NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It upheld a 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who has scheduled a trial in January to help decide how much the oil giant owes in federal Clean Water Act penalties.
"We hope the court's decision will be one more step toward reaching a just conclusion for the American people," U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in an email.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's health agency said Wednesday there's no long-term health risk from swimming and fishing in the Kalamazoo River, the site of one of the costliest onshore oil spills in U.S. history.
The state Department of Community Health said it finalized its public health assessment of the July 2010 incident. A pipeline operated by Enbridge Inc. ruptured and spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.
The state said there's no long-term harm to people's health from coming into contact with chemicals in the river's surface water during wading, swimming or canoeing. But contact with oil sheen in the river may cause temporary effects such as skin irritation.
Crystal Lani Kitt was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from a Mobile, Ala. indictment, alleging that she helped prepare more than 100 fake claims for compensation stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico totaling more than $900,000, AL.com reports.
Louisiana lawyers have filed papers requesting Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia throw out BP’s request for a halt on payments it’s had to make as a result of the 2010 Gulf oil spill until the court has a chance to decide whether it will take up a wider dispute over the settlement, FuelFix reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday.
The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not stop payments while BP appeals the court's earlier ruling that businesses, under the settlement, don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.
BP will ask the Supreme Court to review Wednesday's ruling, company spokesman Geoff Morrell said in an emailed statement.
There was supposed to be a partnership vote this weekend to seal the proposed merger between Washington law firm Patton Boggs and Squire Sanders, but that was put on hold after a motion was filed Wednesday challenging a settlement Patton Boggs reached with Chevron over a case involving damage to the Amazon rainforest in Ecuador, The New York Times reports.
BP looks to be facing a class action suit from investors over allegations the company was misleading about the quantity of oil its blown-out Macondo well was sending into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, following a judge’s ruling Tuesday, FuelFix reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC said Wednesday it will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to decide whether businesses must prove they were directly harmed by the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect payments from a 2012 settlement.
The announcement came two days after judges of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 8-5 against reconsidering the issue. A three-judge panel of the circuit court in March had upheld a district court ruling that businesses did not need to prove direct harm.
The ongoing fight over compensation between Citgo – convicted on charges under the Clean Air Act -- and residents near one of its Corpus Christi refineries raises questions about whether laws really protect victims of environmental crimes, one of the lawyers in the case told National Journal.
With an appeals court rejecting BP’s request for a rehearing on its arguments about the settlement claims following its 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company’s remaining option for a challenge appears to be to try to bring the matter before the U.S. Supreme Court, FuelFix reports.
Rhea Suh -- an Interior assistant secretary who became the target of Republican anger during spring confirmation hearings – is leaving the government to become the president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the environmental group that some in the GOP charge is the driving force behind the administration’s carbon rule, The Washington Post reports.
Adviser John Podesta says President Obama will back initiatives that help countries build their resilience in the face of risks from climate change when he attends the U.N.’s climate summit in New York next week, National Journal reports.
The sanctions package up for a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Thursday is aimed at companies -- like Exxon Mobil, BP and Shell -- that finance unconventional oil projects in Russia, including drilling in the Arctic, in deep water and in shale, Platts reports.
A report from the Energy Information Administration showing a spike in U.S. inventories last week pressured oil prices Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery fell 46 cents to settle at $94.42 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London November Brent dipped 8 cents to $98.97, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron came up empty after investing money and scientists’ time in the search for commercially viable ways to get fuel from feedstocks, CEO John Watson told the Economic Club of Minnesota Tuesday, Bloomberg reports.
Environmentalists are encouraged by a ruling from U.S. District Court Judge R. Brooke Jackson in Colorado last week, which scrapped Obama administration moves to expand coal leasing on federal lands and also said regulators had to explain why they weren’t using a calculation on the social cost of carbon in making their decisions, E&E reports.
Now that solar modules are cheaper, SolarCity says it will install panels more densely on flat rooftops and put them angled toward each other in an east-west orientation, which should generate more power earlier and later in the day, at times when the electricity demand is higher, E&E reports.
By 2050 the Lincoln and Jefferson Memorials could end up as islands in a flooded Potomac River, under a scenario envisioned in a report issued by the Climate Central research group, according to The New York Times.