Oil sprayed from a faulty gasket in a pipeline at a Global Partners tank facility in the Port of Albany Wednesday afternoon, but crews shut valves quickly, only about 100 gallons spilled, no one was injured, and authorities said cleanup was underway, the Times Union reports.
HOUSTON (AP) — A sprawling private ranch in southeast Texas will be converted into a state park with the assistance of a fund created in the wake of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation announced Thursday.
The $37.7 million purchase of the Powderhorn Ranch, 75 miles northeast of Corpus Christi, is the highest price ever paid for a Texas conservation project and the biggest land acquisition so far using BP spill restoration dollars.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Most of a reddish-brown sheen created by thousands of gallons of fuel oil that spilled into the Ohio River from a power plant was dissipating as a cleanup estimated to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars a day continued Wednesday, federal officials said.
Officials with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are coordinating the response to the spill, which occurred at a Duke Energy power plant near Cincinnati late Monday. About 1,000 gallons of oil and contaminated water had been recovered as of Wednesday, the EPA said. The federal agency also said it expects cleanup to cost about $250,000 a day, based on Duke's estimates. The Charlotte, North Carolina-based company is responsible for cleaning up the estimated 3,000 to 5,000 gallons spilled.
The EPA has not said how long the cleanup is expected to take. Officials say the spill has had minimal impact on wildlife.
CINCINNATI (AP) — A 15-mile stretch of the Ohio River closed after a fuel oil spill reopened to river traffic on Tuesday with some restrictions as containment and cleanup continued.
River traffic in that area must get Coast Guard clearance and maintain a safe speed, agency spokeswoman Lt. Katherine Cameron said. The area was closed to all traffic, including barges carrying commercial goods, after the spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond.
The spill at the W.C. Beckjord Station happened at about 11:15 p.m. Monday during a routine transfer of fuel oil from a larger tank to smaller ones and was stopped within about 15 minutes, Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen said.
The Coast Guard has increased the liability cap – the amount a company would have to pay in the event of an oil spill in U.S. waters -- by more than 15 percent, to more than $404 million for onshore facilities, in a regulation published in the Federal Register Tuesday that's now open to a 60-day comment period, FuelFix reports.
CINCINNATI (AP) — An estimated 5,000 to 8,000 gallons of fuel oil spilled into the Ohio River, leading authorities to shut off water intake valves for both the Ohio and Kentucky sides of the waterway to protect water supplies, and a 15-mile section of the river was closed to allow cleanup.
The spill from a Duke Energy power plant in New Richmond, about 20 miles southeast of Cincinnati, happened around 11:15 p.m. Monday, said Duke spokeswoman Sally Thelen. She said the spill at the W.C. Beckjord Station occurred during a routine transfer of fuel oil from a larger tank to smaller ones and was stopped within about 15 minutes.
Coast Guard Lt. Katherine Cameron says the spill is considered medium-sized, a designation that applies to inland leaks between 1,000 and 10,000 gallons of oil.
Five Gulf Coast states – Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Florida – will split money BP paid in fines after its 2010 spill disaster, having to spend much of it on economic, ecological and ecosystem restoration, under a Treasury Department rule unveiled Wednesday that’s due to be published in the Federal Register on Friday, The Hill reports.
HOPEDALE, Louisiana (AP) — Gulf Coast oyster harvests have declined dramatically in the four years since a BP PLC oil well blew in the U.S.'s worst offshore oil disaster, spilling millions of gallons off Louisiana's coast in 2010.
Fisherman Randy Slavich dragged a clunky metal net through an underwater oyster bed recently in Lake Machias, a brackish body opening into the Gulf of Mexico. For generations before the spill, this has been a bountiful lake for harvesting oysters.
His cage-like net pulled up dozens of empty, lifeless oyster shells.
GALENA PARK, Texas (AP) — Environmental advocates and residents living near oil refineries asked the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday to force petroleum companies to adopt stricter emissions standards and publicly release emissions data to help reduce communities' exposure to a cancer-causing chemical.
By midafternoon, about 60 people had addressed the federal agency during a hearing on the EPA's proposal to compel refineries — for the first time — to monitor and report emissions of benzene to nearby communities.
Lingering power outages persist after a blizzard dumped two to three feet of snow on eastern Massachusetts, but there, as elsewhere in the Northeast, the consensus appeared to be that this week’s winter storm could have been worse, The Associated Press reports.
The Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has set an April date to hear arguments in two cases brought by a dozen states and Murray Energy against the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rule limiting carbon emissions from power plants, The Hill reports.
Average gasoline prices across the country rose a fraction of a cent on Tuesday, the first time in more than four months that’s happened, according to the AAA, which added, however, that it doesn’t expect the development of any significant trend for higher costs at the pump, The New York Times reports.
Estimates that U.S. inventories have increased to their highest levels in more than three decades sent oil prices retreating from gains posted on Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for March delivery was down 88 cents to $45.35 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent slumped 1.6 percent to $48.79, Bloomberg reports.
Even though the combination of bigger supplies and lower demand led to the dramatic drop in crude prices in the first place, production isn’t likely to dry up quickly enough to generate a swift rebound, E&E reports.
Results reported by major oil companies in the coming days will reflect how they’ve been affected by the dramatic drop in crude prices, with BP likely the most vulnerable because of its continuing court fight over penalties from its 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill and its ties to Russia’s Rosneft, The Wall Street Journal Reports.
Officials said negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program and the dramatic moves in the oil market were among topics discussed as President Barack Obama visited Saudi Arabia Tuesday to pay respects over the loss of King Abdullah and to meet with the new King Salman, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Brazil’s Petrobras has released its long-delayed third quarter results, but the figures still don’t include any estimates of how much a burgeoning corruption scandal has cost the national oil company, Reuters reports.
New rules limiting the amount of fracking sludge Pennsylvania landfills can accept took effect at the start of the year, and could increase the cost of disposal as well as seeing more attempts to transport the waste out of state, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
Having opposed an earlier proposal to have Shell Energy North America run a clean energy program for San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee has now directed the city’s Public Utilities Commission to develop a program that will prioritize local job creation and installing power facilities like solar panels on city-owned land, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.