Report on Quebec oil train derailment submitted to prosecutors


Quebec's law enforcement has submitted to provincial prosecutors their report on the July oil train derailment in Lac-Megantic that killed 47 people, which they expect will lead to criminal charges against the train's owners, Bloomberg reports.


Crews repairing pipeline that leaked oil in Ohio

CINCINNATI (AP) — Repairs have begun on a pipeline that leaked more than 10,000 gallons of crude oil into a suburban nature preserve.

Officials said Sunday that repairs approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation are underway on the pipeline that leaked in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve in suburban Cincinnati. A Colerain Township fire department release says more than 31,000 gallons of combined water and oil have been recovered in cleanup of the contaminated area.

The leak discovered March 17 came from a 5-inch crack in the pipeline. Federal investigators are trying to determine what caused the crack.


Libya detains crew of renegade oil tanker

TRIPOLI, Libya (AP) — Libyan authorities boarded a renegade oil tanker and detained three militiamen and the crew after the vessel anchored off the country's coast Sunday, the state news agency and a Libyan navy spokesman said.

He also suggested that Libya might have tried to sink the ship had the Americans not boarded it on Tripoli's behalf.

U.S. Navy SEALs seized the Morning Glory last week in the eastern Mediterranean. That operation brought an end to an attempt by a militia from eastern Libya to sell the crude in defiance of the central government in Tripoli.


Oil spill cleanup impedes major Texas ship channel

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — No timetable has been set to reopen a major U.S. shipping channel after nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil spilled into the Texas waterway, but more help was being called in Monday to contain the spill and protect important shorebird habitat.

A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in the busy Houston Ship Channel, spilling as much as a fifth of its cargo into one of the world's busiest waterways for moving petrochemicals, according to the Coast Guard.

Oil had been detected 12 miles offshore in the Gulf of Mexico by Sunday, and as many as 60 vessels were either waiting to get in or out. The Coast Guard — which called it a "significant spill" — said it expected to deploy more containment booms Monday, with 24 vessels working to skim the oil.


Judge: Emails don't fault Anadarko in Gulf spill


District Judge Carl Barbier rejected federal arguments contending that emails between Anadarko Petroleum and BP ahead of the 2010 Gulf spill prove Andarko played a role in the disaster, Bloomberg reports.


25 years later, Exxon Valdez spill effects linger

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the nation's largest oil spill.

The 987-foot tanker, carrying 53 million gallons of crude, struck Bligh Reef at 12:04 a.m. on March 24, 1989. Within hours, it unleashed an estimated 10.8 million gallons of thick, toxic crude oil into the water. Storms and currents then smeared it over 1,300 miles of shoreline.

For a generation of people around the world, the spill was seared into their memories by images of fouled coastline in Prince William Sound, of sea otters, herring and birds soaked in oil, of workers painstakingly washing crude off the rugged beaches.


UK may act against Total for safety breaches on North Sea platform

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Total SA says an investigation of a leak at its Elgin platform in the North Sea has led Britain's Health and Safety Executive to recommend the company be punished for its practices, The Wall Street Journal reports.

EPA, BP reach deal to lift federal contracting suspension

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday reached a deal with BP to lift a ban on the company being awarded government contracts, imposed after its guilty pleas in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

The five-year agreement, reached after months of negotiations, ends a suspension on new sales and service contracts imposed in late 2012 that affected 25 BP entities and BP Exploration and Production, EPA said.

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EPA lifts BP's federal contracting suspension

The Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it reached a deal with BP to lift its ban on government contracting imposed after its guilty pleas in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill.

The five-year agreement ends a suspension on new sales and service contracts imposed in late 2012 that affected 25 BP entities and BP Exploration and Production, EPA said. The company has been a major fuel and petroleum products supplier to the Defense Department.

The agreement requires BP to submit to annual third-party audits of its compliance and additional actions in the area of ethics, corporate governance and safety.

EPA said it coordinated the deal with the Interior Department, the Defense Logistics Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard.


Albany bars crude processing expansion at Hudson River port

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The expansion of crude oil processing at the Hudson River Port of Albany, which has become a major hub for rail shipments of volatile North Dakota crude to coastal refineries in the last two years, will be halted by a moratorium issued Wednesday by Albany County Executive Dan McCoy.

The order requires a health impact study by the county before Waltham, Mass.-based Global Partners is allowed to add facilities to heat rail cars to liquefy thick crude like that mined in western Canada's tar sands. That plan, along with Global's major increase in rail shipments through the city, has drawn intense criticism from port-area residents, environmental groups and local politicians.


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