ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.
The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.
Shoppers were loading cases of bottled water into their trolleys in Lanzhou, after word came that drinking water in the northwestern Chinese had 20 times the national limit for benzene, a problem for some 2.4 million people that was blamed on an oil leak, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Two Democratic senators opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday renewed their call for the Obama administration to postpone any permit decision until it conducts a study of the health impacts from oil sands crude.
Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer of California and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island told reporters that two public health groups, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, had joined their request for such a study.
CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons of spew that would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.
Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had eviscerated his livelihood.
Today he regrets that decision, and worries his life has been permanently altered. Barisich, 58, says respiratory problems he developed during the cleanup turned into pneumonia and that his health has never been the same.
North Dakota has hired Secure On-site Services to clean up some radioactive oil field waste, and will pay the company $12,600 to dispose of oil filter socks that were dumped in an abandoned building, the Bismarck Tribune reports.
A Chevron subsidiary and 10 employees will face criminal charges in Brazil in connection with offshore oil spills in 2011 and 2012, after an appeals court was upheld in reinstating some that had been dismissed, The Wall Street Journal reports.
PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The foundation overseeing use of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has approved $144.5 million to complete the restoration of a beach near Grand Isle.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says the project will create about 490 acres of habitat, adding about 7.5 miles of beachfront to the Caminada Headland. It will do so by pumping more than 5 million cubic yards of sand from the Gulf of Mexico through a pipeline.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Authorities say more than 119,000 pounds of oil-soaked sand and debris have been removed from island shorelines tainted by the spill nearly two weeks ago when two vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel.
Officials representing the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies say about 465 workers are removing oil from the Texas shoreline.
Representatives of the biofuels industry have been pressing the White House not just to raise proposed 2014 renewable fuel standards, but also speed up approval of new fuels known as pathways, Reuters reports.
Ethanol stocks stood at 18.587 million barrels the week ending July 25, up 647,000 barrels to a 16-month high despite production slipping, according to the Energy Information Administration, Platts reports.
Gasoline inventories have grown, according to data from the Energy Information Administration, which sent oil prices slipping. Benchmark crude for September delivery dropped 70 cents Wednesday to close at $100.27 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude dropped $1.21 to $106.51, Bloomberg reports.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has given oil companies, environmentalists and others more time to comment on the plan for selling offshore oil and gas leases, adding on an additional 15 days, FuelFix reports.
Hess Corp., which reported a drop in second quarter earnings, also said it could spin off some midstream assets, mostly in North Dakota’s Bakken shale, into a separate company, The Wall Street Journal reports.
A new protective coating for the anode on a lithium battery – a nanosphere wall made from carbon – could possibly boost the range of an electric car to 300 miles, a development Stanford University researchers published in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, E&E reports.
At a Tuesday hearing in a Texas court, where the Kurdistan Regional Government sent a letter challenging Baghdad’s claim to a million barrels of crude aboard the tanker United Kalavyrta, Federal Magistrate Judge Nancy Johnson said the matter was better handled outside the U.S., but the oil could be unloaded and held in escrow or sold and the money held by the court until the dispute is settled, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency is doing well with moves to limit greenhouse gas emissions, cut water use and boost renewable energy but could do better with data quality and record keeping, a report from the EPA’s Inspector General says, according to The Hill.
There’s no mention of the environment in the ad Tom Steyer’s NextGen Climate released on Wednesday targeting Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst in Iowa, which focuses on jobs, National Journal reports.