March 22, 2013 |
Investigators have matched the brand and caliber of shell casings from a Colorado parolee's gunfight with north Texas authorities to those found at the home of Colorado's prisons chief, who was killed earlier this week. Evan Spencer Ebel, 28, died after he was critically wounded by deputies at the end of a high-speed chase Thursday in Texas. Hornady 9-millimeter casings were found at the Texas scene, the same type found at the home of Colorado prisons chief Tom Clements, according to an application for a warrant to search the car filed by officials in Wise County, Texas.
March 14, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Federal regulators said Thursday they would not allow Royal Dutch Shell to resume exploratory drilling off the coast of Alaska until the company comes up with a detailed operations program and management plan for operating in the Arctic to head off the mishaps that plagued the company's debut drilling season in 2012. “Shell screwed up in 2012, and we're not going to let them screw up whenever they [resume] … unless they have these systems in place,” Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said after a new report found that Shell's contractors were repeatedly ill-prepared to meet the demands of operating in the harsh Arctic environment.
February 27, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Plagued with problems with both its drilling rigs and its oil spill containment vessel, Shell Alaska announced Wednesday that it will not conduct offshore drilling operations in the Alaska Arctic this year. The decision to “pause” Arctic drilling during the upcoming ice-free months of summer will allow the company to repair and retool its troubled rigs and prepare for future operations in a program that has already cost the company nearly $5 billion. The company will continue to do offshore scientific research and conduct meetings with villagers across the North Slope in an attempt to keep the program moving and ready for resumption “at a later stage,” company spokesman Curtis Smith told the Los Angeles Times.
February 23, 2013 |
The U.S. Coast Guard has found evidence of multiple safety and environmental violations in Shell Alaska's Noble Discoverer Arctic drilling rig and forwarded it to the U.S. Justice Department for a decision about possible civil or criminal penalties, authorities confirmed Friday. The news is the latest setback for Shell's troubled Arctic drilling program, launched last summer off the coast of Alaska to tap one of the world's biggest remaining oil and gas deposits. It has been plagued with logistical and mechanical troubles that raise questions about the company's ability to continue this year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 17, 2013 |
One of the few things Los Angeles mayoral candidates Kevin James and Eric Garcetti have in common is their mutual interest in sabotaging a leading rival, Wendy Greuel. When James got the chance to question an opponent at a debate Wednesday night, he turned to Garcetti and asked if he saw any conflict of interest in Greuel's receipt of campaign support from a union for workers at the Department of Water and Power, an agency she monitors as city controller. "When we see outside interests come in and try to buy elections, it is something for all of us to give pause and consider," Garcetti responded.
January 15, 2013 |
BEIRUT - Dozens of people died Tuesday in two explosions only minutes apart at a university in the embattled northern Syria city of Aleppo, according to Syrian activists and the government. The activists blamed the deaths at Aleppo University on two shells fired by the Syrian military, while the government's Syrian Arab News Agency, or SANA, cited rockets fired by "the terrorists," its description of opposition fighters. The estimates of the number of dead and injured varied widely.
January 10, 2013 |
SEATTLE - Adding to the troubles plaguing Shell Alaska and its drilling program in the Arctic, the Environmental Protection Agency announced late Thursday that it had issued air pollution citations to both of the company's Arctic drilling rigs for “multiple permit violations” during the 2012 drilling season. In a brief notice, the federal agency said the company could be subject to fines or other measures as a result of the violations. EPA officials said the problems were discovered during an inspection of the Noble Discoverer drilling rig and because Shell reported that it had exceeded nitrogen oxide emissions limits on both its drilling rigs during operations last summer.
January 8, 2013 |
A mortgage is a contract. You agree to pay a certain amount of money to the bank each month, and the bank, in turn, agrees to finance your purchase, play fair and not jeopardize your ability to keep a roof over your head. Ten big banks said Monday that they'll shell out $8.5 billion to settle federal complaints that they wrongfully foreclosed on hundreds of thousands of homeowners who should have been allowed to stay in their homes. They got off cheap. The average compensation for each homeowner who faced foreclosure in 2009 and 2010 will run about $2,000.
January 6, 2013 |
Rescuers attached a tow line Sunday evening to an oil barge stranded against the rocky shore of an island off the coast of Alaska. But the delicate next steps, in which rescuers try to pull the slightly damaged barge to safety 30 miles away without losing any of its oil, were still uncertain. The Kulluk, a 266-foot barge fresh off its inaugural drilling expedition in the Arctic for Shell, broke free from its tow lines in rough weather and hit ground submerged just off the shoreline of Sitkalidak Island on Dec. 31. The barge remained upright but was partially damaged by waves.
January 6, 2013 |
A week after the Shell oil barge Kulluk hit shore near Kodiak Island, Alaska, officials are waiting on the weather to attempt a high-stakes rescue. The Kulluk, a 266-foot barge fresh off its inaugural drilling expedition in the Arctic, broke free from its tow lines in rough weather and hit the rocky shore on Sitkalidak Island hours before Alaskans rang in the New Year. The Kulluk remained grounded there Sunday, along with its 150,000 gallons of diesel and roughly 12,000 gallons of lube oil and hydraulic fluid, as Shell and Coast Guard officials made preparations to tow the barge 30 miles to safe harbor in Kiliuda Bay, Alaska.