Oil Spill News

Louisiana Reopens Oil Spill Affected Gulf Waters for Commercial Fishing

Commercial fishermen are once again harvesting Gulf seafood off the coasts of Elmer’s and Grand Terre islands, an area that’s been closed due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. On Dec. 10, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries reopened …

Washington Study Shows More to Do as Oil Trains Pose New Risks

A state study says the increase in crude oil shipments by rail is creating new risks and will require increased safety measures and improved oil spill response and prevention. Even as more trains carry volatile shipments of crude oil into …

Officials: Caddo Lake Not Threatened by Louisiana Oil Spill

Cleanup crews continue to mop up a 4,000-barrell oil spill into a four-mile stretch of Tete Bayou northwest of Shreveport, La. Officials said that the oil has been contained without reaching Caddo Lake, which straddles the Texas-Louisiana state line and …

Train Crash in Wisconsin Injures 2, Spills Oil

A Canadian National Railway Co. train struck another freight train as it rolled through a small village in Wisconsin, causing cars to derail, injuring two people and spilling thousands of gallons of diesel oil that prompted the evacuation of dozens …

Broken Pipeline Spills Crude Into Los Angeles Neighborhood

A faulty valve at a petroleum pipeline pump station ruptured early on Thursday in an industrial corner of Los Angeles, spewing crude oil 40 feet (12 meters) into the air, onto the roof of a strip club next door, and …

Following Derailment Union Pacific Line in Colorado Up and Running

U.S. railroad company Union Pacific Corp said on Monday that a rail line on which a train derailed near the town of LaSalle in northern Colorado was back in service. The train, which was heading to an East Coast destination, …

Houston Ship Channel Spill Blocks Ships, Hampers Ferry Operations

More than 80 ships were waiting on March 24 to see if the Coast Guard would reopen part of the Houston Ship Channel that was the scene of an oil spill over the weekend. The channel is one of the …

Exxon Valdez 25 Years Later, Spill Effects Linger in Alaska

Before the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico, there was the Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, at the time the largest oil spill in the U.S. The 987-foot (300-meter) tanker, carrying 53 million gallons (200 …

Court Revives Lawsuit Against BP Over Alaska Oil Spill Statements

A U.S. appeals court on Thursday revived a shareholder lawsuit against BP PLC over statements the company made in the wake of a 2006 oil spill in Alaska. The ruling from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San …

Competing Bills to Address Safety of Oil Transport In Washington

Washington state lawmakers are considering competing measures that try to address potential risks as more crude oil is shipped by rail into the state. The Senate Ways and Means Committee heard testimony on a mostly Republican-backed bill that would study …