NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for.
Thursday's finding by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sets the stage for next week's trial to determine BP's Clean Water Act penalties. The government has argued that the oil giant should pay as much as $4,300 per barrel spilled, which could mean in excess of $13 billion in penalties. BP argues that the per-barrel penalty should be less.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 7-6 against a rehearing. The court released its ruling Friday.
LIMA, Ohio (AP) — No dangerous contaminants were released into the air by an explosion at an oil refinery that was felt 10 miles away and sparked a fire that burned for more than 14 hours, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.
Testing was done by the U.S. EPA, Allen County and Husky Energy for a variety of contaminants, including benzene, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide and asbestos, Ohio EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community 55 million pounds (about $83.5 million) for the worst oil spill ever suffered in Nigeria.
Wednesday's agreement ends a three-year legal battle in Britain over two spills in 2008 that destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of mangroves and the fish and shellfish that sustained villagers of the Bodo community in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta.
Fines prosecutors are seeking in the Deepwater Horizon disaster were based on higher oil prices, not the levels in the market now, BP is arguing in court, according to papers the company filed Monday, FuelFix reports.
Companies will be liable for $134 million in damages from any offshore oil spill, up from the previous limit of $75 million, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Thursday, The Hill reports.
TORONTO (AP) — Lawyers for a group of Ecuadoran villagers are asking Canada's high court on Thursday to grant their clients access to Canadian courts to enforce a US$9.5-billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp for rainforest damage.
Lawyers have fought in several countries over who's responsible for pollution in the rain forest. They are arguing that the case should be heard in Canada because Chevron has a Canadian subsidiary.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian company responsible for a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan has agreed to pay about $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.
A federal judge must still approve the settlement reached last week by Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta. The company has agreed to pay about $2.2 million to residents and land owners of properties within 1,000 feet of the Kalamazoo River. Those who lived within 200 feet of the river will split a total payment of $250,000 and those who lived further away from the river, will each receive several hundred dollars, depending on the proximity.
After suing Exxon Mobil for $8.9 billion in damages for wetland contamination in northern New Jersey, the state has suddenly settled the case for $250 million shortly before a judge was expected to issue a ruling for damages, The New York Times reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s rules to limit power plant carbon emissions and clarify its jurisdiction over bodies of water are top of the hit list for lawmakers like Rep. Bill Flores, R-Fla., attending the Conservative Political Action Conference, McClatchy reports.
The American Meteorological Society has sent a letter to Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., saying that his investigation into the funding behind climate studies “sends a chilling message to all academic researchers,” National Journal reports.
The Forest Service needs to increase harvesting in the Tongass National Forest or timber mills in Alaska’s southeast will start to go bust, Energy and Natural Resources chair Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, told its chief Tom Tidwell at a hearing Thursday, E&E reports.
Fleet cards issued by the U.S. General Services Administration have been illegally used to pay for $2.4 million worth of gasoline by government workers filling up their own personal cars, News4 Washington reports.
The California state senate has announced it will hold three days of public hearings to examine the operations of the Public Utilities Commission, already in the spotlight for its closeness with the companies it regulates, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Members of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East will decide Monday whether to appeal a judge’s dismissal of their coastal erosion lawsuit against major oil and gas companies, The Associated Press reports.