A panel of Brazilian federal judges upheld an injunction Tuesday that prohibits Chevron and its drilling contractor Transocean from operating in Brazil as it considers charges over a November oil spill, Reuters reports.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — An extensive fuel spill has fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other wildlife in a nature preserve in Curacao, conservationists and residents of the tiny Dutch Caribbean island said Monday.
The leader of a local environmental group said Monday that the spill of crude oil at Curacao's Jan Kok preserve was from at least one storage tank owned by the Isla oil refinery, the largest business and employer on the southern Caribbean island best known for its diving opportunities and colorful capital of Willemstad. The island's refinery is run by the state-owned oil company of Venezuela, only about 40 miles away.
U.S. Chemical Safety Board Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso called the recent Chevron refinery fire a "close call" that could have had an "extraordinarily bigger impact on the community," The San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Sinclair Oil will pay $3.8 million in fines and install $10.5 million in new equipment at its two Wyoming refineries to settle allegations it violated a 2008 pollution reduction consent decree, the Obama administration announced Monday.
The company exceeded allowable emissions of nitrogen oxides at the refineries in Casper and Sinclair, Wyo., and failed to properly operate a flare gas recovery system to limit sulfur dioxide from the Sinclair refinery, the Environmental Protection Agency and Justice Department said in a joint announcement.
Under the settlement, Sinclair will cut pollution emissions beyond the terms of the original 2008 decree, the administration said.
Thousands of Deepwater Horizon oil spill victims are faced with the difficult choice of accepting a settlement made between BP and the Plaintiff's Steering Committee or betting on higher gains from an individual lawsuit, FuelFix reports.
RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Chevron Corp. is being sued over a California refinery fire that sent thousands of people to hospitals and contributed to higher gasoline prices on the West Coast.
The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Contra Costa County Superior Court alleges Chevron was grossly negligent in its handling of refinery maintenance as well as emergency response to the accident in Richmond.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. says it has detected an oil spill along the shoreline of Nigeria's oil-rich southern delta.
Exxon Mobil spokesman Nigel Cookey-Gam said in an email statement Wednesday that the spill was spotted near Ibeno in the southern state of Akwa Ibom where the U.S. oil company's local subsidiary has its base of operations.
The Colorado Oil & Gas Association filed a lawsuit against the Colorado towns of Fort Collins and Lafayette that recently voted to place bans on hydraulic fracturing within city limits, The Associated Press reports
U.S. Chamber of Commerce President Thomas Donohue warned business executives that a pending Environmental Protection Agency study on hydraulic fracturing could be used to draft new regulations that would slow energy development, Reuters reports.
China's National Energy Administration said the pace of new clean energy capacity, including nuclear power, doubled in the first 10 months of 2013 as the country made efforts to scale back air pollution, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., in a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman called on him to maintain the nation's ban on crude oil exports and resist an oil industry push to weaken the policy, FuelFix reports.
A bipartisan group of eight senators including Senate Energy and Natural Resources Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and committee ranking Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, called on the Environmental Protection Agency to make public the data it uses to craft Energy Star efficiency standards, National Journal reports.
The National Association of Manufactures said in a report that the federal government's delays in processing liquefied natural gas and coal export applications may violate a provision of a World Trade Organization treaty, FuelFix reports.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Entergy's Waterford 3 nuclear plant in New Orleans has safeguards in place to withstand severe natural disasters and is in the processing of installing measures to prevent a core meltdown, The Times-Picayune reports.
Mexico's Senate approval of an electoral reform bill set the stage for legislators to turn to President Enrique Pena Nieto's proposal to open the nation's oil industry to private investment, Reuters reports.