A California grand jury has indicted the Plains All American Pipeline Co. after its pipeline near Santa Barbara burst last year and permitted the spilling of 140,000 gallons of crude oil into Pacific Ocean. The indictment also includes one of its employees.
The probe into what Exxon Mobile Corp. knew and when it knew it has run into opposition from two states, Texas and Alabama, which will oppose efforts by the Virgin Islands to obtain early research by the oil giant. Attorney generals from those state say that the investigation by the US territory is a violation of Exxon’s First Amendment rights to free speech.
According to the US Energy Information Administration, coal production is expected to decline by nearly 17 percent to 746 million tons compared to the year before. That’s 25 percent less than in 2014, when more than 1 billion tons of coal were mined.