CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Testimony has ended in a marathon trial over whether Exxon Mobil Corp. should pay the state of New Hampshire hundreds of millions of dollars to monitor and treat private wells and public drinking supplies contaminated by the gasoline additive MTBE.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Federal regulators proposed $1.7 million in civil penalties against Exxon Mobil Corp. on Monday for safety violations linked to a pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 63,000 gallons of crude oil into Montana's scenic Yellowstone River.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Peru's government declared an environmental state of emergency on Monday in a remote Amazon jungle region it says has been affected by years of contamination at the country's most productive oil fields, which are currently operated by Argentina-based Pluspetrol.
NEW YORK (AP) — Few sights capture Manhattan's beauty like the grand, old apartment buildings that ring Central Park. But for decades, many of these mansions for the rich and famous have also been a literal source of urban grit.
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Friday finalized a plan to make about 700,000 acres of federal lands in three western states available for oil shale research and development, and another 130,000 acres available for tar sands development.
The department first laid out the plan through a proposed programmatic environmental impact statement last fall. The record of decision makes available Bureau of Land Management oil shale areas in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming and tar sands areas in Utah.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Two international shipping firms pleaded guilty Thursday to obstruction and other charges in connection with what the U.S. Attorney's Office characterized as a pattern of falsifying records to hide the illegal dumping of engine sludge and oil-contaminated waste into the ocean.
A witness testifying in New Hampshire on behalf of Exxon Mobil said the company did testing on gasoline additive MTBE before adding it to its fuel and didn't provide specific warnings about it because there was no perceived threat, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., is pressing Democrats on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to reject the late Sen. Frank Lautenberg's compromise chemical safety bill because she doesn't think the legislation is strong enough, Roll Call reports.