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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 …

Louisiana Legislation to Derail Parish Coastal Suits Stalled

While the Legislature is moving toward derailing a lawsuit filed by a New Orleans-area levee board filed against 97 energy companies for coastal damage, lawmakers appear to be backing off action against similar litigation filed by Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes. …

Florida Sues BP Over Oil Spill Environmental Damage

Florida has joined a multistate lawsuit stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, seeking to hold British oil company BP accountable for damage to the state’s natural resources. The complaint was filed Wednesday in Panama City federal court by …

Coal and Cattle Lead Business Damage to Nature: Study

Coal-fired power generation in Asia and cattle ranching in South America are the most damaging businesses for nature with hidden costs that exceed the value of their production, a U.N.-backed report said on Monday. Global output of basic goods from …

Report: Little Damage From Chevron’s Brazil Oil Spill

A federal police spokesman confirmed Wednesday that investigators have found that an offshore oil spill near a Chevron well last year caused no significant environmental damage. The spokesman gave no other details about the conclusion, which was reported earlier in …

Chevron Rig Burns off Nigeria as Damage Hits Shore

The burning inferno of what used to be a Chevron Corp. natural gas rig still stains the night’s sky orange more than two weeks after the rig caught fire, and no one can say when it will end as swarms …