GLENDIVE, Mont. (AP) — Truckloads of drinking water were being shipped to the eastern Montana city of Glendive on Monday after traces of a major oil spill along the Yellowstone River were detected in public water supplies, raising concerns about a potential health risk.
Preliminary tests at the city's water treatment plant indicated that at least some oil got into a water supply intake along the river, according to state and federal officials. About 6,000 people are served by the intake, Glendive Mayor Jerry Jimison said.
Anadarko Petroleum, which wasn’t blamed for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico although it owned a quarter of the Macondo well that blew, is still liable for penalties under the Clean Water Act, a possibility the company will fight in court in a trial that gets underway Tuesday, The Wall Street Journal reports.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Crews worked Monday to clean up crude oil that spilled in and near the Yellowstone River in eastern Montana while officials with Bridger Pipeline LLC tried to determine what caused the weekend breach.
Bridger has said the break in the 12-inch steel pipe happened Saturday morning in an area about 9 miles upstream from Glendive. Bridger spokesman Bill Salvin said Monday that the company is confident that no more than 1,200 barrels — or 50,000 gallons — of oil spilled during the hour-long breach.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge determined Thursday that more oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico following a rig explosion in 2010 than BP estimated, a decision that could potentially cost the London-based oil giant more than $13 billion in one of America's worst environmental disasters.
U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier ruled that 3.19 million barrels were discharged into the Gulf after a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. The number is more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for and less than the government's estimate of about 4.2 million. The government figure could have meant $18 billion in maximum penalties under the Clean Water Act.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP's Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for.
Thursday's finding by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sets the stage for next week's trial to determine BP's Clean Water Act penalties. The government has argued that the oil giant should pay as much as $4,300 per barrel spilled, which could mean in excess of $13 billion in penalties. BP argues that the per-barrel penalty should be less.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court has refused to reconsider its 2014 ruling that BP cannot avoid federal penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by blaming another company's failed equipment.
The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 7-6 against a rehearing. The court released its ruling Friday.
LIMA, Ohio (AP) — No dangerous contaminants were released into the air by an explosion at an oil refinery that was felt 10 miles away and sparked a fire that burned for more than 14 hours, the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency said Sunday.
Testing was done by the U.S. EPA, Allen County and Husky Energy for a variety of contaminants, including benzene, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, hydrogen cyanide, hydrogen sulfide and asbestos, Ohio EPA spokeswoman Heidi Griesmer said.
JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community 55 million pounds (about $83.5 million) for the worst oil spill ever suffered in Nigeria.
Wednesday's agreement ends a three-year legal battle in Britain over two spills in 2008 that destroyed thousands of hectares (acres) of mangroves and the fish and shellfish that sustained villagers of the Bodo community in Nigeria's southern Niger Delta.
Following up on an agreement to bring more natural gas and electricity into New England, five of six governors in the region are holding an energy summit in Connecticut Thursday, the Hartford Courant reports.
Responding to an editorial in the Lexington Herald-Leader that said opponents of climate regulations would be regarded the same way as slaveholders in the future, Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wrote an op-ed piece that said the paper was launching “tone-deaf attacks” and had achieved a “depressing new low,” The Hill reports.
ConocoPhillips CEO Ryan Lance told the IHS CERAWeek conference that volatility in the oil market is here to stay, and companies that slow production hoping to ramp up later when prices increase will only contribute to the trend, FuelFix reports.
Expectations that data will show another build in U.S. stockpiles were pressuring oil prices early Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude for May delivery was down 15 cents to $56.23 a barrel ahead of the expiration of the contract, while in London Brent lost 17 cents to $63.28, Reuters reports.
A diverse coalition of businesses, scientists, environmentalists and former agency officials signed a petition letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewell opposing the proposed 358-megawatt Soda Mountain Solar project and seeking to preserve the land near the Mojave National Preserve, E&E reports.
Richard St-Julien, who resigned as chairman of ForceField Energy Inc. after he was arrested Friday, is accused of using a Belize-based firm to make secret payments to conspirators in an attempt to boost the company’s stock price, Bloomberg reports, Trading in the company’s stock was halted Monday on the Nasdaq.
Energy Future Holdings’ move to pay off first-lien notes early is being challenged in court by a number of hedge funds, who are seeking $431 million more from the bankrupt company in what’s known as a “make-whole” premium, Bloomberg reports.