A federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of "fracking," a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region's enormous energy resources.
The decision, made public on Monday, effectively bars for the time being any drilling on two tracts of land comprising 2,500 acres leased for oil and gas development in 2011 by the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management in Monterey County.
The tracts lie atop a massive bed of sedimentary rock known as the Monterey Shale Formation, estimated by the Energy Department to contain more than 15 billion barrels of oil, equal to 64 percent of the total U.S. shale oil reserves.
Two women who live near an ExxonMobil pipeline that ruptured last week and spilled thousands of barrels of oil in central Arkansas filed a federal lawsuit against the company on Friday.
The class-action complaint from Kimla Greene and Kathryn Jane Roachell Chunn comes a week after ExxonMobil Pipeline Co.'s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in Mayflower, about 25 miles northwest of Little Rock. Crews are still working to clean up oil that spewed onto lawns and roadways and almost fouled nearby Lake Conway.
The women are seeking money to make up for "a permanent diminishment in property value," according to the complaint. Their complaint says the women are bringing their lawsuit on their own behalf and for other people who live near the pipeline in Arkansas.
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says while he is a supporter of the pipeline system in the United States, last week's oil spill is a sad and unfortunate situation. McDaniel says it serves as a reminder of the risks of our modern economy.
Is there oil in Lake Conway?
"I don't understand where this distinction is coming from, from the cove and Lake Conway. The cove is part of Lake Conway…The water is all part of one body of water.
"I think it's very fair to say that Lake Conway has not received catastrophic damage, but of course there is oil in Lake Conway."
The state of Arkansas is preparing for litigation. McDaniel says they have sent subpoenas and are coordinating with the Department of Environmental Equality, the EPA, and the Department of Transportation Pipeline Safety.
Glacial ice in the Peruvian Andes that took at least 1,600 years to form has melted in just 25 years, scientists reported Thursday, the latest indication that the recent spike in global temperatures has thrown the natural world out of balance.
The evidence comes from a remarkable find at the margins of the Quelccaya ice cap in, the world’s largest tropical ice sheet. Rapid melting there in the modern era is uncovering plants that were locked in a deep freeze when the glacier advanced many thousands of years ago.
Dating of those plants, using a radioactive form of carbon in the plant tissues that decays at a known rate, has given scientists an unusually precise method of determining the history of the ice sheet’s margins.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has set an April 10 deadline for ExxonMobil to produce documents connected to the company's oil spill in Mayflower.
McDaniel issued a subpoena earlier this week for Exxon's investigative and inspection reports, videos and other data regarding the Pegasus pipeline that ruptured last week in central Arkansas.
Exxon has said it will comply with McDaniel's subpoena.
A Federal Aviation Administration no-fly zone is in place over Mayflower, Ark., where a ruptured pipeline leaked thousands of barrels of oil into a residential neighborhood.
The temporary flight restriction has been place since Monday, according to the FAA website. Lynn Lunsford, a spokesman for the FAA, said it applies only to aircraft operating below 1,000 feet above the ground.
Mr. Lunsford said local disaster response officials requested the restriction on flights because they are using "at least one" helicopter to move crews and to spot oil that can't be seen from the ground.
"The pilot of the helicopter needs to be able to move about freely without potential conflicts with other aircraft," Mr. Lunsford wrote in an email. He said similar restrictions are regularly put in place when aircraft are used in disaster response.
Canada's Transportation Safety Board said on Wednesday it is sending investigators to a derailed Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd train that is leaking crude oil.
The agency said 22 cars derailed near White River, Ontario, and one car is leaking crude oil.
U.S. pipeline regulators on Tuesday ordered Exxon Mobil Corp to take necessary corrective action for its ruptured pipeline that spilled thousands of barrels of crude oil into a small Arkansas housing development last week.
The U.S. Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Safety Administration's corrective order said Exxon estimated that 3,500 to 5,000 barrels of crude spewed from the breach. Exxon had so far only said publicly that it had recovered 12,000 barrels of oil and water.
"The cause of the failure is still undetermined and the investigation is ongoing," PHMSA's order said.
Earlier on Tuesday, Arkansas launched an investigation into the cause and impact of the rupture, just as forecast rain was expected to complicate the cleanup.
The Arkansas attorney general said Tuesday that he will investigate the cause and impact of a spill of thousands of barrels of Canadian heavy oil from an ExxonMobil pipeline which ruptured last week in Mayflower.
In a letter to ExxonMobil officials dated Tuesday, McDaniel said the company may have liability for consequences of the spill under the Arkansas Water and Air Pollution Act and other laws.
taking another step to help alleviate a glut of crude in landlocked Alberta, said Tuesday it will seek commitments from shippers interested in capacity on a pipeline project aimed at sending western Canadian oil to the country's eastern refining markets.Corp. is
TransCanada has been weighing the plan publicly for months, amid a growing bottleneck of oil in western Canada that has depressed prices there. The plan involves converting part of an existing natural-gas pipeline, TransCanada's Mainline network, for crude-oil service and building about 870 miles of new pipeline.