are asking Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky, to make defunding the Environmental Protection Agency’s new water rule a top priority, The Hill reports.