Shoppers were loading cases of bottled water into their trolleys in Lanzhou, after word came that drinking water in the northwestern Chinese had 20 times the national limit for benzene, a problem for some 2.4 million people that was blamed on an oil leak, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Two Democratic senators opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday renewed their call for the Obama administration to postpone any permit decision until it conducts a study of the health impacts from oil sands crude.
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer of California and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island told reporters that two public health groups, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, had joined their request for such a study.
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons of spew that would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.
Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had eviscerated his livelihood.
Today he regrets that decision, and worries his life has been permanently altered. Barisich, 58, says respiratory problems he developed during the cleanup turned into pneumonia and that his health has never been the same.
North Dakota has hired Secure On-site Services to clean up some radioactive oil field waste, and will pay the company $12,600 to dispose of oil filter socks that were dumped in an abandoned building, the Bismarck Tribune reports.
A Chevron subsidiary and 10 employees will face criminal charges in Brazil in connection with offshore oil spills in 2011 and 2012, after an appeals court was upheld in reinstating some that had been dismissed, The Wall Street Journal reports.
PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The foundation overseeing use of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has approved $144.5 million to complete the restoration of a beach near Grand Isle.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says the project will create about 490 acres of habitat, adding about 7.5 miles of beachfront to the Caminada Headland. It will do so by pumping more than 5 million cubic yards of sand from the Gulf of Mexico through a pipeline.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Authorities say more than 119,000 pounds of oil-soaked sand and debris have been removed from island shorelines tainted by the spill nearly two weeks ago when two vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel.
Officials representing the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies say about 465 workers are removing oil from the Texas shoreline.
Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday will announce new rules covering oil train safety, sources told The Wall Street Journal, which says the plan has railroads concerned about possible speed restrictions and oil companies worried about limits on tank car volumes.
ABB, the Swiss engineering group, has posted a 17 percent drop in second quarter net profit, a bigger loss than expected, dragged down by delays to solar power and offshore wind projects which have hurt the company’s power systems unit, Reuters reports.
Major electricity providers -- including Florida Power & Light and Duke Energy -- have been presenting testimony to the Florida Public Service Commission this week in support of their request to cut back on energy efficiency programs, a move opposed by conservationists, The News Service of Florida reports.
Environmentalists concerned about fish kills at the Indian Point nuclear plant on New York’s Hudson River are raising just a few of the questions being discussed as the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation opened hearings on renewing water quality permits for the facility, The New York Times reports.
Changes the Department of Energy is proposing to the way LNG export permits are handled will cause more delays and “regulatory uncertainty,” according to comments the American Petroleum Institute filed with DOE, FuelFix reports.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission approval for construction of LNG export facilities in Cameron Parish, Louisiana is being challenged by groups including the Sierra Club, which are asking the FERC for more environmental analysis, Platts reports.
The city of Wichita Falls is mixing treated wastewater with lake water to guarantee a continued flow into the taps of residents, but they are turning up their noses at the idea of drinking it, Reuters reports.
By the end of 2014 General Electric hopes to produce systems that generate electricity using a solid oxide fuel cell, now that it has opened a testing and research facility for the process in upstate New York, Bloomberg reports.
A full range of Defense Department operations -– from planning to training and infrastructure -– are affected by climate change, which officials are trying to counter with a pro-active approach to the situation, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Daniel Chiu told lawmakers at a hearing Tuesday.