A subsidiary of Fluor Corp. which trained unemployed people to do beach cleanup work in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is suing BP over millions of dollars in workmen’s compensation claims it has had to pay out, FuelFix reports.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison Friday determined that the lawsuit filed by BP investors claiming the company misled them about the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill will go to trial next May, Reuters reports.
Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Thursday, report that sand clumps filled with oil identified by biomarkers as coming from the BP Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 continue to wash up on shore, National Journal reports.
A federal judge ordered ExxonMobil Corp. to turn over decades of documents related to the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in Mayflower, Ark., rejecting the company's effort to dismiss a federal lawsuit, Reuters reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.
The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments while BP PLC appeals lower court rulings that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.
The 5th Circuit and a district court have ruled that BP must stand by its agreement to pay such business claims without requiring strict proof that the spill caused losses.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rolling classroom on rails, complete with four tanker cars and a flatbed rigged with a variety of valves and fittings, made a whistle stop Thursday at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing enhanced safety training to first responders in light of increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil.
The railroad is conducting a three-day training program at Albany's Hudson River port before taking its Safety Train to other cities along a route through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
California Governor Jerry Brown wants to expand a program that deals with oil spills to cover crude transported by rail, and has suggested a fee of 6.5 cents per barrel to pay for it, the Los Angeles Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The key last-ditch safety device that failed to prevent the 2010 BP oil spill remains a potentially catastrophic problem today for some offshore drilling, according to a federal safety board investigation.
The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board details the multiple failures and improper testing of the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations for the breakdown. They found faulty wiring, a dead battery and a bent pipe in the hulking device.
"The problems with this blowout preventer were worse than we understood," safety board managing director Daniel Horowitz said in an interview. "And there are still hazards out there that need to be improved if we are to prevent this from happening again."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It upheld a 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who has scheduled a trial in January to help decide how much the oil giant owes in federal Clean Water Act penalties.
"We hope the court's decision will be one more step toward reaching a just conclusion for the American people," U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in an email.
Proposals to tighten safety standards for crude carried by rail were published in the Federal Register Friday by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, kicking off a period for public comment that will run for 60 days, The Hill reports.
Environmental groups have submitted a petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, charging an Environmental Protection Agency rule that sets a new deadline for states to submit plans to reduce fine particle pollution violates the Clean Air Act and asking for a review, E&E reports.
With a glut in the Atlantic basin and weaker demand, crude oil Friday dropped to its lowest settlements in months in New York and London despite continued crises in the Middle East and Ukraine. U.S. benchmark crude for September delivery finished the week more than 4 percent lower, falling 29 cents to close at $97.88 a barrel on the Nymex, its lowest settlement since February, while Brent crude tumbled $1.18 to $104.84, Reuters reports.
Although Libyan ports and oilfields have been reopening, sending oil prices tumbling globally, analysts warn that the worst violence to wrack the country since its 2011 civil war shows little sign of abating and the oil industry there remains at risk, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The three West Coast governors, all Democrats -- Jerry Brown of California, Jay Inslee of Washington and John Kitzhaber of Oregon -- have sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, expressing their opposition to including any oil or gas lease sales from their area in her department’s updated plan for the Outer Continental Shelf, The Associated Press reports.
Opening up more areas to offshore drilling -- including parts of the Pacific -- would generate around $160 billion over a period of less than 20 years, according to more than 160 Republican Congressmen who sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about her department’s updated plan for the Outer Continental Shelf, The Hill reports.
The latest round of sanctions against Russia over its policy in Ukraine, which would require permits for exporting oil technology to Moscow, poses a problem for Exxon Mobil, which has plans to drill for oil in partnership with state-owned Rosneft in the Arctic and elsewhere, National Journal reports.
The cost of battery technology will have to come down by more than half, but Tesla Motors chief Elon Musk – speaking to investors during a week when he announced partnership with Panasonic to build a battery gigafactory -- is confident that will happen and electric vehicles will achieve price parity with those running on gasoline within 10 years, E&E reports.
Kinder Morgan affiliate El Paso Natural Gas Co. has already begun engineering work on $529 million worth of upgrades to its pipeline system in the Southwest which will enable it to deliver promised natural gas to Mexico, agreed in a 21-year deal signed with the country’s electricity commission, FuelFix reports.
The BNSF Railway is some 811,000 short tons behind on coal deliveries to the Sherco power plant northwest of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy has told the Surface Transportation Board, warning that if the plant runs out of coal it will stop producing electricity, Platts reports.