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NY to test air around Albany crude hub

Source: 
The Associated Press

Responding to the concerns of residents and organizations, New York’s Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens has announced that the state will test air quality around an oil hub in Albany where crude is transferred from trains to ships, The Associated Press reports.

Oil

Oily mist sprayed over 27 acres at Prudhoe Bay

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — State officials say an oily mist was sprayed over 27 acres of snow-covered tundra on the North Slope because of a pipeline failure.

Authorities say the release of natural gas and water containing crude oil was found during routine inspections Monday. The spray was active for about two hours before the line was isolated and depressurized.

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BP campaigning against spill settlement process it helped set up

Source: 
The New York Times

BP has had a radical change in attitude since the days following the disastrous spill from the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico four year ago, The New York Times reports, noting the company has been claiming that greedy people are taking advantage of its good intentions when it comes to making money out of the settlement.

Oil

Justice lawyer argues for release of spill documents

Source: 
FuelFix

The Chemical Safety Board report on the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, due out in June, could be jeopardized if an appeals panel agrees with Transocean’s request to block a subpoena requiring the rig operator to hand over documents, a Justice Department lawyer argued in court Monday, FuelFix reports.

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Hearing officer to decide whether BP will be fined for Whiting spill

Source: 
The Times of Munster

It will be up to a hearing officer to determine whether to slap any fines or penalties on BP for spilling oil into Lake Michigan from its Whiting refinery, now that the Coast Guard has wrapped up its investigation at the scene, The Times of Munster reports.

Oil

South LA emissions probe pushes energy co. to pledge upgrades: EPA

Source: 
Los Angeles Times

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.

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4 years after BP spill, FL leaders kayak seashore

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.

Oil

Court filing says ship in Texas spill was speeding

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.

Oil

Deadlines, meetings set ahead of Jan. BP trial

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.

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Some bitterness and mess remain, 4 years after BP spill

Source: 
Reuters

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.

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