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  • Cleaning up the oil sands

    Ten of Canada’s largest oil sands companies have joined forces to clean up the oil sands - or at least to clean up the poor image of the environmental and social impacts of developing Canada’s oil sands. The group - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Petro-Canada, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Suncor Energy Inc., Syncrude Canada Ltd., Canadian Oil Sands Trust, Nexen Inc., Imperial ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Using microbes for the quick clean up of dirty oil

    Microbiologists from the University of Essex, UK have used microbes to break down and remove toxic compounds from crude oil and tar sands. These acidic compounds persist in the environment, taking up to 10 years to break down. Mr Richard Johnson, presenting his PhD research to the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, described how, by using mixed ...


    By ScienceDaily

  • Encouraging bacteria to clean up oil spills

    Catastrophic accidents account for 9 per cent of the oil released into marine environments. Several disasters, including the 1989 Exxon Valdez in Alaska, and the Prestige incident, off northern Spain in 2002, have seen the use of 'bioremediation' as part of the clean-up operation. Recent work has investigated combinations of natural additives to increase the speed and efficiency of ...

  • Cleaning up Canada`s oil sands

    Ten of Canada’s largest oil sands companies have joined forces to clean up the oil sands - or at least to clean up the poor image of the environmental and social impacts of developing Canada’s oil sands. The group - Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., Petro-Canada, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Suncor Energy Inc., Syncrude Canada Ltd., Canadian Oil Sands Trust, Nexen Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd., EnCana Corp., ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Using microbes to clean up oil spills

    Original story at MIT News Catherine Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology, likes to wax poetic about the complex chemistry of microbes. "I think they’re elegant and beautiful," she says. Of course, she also sees their practical applications. "I love the fact that these microbes can be used for bioremediation in ...

  • CUGS: Clean Up Goals

    While I was traveling from Glendive, MT, where SRS Crisafulli is based, to New Orleans, LA, for Battelle’s 2015 Contaminated Sediments Conference, the EPA was making an emergency trip from its office in Colorado to Glendive to begin to deal with the Bridger Pipeline oil spill, before this also became a contaminated sediments problem. This is a stark reminder that while many of these ...


    By SRS Crisafulli, Inc.

  • Oil Skimmers, Inc., offers to aid in the clean-up of the gulf oil spill

    As heavy oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico begins to wash into the fragile Louisiana wetlands, environmental organizations, governmental officials, and citizens alike are worrying about how to clean up the shallow waters on the shores. Oil Skimmers, Inc., offers a unique solution that can be of service in the clean-up effort. In a June 1st press release Governor ...


    By Oil Skimmers, Inc.

  • Cleaning up ships’ emissions

    The cargo vessels that carry 80% of the world’s trade and the cruise ships that take thousands of passengers to pristine tourist attractions use the world’s dirtiest fuel. With 60% of the world’s ports already voluntarily excluding the worst-polluting ships, owners are in a desperate hunt to find ways to clean up their act – and a giant steel sponge could be the answer. ...


    By Climate News Network

  • Abanaki Oil Skimmer Belt Goes to Great Lengths to Clean Up Oil

    Abanaki Corporation recently installed a PetroXtractor Oil Skimmer equipped with the longest operating oil skimmer belt at a remote train depot located in Northern British Columbia. The Looped Fuzzy Belt?, which measures over 200 feet in length, drops into a monitoring well to remove ...


    By Abanaki Corporation

  • Large Scale Clean-Up of Oil Pollution in Ogoniland Discussed in Abuja

    The Federal Government of Nigeria is setting in motion new efforts to address long-term oil pollution in Ogoniland, Nigeria. The move by Nigeria's Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, to convene a multi-stakeholder workshop on the implementation of the UN Environment Programme's 2011 assessment of Ogoniland marks an important step towards the large-scale clean-up of the ...

  • Potential long-term health impacts for oil spill clean-up workers

    A new study of clean-up workers seven years after the 2002 Prestige oil tanker spillage has found potential evidence for long-term impacts on their hormonal and immune systems as a result of exposure to the oil. The results suggest new health surveillance measures may be appropriate for workers involved in future oil clean-up operations. In November 2002, the oil tanker Prestige ran into trouble ...

  • New strain of bacteria could help clean up gulf oil spill

    Researchers have discovered a new strain of bacteria that can produce non-toxic, comparatively inexpensive "rhamnolipids," and effectively help degrade polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs - environmental pollutants that are one of the most harmful aspects of oil spills. Because of its unique characteristics, this new bacterial strain could be of considerable value in the long-term cleanup ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Iranian fungi show promise in cleaning up oil spills

    Iranian scientists have isolated local strains of fungi that can digest petroleum compounds and may be useful in cleaning up polluted sites, especially in similar, semi-arid areas. The researchers isolated fungal strains from oil-contaminated sites within the Arak refinery in Iran and found some of them to cut the amount of petroleum pollution in soil by more than half. Although ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • Crews clean up oil spill in Texas shipping channel

    Cannon booms reverberate across the Houston Ship Channel, a scare-tactic to keep birds away from oil-slicked beaches. On a mainland shore near a line of refineries, crews scour the sand for quarter-sized tar balls that have washed ashore. Far on the horizon a few ships floated outside the channel, among the dozens of vessels waiting for the U.S. Coast Guard to reopen one of the nation's busiest ...


    By Associated Press

  • Marine pollution - cleaning up the seas

    Greenhouse gas emissions from marine vessels have received special attention of late, but as the maritime shipping industry continues to grow, other forms of pollution from ships are creating problems that require urgent attention. In the past 15 years, seaborne trade has increased by 50% and continued high rates of growth are expected. The rise in trade between the North America and ...


    By GLOBE Foundation

  • Industrial laundry wastewater clean-up

    Simple solutions can sometimes be the most effective, as T&T Environmental Solutions LLC (an industrial laundry wastewater treatment company) discovered. Opflex, a reusable buoyant foam with open cells that allows water to flow through it as it absorbs oil, was used to reduce the wastewater contaminants at their Philadelphia-based operations. After a ...

  • BP issued government directive for oil spill clean-up

    The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a directive on July 1, 2010 to BP on how the company should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and liquid and solid wastes recovered in cleanup operations from the BP oil spill. The U.S. Coast Guard, along with EPA, will hold BP accountable for the implementation of the approved waste management plans and ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • Potential long-term health impacts for oil spill clean-up workers

    A new study of clean-up workers seven years after the 2002 Prestige oil tanker spillage has found potential evidence for long-term impacts on their hormonal and immune systems as a result of exposure to the oil. The results suggest new health surveillance measures may be appropriate for workers involved in future oil clean-up operations. In November 2002, the oil tanker Prestige ran into trouble ...

  • To clean up coal, Obama pushes more oil production

    America's newest and cleanest coal-fired power plant comes with a catch: The heat-trapping carbon dioxide removed from its smokestack pollution will help force more oil out of the ground. Some environmentalists complain that it ends up releasing more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than is stored underground as waste. It's another example of the Obama administration promoting new, cleaner ...


    By Associated Press

  • Cherrington Model 5000 Cleans Up After Oil Spill

    A fleet of Cherrington Model 5000 Beach Cleaners has been working in Grand Isle, LA since the Deep Horizon Oil Spill skimming off oil soaked sand for remediation at the wash stations, picking up tar balls and grooming the beaches there as the community recovers for the tragedy. Cherrington Beach Cleaners handle all phases of shoreline beach clean-up, both catastrophic response and ongoing ...


    By Cherrington Beachcleaners

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