Iran dismissed accusations by the US that it was behind attacks on Saudi Arabia’s oil plants and warned on Sunday that US bases and aircraft carriers in the region were in range of its missiles. The drone strikes were reported Saturday on plants in the heartland of Saudi Arabia’s oil industry.
Drone attacks on crucial Saudi Arabian oil facilities, which are among the world’s most important energy production centers, have caused disruptions on around half of the country’s oil capacity, or 5% of the worldwide oil supply. Yemen’s Houthi rebels took responsibility for the attacks, noting that 10 drones aimed Saudi Aramco’s oil facilities in Abqaiq and Khurais.
The US Coast Guard informed that it reopened the Houston Ship Channel, on September 13, after a protest demonstration near Baytown, Texas. Namely, on September 12, 22 Greenpeace US climbers created a blockade from the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown.
The presence of the UK warships in the Strait of Hormuz has stabilized the commercial shipping operations, following the tensions in the area after Iran seized a UK-flagged tanker in the region, a British navy official reported to Reuters.
Collisions with ships and entanglements in fishing gear are two of the greatest threats for the highly endangered North Atlantic right whales, Oceana said, launching a new campaign in the US and Canada to address these issues and protect these marine mammals.
On September 12, 22 Greenpeace US climbers created a blockade from the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas, shutting down the largest fossil fuel thoroughfare in the US ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in nearby Houston.
According to Reuters, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to exclude offshore oil and gas drilling off Florida. The bill is the first among the three that were passed on Wednesday, September 11.
The International Group of P&I Clubs issued a circular providing an update on the US sanctions on the government of Venezuela and Petroleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PdVSA). On 5 August 2019, the US increased its sanctions programme against Venezuela, with the Executive Order 13884.
An Iranian representative to London announced that the oil cargo of tanker Adrian Darya 1 – previously known as Grace 1 – was sold at sea to a private company, denying that Tehran had broken its promises over the vessel and highlighted that EU’s Syria sanction do not apply to Tehran.
The USCG continues oil spill recovery operations, responding to a crude oil discharge located within the Jamie Whitten Lock at mile marker 412 on the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway, Wednesday, September 11. Up to now the cause of the oil spill remains unknown.
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