Oil and gas drilling would be blocked indefinitely throughout millions of acres of the Arctic and Atlantic oceans under a sweeping decision announced Tuesday by the Obama administration that is likely to prompt a political showdown with President-elect Donald Trump.
The Obama administration proposed Tuesday opening the waters off the Atlantic coast for oil and gas drilling for the first time in more than 30 years, drawing fire from environmentalists and many East Coast lawmakers about the potential for spills to harm the Chesapeake Bay and resorts like Ocean City. Industry officials, though, expressed disappointment more areas weren't being offered for exploration.
A mate's miscalculation of a sunken pier off Locust Point resulted in his tug boat getting gashed open, sinking and releasing 2,400 gallons of diesel fuel into harbor waters last year, the National Transportation Safety Board found.
About 70 minutes after the derailment and fiery explosion of a chemical-laden train in Rosedale last year, a team of county firefighters, state environmental experts and CSX Transportation officials entered the "hot zone." New documents outline the extent of the chemical spill.
The Obama administration took a step closer Friday to allowing oil and gas exploration off the mid-Atlantic and south Atlantic coasts, drawing praise from the energy industry and criticism from environmentalists.
As the nation enjoys a boom in crude oil production and grapples with the heightened risks and logistical constraints of moving ever-increasing volumes of the volatile commodity through its cities and towns, two companies in Baltimore appear to be carving out a new local foothold for the industry.
Baltimore County Police and hazardous material units responded to an oil spill in front of the Wilkens Precinct at 3:06 p.m. Wednesday, said Julia Hardgrove, spokeswoman for the Baltimore County Police.
Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler filed a lawsuit against the oil company BP over investment losses following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, alleging that the state's pension fund lost millions after the company misled the public about its safety protocols.