Category: Environment

Environmentalists move to halt Whittier drilling

Environmentalists have been denied a restraining order to stop an oil company from clearing lands in Whittier, one step of many towards drilling for oil in the area.  More »

Offshore drillers could learn from aviation

Rather than using commercial aviation as an excuse, the offshore energy industry should use it as a model for improving safety.  More »

Byproduct of a boom: gas flares visible from space

The NASA images are a reminder that at a time when the U.S. strives for to reduce dependence on foreign oil, it’s literally burning up the very fuel that may power the path to independence.  More »

Deal reached in Texas court over Keystone XL protests

An agreement reached in an East Texas court between TransCanada and various groups protesting the Keystone XL Pipeline could signal a retreat on the part of demonstrators.  More »

ExxonMobil grills key state witness in pollution trial

Countering claims that ExxonMobil polluted New Hampshire’s groundwater with a gasoline additive, the oil company’s attorney tried to show in court that a state witness’s research indicates that the chemical’s levels decline naturally.  More »

Nebraska governor OKs Keystone XL route

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman on Tuesday approved a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline that would ferry Canadian oil sands crude to the Gulf Coast, setting up a big Obama administration decision on whether to green light the controversial project.  More »

Chevron Phillips considering another Baytown expansion

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is studying further expansion of its Cedar Bayou complex, to boost capacity for producing chemicals in synthetic motor oils, lubricants and other automotive additives.  More »

Rig survivor wants court date before BP deal approved

Buddy Trahan, a Transocean manager and the most seriously injured survivor of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, remains in legal limbo.  More »

EPA pokes holes in plan to waive industry’s pollution bill

A Texas plan that would allow Houston’s biggest sources of smog-forming emissions to avoid tens of millions of dollars in fines may not pass federal review.  More »

The perils and profit of `Private Empire:’ Friday Bookshelf

As you might expect from Coll, the book is thoroughly researched, and it spans the changes within Exxon from the Valdez spill to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Opening forebodes long, contentious trial over fuel additive

Lawyers for the state of New Hampshire and petroleum giants ExxonMobil and Citgo mocked their opponents’ evidence and disparaged their witnesses for a second day Tuesday as they prepared jurors for a long, contentious trial over the gasoline additive MTBE.  More »

Lawyers trade accusations in fight over gas additive

The $700 million case against Citgo and ExxonMobil, accusing the companies of contaminating more than 40,000 wells in New Hampshire with the fuel additive MTBE, launched Monday with attorneys exchanging charges of nefarious legal moves.  More »