GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A large oil slick mysteriously appeared Wednesday off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May.
The sheen was initially reported as about 50 feet to 60 feet wide about 1,000 yards off the Santa Barbara County city of Goleta, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson. But county fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said it was "very large" and its current size would be determined when a Coast Guard helicopter arrived to fly over it.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.
An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said all of the payments to local governments must be made within 30 days.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court says it has accepted a case brought by a social organization against oil giants ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over oil spills in northern China in 2011.
It is the first case brought by a social organization over maritime pollution since China changed its law to allow registered non-government organizations who have been dealing with environmental issues for at least five years to sue heavy polluters.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week.
Federal prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Mix was acquitted on one criminal count in 2013. But he was convicted on an obstruction of justice charge.
Residents are appealing to Pope Francis to intervene to stop AllenCo Energy Inc. from restarting an oil operation on church land in a south L.A. neighborhood, where people had become ill from noxious fumes, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Nexen Senior Vice President Ron Bailey says it will likely take the company months to find out exactly why a leaking pipeline spilled more than 31,500 barrels of emulsion in northern Alberta, Reuters reports.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A train that derailed and spilled 35,000 gallons of oil in northeastern Montana was traveling within authorized speed limits, federal officials said Monday as they continued to probe the accident's cause.
The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway train loaded with crude from North Dakota was traveling 44 miles per hour before Thursday's wreck, U.S. Federal Railroad Administration spokesman Matthew Lehner said.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — The last of several Southern California beaches soiled by last spring's massive oil spill reopened Friday to enthusiastic crowds that quickly jammed its campgrounds to capacity.
Refugio State Beach opened to day visitors at 8 a.m. and began letting overnight campers in at noon, said Eric Hjelstrom, the beach's section superintendent. By early afternoon, its 60 camping spaces were taken.
Five years after the Obama administration promised to move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, even more shafts are lingering for longer periods with only temporary sealing, an investigation by The Associated Press shows.
It is not clear how many incompletely sealed wells may have leaked — they generally are not monitored as carefully as active wells — but they contain fewer barriers to pent-up petroleum and rupture more easily. The threat to the environment increases with time.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Three tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling crude from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, the latest in a series of wrecks raising concerns across the U.S. and Canada, authorities said Friday.
No one was reported injured in the accident Thursday night that temporarily led to the evacuation of some homes and followed recent oil train crashes including a 2013 derailment in Quebec that exploded and killed 47 people.
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said the company's newly approved takeover of BG Group would allow it to become a "simpler and more profitable company" during a prolonged period of low oil prices, Platts reports.
The White House on Wednesday announced a set of actions aimed at supporting Alaskan communities impacted by climate change, including a $17.6 million in grants for rural water infrastructure, new relocation funding and improved coordination between the state and federal governments, The Hill reports.
Oil prices continued their downward slide Wednesday morning on news that U.S. crude stocks increased last week, Reuters reports. U.S. crude for October fell $1.93 to $43.48 per barrel, a 4.25 percent decline, while Brent crude dipped $1.51, or 3 percent, to $48.05 per barrel.
In an Op-Ed for National Review, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a Republican presidential hopeful, said he would end the ban on crude oil exports, halt the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and leave energy regulation to the states if elected.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro said that China has signed on to a $5 billion loan to the country to boost the OPEC member's oil production "in a gradual way" over the next months, Reuters reports.
Rival factions in OPEC are split over whether the cartel should include oil-price forecasts in its imminent long-term strategy report, pitting Saudi Arabia and its allies, who wish to exclude price assumptions, against Iran and other members, Bloomberg reports.
President Barack Obama on Monday called on Congress to pass legislation commemorating the centennial anniversary of the National Park Service and approve new infrastructure updates and set up an endowment for future projects, The Hill reports.
The European Union is poised to extend until March 15 a set of sanctions aimed at specific Russian and Ukrainian-separatist firms and individuals in an effort to press Russia to fully implement a ceasefire in Ukraine by the year's end, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A Dutch court ruled that a joint natural gas venture operated by Royal Dutch Shell and Exxon Mobil in the Netherlands must compensate homeowners for declining property values linked to drilling-induced earthquakes, Reuters reports.
Hitachi Ltd. is looking to expand its research into the offshore wind energy and is considering development of a new manufacturing line that would produce parts for 5-megawatt systems by March 2016, Bloomberg reports.