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.
It will be up to a hearing officer to determine whether to slap any fines or penalties on BP for spilling oil into Lake Michigan from its Whiting refinery, now that the Coast Guard has wrapped up its investigation at the scene, The Times of Munster reports.
Allenco Energy has promised to spend $700,000 on upgrades to its South Los Angeles oil production facility after complaints about odors and health problems triggered a probe by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Los Angeles Times reports.
GULF ISLANDS NATIONAL SEASHORE, Fla. (AP) — For Dan Brown, seeing the globs of orange and brown oil that washed up along the Florida Panhandle's 58 miles of protected national park beaches four years ago was like a punch in the stomach.
But now, those beaches are clean and Brown, the superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, is celebrating the park's resiliency with a kayak trip from one end to the other. Community leaders and residents joined Brown for parts of his journey around the seashore that was marred after a BP oil platform exploded in April of 2010, causing millions of gallons of oil to flow into the Gulf.
HOUSTON (AP) — The owner of a tugboat that collided with a ship last month, dumping nearly 170,000 gallons of oil into the Houston Ship Channel, claims in court filings the ship was speeding and being operated in a reckless manner.
Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine alleges in court documents filed earlier this month that the March 22 collision, which occurred after the ship struck a barge the tugboat had been pulling, was caused by gross negligence on the part of the ship's owner, Sea Galaxy Marine based in Liberia in West Africa. In its own court filings, Sea Galaxy says the collision was not its fault.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines leading up to January's trial aimed at determining how much money BP will owe in Clean Water Act fines as a result of its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The Jan. 20 date for the trial was set earlier this year by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier. It will be the third phase of litigation to determine penalties arising from the disaster.
Oil continues to wash up on some Louisiana beaches four years after the Deepwater Horizon sinking sent oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico and a number of area residents remain angry and resentful despite BP paying out billions of dollars in compensation, Reuters reports.
The announcement of a cutback in production at the Khaji oilfield shared between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait has helped prop up oil prices early Monday. U.S. benchmark crude was 20 cents higher to $82.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude slipped just 10 cents to $86.06, Reuters reports.
Increased natural gas production, which has almost replaced supplies depleted by last winter’s deep freeze, has sent prices down even as the next cold season approaches, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Some environmental concerns still need to be satisfied, but Freeport LNG can start site preparation as well as construction for liquefaction facilities at its planned export facility at Quintana Island in Texas, under permission granted by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Friday, FuelFix reports.
The Natural Resources Defense Council has warned that Congressional investigations can be tools of “intimidation,” according to a blog post from lobbyist David Goldston, who hasn’t yet said whether the group will respond to a letter from Republican lawmakers including Sen. David Vitter, R-La., demanding documents and emails regarding its communications with the Environmental Protection Agency over the EPA’s carbon rule, The Hill reports.
As operators like Exelon, Dominion and Duke Energy apply for extensions to keep older nuclear power plants in service, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission will be faced with questions about their safety, The New York Times reports.
Officials in New York said they would be quick to restart a Fire Island dune restoration project following a court ruling rejecting a bid from the Audubon Society to stop it, over concerns about its impact on piping plovers, Newsday reports.
Abengoa Bioenergy, which opened a big production plant in Kansas Friday, is pinning its hopes for the success of the project on the use of ethanol in plastics as well as fuel, The New York Times reports.