Pollution

NJ posts details of $225M Exxon settlement on website

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Details of New Jersey's proposed $225 million settlement with Exxon Mobil over pollution around refineries in Linden and Bayonne were posted online Monday, starting the clock on a legal process that will stretch into June and giving vocal opponents an opportunity to persuade a judge to kill the deal.

Details of the proposed deal struck last month between the attorney general and the Texas-based oil company were published on the Department of Environmental Protection's website.

Oil

Mexico says oil spill avoided after deadly offshore blaze

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A huge blaze twisted and blackened an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the state-run Pemex oil company said it managed to avert any significant oil spill.

At least four workers died and two suffered life-threatening injuries in an explosion that engulfed the platform in flames Wednesday, forcing 300 people to abandon the facility.

Oil

Massive fire engulfs Mexican oil rig, 4 dead

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A massive ball of flames engulfed an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday, killing four people and sending terrified workers jumping into the sea.

State-run oil company Petroleos Mexicanos, or Pemex, said there was no evidence yet of a major oil spill following the blast, which injured 16 workers, two seriously, and forced the evacuation of 300.

Oil

Judge: Jury can decide Alabama's Gulf-oil-spill claims

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge says Alabama's Gulf oil-spill-damage claims under the federal Oil Pollution Act can be heard by a jury.

BP had moved to block a jury trial for the state, saying that neither the Oil Pollution Act nor admiralty law provides the right to a trial by jury.

Oil

Arctic spill drills taking place off Washington coast

Source: 
FuelFix

Shell Oil Co. is conducting tests of its Arctic spill response system near Bellingham, Wash., over the next few days, FuelFix reports.

Oil

Effects of Exxon Valdez spill linger after 25 years

Source: 
Time

A quarter of a century after 11 million gallons of crude leaked in Alaska as a result of the grounding of the oil tanker Exxon Valdez, the environment is still being affected, Time reports.

Oil

Exxon escapes class-action suit over Mayflower spill

Source: 
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

U.S. District Court Judge Brian Miller has dismissed a class-action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over a pipeline spill two years ago, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.

Oil

Critics question BP’s claims of post-spill Gulf rebound

Source: 
The Times-Picayune

A report released by BP this week claiming that the Gulf of Mexico has recovered well from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster is being criticized by scientists and government officials, The Times-Picayune reports.

Oil

New rules for oil sands waste in Alberta

Source: 
Canadian Press

Alberta has issued new regulations for managing oil sands tailings ponds, which hold a mixture of water, silt, solvents and excess bitumen, the Canadian Press reports.

Oil

Feds order valve change on oil trains

Source: 
The Hill

Citing leaks of hazardous materials, the Federal Railroad Administration is ordering faulty valves manufactured by McKenzie Valve & Machining LLC to be removed from oil trains, The Hill reports.

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