Allenco Energy has promised to spend $700,000 on upgrades to its South Los Angeles oil production facility after complaints about odors and health problems triggered a probe by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Los Angeles Times reports.
GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, Fla. (AP) — For Dan Brown, seeing the globs of orange and brown oil that washed up along the Florida Panhandle's 58 miles of protected national park beaches four years ago was like a punch in the stomach.
But now, those beaches are clean and Brown, the superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, is celebrating the park's resiliency with a kayak trip from one end to the other. Community leaders and residents joined Brown for parts of his journey around the seashore that was marred after a BP oil platform exploded in April of 2010, causing millions of gallons of oil to flow into the Gulf.
HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.
Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine alleges in court documents filed earlier this month that the March 22 collision, which occurred after the ship struck a barge the tugboat had been pulling, was caused by gross negligence on the part of the ship's owner, Sea Galaxy Marine based in Liberia in West Africa. In its own court filings, Sea Galaxy says the collision was not its fault.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January's trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Jan. 20 date for the trial was set earlier this year by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. It will be the third phase of litigation to determine penalties arising from the disaster.
Oil continues to wash up on some Louisiana beaches four years after the Deepwater Horizon sinking sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a number of area residents remain angry and resentful despite BP paying out billions of dollars in compensation, Reuters reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A former BP employee who was a coordinator during the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to settle federal charges of using confidential information on the seriousness of the spill to profit illegally from trading in BP stock.
The Securities and Exchange Commission announced the settlement of civil insider-trading charges with Keith Seilhan, saying he agreed to pay $224,118. Seilhan neither admitted nor denied the SEC's allegations but agreed to refrain from future violations of securities laws.The agency says Seilhan was a crisis manager in BP's incident command center in Houma, Louisiana, and coordinated the initial cleanup operations after the spill that occurred April 20, 2010.
The SEC says he received private company information on the magnitude of the disaster, such as estimates of oil flow.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former U.S. attorney in Baton Rouge heads up a new three-member audit panel appointed to review the settlement program arising from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Raymond Lamonica, now a law professor at LSU, was appointed Wednesday by the federal judge overseeing litigation that followed the spill. Also named to the panel were accountant Lloyd Tate and LSU accounting professor Larry Crumbley.
After meeting with White House adviser John Podesta along with eight other Democratic senators, Sen. Al Franken of Minnesota told reporters he believes the EPA will increase its biofuels blending targets when it sets final levels for the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard, Platts reports.
The Transportation Secretary is defending his department’s proposed rule to improve oil train safety – faced with environmentalists’ demands to pull old DOT-111 tank cars from service immediately, Anthony Foxx said on PBS that the transition away from them will take time given the percentage of them in service now, The Hill reports.
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Board of Immigration Appeals last month in a complicated case where the statute in question was ambiguous, which may be a preview of legal challenges to the Environmental Protection Agency’s rule to limit carbon emissions for power plants based on the Clean Air Act, E&E reports.
Russian oil giant Rosneft is working on a plan to reduce the impact of Western sanctions on its operations, CEO and sanctions target Igor Sechin said in a statement as the company reported a jump in pre-sanctions second quarter net income to $4.9 billion, Reuters reports.
The Office of Surface Mining has issued hundreds of environmental violations including cessation orders, while $2 million in unpaid penalties have piled up on coal mines in five states that are owned by billionaire James Justice, according to an investigation by E&E.
Instead of an expected slowdown, Texas 2013 oil production increased to a level near the record set in 1972, pushed by higher oil prices that climbed on international unrest, according to an industry analysis, FuelFix reports.
More utilities are joining Germany’s balancing market, where the government pays them to add or cut power to the grid within seconds to balance out surges and drops caused by increasing reliance on wind and solar energy, Bloomberg reports.
Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who’s challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in a key election contest, said at the Heritage Foundation Thursday that even lawmakers from states that have imposed fracking bans voted in favor of his legislation to push LNG exports, The Hill reports.
Despite increasing violence in parts of Libya including the capital, a tanker has arrived in Brega and should leave next week bound for Genoa loaded with 750,000 barrels of crude, the port said on its Facebook page, according to The Wall Street Journal.