Tag: Coast Guard

Activists in kayaks on horizon as Shell’s Arctic rig arrives at Washington port

Activists opposed to Arctic drilling are preparing to greet the rig when it makes it to Emerald City, with some threatening a flotilla of kayaks to box the ship in.  More »

AP: Offshore wells buried during Hurricane Ivan have been leaking oil into the Gulf since 2004

An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what the company behind the leak has publicly reported.  More »

Shell conducts drills with Arctic oil spill response system

Shell Oil Co. is conducting the testing for Obama administration officials as it plans a new round of exploratory drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska later this year.  More »

Alaska deep-water port proposed for vessels in Arctic waters

As ship traffic has increased, federal agencies have expressed concern about responding to vessels in distress, industrial activities and oil spills.  More »

Judge rejects BP appeal on cap for Gulf oil spill liabilities

Barbier said he hasn’t yet determined the actual amount of the civil penalty stemming from the Gulf of Mexico spill, which could run as high as $13.7 billion.  More »

First U.S. witness gives BP oil spill response high grade

Coast Guard Rear Admiral Meredith Austin noted that BP personnel had inappropriately packed up equipment at various branches of the response effort before the runaway Macando well was finally killed in September.  More »

Feds blast BP’s request to cut billions in spill fines

The outcome of this latest legal tussle between the British oil giant and federal prosecutors could mean a difference of $11 billion on BP’s final bill for spilling millions of barrels of oil into the ocean four years ago.  More »

Noble pleads guilty to violations involving Arctic drillship

Noble Corp. pleaded guilty Monday to eight criminal charges tied to pollution, propulsion and record keeping problems with the two drilling rigs that bored Arctic oil wells for Shell in 2012.  More »

BP asks judge to cap spill penalties at $12 billion

BP wants a federal judge to cap its potential oil-spill pollution fines at a maximum of $12.3 billion, a move that would cut away nearly a third of the penalties U.S. prosecutors are seeking for the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Feds boosting oil spill liability limits

The Coast Guard moved Tuesday to boost the liability limits capping how much companies must pay for oil spills that foul U.S. waters.  More »

Iraq warns against unloading tanker of Kurdish crude anchored off Galveston

The U.S. Coast Guard on Sunday cleared an oil tanker carrying Kurdish crude to offload its cargo, potentially paving the way for an import that could complicate U.S. relations with Iraq which has threatened to sue any buyers.  More »

Offshore regulators to keep eye on bad actors

Marine and drilling regulators vowed Thursday to keep a closer watch on oil companies and contractors they say are consistently cutting corners on safety offshore.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

Coast Guard: Gulf Coast cleanup efforts ‘far from over’

The Coast Guard is crying foul at BP’s statement this week that active cleanup efforts to remove oil along the Gulf Coast shorelines have ended.  More »

Drilling suspended after waves strike rig

Anadarko Petroleum suspended drilling while it evaluates the status of a Gulf of Mexico drilling rig hit by heavy waves Tuesday morning.  More »
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