The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources say the fines are being assessed for the loss of aquatic species, spill cleanup and water quality violations from the well pad fire in June 2014.
The Interior Department is poised to issue standards to close what it says are gaps in blowout preventer rules. Such a device failed catastrophically when a BP well blew out in 2010, causing a massive oil spill.
The government of the U.S. Virgin Islands on Monday sued Houston-based Hess Corp. for more than $1 billion, alleging that the firm abandoned a massive oil refinery it had pledged to run through the year 2022.
The Texas Railroad Commission is likely to approve the controversial South Texas dump Tuesday despite heavy opposition from elected officials who represent the area, echoing issues of local control that played out in the Capitol during the last legislative session.
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