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BP’s request to halt oil-spill damage payments to be heard on Friday

As BP’s blown-out Macondo well gushed oil in the Gulf of Mexico throughout the spring and summer of 2010, BP engineers tried repeatedly to cap the runaway well and kill the oil spill, and repeatedly they failed. Now, years later, the BP legal team’s strategies mirror that frantic effort, only instead of capping oil, its lawyers are trying to stop the financial bleeding by fighting damage claims. The settlement that defines who is entitled to oil-spill damages and how those damages are calculated, like the Macondo well itself, is a product of BP’s design and approval. Facing the true scope ... Read More

Scientific analysis underscores risks of ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline

ExxonMobil has released information concerning the cause of a March 29 rupture in its Pegasus oil pipeline, which flooded a Mayflower, Ark., neighborhood and surrounding woodlands with more than a million gallons of dense Canadian tar sands oil. According to the oil company, an independent metallurgical analysis of the 70-year-old pipeline determined that original manufacturing defects formed the root cause of its failure. Those defects included small hook cracks near the seam where the breach occurred. “Additional contributing factors include atypical pipe properties, such as extremely low impact toughness and elongation properties across the … seam,” ExxonMobil said in a ... Read More

New report says U.S. isn’t fully accounting for BP’s environmental damages

The U.S. government’s current methods of estimating the environmental destruction BP’s 2010 oil spill unleashed on the Gulf of Mexico are inadequate and don’t fully account for all the damage done to the Gulf, a panel of scientists concluded in a National Research Council report. The 254-page report, compiled by 16 scientists at the request of Congress, provides a detailed analysis of how the government’s efforts to put a price on the destruction fail to capture the full scope and magnitude of the environmental and economic damages the BP spill caused to the Gulf’s ecology, marine life, fisheries, and economy. ... Read More

BP using Lake Michigan as refinery waste dump

BP is emptying dangerous levels of ammonia, mercury, and factory sludge that contains other toxic heavy metals into Lake Michigan, thanks to Indiana politicians and regulators who have practically given the oil giant and its massive Whiting refinery, the seventh-largest in the nation, a carte blanche on waste dumping. According to the Chicago Tribune, BP vowed six years ago to develop “cutting-edge technology that could sharply reduce toxic mercury discharged into Lake Michigan” at its Whiting refinery, about 20 miles southeast of Chicago across the Illinois-Indiana border. BP promised to clean up its act when it faced mounting public outrage, ... Read More

Gulf leaders may lose critical opportunity to save remaining coastal wetlands

Last month, when Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced that virtually all the funds the state would receive from BP for oil-spill restoration would be used to build an $85-million luxury hotel and conference center on the beach, environmentalists knew it was going to be a long battle to reverse the harm done to the Gulf’s beaches and wetlands and the sensitive ecosystems they sustain. After all, millions of barrels of highly toxic dispersant-treated oil are still blanketing the seafloor just off the coast, smothering all life for hundreds of square miles. And there the oil will remain for the next ... Read More

Federal government, Arkansas jointly sue ExxonMobil over tar sands oil spill

The U.S. Justice Department and the State of Arkansas have filed a joint lawsuit against oil giant ExxonMobil for violations to state and federal pollution laws involving its oil spill that flooded a community with highly toxic Canadian tar sands oil. ExxonMobil’s 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the residential neighborhood of Mayflower on March 29, 2013, releasing about 5,000 barrels of dense, sticky diluted bitumen oil made from Canadian tar sands treated with dozens of chemical additives. The 850-mile pipeline, which moves about 95,000 barrels of tar sands oil daily from Patoka, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, ran about two feet ... Read More

BP will cease most oil spill cleanup work in June

BP is wrapping up its oil-spill cleanup efforts on the Gulf Coast this month, pulling out of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and all but 83 miles of Louisiana coast, the company said. The oil giant has staged cleanup operations for more than three years after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010 and flooded the northern Gulf of Mexico with crude. BP said on Monday that it invested more than $14 billion and 70 million personnel hours on the spill response and cleanup operations in the Gulf since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. According to the company, at its peak in 2010, ... Read More

Giant explosion tears through Nyack College building, injuring 7

Seven people were injured Tuesday morning when giant explosion rocked a building on the Nyack College campus in Nyack, N.Y. Authorities investigating the blast suspect natural gas may be to blame. Seven people were in the building at the time of the explosion, fire officials confirmed. All of the occupants were injured by the explosion but it is believed that none of them received life-threating injuries. One person reportedly received neck and back injuries after being blown through a second-story window. The explosion extensively damaged a building known as the Sky Island Lodge, a two-story Tudor-style building that houses administrative ... Read More

Former oil spill cleanup worker on mission against Canadian tar sands fuel

When a tar sands pipeline owned by Enbridge ruptured in July 2010, John Bolenbaugh was one of the workers sent in to clean up the spill, which released more than a million gallons of heavy, highly toxic oil and chemical additives into the Kalamazoo River near Marshall, Mich. What Mr. Bolenbaugh experienced and witnessed compelled him to raise awareness of the dangers of tar sands oil and the Keystone XL Pipeline, a proposed project that would funnel billions of gallons of the tar sands or diluted bitumen “dilbit” through the middle of the U.S. According to the Arkansas Times, Mr. ... Read More

Walmart settles criminal pollution charges in California for $81 million

Walmart Stores Inc. has pleaded guilty to criminal charges for illegally dumping hazardous waste into landfills and down sewer drains across California. The retail giant has agreed to pay $81 million to resolve the charges, which it has been fighting in court for nearly a decade. According to the Associated Press, Walmart entered the plea in federal court in San Francisco. The agreement also resolves similar criminal pollution charges in Missouri. Twenty prosecutors and 32 environmental groups were involved in the litigation against Walmart, the world’s largest retailer and private employer. Three years ago, the company agreed to pay $27.6 ... Read More