High court rejects Mexican states' lawsuit over Gulf spill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear an appeal from three Mexican states seeking damages from BP and other companies over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

The justices on Monday let stand a lower court ruling that said the states of Veracruz, Tamaulipas and Quintana Roo can't bring a lawsuit because Mexico's federal government owns the affected property.

Russian oil tanker grounded in north Pacific

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian emergency services said cleanup operations were underway after an oil tanker was grounded, damaging one of its fuel tanks.

The tanker Nadezhda hit a reef during a storm on Saturday near the port city of Nevelsk on Sakhalin Island in Russia's Far East. It was carrying 786 tons of fuel oil and diesel fuel.

Crews plan to pump oil cargo from sunken barge in Lake Erie

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Salvage crews are preparing for an underwater operation to pump a hazardous oil-based substance from a sunken barge that apparently had been sitting undiscovered on the bottom of Lake Erie for nearly 80 years.

The crews expect to start assembling the pumps near the end of the week before they can begin moving the cargo to a barge on the surface.


20 years after activist hangs, oil pollution blights Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Twenty years after a Nigerian military dictatorship hanged activist Ken Saro-Wiwa, his Niger Delta homeland remains blighted by oil pollution.

Thousands of lives have been wrecked, according to Amnesty International, as oil slicks killed the fish, crude-crusted soil stunted crops and oil flare-ups polluted lungs.


Grim outlook for new oil sands CCS projects


Royal Dutch Shell opened its Quest carbon capture and sequestration project in the Canadian oil sands last week, but there’s unlikely to be any new oil sands CCS projects anytime soon given low crude prices and lack of support from the Alberta government, E&E reports.


Study: Dispersants did not help oil degrade in BP spill

WASHINGTON (AP) — The chemical sprayed on the 2010 BP oil spill may not have helped crucial petroleum-munching microbes get rid of the slick, a new study suggests.

And that leads to more questions about where much of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill went. If the new results are true, up to half the oil can't be accounted for, said the author of a new study on the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

2nd train derails in Wisconsin in 2 days, spills crude oil

WATERTOWN, Wis. (AP) — A Canadian Pacific Railway train derailed Sunday, spilling less than 1,000 gallons of crude oil and prompting evacuations in Wisconsin, the second day in a row a freight train derailed in the state.

Thirteen cars of an eastbound CP train went off the tracks around 2 p.m. in Watertown, in the southeastern part of the state, the railroad said. One tank car was punctured and leaked oil.

Ex-BP engineer pleads guilty to lesser charge in spill probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer accused of obstructing an investigation into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill by deleting a string of text messages pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser charge, avoiding prison time and ending a legal ordeal that spanned four years.

Prosecutors declined comment after dropping the obstruction charge that could have landed Kurt Mix in prison for 20 years. Instead, he was sentenced to six months of probation.


1,000 barrels of crude spill from pipeline in rural Oklahoma

BILLINGS, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa-based pipeline company says about 1,000 barrels of crude oil has spilled from a pipeline in rural Oklahoma.

Bruce Heine, a spokesman for Magellan Midstream Partners, said in an email Friday that the oil was released about 6 p.m. Thursday from a Magellan pipeline that stretches from Enid to Ponca City.

Change-of-plea hearing for ex-BP engineer in oil spill case

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer is set for a change-of-plea hearing Friday in federal court in New Orleans, where he has been fighting a charge that he obstructed an investigation into the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Kurt Mix was indicted in early 2012 on two criminal counts arising from allegations that he deleted text messages about the amount of oil that spewed into the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig explosion. He has been in an up-and-down legal battle ever since.


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