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.
The Department of Energy has announced measures to cut methane emissions from the country’s natural gas industry including setting efficiency standards for natural gas compressors and offering incentives for infrastructure modernization, StateImpact Pennsylvania reports.
The latest round of sanctions the U.S. and Europe have announced against Russia over its actions in Ukraine, by withholding drilling technology, are aimed at Moscow’s ability to tap its Arctic and shale reserves, The New York Times reports.
With anticipation -– ahead of the release of government data Wednesday –- that stockpiles may have shrunk by more than a million barrels, benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery was up 47 cents to $101.44 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude dropped 37 cents to $107.35, Bloomberg reports.
Singer Jimmy Rose, invited by Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to testify at an Environmental Protection Agency hearing on its rule to limit carbon emissions from existing power plants, hopes to use his music to make his pro-coal message, National Journal reports.
Green groups -- including the Sierra Club and the Environmental Defense Fund -- rallied outside Environmental Protection Agency headquarters Tuesday to boost support for the EPA’s rule to limit carbon emissions from power plants as hearings about the regulations got underway, E&E reports.
Enterprise Products Partners will have to pay $535.8 million to Energy Transfer partners after backing out of a deal to build a pipeline together, a Dallas judge has determined, although legal experts believe the judgment will be appealed, FuelFix reports.
Second quarter profits for Anadarko Petroleum Corp. – which settled litigation over its Kerr-McGee acquisition for $15.5 billion earlier this year – were reported at $227 million, a 76 percent drop from the period a year earlier and below analysts’ expectations, although $4.44 billion in revenue beat predictions, according to The Wall Street Journal.
An important part of legislation needed to open up Mexico’s energy sector to private investment won approval in the lower house Tuesday, but the measure will need to return to the Senate there for further approval, FuelFix reports.
Federal agencies would have to make public the data they use to determine whether species are endangered, and would have to report to Congress on money and time spent on lawsuits related to the Endangered Species Act, under a bill to amend it that was approved by the House on a 233-190 vote Tuesday, The Hill reports.
Offers outnumbered bids in the first round of the Massachusetts auction of solar renewable energy certificates this year, so the results were scrapped, the terms will be changed and a second round of bidding will be held, Platts reports.