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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., announced Friday that the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act has acquired two more co-sponsors, bringing the total of backers for the measure to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act to a filibuster-proof 60, National Journal reports.
Fourteen senators from both sides of the aisle, many from ethanol-producing states, went to the White House Thursday to tell chief of staff Denis McDonough that the Environmental Protection Agency should make a bold move when it finalizes three years’ worth of blending mandates under the Renewable Fuel Standard next month, The Hill reports.
Control of Miller Energy Resources Inc. will be handed over to an affiliate of Apollo Global Management LLC and J.P. Morgan Chase unit Highbridge, under an agreement in place as the Texas-based Alaska driller filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A sharp drop in the overall U.S. rig count—to levels not seen since 2002—sent oil prices rebounding Friday. West Texas Intermediate Crude for November delivery jumped 80 cents, or 1.8 percent, to settle at $45.54 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent gained 44 cents to $48.13, Marketwatch reports.
SolarCity says it plans to start producing a panel with an output of 22 percent—which it touts as a 40-percent improvement in efficiency—at its Silicon Valley factory this month, The New York Times reports.
“Storage is the solution” to integrating solar energy into the grid, SunPower Corp. CEO Tom Werner told E&E in an interview, adding that he thought the utility industry and the grid would be transformed within a decade.
The International Energy Agency expects the growth of the renewable energy sector to level off, meaning it will fall short of what’s needed “to meet ambitious climate change mitigation goals,” the agency's renewable chief told The Washington Post.