Environmentalists want California Gov. Jerry Brown to halt plans for hydraulic fracturing  off Southern California.  (AP file photo/Nick Ut)

Environmentalists want Brown to stop offshore fracturing

State regulators in June approved nine permits for Long Beach Harbor.
This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday.   (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Beachfront owner sues pipeline operator over oil spill

The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles is at least the fourth proposed class-action against Plains since the May 19 spill blackened beaches and spread oil at least 100 miles.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Exxon Mobil halts production following California pipeline spill

Exxon Mobil said Tuesday it had ceased production at three offshore platforms that were isolated by the rupture and subsequent shutdown of a Santa Barbara pipeline.
(Photo: Aine D/Flickr)

Home efficiency upgrades don’t pay, study says

Energy efficiency experts who were shown the study say the authors’ broad conclusions about energy efficiency in general aren’t justified after a study of a single program in a single state focused only on low-income households.
Oil swirls in a small eddy in a back channel of the Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont., in 2011.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson,File)

U.S. says Exxon Mobil must pay $1 million for Montana spill

Safety regulators said Exxon Mobil failed to adequately heed warnings that its 20-year-old Silvertip Pipeline was at risk from flooding.
Categories: Environment, Pipelines

Texas regulators say disposal wells didn’t cause 4.0 quake

The Texas Railroad Commission said it reached that conclusion after testing five disposal wells in Johnson County.
A Chesapeake Energy storage tank near Dilley, Texas. (Pat Sullivan/AP)

Chesapeake shares fall on downgrade, natural gas drop

Chesapeake is among energy companies with market values that swing on the price of natural gas.
Categories: Natural gas
Shirley Morrison, center, and other members of the Seattle Raging Grannies sing a song on May 12 opposing Shell Oil Company during a meeting in Seattle of the Port of Seattle Commission. Five members of the group were arrested Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

5 anti-Arctic drilling activists arrested at Seattle port

Seattle police arrested five members of a group called the Seattle Raging Grannies, who had chained themselves together in rocking chairs. The oldest of the five women was 92.
Categories: Arctic, Environment
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks during a town hall meeting in 2011. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

Comment period ends on proposed Exxon Mobil settlement

The proposal has touched off a public feud between the Christie administration and Democrats, who control the New Jersey Legislature and say the governor should have bargained for more money in damages.
Categories: Environment
David  Rainey,   (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Deliberations near in former BP executive’s trial

Attorneys will make their final statements to jurors Friday morning and the jury is expected to begin deliberations by noon.
Categories: Gulf oil spill