Articles by Gary McWilliams

Chevron Wins Ecuador Environmental Case Before International Tribunal

Chevron Corp. said on Friday an international tribunal ruled in its favor in an environmental dispute with Ecuador, finding the South American nation had violated its obligations under international treaties. The tribunal unanimously held that a $9.5 billion pollution judgment …

Jury Finds Texas Pipeline Company Guilty in 2015 California Oil Spill

A California jury has found the Houston-based Plains All American Pipeline company guilty on criminal charges of fouling state waters and harming wildlife in a major oil spill three years ago along the Pacific shoreline near Santa Barbara. The verdict …

Louisiana Oil Platform Explodes; Search Continues for Missing Worker

The search continued for a worker missing from an oil production platform in Louisiana’s Lake Pontchartrain that exploded and caught fire late Sunday, sending six others to hospital with injuries, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Coast Guard rescue crews and …

2 Northern California Cities Are Suing Big Oil Firms Over Climate Change

California cities San Francisco and Oakland filed separate lawsuits against five oil companies on Wednesday seeking billions of dollars to protect against rising sea levels they blamed on climate change, according to public documents. The lawsuits, filed in state courts …

Harvey’s Flooding of Houston ‘Beyond Anything Experienced Before’

Catastrophic flooding triggered by Tropical Storm Harvey inundated Houston on Sunday, forcing residents of the fourth most populous U.S. city to flee their homes in boats or hunker down in anticipation of several more days of “unprecedented” rainfall. Harvey came …