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.
Top United Nations climate officials see a “growing consensus” in the private sector—including among major oil and gas companies—for concerted global action to fight global warming, but the host of the negotiations they plan at year's end said whatever they come up with had better not require approval from the U.S. Congress.
Even as participants in preliminary talks in Germany digested a proposal from top European oil companies to create an international carbon market, the foreign minister of France, which will host world climate talks in December, said whatever deal is reached must be written in such a way that Republicans in Congress can't block it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches.
The first wave of workers deployed booms in the water to corral the oil slick and placed them along the shoreline to protect ecologically sensitive habitats. Others vacuumed up oil from the site of the underground pipeline that ruptured on May 19, sending up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil down a culvert and onto the beach north of Santa Barbara. An estimated 21,000 gallons escaped into the Pacific and quickly spread.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal trial is set to begin in New Orleans for a former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill.
David Rainey has pleaded not guilty to charges that he obstructed the investigation, and that he made false statements about his calculations of the rate at which oil was flowing from BP's Macondo well.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — On May 19, an underground pipeline on California's Central Coast leaked up to 101,000 gallons of crude oil. It fouled nearby beaches, and an estimated 21,000 gallons flowed into the ocean. It was the worst spill in the area since a platform blowout in 1969 spilled several million gallons and helped give rise to the modern environmental movement.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst — an oil spill — when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach.
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department rushed to the shoreline, where they discovered oil flowing across a beach and into the Pacific. What was supposed to be a drill turned real.
American Wind Energy Association members plan to slow down the rate of revolutions for turbines this fall in an effort to cut bat killed by blades by 30 percent during the animals' peak migration season, The Hill reports.
Mathy Stanislaus, the Environmental Protection Agency's top waste official, and Environmental Restoration LLC President Dennis Greaney are set to testify before the House Science Committee on Wednesday on the spill of 3 million gallons of mining waste into Colorado's Animas River, The Hill reports.
United Mine Workers of America International President Cecil Roberts said that the union has reached potential collective bargaining deals between Patriot Coal miners and the two companies bidding for the bankrupt firm's assets, the St. Louis Business Journal reports.
Secretary of State John Kerry defended the Obama administration's approval of Shell's Arctic drilling program, arguing that "we're not going to suddenly be weaned from oil" and that the offshore Alaskan oil is "cleaner" than other varieties, The Huffington Post reports.
A group of 13 states led by North Dakota is pressing for a federal judge's injunction against the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Water Rule to take effect nationwide after the agency said it would enforce the rule in states not involved in an initial lawsuit, The Hill reports.
Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., said he's willing to support ending the Commerce Department ban on crude oil exports if the policy change is accompanied by other actions to promote clean energy and address climate change, FuelFix reports.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican presidential hopeful, told voters in San Antonio that the U.S. should behave like an "energy rich country" and lift the ban on crude exports, the San Antonio Business Journal reports.
White House Senior Adviser Brian Deese has spearheaded the Obama administration's climate agenda during his first six months on the job, and plans to play an active role in upcoming budget battles with Congress and December's United Nations climate talks in Paris, E&E reports.