Firm fined $3.3M for worst California oil spill in 25 years

California 04/25/19, 20:03

A pipeline company was fined nearly $3.35 million on Thursday for causing the worst California coastal spill in 25 years. A judge issued a fine and penalties against Plains All American Pipeline for a 2015 spill that sent 140,000 gallons of crude oil gushing onto Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara ...

PHOTOS: Remembering the Exxon Valdez oil spill

U.S. 03/20/19, 23:03

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 crude oil into the pristine Prince William Sound.The world watched the aftermath unfold: scores of herring, sea otters and birds ...

50-plus people missing after pipeline explodes in Nigeria

World 03/02/19, 10:55

More than 50 people are missing after a leaking oil pipeline exploded and caused a stampede in southern Nigeria, a local official said Saturday. The blast early Friday caused massive oil spillage in the Nembe kingdom in Bayelsa state, the Nembe Chiefs Council spokesman, Chief Nengi James-Eriworio, told The Associated Press. The ...

Three US states win settlement for oil spills

U.S. 01/30/19, 20:15

EPA and state regulators in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma say Sunoco Pipelines and its Louisiana partner Mid-Valley Pipeline Company agree to make amends for spills that occurred in 2013, 2014 and 2015

50th anniversary of California offshore oil spill marked

California 01/28/19, 15:27

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 ...

Spain court grants $1.7 billion compensation for oil spill

World 12/20/18, 11:34

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.The court said in a statement Thursday that captain Apostolos Mangouras and The ...

Gulf oil spill cash to help redo Galveston Island State Park

Texas 11/05/18, 20:27

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 ...

Texas uses $100M from 2010 oil spill settlement for coast

Texas 10/17/18, 07:24

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.The Houston Chronicle reports details were announced Monday night during a public meeting in Galveston. Trustees of the Texas Implementation Group offered ...

France, Italy begin cleanup for Mediterranean fuel spill

Europe 10/08/18, 08:28

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 ...

Icebreaker tests out oil spill recovery system

Europe 10/03/18, 04:56

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 ...

Administration easing offshore oil and gas drilling rules

Enviroment 09/28/18, 16:26

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.The changes, which will take effect Dec. 27, come ...

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