Category: Environment

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 »

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 »