Oil sprayed from a faulty gasket in a pipeline at a Global Partners tank facility in the Port of Albany Wednesday afternoon, but crews shut valves quickly, only about 100 gallons spilled, no one was injured, and authorities said cleanup was underway, the Times Union reports.
HOUSTON (AP) — A sprawling private ranch in southeast Texas will be converted into a state park with the assistance of a fund created in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation announced Thursday.
The $37.7 million purchase of the Powderhorn Ranch, 75 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, is the highest price ever paid for a Texas conservation project and the biggest land acquisition so far using BP spill restoration dollars.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Most of a reddish-brown sheen created by thousands of gallons of fuel oil that spilled into the Ohio River from a power plant was dissipating as a cleanup estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a day continued Wednesday, federal officials said.
Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati late Monday. About 1,000 gallons of oil and contaminated water had been recovered as of Wednesday, the EPA said. The federal agency also said it expects cleanup to cost about $250,000 a day, based on Duke's estimates. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company is responsible for cleaning up the estimated 3,000 to 5,000 gallons spilled.
The EPA has not said how long the cleanup is expected to take. Officials say the spill has had minimal impact on wildlife.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River closed after a fuel oil spill reopened to river traffic on Tuesday with some restrictions as containment and cleanup continued.
River traffic in that area must get Coast Guard clearance and maintain a safe speed, agency spokeswoman Lt. Katherine Cameron said. The area was closed to all traffic, including barges carrying commercial goods, after the spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond.
The spill at the W.C. Beckjord Station happened at about 11:15 p.m. Monday during a routine transfer of fuel oil from a larger tank to smaller ones and was stopped within about 15 minutes, Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen said.
The Coast Guard has increased the liability cap – the amount a company would have to pay in the event of an oil spill in U.S. waters -- by more than 15 percent, to more than $404 million for onshore facilities, in a regulation published in the Federal Register Tuesday that's now open to a 60-day comment period, FuelFix reports.
CINCINNATI (AP) — An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.
The spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened around 11:15 p.m. Monday, said Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen. She said the spill at the W.C. Beckjord Station occurred during a routine transfer of fuel oil from a larger tank to smaller ones and was stopped within about 15 minutes.
Coast Guard Lt. Katherine Cameron says the spill is considered medium-sized, a designation that applies to inland leaks between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons of oil.
Five Gulf Coast states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida – will split money BP paid in fines after its 2010 spill disaster, having to spend much of it on economic, ecological and ecosystem restoration, under a Treasury Department rule unveiled Wednesday that’s due to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, The Hill reports.
HOPEDALE, Louisiana (AP) — Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew in the U.S.'s worst offshore oil disaster, spilling millions of gallons off Louisiana's coast in 2010.
Fisherman Randy Slavich dragged a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed recently in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations before the spill, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters.
His cage-like net pulled up dozens of empty, lifeless oyster shells.
GALENA PARK, Texas (AP) — Environmental advocates and residents living near oil refineries asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to force petroleum companies to adopt stricter emissions standards and publicly release emissions data to help reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.
By midafternoon, about 60 people had addressed the federal agency during a hearing on the EPA's proposal to compel refineries — for the first time — to monitor and report emissions of benzene to nearby communities.
In a video recorded for release at the U.N. Climate Summit, Britain’s Prince Charles said the issue was the greatest challenge facing mankind, and there’s no time to delay in dealing with it, The Telegraph reports.
Researchers at the main campus of the University of Illinois, who are studying the impact climate change may have on food crops in the future, are seeing some potential problems, The New York Times reports.
Tracking how much condensate is being exported, or even how much is being produced, is difficult because agencies don’t have standard definitions to go by, Energy Information Administration chief Adam Sieminski said Monday, Platts reports.
An increase in a Chinese manufacturing gauge beyond analysts’ expectations sent oil higher early Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery gained 61 cents to $91.48 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 40 cents higher at $97.37, Bloomberg reports.
A decision on lowering OPEC’s output target won’t be made until ministers gather in Vienna in November, despite comments from the group’s Secretary General last week that a cut will likely be coming, the energy minister for United Arab Emirates said Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron has hired an investment banking firm to see if buyers may be interested in acquiring its operations in Hawaii, including the Kapolei refinery that’s one of five the company operates domestically, FuelFix reports.
Trustees for the Port of Galveston have inked an agreement to set aside 185 acres on Pelican Island for NextDecade for six months in exchange for $100,000, as the company explores whether it’s feasible to build a facility there for LNG exports, FuelFix reports.
NASA ozone mapping has shown that particulates from smoke generated by half a dozen wildfires burning in northern California has travelled into the airspace of Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, even reaching Canada, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Russia had been maneuvering to fill the gap when Germany retreated from developing nuclear power plants in Europe in the wake of the Fukushima disaster, but the effort has been stalled by sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, The Wall Street Journal reports.