Fisherman sues pipeline owner over Santa Barbara oil spill

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A commercial fisherman has sued the owner of an oil pipeline that spilled thousands of gallons of crude on the Santa Barbara coast.

Stace Cheverez filed a lawsuit on Monday in Los Angeles federal court against Plains All American Pipeline.


Trial of ex-BP exec to go to jury Friday

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.

Prosecution: Ex-BP exec lied; defense: no motive to lie

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.

Judge tosses 1 of 2 charges against ex-BP exec on trial

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.

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Carbon-price letter signals momentum for climate deal, UN chiefs say

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.


Coast Guard defends cleanup response to California oil spill

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.


Trial set for ex-BP executive accused of obstructing probe

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.


Timeline of the California oil spill and response

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.


Response by operator of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

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.


Ruptured pipe to be excavated in California

Los Angeles Times

Plains All American Pipeline said the section of pipeline that ruptured and leaked near Santa Barbara last week is being dug out and examined Wednesday, the Los Angeles Times reports.


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