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.
A senior official with the American Council for Capital Formation, which is funding “Unlock Crude Exports,” a new push to repeal the ban on shipping U.S. crude overseas, says doing so would allow the country to take full advantage of its energy boom, FuelFix reports.
The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule to limit air pollution from refineries could have the opposite effect because it would force installation of new flaring systems instead of continuing the trend of reducing flaring, according to comments the American Petroleum Institute filed on the regulation, The Hill reports.
Oil was sliding again early Thursday after the Federal Reserve wound up its asset-purchase program and the Energy Information Administration reported the highest level of U.S. production since the 1980s. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery fell 81 cents to $81.39 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 86 cents to $86.26, Bloomberg reports.
Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., made a pointed reference to her influence as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee while Republican candidate Rob Maness emphasized his support for increased oil and gas drilling, during the final debate of the campaign before the state’s Nov. 4 “jungle primary,” The Times-Picayune reports.
Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown visited the Seabrook nuclear plant Wednesday, and later in a statement accused incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., of failing to support nuclear power, but she responded by saying nuclear energy is an important part of the fight against climate change, The Associated Press reports.
Osaka Gas Co. and Chubu Electric Power Co., which have contracted to buy gas from the proposed Freeport LNG terminal, will also supply $1.2 billion toward construction of the first unit, while $3.85 billion will come from Japanese banks, FuelFix reports.
Plaintiffs in a class action lawsuit against Exxon Mobil over a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas filed a motion in court this week demanding that the company make public documents about the maintenance and repair of the Pegasus pipeline, The Associated Press reports.
A spokesperson for the European Commission says a marathon negotiating session Wednesday failed to generate an agreement in the gas dispute between Russia and Ukraine, and talks are continuing Thursday, Reuters reports.
Iran may still be wrestling with finding a way to cut a deal with the West over its nuclear program, to ease biting sanctions, but falling oil prices have added even more pressure to the situation, The New York Times reports.