COLUMBUS, Ky. (AP) — Clean up crews planned to go into the Mississippi River on Friday in Kentucky after a collision between two tow boats caused an oil spill that prompted the closure of that part of the river.
The collision Wednesday evening near Columbus, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying clarified slurry oil. The cargo tank ruptured, causing thousands of gallons of oil to spill into the river, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups signed a settlement agreement Thursday to resolve their lawsuit against a New Orleans company that has failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.
Taylor Energy Company announced details of the pact in a news release last week, but the agreement wasn't finalized and filed in federal court until Thursday.
PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says part of the Mississippi River has been closed as crews investigate and clean up an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats.
The Coast Guard says the collision Wednesday evening near Paducah, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying clarified slurry oil. The cargo tank was ruptured, causing an unknown amount of oil to spill into the river.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP is going back to a federal appeals court in a case involving businesses' damage claims from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The oil giant wants restitution of some of the money it paid in claims to businesses as part of a 2012 settlement. BP eventually won a revision in the way losses were calculated after arguing the settlement claims administrator wasn't correctly matching business's revenues and expenses.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans energy company said Thursday it has reached a settlement agreement with environmental groups in a lawsuit stemming from the company's failed efforts to stop a decade-old, slow-motion oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
A federal court filing Thursday stated that an agreement had been reached between Taylor Energy Company and the environmental groups. Taylor said in a news release it has agreed under the settlement to make a $300,000 donation to a Louisiana marine research consortium and to fund $100,000 in research on the ecological effects of small, long term leaks in the Gulf.
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — While a New Jersey judge approved the state's $225 million settlement with ExxonMobil, he expressed concern over delayed cleanup at a polluted creek, which a state lawmaker says could open up a route to appeal the decision.
Democratic state Sen. Raymond Lesniak said he believes Superior Court Judge Michael Hogan's concerns could give him an opportunity to appeal the judgment, ultimately with the goal of getting more money for the state but also starting the cleanup of Morses Creek in northern New Jersey. The creek is used in refinery operations to provide cooling water at the Linden, New Jersey, site.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Clusters of landlocked municipalities more than 100 miles from the Gulf Coast have secured millions of dollars in BP money through settlements designed to compensate local governments for lost tourism dollars and other economic damage from the company's 2010 oil spill, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.
This week, BP finished making approximately $687.4 million in settlement payments to 383 local government entities in the five Gulf states. Nearly $8 million of that money went to 32 government entities that are more than 100 miles from the coast, in places like the Mississippi Delta and suburbs of central Alabama, the records show.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is proposing to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade in an unprecedented step to curb climate change.
The administration's target is to cut methane from oil and gas drilling by 40 to 45 percent by 2025, compared to 2012 levels. The move was not unexpected - officials set the same goal in a preliminary blueprint in January. Still, by moving forward with the official proposal, President Barack Obama is adding to a list of energy regulations that have drawn applause from environmentalists and ire from energy advocates.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC's $18.7 billion settlement for its 2010 oil spill may not end lawsuits filed by two public university systems against the oil giant, a newspaper reported Sunday.
Since many details are under wraps, it hasn't been clear whether the settlement includes the universities, but the attorney handling the university systems' claims issued a statement last week saying he believes those claims remain open, The New Orleans Advocate reported.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge approved a $5 million settlement among the operators of an oil pipeline, the state of Arkansas and the federal government Wednesday, finding that the deal to end claims stemming from a spill two years ago satisfied the public interest even if it might not be the best pact possible.
Crude oil breached the Pegasus pipeline on March 29, 2013, oozing 3,190 barrels of oil onto land and water at Mayflower, 20 miles northwest of Little Rock. Exxon Mobil Corp. agreed to pay $3.19 million in fines to the federal government, plus nearly $1.9 million in fines, fees and other payments to Arkansas.
The big House energy bill has attracted amendments including several to expand crude exports, one to repeal the Renewable Fuel Standard, and one—filed by Energy Committee ranking member Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J.—to delay implementation of the bill until its impact on climate change is determined, E&E reports.
The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity estimates it will cost up to $292 billion for the energy sector to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan, and while EPA and green groups say that’s a big overestimate, utilities and grid operators have yet to weigh in, E&E reports.
Word that the decline in September U.S. crude production was smaller than the Energy Information Administration had predicted weighed on prices Monday. Light, sweet crude—which lost 11 percent this month—lost 6 cents on the January contract, settling at $41.65 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent was down 25 cents to $44.61, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Doug Lawler, who took over as CEO at troubled Chesapeake Energy Corp. two years ago, has dodged most public criticism even though the company continues to face problems after the significant spending cuts he has put in place, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency has told a federal appeals court that it has reversed its approval for Dow Chemical’s Enlist Duo while it reviews information from the company that the pesticide may be more toxic to plants than previously thought, The Hill reports.