Five Gulf Coast states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida – will split money BP paid in fines after its 2010 spill disaster, having to spend much of it on economic, ecological and ecosystem restoration, under a Treasury Department rule unveiled Wednesday that’s due to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, The Hill reports.
HOPEDALE, Louisiana (AP) — Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew in the U.S.'s worst offshore oil disaster, spilling millions of gallons off Louisiana's coast in 2010.
Fisherman Randy Slavich dragged a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed recently in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations before the spill, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters.
His cage-like net pulled up dozens of empty, lifeless oyster shells.
GALENA PARK, Texas (AP) — Environmental advocates and residents living near oil refineries asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to force petroleum companies to adopt stricter emissions standards and publicly release emissions data to help reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.
By midafternoon, about 60 people had addressed the federal agency during a hearing on the EPA's proposal to compel refineries — for the first time — to monitor and report emissions of benzene to nearby communities.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps' hundreds of dams nationwide.
The Corps announced in a settlement Monday that it will immediately notify the conservation group that filed the lawsuit of any oil spills among its eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.
Oil production has contaminated the drinking water of at least 10 communities in the Ogoniland area but neither the Nigerian government nor Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary have taken effective measures to restore the fouled environment, said the new report by Amnesty International, Friends of The Earth Europe, Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Environmental Rights Action, and Platform.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — This week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemicals that were stored there, an emergency official said Wednesday.
Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy added that the fire at Red River Supply will need to be fully extinguished before investigators can determine what caused it. He also said the half-mile voluntary evacuation zone that was cordoned off has been lifted, since the fire is mostly out.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction.
Federal prosecutors allege that Kurt Mix illegally deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor involving the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.
MANDAREE, N.D. (AP) — Officials are assessing a spill of oil-drilling saltwater from a North Dakota pipeline to ensure none of the brine affected the lake an American Indian reservation uses for drinking water, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.
In its first public statement in the two days since the spill was detected, the agency said it had no confirmed reports that the saltwater had reached Bear Den Bay. It leads to Lake Sakakawea, which provides water for the Fort Berthold reservation occupied by the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara tribes in the heart of western North Dakota's booming oil patch.
The GOP chorus denouncing the Environmental Protection Agency move to lower the ozone standard was joined by House Majority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., senior figures on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, as well as Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who is chairman of the Republican Senate caucus, The Hill reports.
Ahead of the OPEC meeting in Vienna, oil prices recovered Wednesday from earlier drops triggered by word of a greater-than-expected increase in U.S. crude inventories as well as a comment from Saudi Arabia's oil minister that there would be no need for a production cut. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery slipped just 3 cents to $74.06 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 5 cents lower to $78.28, Bloomberg reports.
Freeport LNG has closed on financing deals – from Japanese sources -- for two of three planned liquefaction trains at its export facility, and should begin construction on its plant in Quintana, Texas this week, with operation projected to start in 2018, FuelFix reports.
Uranium prices are on track for an 18 percent increase in 2014, which would be the first annual gain for the energy commodity in four years and make it the best performing category in the sector, Bloomberg reports.
Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.
The legal fight over the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the U.S. rule could revolve around what’s meant by the words “adjacent” and “neighboring,” as well as how the regulation defines a flood plain, E&E reports.
After a shareholder lawsuit filed to stop the $2.86 billion merger announced in June between C&J Energy Services and the fracking business of Nabors Industries, a judge in Delaware Tuesday ordered a 30-day suspension to allow for competing offers, but C&J said it would appeal, FuelFix reports.
Oncor’s proposal to install battery storage across the grid in Texas is coming in for criticism from a state lawmaker – Republican State Sen. Troy Fraser said his support for the $5.2 billion project came before he realized an increase in transmission rates would be part of the package, The Dallas Morning News reports.
Speaking about the failure of Google’s renewable energy project RE<C, two engineers, writing in IEE Spectrum recently, said trying to fight climate change using only existing technologies like wind and solar energy won’t work, Fox News reports.