It's been called the worst environmental disaster in state history: A broken pipeline belched more than a million gallons of saltwater into a northwestern North Dakota creek, aquifer and pond. Yet nearly eight years later, cleanup efforts are ongoing — with no end in sight, state health officials say.
State environment officials have reached a settlement with the operator of a natural gas processing plant in southeastern New Mexico over alleged pollution violations. The Environment Department says the settlement with Occidental Permian Limited Partnership is worth more than $920,000.
BP asked a federal judge on Tuesday to temporarily halt all settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company's 2010 oil spill while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped administer the multibillion-dollar settlement program.
Members of Delaware's Coastal Zone Industrial Control Board voted unanimously to dismiss an appeal of a state-issued permit for a new crude oil transfer station, ruling that they had no standing to challenge an air quality permit granted to PBF Energy in May.
California regulators on Tuesday called on Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to pay at least $300 million in fines in connection with a deadly 2010 gas pipeline blast in what they said would amount to the largest fine ever levied by the state Public Utilities Commission.
The engineer who parked the oil train that rolled away, derailed and exploded in the center of a Quebec town was heard from Tuesday for the first time since the July 6 disaster that killed 50 people, with his lawyer saying he is "devastated."
Protestors gathered last week outside the offices of Pennsylvania Senator Chuck McIlhinney demanding a statewide moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, commonly called "fracking." The protest was part of a statewide push by anti-fracking citizens and environmental groups to put pressure on lawmakers.
BP has set up a hotline for people to report alleged fraud involving claims arising from the company's massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The company has argued that it has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in settlement money to businesses with inflated or fictitious claims.
New England's love affair with natural gas appears to be showing strain as the regional power grid operator voices worry about too much demand on limited supplies, and a leading environmental group criticizes the fuel it once supported.
A group of Democrats in Michigan's Republican-controlled House introduced a package of bills Thursday that would tighten state regulation of hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," which releases natural gas trapped in deep underground rock formations.
The bodies of less than half of the 50 people believed dead in a runaway oil train's explosive derailment have been recovered, nearly a week after the accident which demolished a large part of a Quebec town. Police said four more bodies had been found, bringing the total found to 24.
Six environmental activists were attempting Thursday to scale the Shard, Western Europe's tallest building, to protest drilling in the Arctic by oil companies. Greenpeace group said the six climbers, all women, hoped to affix an artwork to the top of the 310-meter (1,017-foot) tower on the south bank of the River Thames in London.
Crews worked Wednesday to seal an old oil and gas well off the Louisiana coast that began leaking during work to plug it permanently. Eileen Angelico, a spokeswoman for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, said the bureau has reviewed and approved plans to seal the well.
State regulators have dropped a proposal that would have limited Pacific Gas & Electric's penalty for the deadly San Bruno pipeline explosion to the money it was already spending to upgrade its gas system. The Public Utilities Commission's safety division asked the commission's hearing officers to withdraw the plan and allow them to submit a new proposal by next Monday.
Edison Chouest Offshore says it will build more than 40 new vessels to meet growing demand for offshore oil and gas support in the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic and Brazil. Most of the construction work will be spread among Chouest's four U.S.-affiliate shipyards — North American Shipbuilding in Larose, LaShip in Houma, Gulf Ship in Gulfport, Miss., and Tampa Ship in Tampa, Fla. — as well as its Brazilian shipyard, Navship.
Natural gas leaked Tuesday from an old, non-producing well at an oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico about 75 miles off the Louisiana coast after a crew working to plug the well lost control of it, the Coast Guard said. A crew of five was working to plug the old well permanently when saltwater and a small amount of natural gas and the light oil and water mixture called condensate began escaping Monday.
A private company says a planned $800 million electric power plant in eastern Ohio will be powered by natural gas from shale drilling. The Akron Beacon Journal reports that Carroll County Energy plans to build the 700-megawatt plant on 77 acres near Carrollton, southeast of Canton.
The lead Transportation Safety Board investigator Donald Ross told the Associated Press the rail tankers involved in a derailment and explosions that wiped out the heart of a small town in Quebec have a history of puncturing during accidents.
An EPA fracking study drew heated criticism over its methodology and awaited a peer review that promised to settle the dispute. Now the EPA will instead hand the study over to the state of Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana, the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.
A Phillips 66 pipeline with a record of prior accidents spilled an estimated 25,000 gallons of gasoline in a remote area outside a small town on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation, but no public health problems were anticipated, federal officials said Friday.
Josh Fox galvanized the U.S. anti-fracking movement with his incendiary 2010 documentary "Gasland." Now he's back with a sequel — and this time, he's targeting an audience of just one. He contends President Barack Obama's professed support of drilling and fracking for natural gas ignores the environmental and public health toll of the drilling boom.
Fires continued burning more than 24 hours after a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed in eastern Quebec, igniting explosions and fires that destroyed a town's center and killed at least one person. Police said they expected the death toll to increase.
For all its political clout and financial prowess, the shale gas exploration and drilling industry hasn't been able to get its foot in the door in southern New York. One reason: Folks like Sue Rapp and Vera Scroggins are standing in the way.
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh was appointed Tuesday to investigate alleged misconduct by a lawyer who helped run BP's multibillion-dollar settlement fund. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued an order naming Freeh, who now runs a consulting firm, a "special master" for the investigation.
U.S. District Judge Monti Belot gave another win Tuesday to a Nebraska gas firm in a lawsuit over the condemnation of more than 9,100 acres in south-central Kansas. The judge granted partial summary judgment to Northern Natural Gas in the latest ruling in a decades-old legal fight stemming from gas seeping from an underground storage facility.