Category: Environment

New Jersey officially announces $225 million Exxon Mobil settlement

Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman said the settlement over refinery sites in Linden and Bayonne is separate from Exxon Mobil’s obligation to clean up the sites at its own expense.  More »

Top Senate Republican tells states: ignore EPA carbon rules

In an op-ed published Tuesday in the Lexington Herald-Leader, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky says states should reject Obama’s proposed requirements for power plants to reduce carbon dioxide, the chief greenhouse gas.  More »

Cleanup crews respond to Hilcorp pipeline spill in Alaska

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation says responders were able to reach the site at about 6 a.m. Sunday after severe blizzard conditions overnight Saturday halted response efforts.  More »

Exxon Mobil appeals $1 million penalty for Yellowstone River spill

Safety regulators said Exxon Mobil failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20-year-old Silvertip Pipeline was at risk from flooding.  More »

Citigroup sets $100 billion funding goal for green projects

The effort builds on an earlier goal to arrange $50 billion in deals that the bank set for itself in 2007 and achieved in 2013, three years ahead of schedule.  More »

Duke Energy says it expects to settle criminal probe for $100 million

The company reported profits of $1.88 billion for 2014, or $2.66 per share. Revenue was reported at about $23.9 billion.  More »

Manufacturers say EPA proposals would halt expansions

Proposed federal rules governing the release of dangerous pollutants threaten the future of the manufacturing sector, the industry’s top Washington lobbyist said at a speech in Houston Monday.  More »

Court upholds Ohio’s power to regulate drilling

The decision came in a case brought by the Akron suburb of Munroe Falls against Beck Energy Corp. over a state law that gives Ohio “sole and exclusive authority” to regulate the location of wells.  More »

Congressional Democrats seek to step up fracturing oversight

Of particular concern is making sure their waterways are not contaminated by waste.  More »

BLM clears way for petroleum reserve development

The decision is a shift from the alternative that BLM had earlier selected as its preferred option. But it aligns with the alternative chosen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  More »

NASA flight facility concerned with potential offshore drilling

The majority of the area that was proposed for lease off Virginia in 2010 lies within recent NASA mission hazard areas.  More »

Judge tosses coastal damage suit against oil companies

The Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East had claimed that coastal drilling and dredging activities contributed to the loss of coastal wetlands.  More »

Shell calls on Big Oil peers to speak up on climate change

While Shell, along with BP Plc, have led the oil industry in acknowledging climate change as a risk, the producers have avoided forums such as the annual United Nations climate talks.  More »

Peru anti-oil protest leaves 1 dead, 22 wounded

Protesters were repelled after entering part of a military base used by the Argentina company Pluspetrol in the Junin state town of Pichanaki.  More »

California pledges changes in protecting underground water

An Associated Press analysis found hundreds of the now-challenged state permits for oil-field injection into protected aquifers have been granted since 2011.  More »
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