State, feds to weigh options in Exxon Valdez case

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state and federal governments have told a federal judge they are reviewing information from studies on the lingering effects of the Exxon Valdez oil spill and will be deciding how to proceed in a continuing legal case.

Lawsuits brought against Exxon Mobil Corp. by the governments following the 1989 disaster led to a $900 million settlement and 1991 consent decree that resolved claims related to natural resource damages. The decree, however, included what's known as a "reopener" clause that would allow the governments to seek additional work for restoration projects.


Crews work to clean up oil in Ohio nature preserve

CINCINNATI (AP) — Crews worked Wednesday to prevent the spread of more than 10,000 gallons of oil that leaked into a southwest Ohio nature preserve and clean up the mess, a task expected to take several days.

Workers put berms and barriers in place and dug containment ditches before rain fell Wednesday at the 374-acre Oak Glen Nature Preserve, west of Cincinnati. They vacuumed crude from the wooded ravine and wetlands where it leaked, and planned to build an access road for heavy equipment.


Cleanup at ND oil train crash almost complete

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Cleanup of an oil train derailment on the outskirts of a small southeastern North Dakota town "is all but complete," a state health official said Wednesday.

"We've identified a couple of small spots that still smell of oil, but cleanup for the most part is done," said Dave Glatt, chief of North Dakota Department of Health's environmental health section.


Lawyer appeals NY judge's ruling in Chevron Ecuador case


Steven Donziger filed an appeal in federal court in Manhattan Tuesday challenging a ruling by U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan that dismissed a multimillion dollar award the lawyer won in Ecuador against Chevron Corp., Bloomberg reports.


Oil seeps into LA neighborhood near Wilmington Oil Field

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oil is seeping into a residential Los Angeles neighborhood and authorities are trying to figure out where it's coming from.

City News Service says the oil began pooling on North Neptune Avenue in the Wilmington area at about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Workers from the City of Los Angeles hazardous materials team along with a private company are tracking the source of the oil.


Pipeline leaks thousands of gallons of oil in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — A cleanup effort is underway in a southwest Ohio nature preserve where thousands of gallons of crude oil leaked from an interstate pipeline.

Federal and state environmental officials and local authorities and an environmental cleanup contractor were on the scene Tuesday after the leak in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve. Workers are vacuuming oil from a wetlands area. Authorities say the oil pipeline was shut off and the spill has been contained.

The leak occurred near the Great Miami River, but Cincinnati water officials say it won't affect the public water supply.


North Dakota regulator: oil company could be fined

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — A Colorado oil company probably will be sanctioned for not heeding a warning to properly secure a North Dakota well that was swamped by floodwaters and spilled oil near the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, a state health official said Monday.

Environmental geologist Kris Roberts said potential fines or other actions were "likely" against Denver-based Zavanna LLC, after up to 1,400 gallons of oil spilled from its well site into floodwaters in the area southwest of Williston.


Oil mars Ala. swamp months after crude train crash

ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Environmental regulators promised an aggressive cleanup after a tanker train hauling 2.9 million gallons of crude oil derailed and burned in a west Alabama swamp in early November amid a string of North American oil train crashes.

So why is dark, smelly crude oil still oozing into the water four months later?

The isolated wetland smelled like a garage when a reporter from The Associated Press visited last week, and the charred skeletons of burned trees rose out of water covered with an iridescent sheen and swirling, weathered oil. A snake and a few minnows were some of the few signs of life.


Contracts ban lifting is big step for BP: Analysts

The New York Times

The government decision to allow BP to resume bidding on new federal contracts is a major step on the road to the company's return to normal, although analysts caution the significant impact will take a while to be felt, boosting investor confidence, The New York Times reports.


Scientists to use sub to examine sea floor near blown Macondo well

The Times-Picayune

Four years after the Macondo well blew out and sank the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, a team of scientists will be using the Alvin submersible to examine the sea floor for any lingering effects of the oil and gas, The Times-Picayune reports.


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