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.
A team of Florida scientists say they have linked the appearance of lesions in fish in the Gulf of Mexico can be directly traced to oil spilled from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, Reuters reports.
BEIJING (AP) — A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents, a government oil company said Tuesday.
The pipeline was damaged by construction work at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, allowing oil to flow into a sewage pipe, where it caught fire, China National Petroleum Corp. said in a statement. It said the oil burned for 25 minutes before being extinguished.
No deaths or injuries were reported. CNPC said 20,000 nearby residents were evacuated.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal appeals court in New Orleans said in a ruling posted Monday.
The case involves allegations that David Rainey failed to disclose information from BP PLC indicating that the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion could have been far higher than estimates that were being made publicly.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt had ruled in favor of defense lawyers, who said the law that Rainey was charged with breaking refers specifically to congressional committees, but not subcommittees.
BP should resume the claims process it shut down a week ago for people seeking damages in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill who have not signed on to the settlement agreement, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said in a statement Friday, The Hill reports.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Lawyers say thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history."
The offer comes as a British court Friday ruled the oil company can be legally liable for oil thefts if it fails to protect its pipeline infrastructure. Until now, Shell has paid compensation only for spills caused by equipment failure.
Some $35 million worth of oil is stolen daily in Nigeria.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have been granted additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer accused of deleting texts about the amount of oil flowing from a blown-out well during the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval granted the prosecutors' motion Thursday.
Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of juror misconduct in his 2013 trial.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill investigation.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of misconduct by a juror in his 2013 trial.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that deciding whether to appeal Duval's order will take time and will require involvement of top Justice Department officials. They asked for an exclusion from federal speedy-trial requirements. The Speedy Trial Act calls for a trial within 70 days of a new trial being ordered but also contains provisions for delays.
A subsidiary of Fluor Corp. which trained unemployed people to do beach cleanup work in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is suing BP over millions of dollars in workmen’s compensation claims it has had to pay out, FuelFix reports.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison Friday determined that the lawsuit filed by BP investors claiming the company misled them about the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill will go to trial next May, Reuters reports.
Analysts were speculating on whether the bear market in oil has found its floor, as prices increased early Wednesday on expectation data would show that gasoline stockpiles dropped last week. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery was up 22 cents to $82.71 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent gained 59 cents to $86.81, Bloomberg reports.
Big mining companies like BHP Billiton are producing more metallurgical coal, hoping that their economies of scale will help them make a profit even though prices remain stubbornly low, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some critics of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission praised departing chair Allison Macfarlane for her concerns about the safety of spent fuel, while the NRC itself refused to speculate on who might replace her after her exit in January, Politico reports.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, praised the partnership between Skyonic’s new carbon capture facility and Zachry Corp.’s neighboring cement plant as a model for the future, at Tuesday’s dedication ceremony for the Capitol SkyMine plant, the San Antonio Express-News reports.
More than 125,000 ads in 2014 Senate campaigns have the environment and climate change as their subjects, a record number that reflects the priorities of some of the wealthy donors who are paying for them, The New York Times reports.
If Democrats make a good showing on Election Day against Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. and chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, it would give them a boost toward winning the seat in two years’ time, National Journal reports.
Saying the bill had strong support from lawmakers and merely reinforces existing measures, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder Tuesday signed legislation backing the power of auto dealers and preventing Tesla Motors from selling directly to consumers, The Washington Post reports.
Talks between Russian and Ukrainian officials in Brussels Tuesday failed to produce a gas deal, but the issue remains on the table and EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger would like to see an agreement – which would secure gas supplies for Europe this winter -- signed next Wednesday, The New York Times reports.