Articles by Ayesha Rascoe

Obama Administration Releases Proposed Fracking Regulations

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new proposal for regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, rolling back some measures from its original, abandoned draft as it sought to ease concerns the rules would be too burdensome for producers. The …

Senate Panel to Investigate Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer said on Tuesday she plans to investigate the explosion at a Texas fertilizer plant earlier this month that killed 15 people and injured scores more. California’s Boxer, the head of the Senate Environment and Public Works …

Scientists Urge New Approach to Offshore Drilling Safety

U.S. offshore oil and gas drillers need to take a more systematic approach to safety in all aspects of their operations to prevent another catastrophe like last year’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a scientific panel said on Wednesday. …

U.S. Sanctions BP, Contractors for Gulf Oil Spill

The U.S. offshore drilling regulator Wednesday formally issued sanctions against BP and the major contractors involved in the 2010 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and spewed more than 4 million barrels of oil into the …

Final U.S. Report on BP Gulf Oil Disaster Delayed

A U.S. team probing the causes of last year’s massive BP oil spill has delayed the release of its final report in order to more fully weigh the evidence, investigators said on Friday. The government’s findings on the spill that …

BP Workers Might Have Prevented Rig Accident If Consulted: Report

BP had workers on the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig who could have prevented the missteps that led to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but they were not consulted, the White House oil spill commission said on Thursday. In …

Democrats Vow to Pursue Oil Spill Liability Bill

U.S. Democrats Wednesday pressed for new legislation aimed at preventing a repeat of last year’s massive BP oil spill, as Republicans warned that the disaster should not be used to hamper offshore oil and natural gas production. The renewed push …

White House Oil Spill Report: Firms’ Decisions Saved Money, Raised Risk

BP and its partners made a series of cost-cutting decisions that ultimately contributed to the oil spill that ravaged the Gulf of Mexico coast over the summer, the White House oil spill commission said Wednesday. In its final report on …

Big Oil Firms Need Top-to-Bottom Safety Reform, Says Commission

Complacency at BP, as well as at Transocean Ltd and Halliburton, led to serious missteps prior to the rig explosion that unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico over the summer, the heads of the White …

White House Panel: Human Errors, Not Safety Cuts, Behind BP Disaster

The White House oil spill commission said on Monday it found no evidence to support accusations that the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history happened because workers for BP Plc and its partners cut corners to save money, mostly …