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The operator of a barge that leaked oil into Galveston Bay after a collision can expect federal fines and damage claims that could climb into the millions.
The energy-led increase in congestion in the Houston Ship Channel highlights the need for more maintenance, dredging, high-tech navigation systems and other improvements to ensure safe travel through the narrow waterway.
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s major refinery in Baytown can push its output of refined products back up again after a decline when the Houston Ship Channel closed for three days.
Nationally, unleaded gasoline sold for an average of just over $3.53 per gallon Tuesday, according to AAA, up less than a penny from the day before the spill.
The London oil company traced the oil leak to a glitch at its 1,400-acre Whiting facility on Monday afternoon. There were no injuries and the crude has stopped leaking, the company said.
The prospect that at least some vessels soon may resume travel through the Houston Ship Channel eased worries that an oil spill Saturday will threaten productivity from area refineries.
The Houston Ship Channel remains closed indefinitely after nearly 170,000 gallons of heavy oil spilled into the Galveston Bay on Saturday afternoon.
Quebec police have finished and filed with authorities their investigation into the Lac-Megantic train disaster that killed 47 people and prompted backlash against the growing practice of transporting crude oil by rail.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp. (APC) officials urged BP Plc to drill deeper into the Gulf of Mexico well that caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history even after BP warned that doing so would be unsafe.
North Carolina regulators say Duke Energy illegally pumped 61 million gallons of contaminated water from a coal ash pit into the Cape Fear River, marking the eighth time in less than a month the nation’s largest electricity company has been cited for environmental violations.