BEIJING (AP) — A leaking oil pipeline caught fire in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian, forcing the evacuation of nearly 20,000 residents, a government oil company said Tuesday.
The pipeline was damaged by construction work at about 6:30 p.m. on Monday, allowing oil to flow into a sewage pipe, where it caught fire, China National Petroleum Corp. said in a statement. It said the oil burned for 25 minutes before being extinguished.
No deaths or injuries were reported. CNPC said 20,000 nearby residents were evacuated.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive can be tried on a charge that he obstructed a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill, a federal appeals court in New Orleans said in a ruling posted Monday.
The case involves allegations that David Rainey failed to disclose information from BP PLC indicating that the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion could have been far higher than estimates that were being made publicly.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt had ruled in favor of defense lawyers, who said the law that Rainey was charged with breaking refers specifically to congressional committees, but not subcommittees.
BP should resume the claims process it shut down a week ago for people seeking damages in the wake of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill who have not signed on to the settlement agreement, Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., said in a statement Friday, The Hill reports.
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Lawyers say thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history."
The offer comes as a British court Friday ruled the oil company can be legally liable for oil thefts if it fails to protect its pipeline infrastructure. Until now, Shell has paid compensation only for spills caused by equipment failure.
Some $35 million worth of oil is stolen daily in Nigeria.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors have been granted additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer accused of deleting texts about the amount of oil flowing from a blown-out well during the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval granted the prosecutors' motion Thursday.
Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of juror misconduct in his 2013 trial.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal prosecutors are asking a judge for additional time to decide whether they should appeal an order throwing out the conviction of a former BP engineer in connection with the 2010 Gulf oil spill investigation.
U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval ruled last week that Kurt Mix was entitled to a new trial on an obstruction-of-justice charge because of misconduct by a juror in his 2013 trial.
Prosecutors said Tuesday that deciding whether to appeal Duval's order will take time and will require involvement of top Justice Department officials. They asked for an exclusion from federal speedy-trial requirements. The Speedy Trial Act calls for a trial within 70 days of a new trial being ordered but also contains provisions for delays.
A subsidiary of Fluor Corp. which trained unemployed people to do beach cleanup work in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, is suing BP over millions of dollars in workmen’s compensation claims it has had to pay out, FuelFix reports.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison Friday determined that the lawsuit filed by BP investors claiming the company misled them about the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill will go to trial next May, Reuters reports.
Researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, writing in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Thursday, report that sand clumps filled with oil identified by biomarkers as coming from the BP Gulf of Mexico spill in 2010 continue to wash up on shore, National Journal reports.
Speculation that OPEC will agree to cut production at its meeting this week sent oil prices higher early Tuesday, although trading was light as many investors appeared to be waiting for an actual decision. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery gained 27 cents to $76.05 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent was 43 cents higher at $80.11, Bloomberg reports.
American Energy, led by ex-Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon, is to buy 14,000 acres in West Texas from Tall City Exploration for $440 million, a move that would double the company’s footprint in the Permian Basin, FuelFix reports.
John Raymond’s Energy & Minerals group has invested some $3.2 billion in companies set up by former Chesapeake CEO Aubrey McClendon, but retains an unusual level of control over decision-making, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Nearly two-thirds of voters back Environmental Protection Agency moves to more strictly regulate air pollution, according to a poll conducted for the American Lung Association by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research ahead of a Dec. 1 deadline for EPA to propose new ozone standards, The Hill reports.
Environmentalists and entrepreneurs in the renewable energy sector are pushing Florida’s Public Service Commission to set tougher efficiency standards when it meets Tuesday to set targets through 2019, a move opposed by Florida Power & Light Co., the Sun Sentinel reports.
Backers of clean and renewable energy, alongside two energy experts, have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in Minnesota’s appeal of a judge’s rejection of some of its Next Generation Energy Act, which restricts the importing of coal-generated power into the state, a law challenged by North Dakota as being unconstitutional, the StarTribune reports.
High winds knocked out power to some 245,000 customers in southeastern Michigan around Ypsilanti Monday, and officials from DTE Energy Co. and CMS Energy Corp. told the Associated Press some 95,000 remained without electricity Tuesday morning.
Sandbags are protecting property and storm drains appear to be handling the runoff as a potential flood crisis seems to be easing in Buffalo as snow from the city’s massive storm melts, although forecasters warn the potential for problems remains until Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.
At its chocolate factory in Fawdon, Nestle is using an anaerobic process to get electricity from a 200 kilowatt unit designed by Clearfleau, which runs on chocolate that is out-of-date or would otherwise be discarded, National Journal reports.
A chunk of either Coal India or Oil & Natural Gas Corp. will go on the market in early December, a finance ministry official told The Wall Street Journal, as India’s government moves to raise billions of dollars to reduce its deficit by courting private investors.