Category: Environment

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 »

Shell had a lot riding on Arctic rig’s snapped tow lines

What Shell doesn’t seem to fully appreciate is that to the public, it’s irrelevant whether Shell’s problems involve actual drilling or the maritime operations that support it.  More »

Environmentalists take anti-Exxon message to TV

The commercial heading for TV starts out with the line, “Here at Exxon, we hate your children.” Hint: It’s not made by Exxon Mobil.  More »

Who should be the next energy secretary?

We need someone who can find a middle ground, who can allay some of the unfounded fears about fracking, promote public understanding of the energy opportunity we now face, yet also help the industry embrace better standards of transparency and safety.  More »

Keystone XL activists arrested outside TransCanada Houston office

See video of the Keystone XL pipeline protest outside of one of TransCanada’s Houston offices, where two activists were arrested Monday morning.  More »

Is Shell in danger of getting frozen out of the Arctic?

The company can’t afford any more mistakes in Alaskan waters, even the logistical kind.  More »

`Promised Land’ courts controversy, doesn’t find it

`Promised Land’ avoids the factual vacuity of “Gasland,” but it tries so hard to be evenhanded that it winds up devoid of a point of view.  More »

Floods blamed for 2.4M gallons of spilled crude, feds say

Flood-related pipeline spills account for fewer than 1 percent of all pipeline accidents, but pose a greater threat to drinking water.  More »

Feds fault Houston delay in Yellowstone oil spill

Houston pipeline controllers could have reduced the size of the 1,500-barrel spill by about two-thirds if they had isolated the rupture as soon as problems emerged, investigators say.  More »

Southern Co. faces risks on Mississippi power plant

Betting that natural gas prices will rise again, Southern Co. is funneling billions into a new coal-to-gas power plant, technology that critics say is untested and costly.  More »

Cheniere, Total agree to LNG export deal from Sabine Pass

A partnership formed by Houston-based Cheniere Energy that owns the Sabine Pass liquefied natural gas terminal in western Louisiana and an affiliate of French oil and gas firm Total have inked a 20-year LNG purchase agreement for exports from the site.  More »

Judge: Victims of Gulf disaster can weigh in on BP plea deal

A federal judge is giving victims of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a chance to weigh in on whether the court should accept an agreement between BP and the U.S. government under which the British oil giant would plead guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges and pay a multibillion dollar fine.  More »