BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's budget for next year doesn't include any money for the state's ongoing legal case against BP for damages caused by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is asking lawmakers to add $15 million to the 2014-15 spending plans to continue the casework. Without it, Caldwell's office says it won't be able to pay its outside attorneys and experts working on the litigation in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A geyser of oil sprayed onto buildings and puddled in knee-high pools of crude in Los Angeles streets after a valve on a high-pressure pipeline failed Thursday.
About 10,000 gallons of oil spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile of the industrial area of Atwater Village about 12:15 a.m., Fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.
Four commercial businesses near the border of Glendale were affected, as well as a strip club that was evacuated after oil came through air vents. The parking lot was closed, and patrons and employees were forced to leave behind their crude-coated cars.
There were more spills in the U.S. in 2013 even without an increase in drilling activity, according to an E&E examination of state records, although some in the industry claim part of the jump could be down to more diligent reporting.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Colorado-based energy company was cleaning up hundreds of gallons of oily fluid that leaked into a nearby creek while it was drilling an oil and gas well in southeast Ohio.
An oil-based lubricant known as "mud" spewed from a well head Sunday during drilling for a hydraulic-fracturing well near Beverly, Ohio, just west of Marietta. About 1,600 gallons leaked from the drill site into a creek that is a tributary of the Muskingum River, said Heather Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The spill thus far has been confined to that creek, Lauer said. The agency is overseeing the cleanup work, which is being performed by a contractor for Denver-based PDC Energy Inc., the site's owner.
Patton Boggs has reached a settlement with Chevron, paying the oil company $15 million and dropping its part in the effort, led by lawyer Steven Donziger, to force Chevron to pay a judgment levied against it by an Ecuador court, The New York Times reports.
Researchers who spent weeks recently investigating the site where the Deepwater Horizon disaster sent crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago found that eels, shrimp, fish and other aquatic life have returned, FuelFix reports.
The Energy Spark program being put together by Washington state offers homeowners a reduced mortgage rate if they buy an energy efficient home or make efficiency improvements to their existing house, KIRO reports.
Oil was rising early Friday on the back of the Energy Information Administration reporting a drop in U.S. crude inventories. West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery gained 64 cents to $58.32 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was up 59 cents to $63.17, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The insistence that oil companies be able to drill relief wells in the event of an emergency is a major sticking point when it comes to the Obama administration plan to allow Arctic drilling, according to comments filed by groups including the American Petroleum Institute, FuelFix reports.
In one of a number of efficiency successes reported by Business Insider, Kohl’s department store chain is saving up to 18 percent of its energy costs after installing software that enables it to monitor energy meters remotely, according to installer Environmental Systems Inc.
The market for home battery systems that cost thousands of dollars is presently very small, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that Tesla’s Elon Musk and his competitors are banking on swift growth as they push to develop energy storage systems.
U.S. ethanol stocks dropped to a low for the year of just under 20.1 million barrels last week, despite a production increase of 11,000 barrels per day, according to Energy Information Administration data, Platts reports.
Specifically excluding some wetlands and ponds from Environmental Protection Agency jurisdiction under the agency’s new water rule is “a pretty big deal” and “a huge concession,” present and former EPA officials have told E&E.
A Maine legislative committee has killed several energy proposals brought forward by Republican Gov. Paul LePage, including a measure that would have dismantled net metering and another that would have helped utilities with financing natural gas pipelines, the Portland Press Herald reports.