ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As Royal Dutch Shell PLC seeks permits for exploratory oil drilling off Alaska's northwest coast, a federal agency has concluded the company underestimated risk the last time it moved drill rigs to Arctic waters.
A National Transportation Safety Board report issued Thursday said the probable cause of the grounding of the company's mobile drilling vessel, the Kulluk, in 2012 was "Shell's inadequate assessment of the risk for its planned tow" across the Gulf of Alaska.
Shortcomings in Shell Oil Co.’s plan to tow the Kuluk drilling rig across the stormy Gulf of Alaska led to its grounding in 2012, according to a report from the National Transportation Safety Board, FuelFix reports.
TOKYO (AP) — A nuclear plant in southern Japan on Wednesday obtained the final permit needed to restart its reactors, paving the way for it to become the first to go back online under new safety standards introduced following the 2011 Fukushima disaster.
Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority approved operational safety plans for the Sendai nuclear power station's two reactors, owned by Kyushu Electric Power Co., the last step of the authority's three-part screening process the utility needed to pass. The plant's safety program includes emergency response plans in case of fire, flooding or other natural disasters, or a serious accident.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Fire broke out Friday morning on an oil platform off Louisiana's coast, forcing the evacuation of 28 workers, the U.S. Coast Guard said.
No injuries were reported. Workers were evacuated by an offshore supply vessel that reported the fire at 2:50 a.m. Friday in state waters near Breton Island off Louisiana's southeastern coast, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
Westchester County will pay a civil penalty record $1.1 million fine for failing to properly treat drinking water, overall spending around $12 million as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit, U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said, according to Reuters.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission should finish the review of the Yucca Mountain waste disposal site so the nation can move forward with a permanent system for storing radioactive materials, according to the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
Opponents told the panel Friday that the government should focus instead on interim storage sites, or should abandon Yucca Mountain altogether and look for another permanent site.
Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., the panel's chairman, used the hearing to press witnesses, including NRC's Yucca Mountain review director, Josephine Piccone, on how the agency would proceed if it had funding for the review to continue.
The Transportation Department’s new rules to boost oil train safety don’t move quickly enough to phase out old rolling stock and aren’t stringent enough in requiring upgrades, according to a petition filed with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals by Earthjustice on behalf of several non-profit groups, The Wall Street Journal reports.
LA PORTE, Texas (AP) — Federal work-safety agents cited DuPont on Thursday for 11 safety violations relating to a toxic gas leak last November that killed four workers at a Houston-area plant.
In issuing the citations, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the four dead workers "would be alive today" had DuPont "taken steps to protect them" at its chemical plant in La Porte. In a statement, the agency said it had "identified scores of safety upgrades the company must undertake to prevent future accidents" at the plant.
CRUCITO, Colombia (AP) — Manuel de Jesus Sanchez holds up a green poncho to protect his skin from the midday sun. The farmer says he was working in a rice paddy four years ago when a crop duster buzzed by, dumping large quantities of what everyone here refers to as "the poison."
From that moment Sanchez was exposed to the glyphosate-based herbicide used by Colombia to wipe out cocaine-producing crops, he says his skin broke out in a yellow rash. Now white blotches have spread across his body and his eyesight is dimming.
Seeking to fill two key Department of Transportation posts that have been vacant for months, President Barack Obama has nominated Marie Therese Dominguez to become the head of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration and Sarah Feinberg to the top job at the Federal Railroad Administration, The Hill reports.
The Hill reports that the House has scheduled votes for next month on proposals to let states opt out of the Clean Power Plan, to weaken the proposed rule on disposal of coal ash at power plants, and to reform toxic chemical safety laws.
A pause in dollar gains and a drop in the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. sent prices skyrocketing Friday. U.S. benchmark crude leaped 4.5 percent, or $2.62, to settle at $60.30 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London, Brent soared $2.98 - 4.8 percent - to $65.56, Reuters reports.
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the advocacy group Public Citizen have filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission charging that Dynegy Inc. manipulated electricity markets, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
The Energy Information Administration is struggling to make accurate projections in an era of volatile energy prices, surging renewable energy, and global warming, according to U.S. News & World Report.
The goal that Kansas utilities generate 20 percent of their electricity from renewable sources is now nonbinding rather than a mandate, as Gov. Sam Brownback has signed compromise energy legislation hammered out between the wind industry and its critics, The Associated Press reports.
The insistence that oil companies be able to drill relief wells in the event of an emergency is a major sticking point when it comes to the Obama administration plan to allow Arctic drilling, according to comments filed by groups including the American Petroleum Institute, FuelFix reports.