Oil Spill News

Oil Company Settles Criminal Cases In California Spill

An oil company on pleaded guilty in federal court to negligently discharging crude off the Southern California coast when its underwater pipeline ruptured last year, a spill that closed miles of shoreline and shuttered fisheries. Meanwhile, in state court, Houston-based …

Pipeline Company to Pay Nearly $1M for California Oil Spill

The owner of an underwater oil pipeline that spilled some 25,000 gallons of crude into the ocean off Southern California last year will pay nearly $1 million in cleanup costs. The Orange County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday agreed to …

Officials Suggest Pipeline Company Hid Problems After Montana Spill

U.S. prosecutors suspect a Wyoming company of potentially concealing problems with a pipeline that broke in 2015 and spilled more than 50,000 gallons of crude into Montana’s Yellowstone River, fouling a small city’s drinking water supply, court filings show. The …

1M Gallons of Oil Collected Since 2019 Spill off Louisiana Coast

One million gallons of oil have been collected since April 2019 from the site of the nation’s longest oil spill, in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana, the Coast Guard and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Tuesday. The spill …

Dredging Company Paying $1M for Restoration in Louisiana Oil Spill

A Houston dredging company has been ordered to pay a $1 million fine for an oil spill that occurred when a subcontractor cut through an oil pipeline during barrier island restoration work off Louisiana in 2016. Great Lakes Dredge & …

$230M Settlement Reached in 2015 California Oil Spill

The owner of an oil pipeline that spewed thousands of barrels of crude oil onto Southern California beaches in 2015 has agreed to pay $230 million to settle a class-action lawsuit brought by fishermen and property owners, court documents show. …

Pipeline’s Safeguards Malfunctioned in Louisiana Diesel Spill

A corroded pipeline that ruptured and spilled 350,000 gallons (1.6 million liters) of diesel fuel into a New Orleans area wetland did not have a fully functioning leak detection system at the time, according to federal records, which also show …

Oil Spill Caused by Massive Waves From Tonga Is ‘Ecological Disaster’ for Peru

An oil spill at a refinery in Peru during high waves caused by the explosion last weekend of a volcano in Tonga is an “ecological disaster,” the Peruvian government said on Wednesday. The foreign ministry said that the oil spill …

Sunken Ship’s Captain and 1st Officer Sentenced to 20 Months in Mauritian Prison

The captain and first officer of a dry bulk carrier, which triggered the biggest environmental disaster in Mauritius, have been sentenced to 20 months in prison in the Indian Ocean island nation. Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, the captain, and Subodha Tilakaratna, …

Grand Jury Charges Oil Company in California Spill

A Los Angeles federal grand jury charged an oil company and two subsidiaries for an oil spill off the California coast in October. Federal prosecutors said Amplify Energy Corp. in Houston, Texas and its two subsidiaries that operate oil rigs …