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PORTLAND, Maine — Final confirmation of a $338 million settlement for victims of an oil train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Quebec was delayed Thursday to give the lone party that opposes the plan additional time to reach an agreement on terms to join the settlement or withdraw its objection.
The extended delay could leave the refinery operating an no more than 20 percent capacity for a full 12 months after the facility was damaged in an explosion on Feb. 18. The primary piece taken out of commission was the electrostatic precipitator, or ESP, which is a large emission-controlling device.
A $338 million settlement fund for victims of a fiery train derailment that claimed 47 lives in Canada is poised for final approval, but payments could be held up by a legal challenge from one of that country’s largest railways
The Senate Commerce Committee hearing at Montana State University, Billings will examine pipeline safety inspections amid a boom in U.S. energy production that’s led to a rise in oil pipeline accidents after years of declines.
Democratic California congressional members Ted Lieu and Maxine Waters wrote to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board on Wednesday asking for the Sept. 6 acid leak to be included into the broader investigation of Exxon Mobil’s operations as the refinery.
The wildfire has taken out several of the 14 geothermal power plants in The Geysers, said Calpine spokesman Brett Kerr, but some of the remaining plants are still contributing electricity to the northern California region.
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 three-year study will “determine on-duty and off-duty factors that contribute to motor vehicle crashes, injuries and illness” among oil and gas extraction workers.
Federal regulators say the pipeline company responsible for a Central California oil spill kept shoddy records on emergency training and how it would protect pristine coastline in the event of an accident.
Crews have been working around-the-clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil into a Tioga wheat field two years ago this month.