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Environmental Accountability: Russia's Norilsk Oil Spill
On May 29th, the fuel tank at a power plant near the Siberian city of Norilsk, Russia collapsed spilling 20,000 tons of oil into River Ambarnaya inside the Arctic Circle, turning it crimson red, contaminating 350 sq. km. land, affecting around 180,00 (More)
Washington Supreme Court rules against plans for oil terminal
The Washington Supreme Court ruled against plans for a big oil terminal on the West Coast on Thursday. The court ruled [Seattle Times report] that the proposal must be reviewed under the Oceans Resources Management Act , effectively canceling the p (More)
Spill Litigation and Settlements
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 passed both houses of Congress by large margins and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush in response to the Exxon Valdez spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska. It mandates detailed clean-up plans from oil co (More)
Exxon Mobil subsidiary charged for wastewater spill in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed criminal charges on Tuesday against XTO Energy, an Exxon Mobil subsidiary based in Fort Worth, Texas, related to a spill of more than 50,000 gallons of chemical-laced wastewater in 2010. Having alr (More)
India Supreme Court allows Exxon Valdez to be scrapped in country
The Supreme Court of India ruled Monday that the ship formerly known as the Exxon Valdez may be dismantled at the country's biggest scrapyard. The two-judge panel headed by Altamas Kabir overruled a May decision by the Gujarat Pollution Control (More)
Federal judge refuses to order additional Exxon Valdez payment
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Alaska refused Monday to order Exxon Mobil to pay an additional $92 million in damages from the Exxon Valdez oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Under a 1991 settlement agreement (More)
Federal judge finds US government in contempt for drilling moratorium
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday found the US Department of Interior (DOI) in contempt and ordered the department to pay attorney's fees for Hornbeck Offshore Services and several other drillin (More)
Federal judge dismisses claims challenging drilling moratorium
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday dismissed claims challenging the Obama Administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling, which was enacted following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrou (More)
US government introduces new offshore drilling regulations
US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on Thursday announced new guidelines intended to increase the safety of offshore drilling. The Drilling Safety Rule addresses specifications for and oversight of flow control mechanisms and well bore integrity, wh (More)
Federal judge rules against drilling moratorium
A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday denied the government's motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services and several other drilling companies challenging the government's latest (More)