Fines prosecutors are seeking in the Deepwater Horizon disaster were based on higher oil prices, not the levels in the market now, BP is arguing in court, according to papers the company filed Monday, FuelFix reports.
Companies will be liable for $134 million in damages from any offshore oil spill, up from the previous limit of $75 million, the Interior Department’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announced Thursday, The Hill reports.
TORONTO (AP) — Lawyers for a group of Ecuadoran villagers are asking Canada's high court on Thursday to grant their clients access to Canadian courts to enforce a US$9.5-billion Ecuadorian judgment against Chevron Corp for rainforest damage.
Lawyers have fought in several countries over who's responsible for pollution in the rain forest. They are arguing that the case should be heard in Canada because Chevron has a Canadian subsidiary.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian company responsible for a 2010 oil spill in southwestern Michigan has agreed to pay about $6.8 million to settle a class-action lawsuit.
A federal judge must still approve the settlement reached last week by Enbridge Inc., based in Calgary, Alberta. The company has agreed to pay about $2.2 million to residents and land owners of properties within 1,000 feet of the Kalamazoo River. Those who lived within 200 feet of the river will split a total payment of $250,000 and those who lived further away from the river, will each receive several hundred dollars, depending on the proximity.
The latest legal arguments between lawyers for BP and U.S. attorneys center on whether the Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard are within their rights to adjust per barrel pollution fines upward for inflation, with a total of some $11 billion at stake, FuelFix reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Supreme Court is leaving in place BP's multibillion-dollar settlement with lawyers for businesses and residents over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The justices did not comment Monday in rejecting the London-based oil giant's arguments that lower courts misinterpreted settlement terms and put BP on the hook to pay inflated and bogus claims by businesses.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing an 8-mile wide shipping route through the Bering Strait region to try to protect Arctic waters, as global warming has increased traffic in the vulnerable area.
Retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral Roger Rufe, former operations chief for the Department of Homeland Security, said the two-way voluntary route is the shipping version of a highway. He said it is an indication that climate change has made the region more passable for ships, ramping up traffic in rough waters. Melting ice is opening up shorter routes from Europe to Asia through the Arctic.
Charlie English, who worked as a claims adjuster following BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges, admitting he filed $257,400 worth of false claims and kept $30,000 of the money, The Times-Picayune reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill remains on track for a trial next year, despite defense efforts to have the charges dismissed.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Wednesday declined to throw out one count against David Rainey and took under advisement defense motions to throw out another, a Justice Department spokesman said after the morning hearing.
E&E profiles Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M. the new ranking member of the Interior and Environment Appropriations subcommittee, who it describes as "the Democrats' first line of defense" against Republican lawmakers’ attacks on Obama administration environment and natural resources policies.
The Obama administration is considering a request from Shell and other companies to stop the clock on their 10-year leases to drill in the Arctic, and a decision on the suspensions will be resolved “relatively soon,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
An Arctic caucus to discuss energy, environment, trade and defense issues has been created by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska and Angus King, I-Maine, ahead of the U.S. taking on the chairmanship of the intergovernmental Arctic Council, The Hill reports.
Libya’s National Oil Co. says it is no longer able to guarantee security at the 11 oilfields in the center of the country, and has declared force majeure to protect it from legal action against any supply disruptions, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Saudi Arabia has no plans to trim its production, oil minister Ali al-Naimi said in a Berlin speech Wednesday, adding that oil demand is increasing gradually and the price has stabilized following last year’s plunge, Bloomberg reports.
As the strike at U.S. refineries looks to drag on into the spring – fresh union-management talks will take place next week after a session Wednesday – LyondellBasell Industries says it has filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board alleging that the United Steelworkers has threatened people crossing picket lines, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Household products that contain environmentally safe ingredients will bear a “Safer Choice” label in the future, under a revamped Environmental Protection Agency program that Administrator Gina McCarthy is promoting with a blog and a video, The Hill reports.
Carnegie Mellon University hopes to cut its utilities bill 10 percent - $2 million a year - using a cloud-based analytics system to find and fix energy inefficiencies on campus, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.