La. budget lacks money for Gulf oil spill litigation

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.


Rapid cleanup for 10,000 gallons of oil spilled on Los Angeles streets

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.


Pipeline leak sprays oil in Los Angeles

Los Angeles Times

A Los Angeles street and a strip club were coated with oil after a pipeline valve malfunctioned early Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.


Out-of-control North Dakota oil well plugged

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — Officials say an out-of-control oil well in northwestern North Dakota has been plugged.

Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy says the well located near Tioga was under control on Tuesday.

Denver-based Emerald Oil Inc. reported to state regulators on Friday that the well was out of control. Officials say an unknown amount of oil, gas and other liquids was contained on site.


Tioga well continues leaking oil days after spill

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — An oil well near the town of Tioga continued to leak oil, gas and fracking fluid on Monday, days after authorities learned about the problem, a local official said.

Williams County emergency coordinator Mike Hallesy said he was notified Friday evening of the spill in the western North Dakota's oil patch and that the leak hadn't stopped.

The Department of Mineral Resources said the incident occurred at the Ron Burgundy 3-23-14H well, around eight miles northwest of Tioga. The well is owned by Denver-based Emerald Oil.


More U.S. spills in 2013


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.


ND: Spill reported at oil well near Tioga

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Oil and Gas Division says a spill occurred at an oil well near the town of Tioga in the state's western oil patch.

The incident occurred at the Ron Burgandy 3-23-14H well, eight miles northwest of Tioga. The well is owned by Denver-based Emerald Oil.


Cleanup continues for SE Ohio drilling leak

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.


Donziger loses ally in fight with Chevron as DC law firm Patton Boggs gives up

The New York Times

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.


Aquatic life found around Gulf spil site: Researchers


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.


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