DENVER (AP) — Large oil and gas driller Noble Energy has agreed to a settlement over alleged air-pollution violations north of Denver, a deal federal officials say could cost the company up to $73.5 million.
The proposed deal, filed in federal court Wednesday, comes after regulators found the Houston-based company's oil storage tanks were emitting thousands of tons of volatile organic chemicals a year because of undersized vapor control systems, contributing to the region's ozone pollution problem.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Justice Department says two subsidiaries of Exxon Mobil have agreed to pay almost $5 million in government penalties for a 2013 oil spill in a central Arkansas community.
As part of a consent decree set to be filed in a Little Rock federal court Wednesday, the companies would pay about $3.2 million in federal civil penalties in addition to addressing pipeline safety issues and oil-response capacity. They would pay $1 million in state civil penalties, $600,000 for a project to improve water quality at Lake Conway and $280,000 for the state's legal costs.
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — State and federal officials overseeing $1 billion provided by BP PLC to spur recovery from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Monday that they're proposing another 10 projects totaling $134 million.
About $700 million to repair environmental damage and enhance recreational access has been allocated previously, although some of that work has yet to begin.
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. Opening this new frontier, miles below the bottom of the Gulf, requires engineering feats far beyond those used at BP's much shallower Macondo well.
But critics say energy companies haven't developed the corresponding safety measures to prevent another disaster or contain one if it happens — a sign, environmentalists say, that the lessons of BP's spill were short-lived.
OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches off the coast of Louisiana. From an airplane, it's easy to see gas bubbles that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico.
Yet more than a decade after crude started leaking at the site formerly operated by Taylor Energy Company, few people know of its existence. The company has downplayed the leak's extent and environmental impact.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The man who oversees settlement payments to people and businesses claiming economic losses as a result of BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says more than $5 billion has been paid out.
Patrick Juneau announced the milestone in a Wednesday news release, five days ahead of the disaster's fifth anniversary.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Exxon Mobil's top lawyer said Wednesday that a heavily criticized $225 million pollution settlement with New Jersey was reasonable and that the nearly $9 billion initially sought by the state shouldn't be used as a barometer because it was calculated using faulty methodology.
The settlement announced in March has drawn criticism from environmentalists and lawmakers in both parties who have said the state should have waited for a judge's ruling instead of settling for what they have a characterized as pennies on the dollar.
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's Gulf coast state of Tabasco has set up an emergency plan to supply drinking water to the capital of Villahermosa after oil thieves punctured a pipeline, contaminating rivers that normally supply the city.
The spill late last week sent workers with the state-owned oil company scrambling to limit damage, and four of Villahermosa's water treatment plants were shut down as a precaution.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — A fuel spill has spread over areas of Vancouver's picturesque English Bay, coating waters in an oily sheen, a Port Metro Vancouver spokesman said Thursday.
John Parker-Jervis said a bulk vessel that carries grain appears to have been the source of fuel that spilled into the bay Wednesday. The bay is surrounded by apartments, businesses and the city's jewel, Stanley Park.
The House and Senate energy policy bills are both crafted to attract bipartisan backing and to avoid more controversial issues like the Keystone pipeline, lifting the crude oil export ban and reining in environmental regulations, Roll Call reports.
Instead of denying a threat from climate change, Republican presidential candidates like Jeb Bush and Carly Fiorina say the best hope of fighting it lies with industry and the private sector, National Journal reports.
“Real leadership means taking stands,” Democratic presidential candidate Martin O’Malley said to supporters in an email Monday after rival Hillary Clinton once again refused to take a position on the controversial project to build the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.
The National Association of Manufacturers has launched an ad campaign to block moves by the Obama administration and the Environmental Protection Agency to lower the levels of ozone allowed in the atmosphere, The Hill reports.
Lawyers for Don Blankenship have filed a motion in court, asking U.S. District Court Judge Irene Berger to exclude testimony on the Upper Big Branch mine explosion from the former Massey Energy CEO’s perjury and conspiracy trial, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.
More losses from China's stock market continued to pressure oil prices early Tuesday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 36 cents to $47.03 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent lost 78 cents to $52.69, Reuters reports.
Problems with nuclear plants being built from modules produced in the factory -- the Vogtle project in Georgia and the V.C. Summer plant in South Carolina -- have crushed hopes that the construction method would usher in a renaissance for new nuclear plants, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The problems with Japanese electronics giant Toshiba overstating profits and minimizing losses on its balance sheet stemmed in part from a Westinghouse project, most likely involving AP1000 nuclear construction in China, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
A $1.5 billion impairment charge and continuing low prices for oil and natural gas hurt the balance sheet for Southwestern Energy in the second quarter despite an increase in production. The company posted a net loss of $815 million compared to a $207 million profit in the period during 2014, Dow Jones reports.