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Policy & Enforcement Briefing: BP and Chevron Trials, Airliner Carbon, Ameren Sale

Anthony Badalamenti, former cementing technology director at Halliburton, formally pleaded guilty in federal court yesterday to destroying evidence connected with the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Reuters reported. Meanwhile a federal court has extended the EPA’s deadline to respond to BP’s lawsuit challenging the freeze on new … Read more »

3m Hectares in Amazon Rainforest Open to Big Oil

3m Hectares in Amazon Rainforest Open to Big Oil

Ecuador plans to auction off more than 3 million hectares of Amazonian rainforest to Chinese and other global oil companies, capping a four-nation tour last week to publicize the bidding contracts, The Guardian reports. The announcement from the Hydrocarbons Secretariat of Ecuador puts forward 13 largely unexplored oil blocks for … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Chevron in Supreme Court, Calif. Gas Prices, Australia Solar Farm

Chevron Corp lost a Supreme Court bid to block the $18.2 billion judgment against it in Ecuador over alleged pollution in the Amazon jungle from 1964 to 1992. Chevron had appealed a lower court ruling, which had thrown out an injunction blocking enforcement of the Ecuadorean judgment. The Supreme Court … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Shipping Emissions, Drought Relief, Wind Credit Extension

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Shipping Emissions, Drought Relief, Wind Credit Extension

Environmental regulation requiring ships to use cleaner, low-sulfur fuel while operating near the North American coast took effect Aug. 1. The North American Emissions Control Area (see map) brings the US in line with other regions such as the EU in imposing sulfur limits on marine fuel. The shipping industry … Read more »