Latest Oil spills News

20 barrels of oil by-product spill in McKenzie County crash

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

Twenty barrels of produced water spilled into a small creek in North Dakota's McKenzie County after a truck that was carrying the material crashed on an icy road, the North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality announced Friday. The truck operated by Blackshirt, LLC was transporting produced water, which is...

Nearly $226M to restore open Gulf after 2010 BP oil spill

Dec. 13, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Federal agencies have approved nearly $226 million for 18 projects to restore open ocean and marine habitats that were decimated in the Gulf of Mexico by the 2010 BP oil spill. The projects range from $52.6 million to study deep-sea habitats to $290,000 to find ways to keep sea turtles...

Train slams into semitrailer, spills fuel in South Carolina

Dec. 11, 2019 7:16 AM EST

ST. STEPHEN, S.C. (AP) — A train slammed into a semitrailer stranded in the middle of South Carolina tracks, injuring two people and spilling 40 gallons of diesel into a roadway. Berkeley County emergency crews responded to the scene in St. Stephen on Monday night, according to a statement from the...

Well spills oil near Watford City after tank bolt comes off

Dec. 9, 2019 2:48 PM EST

WATFORD CITY, N.D. (AP) — A vibration in an oil tank apparently caused a bolt to come off and spill more than 20,000 gallons of oil in western North Dakota, the North Dakota Oil and Gas Division said. The spill happened Saturday at a well about 6 miles (9.7 kilometers) west of Watford City. Newfield...

Some leaking diesel fuel from train reaches Columbia River

Dec. 9, 2019 1:22 PM EST

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — The state of Washington says some diesel fuel spilled into the Columbia River as it leaked from a BNSF train along nine miles of track through the Tri-Cities area. The state Department of Ecology estimates that 200 gallons spilled along the tracks from Pasco to Finley, including nine...

New wave of suits linked to BP oil spill hitting courts

Dec. 6, 2019 8:45 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A new wave of lawsuits against BP is hitting the federal courts nearly a decade after the Gulf oil spill. The new litigation is the result of a court ruling that blocks thousands of people from a medical settlement negotiated after the 2010 environmental disaster. It threatens to clog...

Clarification: California-Oil Well Moratorium story

Nov. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — In a story Nov. 19 about California Gov. Gavin Newsom issuing a moratorium on permits for wells using high-pressure steam to extract oil, The Associated Press reported that a Chevron well suffered a massive leak, while others that use that method have not had spills. The story...

Washington state refinery oil spill cleanup complete

Nov. 19, 2019 3:51 PM EST

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Officials from a spill response team have announced that cleanup of refinery oil in Washington state was completed Sunday. The Skagit-Valley Herald reported Monday that the Shell Puget Sound Refinery spill was reported Friday during the transfer of crude oil from Alaska’s...

Land affected by Keystone pipeline leak bigger than thought

Nov. 18, 2019 2:31 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A crude oil spill from the Keystone pipeline in eastern North Dakota has turned out to have affected almost 10 times the amount of land as first reported, a state regulator said Monday. North Dakota environmental scientist Bill Suess said the leak reported on Oct. 29 is now estimated...

Oil spill at Puget Sound refinery contained

Nov. 16, 2019 4:41 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state officials are monitoring an oil spill at a refinery. The Seattle Times reports crews scrambled to contain the spill that happened late Friday at the Shell Puget Sound Refinery in Anacortes. It wasn’t clear Saturday how much spilled when a barge was transferring about...