CINCINNATI (AP) — An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.
The spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened around 11:15 p.m. Monday, said Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen. She said the spill at the W.C. Beckjord Station occurred during a routine transfer of fuel oil from a larger tank to smaller ones and was stopped within about 15 minutes.
Coast Guard Lt. Katherine Cameron says the spill is considered medium-sized, a designation that applies to inland leaks between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons of oil.
Five Gulf Coast states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida – will split money BP paid in fines after its 2010 spill disaster, having to spend much of it on economic, ecological and ecosystem restoration, under a Treasury Department rule unveiled Wednesday that’s due to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, The Hill reports.
HOPEDALE, Louisiana (AP) — Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew in the U.S.'s worst offshore oil disaster, spilling millions of gallons off Louisiana's coast in 2010.
Fisherman Randy Slavich dragged a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed recently in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations before the spill, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters.
His cage-like net pulled up dozens of empty, lifeless oyster shells.
GALENA PARK, Texas (AP) — Environmental advocates and residents living near oil refineries asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to force petroleum companies to adopt stricter emissions standards and publicly release emissions data to help reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.
By midafternoon, about 60 people had addressed the federal agency during a hearing on the EPA's proposal to compel refineries — for the first time — to monitor and report emissions of benzene to nearby communities.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For the first time in its history, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will have to disclose the amount of pollutants its dams are sending into waterways in a groundbreaking legal settlement that could have broad implications for the Corps' hundreds of dams nationwide.
The Corps announced in a settlement Monday that it will immediately notify the conservation group that filed the lawsuit of any oil spills among its eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers in Oregon and Washington.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Little action has been taken to clean up pollution caused by oil production in Nigeria's Niger Delta region, either by the government or Shell Oil, Amnesty International and other groups charged Monday.
Oil production has contaminated the drinking water of at least 10 communities in the Ogoniland area but neither the Nigerian government nor Royal Dutch Shell's Nigeria subsidiary have taken effective measures to restore the fouled environment, said the new report by Amnesty International, Friends of The Earth Europe, Center for Environment, Human Rights and Development, Environmental Rights Action, and Platform.
WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — This week's fire at a Williston oil field supply company likely burned dozens of different chemicals that were stored there, an emergency official said Wednesday.
Williams County Emergency Manager Mike Hallesy added that the fire at Red River Supply will need to be fully extinguished before investigators can determine what caused it. He also said the half-mile voluntary evacuation zone that was cordoned off has been lifted, since the fire is mostly out.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The August retrial of a former BP engineer accused of obstructing justice in an investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has been postponed while an appeals court decides whether a judge was right to throw out his earlier conviction.
Federal prosecutors allege that Kurt Mix illegally deleted text messages to and from a supervisor and a BP contractor involving the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion.
The Environmental Protection Agency would limit the amount of mercury, dioxins, acid gas and other substances used in the process of making bricks and clay, under a prospective rule published in the Federal Register that is open for public comment for 60 days, The Hill reports.
Michael Goggin at the American Wind Energy Association is warning that the North American Electric Reliability Corp.’s decision to hire Energy Ventures Analysis Inc. to review the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan risks its credibility given what he calls the firm’s “stark bias” against the proposal, but NERC is defending its selection, citing its long track record with the firm and its transparent analysis process, E&E reports.
The failure of past drilling projects offshore Cuba will likely signal a cautious approach to the prospect from major oil companies despite the thaw in relations between Washington and Havana, FuelFix reports.
Uncertainty over crude oil prices -– presently at five-year lows -– has prompted Chevron to put an indefinite hold on its Arctic drilling plans in Canada, the company told regulators Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Marathon Oil Corp. has trimmed its budget by about a fifth – cutting around $1 billion from 2014 spending levels – citing the “continuing dynamic change in crude oil markets” and the impact that is having on oilfield services, FuelFix reports.
Word that oil companies are trimming their plans for future exploration and production gave a boost to oil prices early Thursday, on the back of a hike the day before. U.S. benchmark crude for January delivery had gained $1.83 to $58.30 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London February Brent was up $2.09 at $63.27, Reuters reports.
Rice Energy has raised about $412 million from its initial public offering of shares in Rice Midstream Partners, less than the $500 million it expected, in large part because the crash in oil prices has brought down prices for energy stocks generally, analysts told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Three Democratic lawmakers -- Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey of Massachusetts, and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin – have sent a letter to President Obama warning of their concerns over the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a prospective trade pact with Asia, The Washington Post reports.
At least five power plant operators have signalled they’ll be bringing plants back on line or boosting their generating capacity following creation of a new capacity zone in southern New York, according to the New York Independent System Operator, Platts reports.