Former contractor Kenneth Abbott and the environmental group Food & Water Watch will likely appeal a ruling by U.S. District Judge Lynn Hughes that dismisses their multibillion dollar suit against BP for its safety practices in the Gulf of Mexico’s Atlantis field, their attorney said, FuelFix reports.
WHITING, Ind. (AP) — An explosion at BP oil refinery in northwestern Indiana along Lake Michigan rattled nearby homes and sparked a fire that was later extinguished, but it didn't cause any major injuries or halt production at the facility, a company official said Thursday.
The explosion Wednesday night at the Whiting refinery, which is just east of Chicago, was caused by "an operational incident" on a processing unit, BP America spokesman Scott Dean said. It happened about 9 p.m. and was extinguished by the plant's fire department within a couple of hours.
One employee was taken to a hospital as a precaution, but was later released, Dean said. Refinery operations were "minimally" affected by the fire, he said.
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.
Without a nuclear waste repository, the waste can’t safely be disposed of and therefore the Nuclear Regulatory Commission shouldn’t issue any more licenses or renewals for nuclear power plants, environmental groups said Monday, filing a notice with the NRC of their intent to sue over the issue, The Hill reports.
Because Environmental Protection Agency actions regarding the Pebble Mine haven’t been finalized yet, federal courts don’t have jurisdiction to hear complaints about the matter, Judge H. Russel Holland ruled Friday, tossing out a lawsuit filed by Northern Dynasty Ltd., The Hill reports.
The U.S. Supreme Court isn’t due to make any rulings on high profile environmental cases this term, although it could still decide to take up a review of the Environmental Protection Agency’s air standards for hazardous pollutants, and several cases involving other agencies have the potential to affect EPA’s rulemaking, E&E reports.
BrightSource Energy and Abengoa Solar said Friday they won’t be going ahead with the proposed Palen solar project, in part because construction wouldn’t be finished by the end of 2016 and so it wouldn’t be eligible for the expiring 30 percent investment tax credit, The Desert Sun reports.
Oil prices increased Monday as refinery maintenance shutdowns have begun pushing gasoline prices higher. U.S. benchmark crude for November delivery jumped $1.03 to settle at $94.57 a barrel on the Nymex, while in London Brent crude inched up 20 cents to $97.20, Reuters reports.
Russian oil company Rosneft and its CEO Igor Sechin have announced a major discovery of oil and gas in the Arctic’s Kara Sea, where it has been exploring with the help of partner Exxon Mobil despite Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis, Platts reports.
Major international oil company Occidental Petroleum has said it’s severing ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, National Journal reports, the news breaking the week after prominent companies in the tech sector announced their departure from the group.
The Koch brothers, Tom Steyer and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline got mentions during the first debate between Iowa Senate candidates Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley and his Republican opponent state Sen. Joni Ernst, Politico reports.
Weeks after appearing at the Clean Energy Summit in Nevada and weeks before she's due to formally announce whether or not she'll run for president again in 2016, Hillary Clinton will deliver the keynote speech at the annual dinner for the League of Conservation Voters on Dec. 1, The Wall Street Journal reports.
Around 8,000 people turned out for a concert in Nebraska organized by Bold Nebraska and other opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was headlined by veteran singers Willie Nelson and Neil Young, the Lincoln Journal Star reports.