A lawsuit filed by former contractor Kenneth Abbott and the environmental group Food & Water Watch, claiming that BP misled regulators about the safety of its operations in the Atlantis field in the Gulf of Mexico, has been dismissed by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes, FuelFix reports.
TORONTO (AP) — The weak safety culture of a now-defunct railway company and poor government oversight were among the many factors that led to an oil train explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec last year, Canada's Transportation Safety Board said in a new report released Tuesday.
TSB chair Wendy Tadros said 18 factors played a role, including a rail company that cut corners and a Canadian regulator that didn't do proper safety audits.
The safety board issued its report 13 months after a runaway train carrying 72 carloads of volatile oil from North Dakota derailed, hurtled down an incline and slammed into downtown Lac-Megantic, Quebec. Several train cars exploded and 40 buildings were leveled, including a popular bar that was filled with revelers enjoying a summer Friday night. The unattended train had been parked overnight on a rail line before it came loose.
SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department said Friday it will file no criminal charges following a four-year investigation into the April 2010 explosion that killed seven workers at the Tesoro Corp. refinery in Anacortes.
The decision was shared with victims' relatives earlier in the day, said Jenny Durkan, the U.S. attorney in Seattle.
Prosecutors examined whether criminal environmental and worker safety laws and regulations had been violated, but there was no evidence that reached the "exacting bar for criminal prosecution," Durkan said in a news release.
The Department of Transportation’s plan to improve oil train safety figures that old tank cars barred from carrying Bakken crude could be recycled for use transporting Canadian tar sands oil, but industry experts have dismissed that idea as unfeasible, Reuters reports.
The plan released by the Department of Transportation to improve oil train safety would have 15,000 older tank cars converted to carrying Canadian tar sands oil without performing any major retrofits, a prospect that alarms environmental campaigners, E&E reports.
A public hearing on possible regulations to require stabilization of volatile Bakken crude before it’s transported will be held by the North Dakota Industrial Commission, The Wall Street Journal reports, noting that top federal officials visiting the state Friday were briefed on the proposal.
Proposals to tighten safety standards for crude carried by rail were published in the Federal Register Friday by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, kicking off a period for public comment that will run for 60 days, The Hill reports.
The Department of Transportation’s proposed regulation tackling oil train safety may have been dealing mostly with tank car construction, but the DOT’s Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration is also reporting on the volatility of Bakken crude, E&E reports.
A failure to lift the ban on crude exports could have a chilling effect on the U.S. oil boom, Rice University economist Kenneth Medlock told a panel in Washington Wednesday, painting a “train wreck” scenario where falling domestic crude prices could encourage drillers to go elsewhere, FuelFix reports.
Meeting voters in Iowa, Vice President Joe Biden wouldn’t divulge it when asked his opinion on the Keystone XL pipeline -- although he said he had given it to President Obama -- commenting that he’s learned “not to step on the president’s lines,” The Guardian reports.
Taking a stance against measures to fight global warming will be "extremely harmful" to Republican candidates when voters cast ballots in the general election for president in November, 2016, activist Al Gore told National Journal in an interview Wednesday.
The same set of factors weighing on oil in recent weeks – ample supply, weak demand projections and a strong dollar – moderated by renewed Libya fighting that affected oil production, saw prices edge down Thursday. U.S. benchmark crude dropped 21 cents to $94.21 a barrel in electronic trading on the Nymex, while in London Brent slipped 7 cents to $98.90, Reuters reports.
Consol Energy and Noble Energy hope to raise more than $422 million on 20 million shares up for sale in an initial public offering for their firm Cone Midstream Partners, according to documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Wednesday, the Houston Business Journal reports.
George P. Bush is unlikely to have much trouble winning his race to become Texas land commissioner, which gives him control over the state’s oil and gas contracts and has been a jumping off point for those seeking higher office in the past, E&E reports.
Massachusetts is selling $350 million in green bonds this week, more than three times what the state sold last year, as it tries to cash in on interest in environmentally friendly investments, The Wall Street Journal reports.
In a non-binding vote last week, shareholders of Cheniere Energy said no to the company’s 2013 plans for executive compensation, including a package for CEO Charif Souki worth $142 million, according to documents filed with regulators Wednesday, FuelFix reports.
A task force report recommending against fossil fuel divestment for the University of California right now was backed by a regents committee Wednesday and is expected to gain the support of the full board Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.