A second $500 million dollar round of payments to seafood workers from BP in the wake of its 2010 spill has gotten the go-ahead from U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who turned away the company’s efforts to block them, The Times-Picayune reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A conservation agency has announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the latest projects Monday. It marks the second round of grants from a program funded as a result of plea agreements between the U.S. Justice Department, BP and Transocean.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no early evidence of contamination from an energy boom that's already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday.
However, the U.S. Geological Survey cautioned that the tests could have missed contamination from surface spills or leaking well casings. That's because water can take many hundreds of years to migrate beneath the surface, meaning contamination might not have reached USGS sample sites.
Sunoco Logistics said Monday the malfunction in its Mid-Valley Pipeline in Louisiana four weeks ago spilled 500 more barrels of oil into the Tete Bayou than it had originally reported, as the flow resumed at 80 percent pressure, according to The Shreveport Times.
In a consent decree filed in District Court in Texas, Superior Crude Gathering Inc. has agreed to pay $1.6 million for violations of the Clean Water Act for spilling 2,200 barrels of crude into a wetland four years ago, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, UPI reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The BP oil spill left an oily "bathub ring" on the sea floor that's about the size of Rhode Island, the smallest U.S state at 1,200 square miles (3,100 sq km), new research shows.
The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research ships, estimates that about 10 million (38 million liters) gallons of oil coagulated on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico around the damaged Deepwater Horizons oil rig.
No scientific link has been established that ties infant deaths to chemicals from oil and gas drilling, but with clusters of fatalities in areas of heavy drilling in Utah's Uinta Basin and near Glenwood Springs, Colorado, researchers are working to see if they can establish one, The Denver Post reports.
An analysis of state environmental data by the Natural Resources Defense Council found that 5 million people in California already live within a mile of an active oil or gas well, and expanding drilling could expose them to greater health risks, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Oil prices surged 8.3 percent in Friday trading as rig data suggested a slowdown in shale oil development, with Brent crude rising $3.86 to $52.99 a barrel and U.S. crude climbing $3.71 to settle at $48.24 a barrel, Reuters reports.
A survey conducted by Reuters reports that OPEC output rose by 130,000 barrels per day in January as Angola boosted exports and Persian Gulf producers kept steady or increased output, a signal that some members plan to stay the course on maintaining output despite low oil prices.
Despite the collapse of crude oil prices last year, the latest Commerce Department report of gross domestic output showed outlays for new oil rigs and wells rose 8.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014, even as equipment spending across all U.S. businesses fell, Bloomberg reports.
Chevron CEO John Watson, after his company reported lower profits and announced budget cuts, voiced optimism for long-term industry prospects, saying the price of oil will have to rise above $50 per barrel to support new exploration to meet energy needs, FuelFix reports.
A new poll conducted by The New York Times, Stanford University and Resources for the Future suggests that more than two-thirds of Americans, including 48 percent of Republicans, say they consider themselves more likely to support a candidate who supports action to combat climate change.
The National Biodiesel Board in a letter to the Environmental Protection Agency voiced frustration with the agency's delayed implementation of biodiesel mandates, saying the slow movement has caused some producers to reduce staff and forced others into bankruptcy, The Hill reports.
A survey of economists by Bloomberg projects that many of the world's largest crude oil exporters like Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Qatar could see budget surpluses take hits and slip into deficits as global oil prices remain low.
Chevron, after posting a 30 percent decrease in earnings from the previous year in the fourth quarter 2014, abandoned plans to explore for shale gas in Poland, dealing a blow to efforts to develop hydraulic fracturing and shale drilling industries in Europe, The New York Times reports.
In an interview with E&E, Rep. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., vice chairwoman of the Natural Resources Committee and leader of a new Interior and EPA oversight panel, discusses her familiarity with development and ranching issues in western states and her plans to limit Obama administration regulations on public land use.