NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal jury has found a former BP executive not guilty of making false statements to investigators in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Prosecutors said David Rainey, in the early days of the spill, manipulated calculations to match a far-too-low government estimate of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf following the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. However, defense attorneys said Rainey's figures were made honestly and that he had no reason to lie.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Testimony is over and closing arguments were set for Friday in the federal trial of a former BP executive charged with lying to investigators about oil spill calculations he made following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion.
Jurors were expected to begin deliberating the single count against David Rainey by midday. Conviction of making a false statement carries a possible prison sentence of up to five years.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two weeks before an oil pipeline rupture spilled over 100,000 gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast, a test was run that would reveal serious wear in that stretch of corroded pipe.
Preliminary results showing the pipe lost nearly half the metal near the break vastly underestimated just how thin the pipe had become. Federal regulators said Wednesday that examination indicated more than 80 percent of the pipe had worn down.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A German shipping company on probation for dumping oily water off California in 2013 was sentenced Wednesday to pay $750,000 for a repeat offense in Alaska.
A ship owned by Herm. Dauelsberg GmbH & Co. KG discharged an estimated 1,780 gallons of oily water in U.S. waters on a trip from China to Dutch Harbor in the Aleutian Islands earlier this year, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pipeline rupture that spilled an estimated 101,000 gallons of crude oil near Santa Barbara last month occurred along a badly corroded section that had worn away to a fraction of an inch in thickness, according to federal regulators.
The preliminary findings released Wednesday by the federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration point to a possible cause of the May 19 spill that blackened popular beaches and created a 9-mile slick in the Pacific Ocean.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The case of a former BP executive accused of lying over estimates of the oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from a well blowout five years ago should go to the jury Friday, according to the judge who’s presiding over the trial.
The first witness Wednesday will be Charles Henry of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt said.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive manipulated early estimates of the amount of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico after a 2010 rig explosion to conform to a low government estimate, then lied about it to federal agents, a prosecutor told jurors Tuesday.
Defense attorneys countered that David Rainey's estimates were the best he could do as he and other BP officials worked to shut down the flow of oil after the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and that he had no reason to lie roughly a year later when questioned about his calculations.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge on Monday tossed out one of two pending charges against a former BP executive the federal government accuses of trying to hide the severity of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt threw out a charge of obstruction of Congress against David Rainey, BP's former vice president of exploration for the Gulf of Mexico, according to The Advocate.
The Justice Department told a federal judge that it could take up to two months to formally publish the Environmental Protection Agency's final Clean Power Plan in the Federal Register, a development that would further delay legal action against the rules, The Hill reports.
Some Alaska native leaders remain undeterred by warnings of more extreme weather from a changing climate, with most in the North Slope region embracing expanded oil and gas development both onshore and in Arctic waters, E&E reports.
The administration of Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, intends to develop a compliance plan for the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan and will not join current legal challenges to the rule, the Lansing State Journal reports.
Four environmental groups plan to launch a multi-million-dollar ad campaign against four Republican senators up for reelection in 2016 who opposed carbon regulations: Rob Portman of Ohio, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, The Hill reports.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said his country doesn't plan "significant cuts" to its oil production to help stabilize global prices, but output could decrease if prices continue to dwindle, Reuters reports.
Oil prices slid 8 percent Monday morning, reversing gains from a day earlier, as concerns mounted that China's manufacturing sector is contracting at the fastest rate in three years, Reuters reports. U.S. crude was down $3.91 to $45.92 per barrel and Brent crude fell $4.32 to $49.83 a barrel.