LECLAIRE, Iowa (AP) — A towboat sank Monday in the Mississippi River near the Quad Cities-area community of LeClaire, releasing oil into the water and prompting a response from several agencies who were trying to determine how much fluid leaked, the Coast Guard said.
BEIJING (AP) — China's president on Sunday visited hospitalized victims of deadly explosions that ripped through residential and commercial roads from a ruptured pipeline owned by the country's largest oil refiner.
Steven Donziger, a lawyer who helped Ecuadorean plaintiffs win an $18.5 billion pollution judgment against Chevron Corp., denied during testimony before a federal judge that he won the case through bribery, Reuters reports.
NEW YORK (AP) — In an epic legal battle pitting Amazon rainforest tribes against energy giant Chevron, a former Ecuadorean judge claims another judge there took a $500,000 bribe. The second judge, however, says it's all a lie.
International Energy Agency Chief Economist Fatih Birol said expanded oil sands production and use won't make a significant impact on climate change when compared with conventional oil emissions, The Globe and Mail reports.
In prepared testimony set for delivery next week, Steven Donziger, the lawyer who won an $18 billion judgment against Chevron in Ecuador and now faces fraud allegations, will acknowledge mistakes but question the validity of Chevron's allegations, The New York Times reports.
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish court on Wednesday acquitted all three people charged in the sinking of the Prestige oil tanker off Spain's northwestern coast 11 years ago, which triggered a major environmental catastrophe.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Amnesty International accuses Nigeria's biggest petroleum producer, Shell, of manipulating oil spill investigations and documents in cases where the rights group says the company has wrongly reported on the cause and volume of pollution devastating the Niger Delta and made false claims about cleanup measures.
U.S. utilities are preparing to make expensive investments to improve nuclear plant safety to meet new post-Fukushima standards, with Exelon expected to spend as much as $500 million across its 17 reactors, The New York Times reports.
Despite increased calls for approving liquefied natural gas exports to Ukraine, a limited interest among energy companies and the current regulatory process means it would take years to make any significant impact on Russia's energy influence, Bloomberg reports.
The public comment period on the State Department's Keystone XL pipeline review ended on Friday, with opponents sending more than 2 million comments opposing the project, doubling the comments in support of the pipeline, The Washington Post reports.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and 27 other Senate Democrats will stage an all-nighter on Monday to push lawmakers to accept climate change as a scientific fact, but vulnerable senators will not be participating, The Hill reports.
Beyond urging imports of U.S. liquefied natural to Ukraine, European officials are considering reversing natural gas pipelines and limiting purchases of Russian energy in an effort to limit Russia's influence in Ukraine, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Despite a fall in average gasoline prices from recent years, the American Public Transportation Association said in an annual report that Americans used public transportation at the highest recorded rate since 1956, The New York Times reports.
The Transportation Department and the American Association of Railroads have released a list of urban areas where freight trains carrying crude oil will be required to slow down, but some lawmakers are urging a wider list of areas, National Journal reports.
The Edison Electric Institute is lobbying the Obama administration and state governments to limit new restrictions on coal-fired plants and nuclear generators, citing a need to keep electricity prices low during extremely cold weather, Bloomberg reports.
Renewable energy companies are increasing their interest in wind and wave energy projects off the coast of Oregon, but it's uncertain how much environmentalist resistance and regulatory processes will affect the trend, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency dismissed a claim from by an advocacy group that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's administration shut off an air pollution monitor during the controversial George Washington Bridge lane closings last year, Politico reports.