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Alabama Rail Line Reopens After Derailment, Oil Spill

A railroad reopened a section of track 10 days after the fiery derailment of a train carrying crude oil in west Alabama, but state environmental officials said Monday they still don’t know how much oil spilled into surrounding wetlands. While …

Storm Drain in Oil Leak Area to Be Replaced

Work is to begin to replace a storm drain in a Mayflower subdivision where an ExxonMobil pipeline ruptured on March 29 and spilled thousands of barrels of oil. Faulkner County Judge Allen Dodson told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that work to …

Arkansas AG Says Oil Spill Shows Need for Inspections

Arkansas’ attorney general says the recent rupture of an ExxonMobil pipeline highlights the need for pipeline maintenance, inspections and safety standards. State Attorney General Dustin McDaniel spoke to reporters Wednesday after visiting a Mayflower neighborhood where ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured …

Bahamas Cleans Up Oil Spill at Power Company Site

Crews are cleaning up roughly 70,000 gallons of fuel that spilled during an attempted theft at a power company facility in the Bahamas. The chairman of the Bahamas Electricity Corporation said the spill occurred when someone tried to steal diesel …

Oil Spill Fund Audit Finds Underpayments of $64M

An audit of the $20 billion fund for paying victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill found “significant errors” that led to about 7,300 claimants who were underpaid receiving an extra $64 million, the U.S. Justice Department said …

Probe: Ship Took Short Cuts Before New Zealand Grounding

A cargo ship that ran aground on a well-charted New Zealand reef last year, spilling tons of oil, was taking short cuts to try to reach port by a deadline, investigators said in a report Thursday. The spill fouled pristine …

BP’s $7.8B Deal May Speed Payments for U.S. Spill

The estimated $7.8 billion deal struck by BP Plc with businesses and individuals suing over the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could speed up payments to thousands of claimants and offers lawyers a potential windfall in legal fees. …

Judge Tosses Spill Claims Against BP Contractor

A judge has dismissed all of the federal court claims against a BP PLC contractor sued over a deadly rig explosion and the massive oil spill it spawned in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. None of the plaintiffs’ attorneys …

Few Pipeline Plans Account for River Risks

Federal officials investigating a pipeline break that spilled 1,500 barrels of oil into a Montana river said Wednesday that few companies take river erosion and other risks into account when evaluating pipeline safety. In recent months, several companies have completed …

BP Preparing ‘Vigorously’ for Oil Spill Lawsuits

BP said it was preparing “vigorously” for lawsuits related to its Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which are due to start later this month, as it unveiled a rise in fourth-quarter earnings boosted by higher oil prices and one-off gains. …