A federal judge ordered ExxonMobil Corp. to turn over decades of documents related to the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured in Mayflower, Ark., rejecting the company's effort to dismiss a federal lawsuit, Reuters reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court says BP must continue paying claims from a fund established after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill while the company appeals terms of its settlement with some businesses.
The justices on Monday let stand without comment lower court refusals to halt payments while BP PLC appeals lower court rulings that businesses don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.
The 5th Circuit and a district court have ruled that BP must stand by its agreement to pay such business claims without requiring strict proof that the spill caused losses.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A rolling classroom on rails, complete with four tanker cars and a flatbed rigged with a variety of valves and fittings, made a whistle stop Thursday at the Port of Albany as part of a multi-state tour providing enhanced safety training to first responders in light of increased shipments of North Dakota crude oil.
The railroad is conducting a three-day training program at Albany's Hudson River port before taking its Safety Train to other cities along a route through Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
California Governor Jerry Brown wants to expand a program that deals with oil spills to cover crude transported by rail, and has suggested a fee of 6.5 cents per barrel to pay for it, the Los Angeles Times reports.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The key last-ditch safety device that failed to prevent the 2010 BP oil spill remains a potentially catastrophic problem today for some offshore drilling, according to a federal safety board investigation.
The report issued Thursday by the U.S. Chemical Safety Board details the multiple failures and improper testing of the blowout preventer and blames bad management and operations for the breakdown. They found faulty wiring, a dead battery and a bent pipe in the hulking device.
"The problems with this blowout preventer were worse than we understood," safety board managing director Daniel Horowitz said in an interview. "And there are still hazards out there that need to be improved if we are to prevent this from happening again."
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owners of the blown-out Macondo well cannot avoid federal fines for the 2010 oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday.
The oil came from a well owned by BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., so they are liable, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. It upheld a 2012 ruling by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who has scheduled a trial in January to help decide how much the oil giant owes in federal Clean Water Act penalties.
"We hope the court's decision will be one more step toward reaching a just conclusion for the American people," U.S. Justice Department spokesman Wyn Hornbuckle said in an email.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's health agency said Wednesday there's no long-term health risk from swimming and fishing in the Kalamazoo River, the site of one of the costliest onshore oil spills in U.S. history.
The state Department of Community Health said it finalized its public health assessment of the July 2010 incident. A pipeline operated by Enbridge Inc. ruptured and spewed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River in Calhoun and Kalamazoo counties.
The state said there's no long-term harm to people's health from coming into contact with chemicals in the river's surface water during wading, swimming or canoeing. But contact with oil sheen in the river may cause temporary effects such as skin irritation.
Crystal Lani Kitt was arrested Tuesday on charges stemming from a Mobile, Ala. indictment, alleging that she helped prepare more than 100 fake claims for compensation stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico totaling more than $900,000, AL.com reports.
Louisiana lawyers have filed papers requesting Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia throw out BP’s request for a halt on payments it’s had to make as a result of the 2010 Gulf oil spill until the court has a chance to decide whether it will take up a wider dispute over the settlement, FuelFix reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP PLC must resume paying claims while it asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review its settlement with businesses over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court panel said Wednesday.
The 2-1 judgment said the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will not stop payments while BP appeals the court's earlier ruling that businesses, under the settlement, don't have to prove they were directly harmed by the spill to collect money.
BP will ask the Supreme Court to review Wednesday's ruling, company spokesman Geoff Morrell said in an emailed statement.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Thursday adopted a new rule -– to be enforced in 2016 -- ordering utilities to identify key points that, if disrupted, would cause blackouts, and take steps to protect them, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Republican-controlled House on Thursday approved H.R. 4795, which would require the Environmental Protection Agency to provide to the public information on the pre-construction permits it issues under the Clean Air Act, The Hill reports, noting that lawmakers passed the measure in the face of a veto threat from the White House.
China’s move to cut its interest rates sent oil higher early Friday. West Texas Intermediate crude for January delivery jumped 2 percent, or $1.55, to $77.40 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude gained $1.67 to $81, Bloomberg reports.
Exxon Mobil is now the fourth-biggest oil company worldwide, according to Petroleum Intelligence Weekly’s annual list, behind Saudi Aramco, National Iranian Oil Company and China National Petroleum Corp., FuelFix reports.
The step by Baker Hughes to stop using the trade secret designation to avoid disclosing chemicals used in the fracking process could be jeopardized when the company is bought by Halliburton, which has opposed disclosure moves, FuelFix reports.
The natural gas contract for December delivery closed out on the Nymex Thursday at $4.489 per million British thermal units, an increase of 11.8 cents, on continuing cold weather and a report of greater-than-expected storage withdrawal, Platts reports.
With the fall in oil prices making it more challenging to profit from drilling, Apache Corp. announced it would be substantially reducing its capital spending in North America to $4 billion next year, although it still anticipated a 4 percent increase in production from the region, Reuters reports.
Spanish company Iberdrola Renewables’ proposal to build a solar facility next to a wind farm in a corner of the Mojave Desert has been rejected by the Bureau of Land Management on the grounds that it would disturb a remote area that has wildlife as well as historical, recreational and scenic value, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Energy Department Inspector General Gregory Friedman, who determined last month that he couldn’t reach a conclusion regarding the firing of Hanford whistleblower Donna Busche, wrote to Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in April complaining that contractors involved were not cooperating in getting him interviews he’d requested with employees, according to a memo obtained by E&E through the Freedom of Information Act.