NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal prosecutor vowed Tuesday to prove that a former BP drilling engineer was trying to destroy evidence when he deleted hundreds of text messages from a cellphone after the company's 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
An federal appeals court granted BP an injunction halting some 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill damage payments, finding that U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier didn't properly consider arguments against the claims' validity, Bloomberg reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jury selection began Monday for the Justice Department's case against a former BP drilling engineer charged with deleting text messages and voicemails about the company's response to its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Of an estimated 1,800 gallons of diesel fuel and oil that has spilled from a towboat that sank in the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, at least 85 percent has been removed and barge traffic has resumed on the busy waterway, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday.
Arguments closed in the Chevron Corp. fraud case against Steven Donziger, the lawyer who led Ecuadoran plaintiffs to win a $18 billion judgment for alleged pollution by Texaco before Chevron acquired the company, Reuters reports.
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials were assessing the environmental damage Tuesday after a towboat carrying 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel and oil sank in the Mississippi River in eastern Iowa, closing the river to barge traffic.
LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — A towboat sank Monday in the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities-area community of LeClaire, releasing oil into the water and prompting a response from several agencies who were trying to determine how much fluid leaked, the Coast Guard said.
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.
In Wyoming, Republican state Rep. John Patton is introducing legislation to upend a ban on using Next Generation Science Standards, the teaching of climate change science, seeking to leave the matter up to the state Board of Education to decide, National Journal reports.
Tokyo Electric Power Co., the operator of the ruined Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, says it has managed to remove fuel rods from the vulnerable No. 4 reactor building, and they are being placed in an undamaged storage pool, The New York Times reports.
Meteorologist Bob Simpson, who died last week aged 102, pushed for establishment of the National Hurricane Center in Miami, helped develop the Saffir-Simpson scale of hurricane intensity in use today, and also founded a Hawaiian observatory where carbon measurements were refined, among other accomplishments, The Washington Post reports.
Arizona Corporation Commissioners didn’t approve, but didn’t object to plans for Arizona Public Service Co. to spend $28.5 million to put free solar on the roofs of 1,500 customers in order to test west-facing solar panels and voltage regulators, The Arizona Republic reports.
Joe Rodota, whose Forward Observer operation has worked environmental issues for years out in California – most recently in support of legislation banning single-use plastic bags – has had an office in Washington D.C. for the past two years, although he declined to tell E&E about his clients there.
For illegal waste disposal and causing a landslide that diverted streams, shale gas driller Vantage Energy Appalachia LLC has been ordered to pay a penalty of $999,900 by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
The sale of Morgan Stanley’s oil trading and storage business to Russian oil giant Rosneft has been scuppered by failure to win approval from U.S. regulators, the companies announced Monday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz should not support legislation introduced by Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., to speed up approvals of LNG exports, a coalition of 114 environmental groups said in a letter Monday, The Hill reports.
With continued mild weather and the fear of frigid cold receding, natural gas prices slumped 10 percent Monday to the lowest level in more than a year, at $3.125 per million British thermal units, FuelFix reports.
Comments from Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi that OPEC would not cut production “whatever the price is,” triggered a fresh slide Monday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 3.3 percent, or $1.87, to $55.26 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent fell 2 percent to $60.11, Reuters reports.