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.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — State laws governing disputes over how to handle the cleanup of environmental damage caused by drilling years ago have been reworked under a bill supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal and now headed to his desk.
Final legislative passage came Tuesday with a 27-12 Senate vote, over the objections of senators who said it was inappropriate to make the new rules retroactively apply to cover hundreds of long-running lawsuits.
Sen. Robert Adley's bill changes the complex legal process for dealing with "legacy lawsuits" that seek compensation from energy companies that leased property and are blamed for damage from the drilling, such as contamination of ground water resources.
RIVER ROUGE, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality plans to reject a company's request to store piles of petroleum coke at an open riverfront site in River Rouge, an agency official said.
A public comment period about Detroit Bulk Storage's permit application begins Wednesday and runs through June 25, when there will be a public hearing about it. Although the agency won't officially rule on the application until after the hearing, it told the company Friday that it plans to reject it, department spokesman Brad Wurfel told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday refused to reconsider its previous ruling that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by BP's 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill to collect settlement payments.
The decision by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans could be a step toward resuming a claims process that was suspended after a district court ruling in December. However, BP spokesman Geoff Morrell said in an emailed statement Monday night that the British oil company is considering its legal options.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana's budget for next year doesn't include any money for the state's ongoing legal case against BP for damages caused by the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is asking lawmakers to add $15 million to the 2014-15 spending plans to continue the casework. Without it, Caldwell's office says it won't be able to pay its outside attorneys and experts working on the litigation in the fiscal year that begins July 1.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A geyser of oil sprayed onto buildings and puddled in knee-high pools of crude in Los Angeles streets after a valve on a high-pressure pipeline failed Thursday.
About 10,000 gallons of oil spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile of the industrial area of Atwater Village about 12:15 a.m., Fire Capt. Jaime Moore said.
Four commercial businesses near the border of Glendale were affected, as well as a strip club that was evacuated after oil came through air vents. The parking lot was closed, and patrons and employees were forced to leave behind their crude-coated cars.
The power substation in San Jose where a sniper attack last year raised concern about the security of the country’s grid has been breached again, according to Pacific Gas and Electric, which said thieves cut through a fence and stole some equipment, The New York Times reports.
A corn ethanol plant at the Port of Indiana-Mount Vernon, which Valero Energy Corp. bought in March, has restarted, FuelFix reports. It is expected to boost the company’s output to 1.3 billion gallons a year, making Valero the country’s third-largest ethanol producer.
Oil looks set to finish out the week higher in the wake of another positive piece of data on the U.S. economy, news of an unexpected rise in consumer confidence. West Texas Intermediate crude for October delivery was up 66 cents to $95.21 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude settled 35 cents higher to $102.81, Bloomberg reports.
Fighting in Tripoli may have been escalating, but in the east of Libya, the key oil port of Es Sider is once again getting a flow of crude from oilfields after exports there resumed last week following a one-year hiatus, an official told The Wall Street Journal.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., listed her parents’ home in New Orleans as her address in filing last week to qualify for the ballot in Louisiana, prompting some critics to question her residency status, The Washington Post reports.
Clean Air Act violations for the release of phosgene, methyl chloride and oleum at a West Virginia facility between 2006 and 2010 will cost DuPont $1.3 million in fines, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department said in announcing a settlement, The Hill reports.
A project to build a big $25 billion water tunnel system in Northern California poses water quality problems to the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and a possible threat to smelt and salmon, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a letter accompanying comments posted online, the Los Angeles Times reports.