Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Friday made her first visits to Gulf of Mexico offshore oil wells since taking office, in a move intended to highlight safety reforms made after the BP spill.
Jewell toured LLOG Exploration's semi-submersible drilling rig about 120 miles south of New Orleans. There, she observed a cementing operation and discussed the company's development plans, the department said.
Burford Capital, the litigation finance firm that backed the representation for plaintiffs in Chevron's Ecuador oil pollution case, said it was misled by the plaintiffs' lawyer Steve Donziger and law firm Patton Boggs, Fortune reports.
Stratus Consulting, the environmental consultancy that provided expert data for plaintiffs in Chevron's Ecuador oil pollution trial, disavowed its work, saying the plaintiffs' lawyer misled them, Businessweek reports.
The Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says a Chevron pipeline may have leaked as much as 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel near Utah's Willard Bay State Park, The Associated Press reports.
Liberal watchdog group Checks and Balances Project said the State Department inspector general is investigating potential conflicts of interests in the department's environmental review of the Keystone XL pipeline, The Hill reports.