Chevron to face charges over offshore spills in Brazil

The Wall Street Journal

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.


$144.5M in spill fines to be used for La. beach

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.


Crews continue to remove oil from Texas shoreline

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.


Ex-BP engineer gets sentencing delay

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP engineer has been granted a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

The sentencing hearing for 52-year-old Kurt Mix had been set for late April. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Stanwood Duval granted a delay until Aug. 6.


Audio sheds light on Texas oil spill

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — The captains of the two vessels that collided in the Houston Ship Channel were aware they were perilously close to one another but still failed to avert a spill that dumped 168,000 gallons of oil into the water, according to a U.S. Coast Guard audio recording.

The recording, obtained by the Houston Chronicle in a Freedom of Information Act request, indicates the captains spoke in a frantic radio exchange beginning about five minutes before the March 22 collision. But the exchange apparently came too late for the captains to avoid making contact in the crowded waterway, trafficked daily by massive, oceangoing container ships.


Kaplan rejects Patton Boggs attempts to dismiss Chevron suit

The Hill

Federal judge Lewis Kaplan has dismissed Patton Boggs' attempts to derail Chevron's suit filed against it, which alleges the law firm helped cover up fraudulent evidence in a lawsuit in Ecuador over pollution, The Hill reports.


Scientists setting sail to study BP Gulf spill effects

The Sun Herald

Close to four years after BP's Macondo well blowout, scientists are setting sail on a scientific voyage to study the long-term effects of the spill, using the Alvin submersible to get samples from affected sites, The Sun Herald reports.


No more oil found near Indiana refinery spill

WHITING, Ind. (AP) — The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.

Officials say a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team checking the area near the Whiting refinery on Sunday spotted no visible oil on the shore or in the water. Cleanup workers spent last week removing oil from about a half-mile section of shoreline.


Galveston Bay oil spill could have lasting effect

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Some ecological experts fear the 168,000 gallons of oil spilled a week ago in Galveston Bay and now drifting south in the Gulf of Mexico could have lasting effects on the undersea ecosystem.

Antionetta Quigg, a marine biology professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, said based on previous studies, the oil has been found to be toxic.


Wildlife rescue ongoing in Ohio oil spill cleanup

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials are hoping that as crews move through the next stage of cleanup of thousands of gallons of pipeline oil that leaked into a nature preserve the threat to wildlife will end.

Crews are winding down the initial emergency response, which focused on removing the heaviest concentrations of oil in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve, west of Cincinnati. Federal officials estimate more than 20,000 gallons spilled into the preserve from the leak, discovered nearly two weeks ago.


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