Category: Environment

Two Countries, Two Views On Oil & Gas

On a recent trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, one of the things that really struck me was the attitude the majority of the population seems to have towards oil & gas.  More »

College fossil-fuel divestment movement builds

The campaign targets companies that own most of the world’s coal, oil and natural gas reserves.  More »

Tony Blair: Oil boom can ease West’s dependency on Middle East

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke on the future of global energy demands at the KPMG Global Energy Conference in Houston on Wednesday.  More »

Study: Most shipwrecks a minor US pollution threat

While 87 ships sunk deep off America’s coasts have the potential to leak tens of millions of gallons of oil, a new federal report concludes that “the scope of the problem is much more manageable than initially feared.”  More »

Texas joins other Gulf states in suing BP for environmental damage due to 2010 oil spill

Texas on Friday joined other Gulf states suing BP for environmental damage caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  More »

Offshore safety auditor talks about challenges ahead

Mike Chaudron, director of sales for Det Norske Veritas Certification, one of four audit firms provisionally certified to audit offshore operators’ safety plans, talks about challenges in implementing the new federally mandated process.  More »

Drilling waste finds new use

A Texas company has found a way to turn oil field trash into something useful — roads and new drilling pads.  More »

Universities show their wares at Offshore Technology Conference

Major U.S. and overseas schools have been sharing with attendees to the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston research and development projects they are involved in that relate to industry subjects.  More »

Rep. Bill Flores: Proposed federal regulations for fracking a ‘solution in search of a problem’

Industry experts told members of Congress the Interior Department’s potential regulations to hydraulic fracturing –  fracking —  on federal lands is a threat to jobs and energy security and an effort they consider “duplicative.” Texas Rep. Bill Flores, who has been an ardent opponent of proposals to increase federal oversight of hydraulic fracturing, said regulations should be […]  More »

Feds challenge lawyer for former BP exec, say he may have conflict in Gulf spill case

Federal prosecutors say an attorney for a former BP executive charged with lying to Congress about how much oil was flowing after BP’s Gulf of Mexico well blew out in 2010 may have a conflict of interest that could prevent him from representing his client.  More »

BP exec tells OTC audience about lessons learned in Gulf spill response

Even as BP continues to fight litigation that could result in it having to pay billions of dollars more in fines and damages stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a senior company official says the British oil giant has already gone “above and beyond” what the law requires.  More »

Government postpones oil, gas lease auctions in California

The decision came after a federal judge ruled last month that BLM had violated a key environmental law.  More »

Judge asks environmentalists for ideas to punish company

U.S. District Judge William Smith said that the high court’s decision means he is limited to fining Southern Union Co. $500,000 or the equivalent in community service  More »

BP agrees to more oil spill restoration projects in Gulf; Total reaches $665M

BP says the amount of money it will spend on early restoration projects to repair damage to the environment caused by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has now reached $665 million, more than half of the up to $1 billion it committed two years ago to spend.  More »

Gulf spill cases against former BP employees advance

A federal judge has barred prosecutors at the trial of a former BP engineer charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the investigation of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill from telling jurors he was suspended from his job and that he retained a personal attorney.  More »