A Chevron subsidiary and 10 employees will face criminal charges in Brazil in connection with offshore oil spills in 2011 and 2012, after an appeals court was upheld in reinstating some that had been dismissed, The Wall Street Journal reports.
PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The foundation overseeing use of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has approved $144.5 million to complete the restoration of a beach near Grand Isle.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says the project will create about 490 acres of habitat, adding about 7.5 miles of beachfront to the Caminada Headland. It will do so by pumping more than 5 million cubic yards of sand from the Gulf of Mexico through a pipeline.
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Authorities say more than 119,000 pounds of oil-soaked sand and debris have been removed from island shorelines tainted by the spill nearly two weeks ago when two vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel.
Officials representing the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies say about 465 workers are removing oil from the Texas shoreline.
TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — The captains of the two vessels that collided in the Houston Ship Channel were aware they were perilously close to one another but still failed to avert a spill that dumped 168,000 gallons of oil into the water, according to a U.S. Coast Guard audio recording.
The recording, obtained by the Houston Chronicle in a Freedom of Information Act request, indicates the captains spoke in a frantic radio exchange beginning about five minutes before the March 22 collision. But the exchange apparently came too late for the captains to avoid making contact in the crowded waterway, trafficked daily by massive, oceangoing container ships.
Federal judge Lewis Kaplan has dismissed Patton Boggs' attempts to derail Chevron's suit filed against it, which alleges the law firm helped cover up fraudulent evidence in a lawsuit in Ecuador over pollution, The Hill reports.
Close to four years after BP's Macondo well blowout, scientists are setting sail on a scientific voyage to study the long-term effects of the spill, using the Alvin submersible to get samples from affected sites, The Sun Herald reports.
WHITING, Ind. (AP) — The Coast Guard says crews didn't find any more oil during the latest search of the Lake Michigan shore following last week's spill at BP's northwestern Indiana refinery.
Officials say a Coast Guard, BP and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency assessment team checking the area near the Whiting refinery on Sunday spotted no visible oil on the shore or in the water. Cleanup workers spent last week removing oil from about a half-mile section of shoreline.
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Some ecological experts fear the 168,000 gallons of oil spilled a week ago in Galveston Bay and now drifting south in the Gulf of Mexico could have lasting effects on the undersea ecosystem.
Antionetta Quigg, a marine biology professor at Texas A&M University at Galveston, said based on previous studies, the oil has been found to be toxic.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials are hoping that as crews move through the next stage of cleanup of thousands of gallons of pipeline oil that leaked into a nature preserve the threat to wildlife will end.
Crews are winding down the initial emergency response, which focused on removing the heaviest concentrations of oil in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve, west of Cincinnati. Federal officials estimate more than 20,000 gallons spilled into the preserve from the leak, discovered nearly two weeks ago.
Although Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy hasn’t yet moved to lower limits on ozone levels following a recommendation from EPA's scientific advisers to do so, the National Association of Manufacturers is ramping up its campaign against the prospect with ads in the election battleground states of Kentucky, North Carolina and Colorado criticizing what it calls “unrealistic new ozone regulations,” The Hill reports.
A multimillion dollar campaign to promote the Keystone XL pipeline, which was funded by the Canadian taxpayer, had little impact on Americans who saw the ads, according to a government-mandated survey, CBC reports.
Stronger U.S. economic data Thursday – more home sales, fewer jobless claims and a higher manufacturing index – pointed to increasing demand, which boosted oil prices. West Texas Intermediate crude gained 51 cents to settle at $93.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while in London Brent crude ended the trading session 35 cents higher to $102.63, Bloomberg reports.
The Environmental Defense Fund has joined with seven oil and gas companies on a project to develop better monitors for methane emissions, and will test four or five technologies at the Southwest Research Institute, FuelFix reports.
Three quarters of those who spoke out at a hearing on fracking before North Carolina’s Mining and Energy Commission Wednesday were against the practice, WNCT reports, noting that three more sessions are scheduled and the commission will make recommendations on modifying any regulations to the General Assembly in January.
The North Carolina Utilities Commission was justified in permitting Duke subsidiary Progress Energy to raise its electricity rates in 2013 and 2014, the state’s Supreme Court ruled Wednesday, The Associated Press reports.
The Missouri Public Service Commission voted 5-0 on Wednesday to deny a complaint from Noranda Aluminum, which was seeking a restructuring of Ameren Missouri’s electricity rates, but regulators suggested the companies continue to work on reaching a compromise, and also said the state legislature could weigh in on the matter, E&E reports.
The future for Direct Energy, a U.S. arm of British conglomerate Centrica, lies with bundling electricity services together with high tech equipment that helps customers to better control their energy usage, as well as generating their own with rooftop solar, CEO Badar Khan told Bloomberg, adding a prediction that utilities will increasingly face disruption to their traditional business models.
A district court judge in San Diego is due to decide Aug. 25 whether a group of around 110 U.S. military personnel who were deployed to assist Japan as it coped with the disaster at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant can sue operator TEPCO for lying about radiation from the accident, The Guardian reports.