August 12, 2013 |
MEXICO CITY -- Reforms to Mexico's energy sector proposed Monday by President Enrique Peña Nieto will limit private companies to sharing profits with the state oil monopoly, an approach used only by Iran, Ecuador and Bolivia, said Energy Secretary Pedro Joaquin Coldwell. Those are not exactly models of cutting-edge economic performance, and some analysts wondered whether the proposal would amount to a real change once it had gone through the...
July 16, 2013 |
When oil sheen appeared on the sea surface last fall not far from the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, authorities wanted to know where it was coming from. Was BP's sealed Macondo well -- the source of the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history -- leaking? Was oil escaping from the 80-ton, steel containment dome abandoned on the gulf floor after it was used in a failed attempt to control the blown-out well? Or was something else the source? Testing revealed that the oil slicks matched the Macondo crude.
February 22, 2012 |
Spill 4.9 million barrels of oil into the ocean, and this is what you get: the lollapalooza, labyrinthine, mega-mother of all lawsuits. It encompasses 72 million pages of documents, 20,000 exhibits and 303 depositions — the collective effort of hundreds of lawyers and legal workers. It involves the Justice Department and about 120,000 plaintiffs: angry fishermen, restaurateurs, state governments and condo owners who say their beach-side property is not worth what it once was. The trial phase, set to begin Feb. 27 in a New Orleans federal courtroom, could go on for nine months.
February 17, 2012 |
A minority investor in the failed Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico has agreed to pay $90 million in civil penalties and other fees related to the 2010 oil spill, the first settlement before an upcoming major trial linked to the disaster. The Obama administration touted the settlement with MOEX Offshore 2007, a subsidiary of the Japanese firm Mitsui & Co., as the largest penalty ever paid for violating the Clean Water Act. "This landmark settlement is an important step - but only a first step - toward achieving accountability and protecting the future of the gulf ecosystem by funding critical habitat preservation projects," Atty.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 2011 |
The number of times the nation's beaches were closed or posted with warnings because of polluted water jumped last year to its second-highest level in 21 years, in part because of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill and heavy rains that swept pollutants into the ocean at an accelerated rate, according to a report released Wednesday. The Natural Resources Defense Council found that contamination from oil, urban runoff, and human and animal waste continued to take a toll on beaches across the country in 2010, according to the report . In California, where heavier than normal rainfall greatly increased the amount of water and pollutants being flushed into the ocean, closures and advisories nearly doubled, and the number of beach water tests that exceeded state health standards rose to 11% from 9% the year before.
December 20, 2010 |
At least 27 people were killed and thousands of residents forced to flee a central Mexican city on Sunday after a predawn pipeline explosion that may have been caused by oil thieves. At least 52 others were injured and more than 100 homes damaged in what witnesses described as a series of blasts at a pumping station in San Martin Texmelucan. The explosion flooded a stream with black crude and sparked "rivers of fire" in the streets, said Valentin Meneses, government secretary of the central state of Puebla.