WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — State officials say nearly 3 million gallons of saltwater generated by oil drilling has leaked from a North Dakota pipeline, though the environmental effects aren't immediately clear.
State health official Dave Glatt said Wednesday that the leak was detected Jan. 6, north of Williston. It's the largest saltwater spill since the state's oil boom began in 2006, and nearly triple the size of the previous record.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The 2010 BP oil spill's long-term effects on Gulf of Mexico sea life and coastal marshes remain uncertain, an environmental expert testified Wednesday as federal attorneys laid out their case for penalties against the oil corporation that could hit $13.7 billion.
Donald Boesch, a professor at the University of Maryland, testified for the Justice Department, which is pressing for high penalties against the oil giant. Aside from the obvious harm — among his examples were oiled wildlife, fouled coastal marshes and damage to mangroves — Boesch recounted potential harm to sea life populations based on the effect of oil on microbes at the bottom of the natural food chain.
GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Authorities were scrambling to decontaminate a water treatment plant serving 6,000 eastern Montana residents after a cancer-causing component of oil was found downstream of a Yellowstone River pipeline spill.
Up to 50,000 gallons of crude were released in Saturday's spill.
In his first month in charge of the Justice Department’s environment and natural resources division, Assistant Attorney General John Cruden is overseeing the prosecution in the third phase of the trial over BP’s 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, NPR reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Images of oil-coated birds and testimony about "widespread sociocultural harm" opened the third phase of a trial to establish penalties BP must pay under the federal Clean Water Act for spilling millions of barrels of crude into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
The government wants the oil giant to pay another $13.7 billion for harming not just the birds and fish, but the business climate and social fabric of coastal communities.
GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.
Preliminary tests at the city's water treatment plant indicated that at least some oil got into a water supply intake along the river, according to state and federal officials. About 6,000 people are served by the intake, Glendive Mayor Jerry Jimison said.
Anadarko Petroleum, which wasn’t blamed for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico although it owned a quarter of the Macondo well that blew, is still liable for penalties under the Clean Water Act, a possibility the company will fight in court in a trial that gets underway Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Crews worked Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana while officials with Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach.
Bridger has said the break in the 12-inch steel pipe happened Saturday morning in an area about 9 miles upstream from Glendive. Bridger spokesman Bill Salvin said Monday that the company is confident that no more than 1,200 barrels — or 50,000 gallons — of oil spilled during the hour-long breach.
Major oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell and BP have joined environmental groups in backing carbon tax proposals, but their motivation lies in the boost such plans would give to their natural gas business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A federal judge ruled Monday that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. must pay $159.5 million in fines for its share in the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, less than the amount the government was seeking and a fraction of what BP has had to pay, FuelFix reports.
As the permitting process gets underway for Northshore Mining Company’s requested expansion of a taconite mine in northeastern Minnesota, Native American tribes and environmentalists are concerned about the lack of limits for the levels of metals in water leaving the area, MinnPost reports.
The Alberta Securities Commission has ruled that Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. shareholders have until Jan. 4 to decide on a hostile takeover bid from Suncor Energy Inc., a month later than the deadline that Suncor had tried to impose, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that since 1993, sea levels have been rising an average of 3.2 millimeters a year, nearly twice the rate seen during the 20th century, The New York Times reports.
A paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change identified 164 organizations and 4,556 individuals affiliated with them as the primary drivers of doubt in the U.S. over climate science, Bloomberg reports.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul has included in his regularly issued “Waste Report” a grant of $450,000 from the Department of Energy for a video game designed to make students more aware of the effects of climate change, The Hill reports.