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Cleanup continues for SE Ohio drilling leak

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.

Oil

Donziger loses ally in fight with Chevron as DC law firm Patton Boggs gives up

Source: 
The New York Times

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.

Oil

Aquatic life found around Gulf spil site: Researchers

Source: 
FuelFix

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.

Oil

Study estimates 800,000 birds died from BP spill

Source: 
The New York Times

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.

Oil

Crews clean after oil tankers burn, fall into Va. river

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.

Oil

Judge orders shrimper to return BP spill payment

Source: 
The Times-Picayune

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.

Oil

NY to test air around Albany crude hub

Source: 
The Associated Press

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.

Oil

Oily mist sprayed over 27 acres at Prudhoe Bay

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.

Oil

BP campaigning against spill settlement process it helped set up

Source: 
The New York Times

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.

Oil

Justice lawyer argues for release of spill documents

Source: 
FuelFix

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.

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