NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the government filed by a New Orleans-based company that has failed to end the longest running oil spill in U.S....
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a government agency to take a closer look at pipeline company Enbridge's plans for dealing with potential oil spills in the waterway...
Trump issues new permit for stalled Keystone XL pipeline
WASHINGTON (AP) — Moving defiantly to kick-start the long-stalled Keystone XL oil pipeline, President Donald Trump on Friday issued a new presidential permit for the project — two years after he...
Coast Guard responds to oil spill near Goethals Bridge
NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. Coast Guard says it has responded to an oil spill in the Arthur Kill waterway near the Goethals Bridge.
The fuel-oil was spotted leaking from a commercial container...
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Floodwaters caused a small oil spill into the Yellowstone River in northwestern North Dakota.
State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) tells The Bismarck Tribune...
Groups: EPA has dragged heels on oil dispersant rules
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Environmental groups and women from Alaska and Louisiana say the Environmental Protection Agency has dragged its heels on issuing rules for oil spill dispersants, and they're...
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Former NBA star David West is not entitled to a nearly $1.5 million award stemming from BP's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal appeals court has ruled.
Oil spill being cleaned up at McKenzie County well site
WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — A spill of 12,600 gallons of oil is being cleaned up at a well site in McKenzie County.
The state's Oil and Gas Division says Oasis Petroleum North America reported...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — It was just after midnight on March 24, 1989, when an Exxon Shipping Co. tanker ran aground outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, spewing millions of gallons of thick, toxic...
WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said Saturday.
Company fined $6,100 for Naugatuck River oil spill
WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has fined a Connecticut company $6,100 for an oil spill that left the Naugatuck River covered in a sheen for days last year.
Shell subsidiary to pay $2.2M fine for 2016 Gulf oil spill
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell has agreed to pay a $2.2 million civil fine to the federal government to settle charges that the company violated the Clean Water Act by spilling 1,900 barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in May 2016 when a subsea pipeline cracked at the company's Green Canyon oil field.
Cleanup underway after northern Oklahoma crude oil spill
ENID, Okla. (AP) — Crews are working to contain thousands of gallons of crude oil that leaked into a creek in northern Oklahoma.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Wednesday oil extends for about 5 miles (8 kilometers) in Black Bear Creek in rural Garfield County.
50th anniversary of California offshore oil spill marked
CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — Opponents of offshore drilling marked the 50th anniversary of the disastrous 1969 Santa Barbara Channel oil spill by demonstrating against federal policy that seeks to expand energy development off the nation's coasts.
Demonstrators organized by the Center for Biological Diversity and other organizations chanted Monday outside the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's Pacific regional office in Ventura County.
Democrat: Keystone XL developer should pay into cleanup fund
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota lawmakers should require the Keystone XL pipeline's developer to pay into a state oil spill cleanup fund and impose more regulations on so-called man camps, the state Senate Democratic leader said Friday.
Oil spill money could be used for birds off Louisiana coast
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly $17 million in Deepwater Horizon oil spill money would rebuild a barrier island bird rookery off Louisiana to more than seven times its current size under a recently released plan.
Spain court grants $1.7 billion compensation for oil spill
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has ruled that the captain and the insurer of the Prestige oil tanker must pay more than 1.5 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in compensation for Spain's biggest environmental disaster, when the vessel sank in 2002.
Groups sue to block oil production in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Five conservation groups filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block oil production from a proposed artificial gravel island in federal Arctic waters.
The groups asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to review an offshore production plan approved for the Liberty project in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska's north coast.
Cleanup continues following oil spill in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cleanup continues at a southwest Oklahoma City oil well where oil leaked on to property and roadways.
Oklahoma Corporation Commission spokesman Matt Skinner said Thursday crews worked around the clock to clean up Wednesday night's oil spill. Skinner says authorities mopped up 25 barrels of standing oil and spread biodegradable material to soak up the rest.
Skinner says the spill caused no danger to area drinking water. He says the cause of the spill was an open valve.
Well pad oil spill contaminates rangeland in Dunn County
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Some rangeland was contaminated when nearly 6,900 gallons of oil spilled at a well pad in Dunn County.
The state Health Department says a valve failure caused the spill on Dec. 8 at a Burlington Resources Oil and Gas Co. site about 11 miles north of Killdeer.
About 6,300 gallons of the spilled oil were recovered. The other 600 gallons went through a storm water gate in the containment berm and impacted rangeland.
Washington state fines Idaho-based company over oil spill
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) — The Washington Department of Ecology has fined a Lewiston, Idaho-based company $189,000 for an oil spill at a facility in Wenatchee, Washington.
Coast Guard investigates oil pipeline spill in Louisiana
DULAC, La. (AP) — The Coast Guard says it is investigating the cause and impact of a small oil spill in a Louisiana marsh.
A news release Tuesday said a controlled burn Monday got rid of nearly 1,700 gallons of oil that had escaped from a pipeline near Dulac. The line is owned by Texas Petroleum Investment Co.
The Coast Guard says it was notified of the spill Nov. 15, and a cleanup company put a floating barrier around the spill and sorbents onto the oil the same day.
Additional $280M issued in BP oil spill restoration grants
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Four Gulf states are getting an additional $280 million in restoration grants from the BP oil spill of 2010.
Louisiana is getting $161.4 million to restore two barrier islands and a headland in the Terrebonne Basin. The work will restore Timbalier and Trinity islands, which "are currently at a critical minimum width in some areas," and the West Bell Headland.
Mississippi announces plans for $37.8M in oil spill money
BILOXI, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi officials have outlined how they plan to spend this year's $37.8 million installment of BP oil spill money, focusing largely on economic, environmental and transportation projects.
Gov. Phil Bryant made the announcement Tuesday in Biloxi, outlining how the state will spend money from the federal RESTORE Act, which allocates 80 percent of the penalties from the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the five Gulf Coast states.
A Gulfport hospital is saving hundreds of endangered turtles
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Imagine swallowing a hook with a large weight attached to it.
Imagine spending months with that hook inside you while you try to carry on with your life.
That happens to sea turtles on a regular basis when they take a fisherman's bait.
Lucky for them, there is someone here to help.
Located on the industrial Canal in Gulfport, the Institute For Marine Mammal Studies has been a leading force in helping save the critically endangered Kemp's ridley sea turtle.
Gulf oil spill cash to help redo Galveston Island State Park
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Officials say Hurricane Ike-damaged Galveston Island State Park will be closed in late 2019 for a major renovation that might take about three years.
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Department plans a ground-up rebuild funded by a $10 million grant awarded to the state after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Tribe challenges Corps findings on Dakota Access pipeline
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux is challenging new government conclusions that the $3.8 billion Dakota Access oil pipeline poses no significant environmental threats to American Indian tribes in the Dakotas.
20 Line 3 opponents plead guilty to disorderly conduct
BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — Twenty opponents of Enbridge Energy's planned Line 3 replacement have pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in connection with an August protest.
More than two dozen people were detained and ticketed Aug. 29 after they blocked a Bemidji intersection for nearly four hours and called on Gov. Mark Dayton to stop the project.
The opponents say the project poses unacceptable risks of oil spills in pristine areas of northern Minnesota.
New hotel finally open at Alabama beach park
GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — A new hotel at Alabama's Gulf State Park is finally open more than 14 years after the previous one was destroyed by Hurricane Ivan.
A grand-opening ceremony was set for Friday at the park, located between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
The 350-room hotel is being operated by Hilton Hotels and Resorts under a deal with the state. A reservation site shows rooms are available for this weekend with prices starting at about $200 a night.
Responders monitoring oil spill on Columbia River
KALAMA, Wash. (AP) — State and federal officials are responding to an oil spill on the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington.
Coast Guard officials said the oily sheen was estimated at about 3 miles long Wednesday afternoon and appeared to be dissipating since it was first reported that morning.
Officials said the source of the spill was no longer actively discharging into the river and pollution responders also determined that the oil was too thin to recover.
Texas uses $100M from 2010 oil spill settlement for coast
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Officials say more than $100 million from a settlement after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has been spent on restoring Texas coastal habitat.
France, Italy begin cleanup for Mediterranean fuel spill
PARIS (AP) — French and Italian maritime authorities have begun cleaning up a fuel spill that has spread 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) in the Mediterranean Sea after two cargo ships collided north of the island of Corsica.
Italy's coast guard said Monday it's recovering some of the polluted material and monitoring the spill amid changing weather conditions.
A Tunisian cargo ship pierced a hole in the hull of a Cypriot container ship in Sunday's collision, causing the fuel leak. No one was injured.
Louisiana seeks to make more room for namesake pelicans
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is called the Pelican State, and now its officials are designing two projects to shore up coastal islands with an eye to improving nesting grounds for the namesake bird.
Tanker rollover spills 100 gallons of diesel fuel, motor oil
OAKES, N.D. (AP) — A tanker truck rollover in Dickey County resulted in about 100 gallons of diesel fuel and motor oil spilling into a flooded ditch.
The state Health Department says the fuel and oil came from the motor. None of the 5,000 gallons of pesticide the tanker was carrying appears to have spilled.
The crash happened Thursday about 5 miles south of Oakes. Booms were put in place to keep the fuel and oil from flowing into a nearby wetland.
The Latest: Advocacy groups clash over oil pipeline deal
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on an agreement to replace oil pipelines in a crucial Great Lakes channel (all times local):
Environmental groups are pledging to fight a plan to replace twin oil pipelines in the waterway that links Lakes Huron and Michigan, while business interests are praising it.
The deal announced Wednesday by the state of Michigan and Enbridge would shut down the Line 5 pipes in the Straits of Mackinac and put a new tunnel beneath the lake bed.
Icebreaker tests out oil spill recovery system
HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic Sea, testing a new, inbuilt oil recovery system — a first for an icebreaker.
The vessel, Polaris, can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. The Polaris operates mainly in the Baltic but can also reach large parts of the Arctic Ocean during the summer months.
Administration easing offshore oil and gas drilling rules
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Trump administration is easing rules imposed on offshore oil and gas drilling six years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill.
The decision won immediate praise from an offshore drilling group, but environmentalists said it would increase the risk of future disasters.
Pipeline operator must fix flaws in oil spill plan
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state regulators on Monday ordered the operator of the Trans Mountain pipeline to correct deficiencies in a new oil spill response plan it submitted for the 64-mile (103-kilometer) pipeline that operates within the state.
The Department of Ecology said the pipeline operator has 60 days to provide how it would respond to a spill of heavy oils that sink to the seafloor and provide details on endangered species such as orcas that are at risk among other items.
Massive 2013 oil spill in North Dakota finally cleaned up
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Five years and almost $100 million later, cleanup is complete on a massive oil pipeline leak in North Dakota that has been called one of the biggest onshore spills in U.S. history, industry and state officials said Wednesday.
The spill by Tesoro, now known as Andeavor, was found by a Tioga farmer in September 2013. Crews had been working around the clock to clean it.
Pipeline company found guilty in 2015 California oil spill
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A pipeline company was convicted of nine criminal charges Friday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years, a disaster that blackened popular beaches for miles, killed wildlife and hurt tourism and fishing.
A Santa Barbara County jury found Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline guilty of a felony count of failing to properly maintain its pipeline and eight misdemeanor charges, including killing marine mammals and protected sea birds.
Mississippi governor signs law to divvy up oil spill money
GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is signing a law that specifies how the state will divide the money it's receiving because of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Legislators passed Senate Bill 2002 during a special session last week, and Bryant signed it Wednesday evening in Gulfport.
Corps: No new impacts found in Dakota Access pipeline review
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday completed more than a year of additional study of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, saying the work substantiated its earlier determination that the pipeline poses no significant environmental threats.
U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in June 2017 ruled that the Corps "largely complied" with environmental law when permitting the $3.8 billion, four-state pipeline built by Texas-based Energy Transfers Partners.
Lawmakers end work after passing road, oil spill money bills
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers created a lottery to fund highways, increased state transportation aid for cities and counties, and divided $700 million in oil spill damages during a five-day special session that wrapped up Wednesday.
Earmarked projects approved by Mississippi lawmakers
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers have earmarked $111 million in projects in Senate Bill 2002 . That includes $61 million from oil spill damages and $50 million that lawmakers agreed to borrow earlier in the special session that ended Wednesday. The list has $7.5 million for railroad improvements statewide and $1 million for railroad crossing safety projects statewide. Brief descriptions of the remaining 128 projects, worth $103 million, are listed alphabetically by county:
The Latest: Bryant signs transportation funding act
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on a special session of the Mississippi Legislature (all times local):
Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant has signed a law designed to put hundreds of millions of dollars into building and repairing highways and bridges.
Bryant signed the Mississippi Infrastructure Modernization Act on Wednesday as legislators finished a five-day special session. The measure would send aid to cities and county, and borrow $300 million.
Senate approves bill dividing $700M in oil spill damages
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi senators late Tuesday approved a bill to divide up $700 million in oil spill damages, setting aside more than $100 million overall for special projects.
The Senate voted 42-8 in favor of the bill after only brief debate that included one senator reading the entire list of 128 earmarked projects. The measure moves to the House for more debate, likely on Wednesday.
The Latest: Senate approves plan to divide oil spill money
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Latest on the Mississippi Legislature's debate over dividing $700 million in oil spill damages (all times local):
Mississippi's state Senate is passing a bill that divides $700 million in oil spill damages being paid to the state and also includes 128 special projects worth nearly $103 million cumulatively.
Senate Bill 2002 was debated for less than an hour on Tuesday before passing 42-8. It moves to the House for more consideration.