Shell to Pay U.S. $1.1 Million for Arctic Pollution
Royal Dutch Shell Plc has agreed to pay the U.S. government $1.1 million for violating permits regulating air pollution from its oil-exploration fleet in the Arctic Ocean last year. The settlement announced by the Environmental Protection Agency said that vessels scouting for oil in Alaska’s seas for two months in 2012 did not use all mandated pollution-control. The EPA documented numerous air permit violations for Shell’s Discoverer and Kulluk drill ship fleets the agency’s Seattle office said.
BP Texas Refinery Neighbors Pursue Billions at Toxin Trial
BP Plc faces the first of almost 48,000 toxic exposure claims from neighbors of a Texas refinery. The residents claim BP intentionally exposed them to cancer-causing gases for five weeks in 2010 without any warning. Four plaintiffs in the state court trial that has started Sep. 9 seek as much as $200,000 each in actual damages, plus $10 billion in punitive damages which they said in court papers would be donated to charity. BP knowingly vented at least 500,000 pounds of toxic chemicals from a faulty refinery unit to a flare the company knew was incapable of destroying the toxins, says the residents’ lead attorney.
New Orleans Court Fast-Tracks BP’s Spill Settlement Appeal
An appeal of BP Plc’s $9.6 billion economic-damages settlement from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill was expedited by the New Orleans appellate court weighing whether the deal is fair. U.S. Circuit Judge E. Grady Jolly tentatively set oral arguments in the case for the week of Nov. 4 under an accelerated schedule. BP asked the court to expedite handling of the appeal in a filing that echoed many of the victims’ concerns about unequal treatment of businesses with economic losses. The company has repeatedly attempted, and failed, to stop claims payments until its concerns are resolved on appeal.
U.K. Government Study Says Shale Won’t Hurt Climate Targets
The U.K. can use its shale gas resources without risking targets for reducing carbon emissions, the government said, citing a study it commissioned. The research by David Mackay and Timothy Stone was published after anti-fracking protesters disrupted drilling by Cuadrilla Resources Ltd. in England. Energy Secretary Edward Davey said in a statement that the report shows that the continued use of gas is perfectly consistent with U’K.’s carbon budgets and that shale gas production will not hurt wider environmental aims.
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