LOS ANGELES (AP) — More than two months after oil from a ruptured pipeline fouled California beaches, documents released Wednesday disclosed that the spill might have been far larger than earlier projected.
Plains All American Pipeline had estimated that the May 19 break along a corroded section of pipe near Santa Barbara released up to 101,000 gallons of crude. The resulting mess forced a popular state park to shut down for two months, and goo from the spill washed up on beaches as far as 100 miles away.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coast Guard officials were still trying to determine the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick off California's Santa Barbara County shoreline, but a scientist said Thursday that it's likely the result of naturally occurring seepage from the sea floor.
Authorities said the 3-mile sheen was harmless to people and beaches remained open — in contrast to the mass closure that occurred in May when a broken pipeline spilled 100,000 gallons of crude oil, fouling sands, seabirds and fishing areas in the same general area.
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Beachgoers were warned to avoid tar balls on Thursday along the Santa Barbara shoreline as the Coast Guard sought the source of a mysterious miles-long oil slick that floated up 1,000 yards from the sand.
Authorities said the three-mile sheen was harmless to people and beaches remained open — in contrast to the mass closure that occurred in May when a broken pipeline spilled 100,000 gallons of crude oil, fouling sands, seabirds and fishing areas in the same general area.
GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — A large oil slick mysteriously appeared Wednesday off the Southern California coast about a dozen miles from where a broken pipeline spilled thousands of gallons of crude into the ocean in May.
The sheen was initially reported as about 50 feet to 60 feet wide about 1,000 yards off the Santa Barbara County city of Goleta, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Andrea Anderson. But county fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said it was "very large" and its current size would be determined when a Coast Guard helicopter arrived to fly over it.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge says BP will begin paying up to $1 billion in settlements to compensate local governments across the Gulf Coast for lost tax revenue and other economic damages they blame on the company's 2010 oil spill.
An order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said all of the payments to local governments must be made within 30 days.
BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese court says it has accepted a case brought by a social organization against oil giants ConocoPhillips China and China National Offshore Oil Corp. over oil spills in northern China in 2011.
It is the first case brought by a social organization over maritime pollution since China changed its law to allow registered non-government organizations who have been dealing with environmental issues for at least five years to sue heavy polluters.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer who won a new trial in a criminal case arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill is expected to learn the date of that trial next week.
Federal prosecutors accused Kurt Mix of deleting text messages about the amount of oil flowing from BP's Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Mix was acquitted on one criminal count in 2013. But he was convicted on an obstruction of justice charge.
Residents are appealing to Pope Francis to intervene to stop AllenCo Energy Inc. from restarting an oil operation on church land in a south L.A. neighborhood, where people had become ill from noxious fumes, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Nexen Senior Vice President Ron Bailey says it will likely take the company months to find out exactly why a leaking pipeline spilled more than 31,500 barrels of emulsion in northern Alberta, Reuters reports.
Major oil companies like Royal Dutch Shell and BP have joined environmental groups in backing carbon tax proposals, but their motivation lies in the boost such plans would give to their natural gas business, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A federal judge ruled Monday that Anadarko Petroleum Corp. must pay $159.5 million in fines for its share in the Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, less than the amount the government was seeking and a fraction of what BP has had to pay, FuelFix reports.
As the permitting process gets underway for Northshore Mining Company’s requested expansion of a taconite mine in northeastern Minnesota, Native American tribes and environmentalists are concerned about the lack of limits for the levels of metals in water leaving the area, MinnPost reports.
The Alberta Securities Commission has ruled that Canadian Oil Sands Ltd. shareholders have until Jan. 4 to decide on a hostile takeover bid from Suncor Energy Inc., a month later than the deadline that Suncor had tried to impose, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says that since 1993, sea levels have been rising an average of 3.2 millimeters a year, nearly twice the rate seen during the 20th century, The New York Times reports.
A paper published in the journal Nature Climate Change identified 164 organizations and 4,556 individuals affiliated with them as the primary drivers of doubt in the U.S. over climate science, Bloomberg reports.
Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul has included in his regularly issued “Waste Report” a grant of $450,000 from the Department of Energy for a video game designed to make students more aware of the effects of climate change, The Hill reports.