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$215M in BP Oil Spill Money to Restore Louisiana Marshes

BATON ROUGE, La. — Louisiana will get nearly $215 million in BP oil spill money for two projects planned to restore more than 4,600 acres of marsh and other habitat in the New Orleans area, Gov. John Bel Edwards said. …

Owner of Fire-Stricken Ship to Pay $1.8M for Sri Lankan Help

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — The owner of a large oil tanker that caught fire off Sri Lanka’s coast has agreed to pay $1.8 million to the island nation for its help in extinguishing the blaze, an official sad Thursday. MV …

Sri Lanka Names Captain of Oil Tanker a Suspect In Fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — A Sri Lankan magistrate on Thursday ordered the captain of an oil tanker that caught fire off the country’s coast to appear in court as authorities seek $1.8 million from the ship’s owner for assistance provided …

Sri Lanka Assessing Environment Damage From Oil Tanker Fire

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — Sri Lanka’s government is sending scientists to determine whether a three-day fire on a giant oil tanker off its coast damaged the marine environment, an official said Monday. Ships and helicopters from Sri Lanka and neighboring …

Nornickel Draws Up Permafrost Monitoring Plan After Arctic Fuel Spill

MOSCOW, July 2 — Russia’s Norilsk Nickel , a major global nickel and palladium producer, has prepared a long-term program to monitor permafrost and remedy environmental damage after an Arctic fuel spill in its home city, it said on Thursday. …

Lessons Learned After a Large Pipeline Failure in Canada: Viewpoint

Twelve years ago an oil field gathering system in Northern British Columbia suffered a major pipeline failure leading to significant losses. The oil field owner was ISH Energy Ltd. that had contracted with an oil field service company, Weber Contract …

PolyMet Offers $544M as Insurance Against Possible Mine Cleanup Costs

PolyMet Mining Corp. is offering the state a $544 million package of financial assurances to serve as an insurance policy to protect taxpayers from potentially having to cover the costs of closing and cleaning up a controversial copper-nickel mine it …

Shell to Pay Nigeria Village $83.5M for Huge Oil Spill

Oil giant Shell has agreed to pay a Nigerian fishing community 55 million pounds (about $83.5 million) for the worst oil spill in Nigeria, an unprecedented settlement that experts say could open a floodgate of litigation there and abroad. Wednesday’s …

Some Fishing Spots Off Limits After Connecticut Warehouse Fire

Fishing was temporarily halted along a stretch of Long Island Sound on Friday following a massive fire at a Bridgeport warehouse that cut power to hundreds of homes and forced evacuations, Connecticut environmental officials said. Pollution from Thursday night’s fire …

Louisiana’s Process for Handling ‘Legacy Lawsuits’ to Change

State laws governing disputes over how to handle the cleanup of environmental damage caused by drilling years ago have been reworked under a bill supported by Gov. Bobby Jindal and now headed to his desk. Final legislative passage came Tuesday …