Mont. governor cuts ties to spill command post *updated*

The move underscores mounting tensions between the state and Exxon Mobil over the company’s handling of a pipeline rupture that spewed tens of thousands of gallons of oil into the scenic Yellowstone River.  More »

UTMB will lead spill seafood review

The five-year grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences was announced by the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The project will also involve the University of Pennsylvania, Texas A&M University at Galveston, Louisiana State University and the University of Arizona, plus community groups.  More »

Oil and gasoline prices on the rise again

Oil is rising as investors bet that the economies of many countries, including the U.S., will improve in the second half of the year, and global demand for petroleum will rise.  More »

Residents living near Exxon pipeline worried *updated*

About 150 people showed up at an EPA meeting Wednesday night with questions about health risks, the duration of the cleanup, and whether the oil will permanently damage their livestock or property  More »

Alarm system, maintenance blamed for DuPont leaks

An investigation found that an ineffective alarm system, maintenance deficiencies and an inadequate emergency response process for three leaks last year at a DuPont chemical plant in West Virginia, one of which resulted in the death of a worker  More »

Oil rises above $98 after US crude supply drop *updated*

Oil prices are above $98 a barrel today after an industry report showed U.S. crude supplies fell more than expected.  More »

Airlines positioned for fuel efficiency gains

For airlines, more efficient jets will reduce their biggest expense. For passengers, it means fares won’t jump around as much with the price of oil.  More »

Transocean rig off Africa taking on water *updated*

Transocean spokesman Guy Cantwell said that the rig called Marianas began to take on water near Ghana today as it was preparing to move. The rig, currently under contract to Italian oil company Eni, was not drilling at the time.  More »

Oil little changed, settles below $97 a barrel

Crude had been rising since last week, nearly recovering from a late-June drop to around $90 a barrel following the announcement that the U.S. and other countries would release 60 million barrels of crude into world markets. Some investment banks said prices would head higher anyway as world supplies tightened later this year. By Wednesday investors were again focused on short-term concerns about the global economy.  More »

Exxon told regulators that Mont. pipeline was deeply buried

Details about Exxon Mobil’s actions leading up to the Friday night spill into one of the West’s premiere rivers emerged in federal safety documents as cleanup work continued downstream of the rupture site in the Montana town of Laurel. There is still no definitive word on how far downriver the spill could spread.  More »

Sites told to remove Hayward deposition video

A judge ordered video clips of a deposition former BP chief Tony Hayward gave last month in ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill litigation be removed from the sites of News Corp. online newspaper The Daily and Google’s YouTube.  More »

ConocoPhillips defends response to China oil leaks

Houston’s ConocoPhillips reacted quickly to two and told authorities the day they were found, said managers of the company and its Chinese partner in the field, state-owned CNOOC Ltd., at a news conference. Both leaks have stopped and cleanup work is nearly finished, they said.  More »