CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 14, 2006 |
California pipeline safety experts are investigating a 43,000-gallon gas oil spill from a BP pipeline in Long Beach that has heightened concerns about the company's safety record. The leak occurred in a 12-inch-wide steel pipeline that runs four miles from a BP terminal in the Port of Long Beach to the BP Carson refinery. The spill did not reach water, but it contaminated part of a rail storage yard.
August 4, 2010 |
The Atakapa-Ishak people live just above water. There are no roads, no sidewalks, no mailboxes, just a stand of houses sprouting from spits of land in a sea of marsh grass. The only path in or out of Grand Bayou is by boat. Rosina Philippe, 54, will tell you that when her father was a child, the village of 50 families about an hour south of New Orleans in Plaquemines Parish was even more isolated, accessible by one narrow canal so densely canopied by live oaks that children could scramble across them to get from one house to another.
February 10, 2006 |
Edison International and energy giant BP will unveil development plans today for a massive "alternative energy project" to be built at BP's Carson oil refinery. Edison and BP will jointly develop a $1-billion power plant capable of producing 500 megawatts of electricity, the Wall Street Journal reported on its website Thursday.
February 21, 2007 |
The nation's first certifiably green gasoline station sports a futuristic metal canopy covered in shiny triangles of uncoated, recyclable stainless steel. The rooftop holds 90 solar panels and a collection system that gathers rainfall to irrigate drought-tolerant plants nearby. The underside is outfitted with low-energy lighting. Cars will roll across concrete mixed with bits of recycled glass.
April 8, 2005 |
Witnesses to an explosion at a Texas City oil refinery last month told investigators they saw a "geyser-like" release of liquid and vapor from a 100-foot-tall vent just before the blast that killed 15 people and injured more than 100. Investigators were still trying to determine what touched off the explosion at the BP plant. About 30 damaged vehicles were found close to the vent believed to have released the vapor. One of them could have set off the blast, investigators said.
November 29, 2005 |
BP plans to double spending on alternative and renewable energy, creating a business unit that could generate about $6 billion a year in revenue within a decade, the London-based oil giant said. BP will invest $1.8 billion in the next three years on solar, wind, hydrogen and carbon sequestration. The company will focus on new technologies to replace oil- and gas-based power generation, which accounts for more than 40% of man-made greenhouse gas emissions.