SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Officials denied a request Tuesday by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.
The move came on the same day that California lawmakers formed a special legislative committee to investigate the May spill that caused as much as 101,000 gallons of oil to blacken beaches and create an ocean slick.
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A tugboat captain's decision to try to beat a cargo ship into the Houston Ship Channel is the probable cause of a 2014 collision that spilled 168,000 gallons of oil that drifted up to 200 miles down the Texas Gulf coast, according to a federal report issued Tuesday.
The National Transportation Safety Board also said in its report that the failure of a ship channel navigator and the Summer Wind master to set a safe speed in the fog-shrouded channel contributed to the accident. The NTSB also cited the failure of the tugboat captain and navigator to establish early radio communication.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Joe Baroni knew he was cutting it close.
"We filled all this out over the weekend," he said, clutching a sheaf of documents as he stood in line behind a couple of dozen other people Monday, hoping to file a claim for economic damages from the 2010 BP oil spill ahead of a midnight deadline.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Texas company whose ruptured pipeline created the largest coastal oil spill in California in 25 years had assured the government that a break in the line while possible was "extremely unlikely" and state-of-the-art monitoring could quickly detect possible leaks and alert operators, documents show.
Nearly 1,200 pages of records, filed with state regulators by Plains All American Pipeline, detail a range of defenses the company established to guard against crude oil spills and, at the same time, prepare for the worst should a spill occur.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — With a midnight Monday deadline approaching to file claims under a 2012 settlement over the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the claims administrator said he expected a last-minute rush of filers.
"There's always a rush, for myriad reasons," Patrick Juneau said in a telephone interview last week. Juneau said more than 328,000 claims had been filed as of the middle of last week. More than 20,000 of those were filed last month.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey residents are one step closer to finding out whether a court will accept a $225 million settlement proposed by Republican Gov. Chris Christie and his administration in a lawsuit to hold Exxon Mobil responsible for environmental damage in the state.
Friday marked the end of a 60-day public comment period on the proposed settlement with Exxon over pollution at two petroleum treatment centers in northern New Jersey, 16 other Exxon facilities and the company's retail gas stations across the state.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal jury has found a former BP executive not guilty of making false statements to investigators in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Prosecutors said David Rainey, in the early days of the spill, manipulated calculations to match a far-too-low government estimate of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. However, defense attorneys said Rainey's figures were made honestly and that he had no reason to lie.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Testimony is over and closing arguments were set for Friday in the federal trial of a former BP executive charged with lying to investigators about oil spill calculations he made following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Jurors were expected to begin deliberating the single count against David Rainey by midday. Conviction of making a false statement carries a possible prison sentence of up to five years.
The U.S. power industry isn't sure what to think about the Supreme Court's ruling on mercury emission standards, with some calling the ruling "significant" and others downplaying its importance to utilities that are already complying, Platts reports.
Coal producers, including Arch Coal, Peabody Energy and Alpha Resources, got a boost in stock prices following the Supreme Court's ruled that EPA should have taken cost into account before pursuing mercury emission regulations, Bloomberg reports.
Crude oil prices slid further on Monday as traders looked to avert risks due to bank shutdowns in Greece and the slip in the deadline in nuclear talks with Iran, Reuters reports. Brent crude fell $1.20 to $62.02 a barrel, while U.S. crude dropped $1.30 to settle at $58.33 a barrel.
The Environmental Protection Agency's forthcoming Clean Power Plan may work to exacerbate already tense in-state relations between lawmakers and regulators, as they work together to develop state compliance plans for the rules, E&E reports.
Melting Arctic ice could work to alter ocean circulation patterns that transfer cold and warm water between the poles and the tropics, a new study in the journal Nature Climate Change says, a development that could shift climate patterns in Europe, The Washington Post reports.
Wildfires have burned more than 1.18 million acres across Alaska this month alone, putting the state on pace to exceed 2004, its worst wildfire season on record, where 6.59 million acres were burned, The Washington Post reports.
Cheniere Energy plans to take on as much as $5.8 billion in debt in order to expand its Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas facility, which last week won additional authorization to export gas to countries without free trade agreements, FuelFix reports.
The local government in Lancashire County in England dealt a blow to British efforts to develop shale resources, rejecting a plan from Cuadrilla Resources to use hydraulic fracturing to extract natural gas, The New York Times reports.