WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard is proposing an 8-mile wide shipping route through the Bering Strait region to try to protect Arctic waters, as global warming has increased traffic in the vulnerable area.
Retired Coast Guard Vice Admiral Roger Rufe, former operations chief for the Department of Homeland Security, said the two-way voluntary route is the shipping version of a highway. He said it is an indication that climate change has made the region more passable for ships, ramping up traffic in rough waters. Melting ice is opening up shorter routes from Europe to Asia through the Arctic.
Charlie English, who worked as a claims adjuster following BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill, has pleaded guilty to wire fraud charges, admitting he filed $257,400 worth of false claims and kept $30,000 of the money, The Times-Picayune reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former BP executive accused of obstructing a congressional investigation into the 2010 Gulf oil spill remains on track for a trial next year, despite defense efforts to have the charges dismissed.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt on Wednesday declined to throw out one count against David Rainey and took under advisement defense motions to throw out another, a Justice Department spokesman said after the morning hearing.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Attorneys for a former BP executive facing an obstruction charge in the 2010 Gulf oil spill asked a federal judge Wednesday to dismiss the two criminal counts as his trial approaches in March.
The defendant is David Rainey, who has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he hampered a congressional investigation into the spill.
Four years after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf, oil remains trapped on Alabama beaches, mostly in the form of tar balls, according to Auburn University researchers, The Associated Press reports.
Nearly all of the claims dealt with through the settlement process after the 2010 BP Gulf of Mexico spill were handled correctly, according to a third party audit released Tuesday by claims administrator Patrick Juneau, The Times-Picayune reports.
A second $500 million dollar round of payments to seafood workers from BP in the wake of its 2010 spill has gotten the go-ahead from U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who turned away the company’s efforts to block them, The Times-Picayune reports.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A conservation agency has announced more than $99 million in projects funded through a settlement resulting from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — including more than $13 million for restoration work on Louisiana's coast.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the latest projects Monday. It marks the second round of grants from a program funded as a result of plea agreements between the U.S. Justice Department, BP and Transocean.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Random testing of shallow groundwater in the Northern Plains oil patch found no early evidence of contamination from an energy boom that's already seen more than 8,500 wells drilled, federal scientists said Monday.
However, the U.S. Geological Survey cautioned that the tests could have missed contamination from surface spills or leaking well casings. That's because water can take many hundreds of years to migrate beneath the surface, meaning contamination might not have reached USGS sample sites.
Although sand and water are the primary substances used in fracking, an Environmental Protection Agency analysis of data from FracFocus.org found that nearly 700 chemical additives appear as well, according to The Hill.
Republicans with a college degree are more likely to say that the threat posed by climate change is exaggerated, while Democrats with higher education are more concerned about the issue, according to a Gallup poll, National Journal reports.
Possible GOP presidential contender Rick Santorum told North Carolina lawmakers Thursday that President Obama’s moves to regulate power plant emissions reflect a “quasi-religious” zeal to close coal-fired plants, The Associated Press reports.
Under pressure from Democrats, Republican and the White House to step down, Rafael Moure-Eraso has resigned as chairman of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, although the CSB said he would remain a member until mid-April, National Journal reports.
A budget amendment from Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., which some say is a referendum on opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the U.S. rule, was approved on a 59-40 vote, E&E reports.