UN presses top European oil firms on decarbonization


Christiana Figueres, the United Nations climate chief, has written to European oil and gas firms including BP and Royal Dutch Shell, asking them to urgently ramp up their efforts to fight climate change, Reuters reports.


Pipeline firm couldn't reach staff at California spill site

LOS ANGELES (AP) — As thousands of gallons of crude oil from a ruptured pipeline spread along the California coast, its operator was unable to contact workers near the break to get information the company needed to alert federal emergency officials, records released Wednesday said.

Personnel for Plains All American Pipeline needed the precise location of the May 19 spill and an estimate of its size before notifying the National Response Center, according to the records released to federal elected officials.


Tar balls on California beaches traced to spill: Reports

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill washed up at least as far away as a Los Angeles County beach last month, according to test results released Monday.

The findings confirmed what was suspected by many after globs of oil began swamping Southern California beaches in the weeks after a pipeline dumped up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil on the coast May 19.


State: Tar from Santa Barbara spill washed up in LA County

LOS ANGELES (AP) — State officials say tar from the Santa Barbara oil spill last month washed up on a Los Angeles County beach.

Department of Fish and Wildlife officials said Monday that a tar ball found May 27 on Manhattan Beach was traced to the spill.


Workers clean up oil spill on California beaches by hand

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Along a stretch of beach heavily marred by a crude oil spill, workers in hard hats and white protective suits use wire brushes and putty knives to scrape the black liquid off cobblestones and cliff faces.

The painstaking task at Refugio State Beach marks a new front in the cleanup after an underground pipeline leaked last month and released up to 101,000 gallons of oil, about 21,000 gallons of which flowed into a storm drain, sullied the beach and washed out to sea. Because the region is home to threatened shorebirds and cultural resources, a decision was made early on to clean oil-stained beaches the old-fashioned way by using hand tools instead of heavy equipment or chemicals.


Beach near oil spill to reopen, as probe continues on break

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A popular Central California beach closed last month after a crude oil spill near Santa Barbara will reopen next week, state officials said Thursday.

El Capitan State Beach is about 3 miles east of the site where a pipeline ruptured May 19, releasing up to 101,000 gallons of oil. About 21,000 gallons flowed into the Pacific Ocean, creating a 9-mile slick on the water.


California oil spill cleanup costs $62 million

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday.

Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete, Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press.


Request by Exxon to haul oil after pipeline break denied

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Officials denied a request Tuesday by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state's largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

The move came on the same day that California lawmakers formed a special legislative committee to investigate the May spill that caused as much as 101,000 gallons of oil to blacken beaches and create an ocean slick.


NTSB blames 2014 ship channel collision, oil spill on tugboat

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A tugboat captain's decision to try to beat a cargo ship into the Houston Ship Channel is the probable cause of a 2014 collision that spilled 168,000 gallons of oil that drifted up to 200 miles down the Texas Gulf coast, according to a federal report issued Tuesday.

The National Transportation Safety Board also said in its report that the failure of a ship channel navigator and the Summer Wind master to set a safe speed in the fog-shrouded channel contributed to the accident. The NTSB also cited the failure of the tugboat captain and navigator to establish early radio communication.


Spill claims deadline triggered last minute rush

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Joe Baroni knew he was cutting it close.

"We filled all this out over the weekend," he said, clutching a sheaf of documents as he stood in line behind a couple of dozen other people Monday, hoping to file a claim for economic damages from the 2010 BP oil spill ahead of a midnight deadline.


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