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Judge OKs Duke Energy Environmental Compliance Plan in North Carolina

A federal judge is approving two Duke Energy plans describing how the country’s largest electricity company says it will comply with environmental laws. The statewide and nationwide environmental compliance plans were approved last week by U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard. …

Kentucky Mining Company Fined for Clean Water Act Violations

Kentucky’s Energy and Environment Cabinet has agreed to levy a stiff fine against a coal mining company that acknowledged thousands of Clean Water Act violations, effectively barring the company from operating in Kentucky in the future. Frasure Creek Mining and …

BP’s Oil Spill Settlement with Gulf States, U.S. Tops $20 Billion

The value of BP Plc’s settlement with the U.S. government and five Gulf states over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill rose to $20.8 billion in the latest tally of costs from the U.S. Department of Justice. The settlement is the …

Coal Plant Owners in Las Vegas Area to Settle Lawsuit for $4.3M

Owners of a soon-to-close coal-fired power plant outside Las Vegas, Nev. have agreed to pay $4.3 million to settle a lawsuit and clean up contamination that neighboring Native Americans blame for health problems and water pollution. Some $1.5 million of …

Bottom Line: Gulf Oil Spill Isn’t an Environmental Disaster

In early March a 30,000-pound mat of oily gunk washed up on East Grand Terre, a barrier island in the mouth of Louisiana’s Barataria Bay. It was an ugly reminder of the blowout at BP’s Macondo well, a disaster that …

Trial Over, Judge to Decide Extent of BP’s Penalties for Gulf Oil Spill

The latest phase of a trial to determine how much BP should pay in Clean Water Act penalties for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill — which could reach $13.7 billion — ended on Feb. 2, but a decision …

West Virginia Storage Tank Rules Make Some Fear Citizen Lawsuits

Industry groups are jittery that if state regulators require the wrong type of permit, companies could be subject to citizen lawsuits under a new environmental law that regulates storage tanks. State regulators disagree, and are convinced the new aboveground tank …

Court Ruling on Well Co-Ownership Could Cost BP, Anadarko Billions in Fines

BP Plc and Anadarko Petroleum Corp. could face billions of dollars in fines after an appeals court ruled they were automatically liable for pollution-law violations as co-owners of the well that blew out and started the 2010 Gulf of Mexico …

Ex-BP Engineer Destroyed Gulf Spill Evidence, Jury Told

A former BP Plc engineer deliberately destroyed evidence sought by the U.S. for a probe of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico well explosion and oil spill, a federal prosecutor said at the end of a trial in New Orleans. Prosecutors …

Clash at Trial: Did BP Lie About Size of Gulf Oil Spill?

In the frantic days after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP lied about how much oil was leaking from its Macondo well and took too long to cap it, plaintiffs’ lawyers said on Monday at the opening of …