COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A Colorado-based energy company was cleaning up hundreds of gallons of oily fluid that leaked into a nearby creek while it was drilling an oil and gas well in southeast Ohio.
An oil-based lubricant known as "mud" spewed from a well head Sunday during drilling for a hydraulic-fracturing well near Beverly, Ohio, just west of Marietta. About 1,600 gallons leaked from the drill site into a creek that is a tributary of the Muskingum River, said Heather Lauer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.
The spill thus far has been confined to that creek, Lauer said. The agency is overseeing the cleanup work, which is being performed by a contractor for Denver-based PDC Energy Inc., the site's owner.
Patton Boggs has reached a settlement with Chevron, paying the oil company $15 million and dropping its part in the effort, led by lawyer Steven Donziger, to force Chevron to pay a judgment levied against it by an Ecuador court, The New York Times reports.
Researchers who spent weeks recently investigating the site where the Deepwater Horizon disaster sent crude oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago found that eels, shrimp, fish and other aquatic life have returned, FuelFix reports.
Using modelling, a study has estimated that although only 3,000 dead birds were recovered after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, more like 800,000 actually died, The New York Times reports.
LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — CSX crews were working Thursday, trying to quickly clean up and clear more than a dozen derailed train cars, some of which were carrying crude oil and caught fire.
Three tankers ended up in the water of the James River Wednesday, leaking some of their contents, part of the most recent crash involving oil trains that has safety experts pushing for better oversight.
Nearby buildings were evacuated for a time in downtown Lynchburg, but there were no injuries, authorities said. CSX said the train was on its way from Chicago to an unspecified destination when most of the cars on the train were knocked off the tracks.
Casey C. Thonn, at the center of an investigation into fraud in the claims following the BP Gulf oil spill, has been ordered by Judge Carl Barbier to repay the $357,000 he’d been awarded, The Times-Picayune reports.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Senate has voted to end debate on the nominations of Jeffery M. Baran and Stephen G. Burns to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, with a final confirmation vote expected Tuesday afternoon, The Hill reports.
A study being published Tuesday in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America makes specific links between wastewater injection and earthquakes in the area of the Raton Basin using seismic monitors and fluid-injection data, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A combination of growing supply from Libya at a time when statistics are indicating weaker demand from the world’s big economies was continuing to pressure oil prices Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude for October delivery was 14 cents lower to $92.78 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London November Brent dropped 10 cents to $97.78, Reuters reports.
Under terms of its initial public offering announced Monday, Vantage Energy -– an oil and gas company operating in the Barnett and Marcellus Shale plays -– hopes to sell 23,550,000 at $24 to $27 a share, the Denver Business Journal reports.
The California Independent System Operator has directed its participants to limit maintenance in the Southern California region, as well as marshalling extra electricity generation throughout the state in response to additional demand caused by this week’s heat wave, Platts reports.
Two Nevada fire chiefs say they are concerned that smart meters may have been responsible for nine recent fires over the past two years, even though NV Energy has installed 1.1 million of them, The Associated Press reports.
A proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to collect fines and other debts by garnishing people’s wages would be blocked under legislation introduced by Sens. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and John Thune, R-S.D., The Hill reports.
A patch of algae bloom in the north Atlantic converted 24,000 tons of CO2, nearly two thirds of it in a week, before it was killed by a virus that then helped it sink to the ocean floor, according to researchers – including some from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute -- who published their findings in Current Biology, E&E reports.
Data from NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies released Monday showed that 2014 saw the warmest August since records began 130 years ago, although director Gavin Schmidt said statistically the difference is slight and the significance is to be found in long-term trends, The Weather Channel reports.