PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — A war contractor knew a critical southern Iraq oilfield plant was riddled with a well-known toxin but ignored the risk to soldiers while hurrying the project along, firing a whistleblower and covering up the presence of the chemical when faced with exposure, the soldiers' attorney said in opening arguments Wednesday in a federal civil suit.
Panelists at a Society of Petroleum Engineers Annual Technical Conference and Exhibition argued Tuesday for a greater emphasis on spill prevention rather than well containment, as issues with well construction, poor mapping and improper use of tools continue to plague the oil and gas sector, FuelFix reports
Rep. Jo Bonner, R-Ala., is concerned that the Obama administration is pursuing an oil spill settlement with BP that will direct more money to Florida in an effort to help the president's reelection bid, The Hill reports.
Several lawmakers from Gulf states signed a letter urging Attorney General Eric Holder not to reach a potential settlement with BP that would provide their states with less direct compensation through the Clean Water Act, The Hill reports.
Louisiana’s Republican U.S. senator blasted oil giant BP PLC on Tuesday for what he called its attempt to run from its full cleanup responsibilities for the nation’s worst offshore spill, the 2010 disaster that left the Gulf Coast heavily oiled, The Associated Press reports.
U.S. utilities are preparing to make expensive investments to improve nuclear plant safety to meet new post-Fukushima standards, with Exelon expected to spend as much as $500 million across its 17 reactors, The New York Times reports.
Despite increased calls for approving liquefied natural gas exports to Ukraine, a limited interest among energy companies and the current regulatory process means it would take years to make any significant impact on Russia's energy influence, Bloomberg reports.
Beyond urging imports of U.S. liquefied natural to Ukraine, European officials are considering reversing natural gas pipelines and limiting purchases of Russian energy in an effort to limit Russia's influence in Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Despite a fall in average gasoline prices from recent years, the American Public Transportation Association said in an annual report that Americans used public transportation at the highest recorded rate since 1956, The New York Times reports.
The Edison Electric Institute is lobbying the Obama administration and state governments to limit new restrictions on coal-fired plants and nuclear generators, citing a need to keep electricity prices low during extremely cold weather, Bloomberg reports.
Renewable energy companies are increasing their interest in wind and wave energy projects off the coast of Oregon, but it's uncertain how much environmentalist resistance and regulatory processes will affect the trend, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Transportation Department and the American Association of Railroads have released a list of urban areas where freight trains carrying crude oil will be required to slow down, but some lawmakers are urging a wider list of areas, National Journal reports.
The public comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline review ended on Friday, with opponents sending more than 2 million comments opposing the project, doubling the comments in support of the pipeline, The Washington Post reports.