A subsea pipeline leak from Shell’s Gannet Alpha field spilled more than 200 tonnes of oil into the central North Sea in August 2011. Aberdeen Sheriff Court imposed the fine after Shell pleaded guilty in the case.
A hazardous chemical leak at an oil field in Livermore may have contaminated an underground aquifer used for drinking water, according to inspection reports obtained by the NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit. E&B Natural Resources, which operates the oil field, failed to quickly notify state and local regulators of the leak, despite legal obligations to report it immediately.
The mishap was reported around sunset in Torrance, California, at a refinery that had been largely shut down since an explosion and fire at a processing unit on Feb. 18 injured four workers and destroyed emissions-controlling equipment. That blast led state regulators to cite the company for 19 occupational safety violations at the 149,500-barrel-per-day refinery, with $566,600 in penalties.
In court documents filed on Wednesday, the state of Alaska and U.S. Justice Department said they were dropping remaining judicial action and would no longer seek the additional money from Exxon due to the recovery of several species, including ducks and sea otters, living in Alaska’s Prince William Sound.
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration on Friday directed Volkswagen to recall nearly a half-million cars, saying the automaker illegally installed software in its diesel-power cars to evade standards for reducing smog. The Environmental Protection Agency accused the German automaker of using software to detect when the car is undergoing its periodic state emissions testing.
An oil field linked to chronic respiratory illnesses in South Los Angeles has moved a step closer to resuming operations by paying $144,250 to settle air quality violations. Announcement of the settlement with AllenCo Energy Inc.
Hundreds of oil and gas well owners failed to submit required reports this year that are meant to document whether Pennsylvania’s active wells are structurally sound or showing signs of leaks and decay.
The order, issued on Friday evening by the regulator in the oil-rich Canadian province, comes more than a month after Nexen, which is owned by CNOOC Ltd, discovered one of the largest ever oil-related pipeline spills on North American soil at its Long Lake Facility in northern Alberta.
The U.S. Department of Justice indicted a former saltwater disposal well operator on 13 felony charges tied to the operation of a saltwater disposal well in Stark County, North Dakota. Jason A. Halek, 41, of Southlake, Texas, was indicted in federal court in Bismarck, North Dakota on one count of conspiracy to violate the Safe Drinking Water Act and defraud the United States, the DOJ said on Monday.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated with comment from the U.S. Department of Justice. In the time it has taken the state and federal governments to penalize a Koch Industries affiliate for a South Texas oil spill, 17 different quarterbacks started games for the Dallas Cowboys, including the team’s current head coach.