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Mexico says oil spill avoided after deadly offshore blaze

MEXICO CITY — A huge blaze twisted and blackened an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico, but the state-run Pemex oil company said it managed to avert any significant oil spill. At least four workers died and two suffered life-threatening injuries in an explosion that engulfed the platform in flames Wednesday, forcing 300 people to abandon the facility. Officials ...

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Exxon appeals $1 million penalty for Yellowstone River spill

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Exxon Mobil Corp. has asked federal regulators to reconsider a $1 million penalty imposed against the oil giant over a 63,000-gallon crude spill into Montana’s Yellowstone River. The Texas-based company asked the Department of Transportation to withdraw three of its four findings of pipeline safety violations. It also asked for the penalty amount to be reduced. ...

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NASA Wallops concerned with potential offshore drilling

Twenty days after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rocked the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the U.S. Department of Interior canceled the proposed sale of a gas and oil drilling lease, Lease 220, off Virginia’s coast. Almost five years later, the possibility of oil and gas drilling off Delmarva has reappeared, with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management announcing in ...

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Colorado oil and gas spill report for Jan. 19

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The following spills were reported to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission in the past two weeks. Information is based on Form 19, which operators must fill out detailing the leakage/spill events. Any spill release which may impact waters of the state must be reported as soon as practical. Any spill of five barrels or more must be reported ...

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Yellowstone oil spill now estimated at 40,000 gallons

The amount of oil spilled into the Yellowstone River from a broken pipeline is now estimated at 40,320 gallons, Montana officials reported. Pipeline owner Bridger Pipeline LLC was able to retrieve 240 barrels of the crude oil from the broken 12-inch pipeline located 6 miles upstream from Glendive. The pipeline broke beneath the Yellowstone River on Saturday. Dawson County, where ...

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Bill Barrett reports old oil spill near Windsor

The Bill Barrett Corp., a Denver-based oil and gas company, reported an old oil spill near Windsor on Tuesday, according to an article in The Coloradoan. The spill resulted in ground contamination near Weld county roads 70 and 23, where the corporation had previously operated a drilling site, according to the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC). “It’s impossible ...

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250-barrel spill contained at Divide County well

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Oil and Gas Division says a 250-barrel oil spill has been contained at a well in Divide County. Continental Resources Inc. reported a failed tank on Wednesday at the site about 10 miles northeast of Wildrose. Regulators say a state inspector has been to the site, and the spilled oil was contained and recovered. ...

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Oil, saltwater spills in 3 locations

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Today the Department of Mineral Resources stated that there was a contained oil spill one mile north of Williston. A failed valve is the reported cause of the 400 barrel spill. The well, dubbed the M. Macklin 15-22 1H, is owned by Statoil Oil & Gas LP.  A state inspector will visit the site within the day. Last night the ...

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Cuomo wants boost in oil cleanup fund

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ALBANY — The administration of Gov. Andrew Cuomo was rebuffed by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli this month when it sought a half-million dollars from a financially shaky oil spill cleanup fund to support planning, staff and equipment to deal with potential oil spills from surging Bakken crude rail shipments. The Cuomo administration is now exploring ways to beef up the ...

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Nigeria’s parliament says Shell should pay $4 billion for 2011 oil spill

ABUJA (Reuters) – Nigeria’s National Assembly said on Wednesday oil major Shell should pay $3.96 billion for a 2011 spill at its offshore Bonga oilfield in the latest assessment of damage to the environment. The non-binding decision comes after years of analysis by various Nigerian state agencies, which have proposed a range of fines as high as $11.5 billion. The ...

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