July 19, 2008 |
A former government contractor was charged with making false statements as military investigators probed the apparent theft of nearly $40 million in fuel from a U.S. Army base in Iraq. Lee William Dubois of Lexington, S.C., was arrested at Dulles International Airport outside Washington. At an initial appearance in federal court in Alexandria, Dubois was ordered held pending a detention hearing Monday. In a court affidavit, an Army investigator said Dubois and his conspirators stole 10.5 million gallons of jet and diesel fuel valued at $39.6 million from Camp Liberty in Baghdad.
January 18, 2000 |
From Wagga Wagga to Wee Waa, Andamooka to Lightning Ridge, towns in the vast Australian Outback depend on small planes to deliver the mail, dust crops, round up cattle, shuttle schoolchildren, bring in doctors and evacuate patients with medical emergencies. But 11 days ago, half the nation's light aircraft were grounded because of contaminated aviation fuel that thickens when it contacts copper and brass engine parts, raising the risk of clogged fuel lines and motors stalling in flight.
February 8, 1990 |
Compact fuel cells that convert a mixture of gases into electricity could one day power everything from portable telephones to electric cars, using a new technology unveiled Wednesday by scientists for Bell Communications Research in New Jersey.
October 29, 1999 |
Building on information gathered since the in-flight explosion of TWA Flight 800 three years ago, the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a mandatory fuel tank design review Thursday for nearly all of the nation's commercial air fleet--both jets and propeller-driven aircraft. The proposal covers all commercial aircraft that carry 30 or more passengers, a total of about 6,000 aircraft. An FAA spokeswoman said the proposal covers more than 90% of U.S.
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June 30, 1999
A charter plane that clipped two school buses in an emergency landing near Van Nuys Airport had no fuel left in its main tanks and fewer than six gallons in auxiliary tanks, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday by the National Transportation Safety Board. Further studies will be conducted to determine if the remaining fuel was sufficient to sustain engine power during an angled descent for landing, said Bob Crispin, NTSB air safety investigator.
August 22, 2007 |
The European Union agreed to resume funding fuel shipments to the Gaza Strip's main power plant after receiving assurances that it will have oversight to ensure revenue is not diverted to the Hamas movement that controls the territory. Starved of EU-funded and Israeli-supplied fuel, the plant had cut off power to large parts of the territory. Kanaan Abaid, deputy chairman of the Palestinian Energy Authority in Gaza, said full power should be restored by midday today.
September 29, 2007 |
washington -- President Bush on Friday authorized the first U.S. shipment of heavy fuel oil to North Korea in five years, a reward to the regime in Pyongyang for its agreement to end its nuclear programs. The president's order means that the United States soon will send 50,000 metric tons of fuel worth about $25 million to the impoverished and isolated Stalinist government.
October 8, 2008 |
A former Army contractor pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $40 million worth of jet and diesel fuel from a U.S. Army base in Iraq and selling it on the black market. Lee W. Dubois, 32, of Lexington, S.C., faces up to 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in Alexandria on a single count of theft of government property. He also will be required to pay restitution. Dubois had been a captain in the Army dealing with contract issues until he took a job in 2007 with Kuwait-based Future Services General Trading and Contracting Co. Dubois that he and others used false paperwork to draw more than 10 million gallons of fuel from Camp Liberty in Baghdad between October 2007 and this May. Dubois earned at least $450,000 from the scheme.
November 11, 2004 |
General Motors Corp. estimated that adding enough hydrogen pumps for low-pollution fuel-cell cars and trucks at U.S. gasoline stations will cost about $12 billion. Larry Burns, the Detroit-based automaker's research chief, provided the estimate at the opening of a hydrogen pump at a Washington station operated by a Royal Dutch/Shell Group unit. He said that amount might be needed to place pumps at 12,000 stations in U.S. cities and along major highways.
September 30, 1990 |
Gasoline and heating oil will be rationed in Bulgaria beginning next month because of the Iraqi embargo and other fuel delivery cutbacks, according to a government decree cited Saturday. Long lines formed at gas stations this summer as Soviet oil deliveries became erratic and the country lost crucial Iraqi imports following U.N. economic sanctions in the aftermath of Iraq's Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait.