BEIJING (AP) — China's president on Sunday visited hospitalized victims of deadly explosions that ripped through residential and commercial roads from a ruptured pipeline owned by the country's largest oil refiner.
Steven Donziger, a lawyer who helped Ecuadorean plaintiffs win an $18.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp., denied during testimony before a federal judge that he won the case through bribery, Reuters reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — In an epic legal battle pitting Amazon rainforest tribes against energy giant Chevron, a former Ecuadorean judge claims another judge there took a $500,000 bribe. The second judge, however, says it's all a lie.
International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol said expanded oil sands production and use won't make a significant impact on climate change when compared with conventional oil emissions, The Globe and Mail reports.
In prepared testimony set for delivery next week, Steven Donziger, the lawyer who won an $18 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador and now faces fraud allegations, will acknowledge mistakes but question the validity of Chevron's allegations, The New York Times reports.
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday acquitted all three people charged in the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain's northwestern coast 11 years ago, which triggered a major environmental catastrophe.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International accuses Nigeria's biggest petroleum producer, Shell, of manipulating oil spill investigations and documents in cases where the rights group says the company has wrongly reported on the cause and volume of pollution devastating the Niger Delta and made false claims about cleanup measures.
Testifying before a federal judge, Nicolas Zambrano, a former Ecuadorean judge who ordered a $19 billion pollution ruling against Chevron Corp., rejected the company's allegation that he had outside help in writing his ruling, Bloomberg reports.
Biographer Robert Caro wrote of Lyndon B. Johnson in his "Master of the Senate" that Johnson had a "genius for studying a man and learning his strengths and weaknesses and hopes and fears," and a gift "for using what a man wanted, to get from him what he wanted, to sell the man on his point of view."
While there is no LBJ among today's climate change activists, they may be getting some traction in applying Johnson's principles. They are trying to get Wall Street's attention by talking about how global warming will hit stock portfolios.
Shell is promising the Obama administration that its equipment is ready and personnel properly trained for more Arctic drilling in 2014, reports Fuelfix, as the company outlines its plans for future exploratory operations following criticism of its past safety record.
Energy IPOs picked up nearly $6 billion in Wall Street investment in 2013, more than triple the amount the year before, says Fuelfix, which reports that many involve master limited partnerships, popular with pipeline companies.
A study commissioned by API and National Ocean Industries Association concludes that opening the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas drilling would create 280,000 new jobs and boost investment and U.S. production, the Oil & Gas Journal reports.
Vice President Joe Biden's trip to China has brought pledges Washington and Beijing will work more closely on greenhouse gas issues, energy data transparency and climate change, National Journal reports.
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, a Republican, told the EPA's Renewable Fuel Standards hearing that Iowans who voted for President Barack Obama because of his support of ethanol "feel betrayed" by the proposal to cut the amount of ethanol required under the law next year, The Des Moines Register reports.
Homeowners who install their own solar panels and the EPA are among the targets appearing on the American Legislative Exchange Council's agenda in the coming year, according to documents being reported on by the Guardian.
The Obama administration has nearly finished work on the rule that would allow, without penalty, the disturbance or killing of eagles by large wind farms and other energy facilities for as long as 30 years, according to The Hill.