Category: Environment

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 »

Judge delays trial for former BP exec charged in Gulf disaster case

A federal judge has postponed the trial of a former BP executive charged with obstruction of Congress stemming from statements he made about the amount of oil that was flowing from a blown-out well following the deadly 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster.  More »

Chevron Phillips resin used to make toy cars for Michigan children

Toys for more than 30,000 needy children in Michigan have been made with resin donated by a unit of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co.  More »

Dearth of data leaves Gulf safety record in the dark (Updated)

Searching for details of U.S. offshore safety incidents is more challenging that searching for drops of oil in the vast ocean. They aren’t readily available.  More »

Former BP exec wants trial delay in Gulf disaster criminal case

A former BP executive charged with obstruction of Congress stemming from statements he made about the amount of oil that was flowing from a blow-out well following the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster is seeking to delay his criminal trial.  More »

Tools without sparks could save lives offshore

It would be easy to blame accidents like the recent one on a Black Elk Energy platform on workers, but it also raises questions of whether, with the advance of technology, there’s a better way to reduce the risk of such fatal accidents.  More »

10-minute phone call may decide BP rig workers’ fate

Whether the men acted alone or consulted with their bosses may prove to be a deciding factor between guilt or innocence.  More »

Deepwater Horizon defendants vow to fight charges

Two BP well-site leaders and a former executive pleaded not guilty and defiantly promised Wednesday a vigorous defense to felony charges stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, a day after the British oil giant they worked for made an appearance before the same judge to answer to manslaughter charges.  More »

BP suspended from new federal contracts

The Obama administration’s decision Wednesday to take the rarely used step of barring BP from entering new federal government contracts for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill potentially costs the company millions while threatening the British oil giant’s stance as a major offshore energy producer and one of the military’s biggest jet fuel suppliers.  More »

What does it take to get booted from the Gulf?

The Black Elk Energy accident shows the post-Deepwater Horizon safety culture in the Gulf is looking disturbingly similar to the pre-Deepwater Horizon safety culture in the Gulf.  More »

7.3% of your paycheck goes in the tank

Texas drivers spent 7.3 percent of their income on gasoline in 2011, making them among the most vulnerable motorists nationwide to climbing fuel prices, according to a report issued Monday.  More »

California cap & trade an Enron redux?

California is once again preparing to meddle in manipulated markets, adopting a structure disturbingly similar to Enron’s former playground in electricity.  More »