BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — One year after a pipeline rupture flooded a wheat field in northwestern North Dakota with more than 20,000 barrels of crude, Tesoro Corp. is still working around the clock cleaning up the oil spill — one of the largest to happen onshore in U.S. history.
Cleanup costs have soared from the company's original estimate of $4 million to a forecast of more than $20 million, and it may be at least another year before work is completed, the company and state officials said. The oil-sopped parcel of land, about the size of seven football fields, is no longer usable for planting at present.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Monday from 11 Louisiana parishes that wanted to revive their lawsuits over wildlife damage from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill. A rupture of BP's Macondo well and the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers.
PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia (AP) — A disabled Russian cargo ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel was in route to port in British Columbia for repairs and the rescue operation was declared officially over Sunday, but a debate brewed over oil tanker safety off Canada's West Coast.
A large American tug boat was pulling the Russian vessel, ending fears that the vessel would drift ashore, hit rocks and spill.
ATP Oil & Gas Co. agreed to pay a $1 million fine and improve safety standards at an offshore drilling site to settle EPA charges stemming from a 2012 release of unauthorized oil and chemicals into the Gulf of Mexico, The Hill reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A move by oil giant BP to have a court fire the administrator of a damage claims settlement arising from the 2010 BP oil spill was opposed Wednesday by the administrator as well as by lawyers for Gulf Coast interests claiming harm from the disaster.
BP had filed a federal court motion in September saying Patrick Juneau should be removed. Among the reasons: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims. According to BP's motion, Juneau worked for the state from July 2010 until July 21, 2011.
BP’s appeal this week over being denied restitution for spill claims overpayments has drawn a response from lawyers for the plaintiffs, who filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday saying the payments follow on from the terms of a deal that the company agreed to, FuelFix reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The former FBI chief appointed to investigate the BP oil spill claims process is seeking the return of nearly $240,000 from an Alabama man and his maritime business.
Louis Freeh, in a federal court filing this week, says the man claimed to have made the bulk of his 2009 income for himself and his business from shrimping — revenue that was shut off by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
BP has asked for the removal of Patrick Juneau, the man in charge of Deepwater Horizon Claims Center, claiming he has misinterpreted its agreement with attorneys for the plaintiffs in the spill case, but in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court Juneau said he has not made any interpretations but has merely followed the settlement rules, FuelFix reports.
A problem with a hose caused 1,200 gallons of oil and water to be released off the coast near a refinery operated by Hawaii Independent Energy, creating a sheen covering three-fourths of a square mile, the Star-Advertiser reports.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Officials have approved plans to spend $627 million on 44 projects meant to aid recovery from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but environmentalists are fuming that $85.5 million will go to an Alabama beachfront hotel they say will hurt rather than help the Gulf.
BP PLC provided $1 billion in 2011 as a coastal restoration down payment following the Deepwater Horizon spill. Trustees, including the five Gulf states and four federal agencies, approved the plans Friday. Two earlier phases totaling $71 million are already approved. BP will likely have to pay more after environmental fines are levied.
In a year when initial public offerings for master limited partnerships raised a record $6.8 billion, analysts are warning that investments in pipeline and midstream MLPs no longer appear to offer their traditional low-risk, high-yield benefits with the same degree of consistency, The Wall Street Journal reports.
With the cost of solar and wind power dropping dramatically in recent years, the renewable energy sources are becoming more directly competitive with electricity from gas and coal-fired plants, The New York Times reports.
The shale boom that has brought wealth and jobs to North Dakota is starting to be questioned by some residents concerned about health, safety and pollution costs as well as financial exploitation by major companies making moves that are backed by state regulators, The New York Times reports.
State legislatures have so far rejected attempts to overturn renewable energy mandates -– although Ohio this year did freeze its green energy targets -– but the Koch-founded Americans for Prosperity is continuing to pour money into the fight against them, National Journal reports.
The U.S. power supply ought to be able to withstand another polar vortex should the frigid temperatures descend again this winter, although margins are shrinking and changes may be needed to the way the availability of resources is calculated, according to an assessment from the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, Platts reports.
U.S crude prices racked up their first weekly gain since September, as news that China cut interest rates to boost its economy raised expectations of increased oil demand in the future. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery was up 66 cents to finish Friday’s Nymex session at $76.51 a barrel, while in London Brent jumped $1.03 to settle at $80.36, Bloomberg reports.
Royal Dutch Shell, Hess Corp., Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. are among major oil companies with new drilling projects in the Gulf of Mexico, a number in deep water, although a continued decline in oil prices could slow development, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Phillips 66 Partners and Paradigm Energy Partners will join forces to construct the 76-mile Sacagawea Pipeline and a 710-acre rail terminal aimed at transporting Bakken crude from North Dakota more effectively, FuelFix reports.