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  • Australian oil spill report confirms need for long term environmental plan

    An independent marine scientists' report into the environmental effects of the Montara oil spill says a systematic, long-term monitoring effort is the only way to ascertain the true impacts of the spill on the region's biodiversity. This supports the Government's actions to commission a long-term monitoring plan with the company - PTTEP. The report describes the results from a survey of marine ...


    By Australian Government

  • Finnish oil spill detection rate sees 2007 increase

    The annual number of oil spills detected by Finnish surveillance flights continued to increase in 2007. The total number of oil spills observed by air surveillance was 76. Of these observations, 58 were made by Dornier airplanes and 18 by the Border Guard helicopters. The number of observations from Dornier didn’t change much compared with the previous year whereas the observations made from ...

  • Less oil spills observed by flight surveillance – but reports from citizens increased manifold

    The Finnish authorities observed in 2008 in the Gulf of Finland, the Gulf of Bothnia and the northern Baltic Sea 112 oil spills in all, of which 96 were located within the Finnish economic zone. A significant change compared with the previous years was the considerable increase of the number of oil spill reports from private persons – six times more than before. Reports from citizens are a ...

  • U.S. EPA Continues Response to the BP Whiting Oil Spill

    The U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were on site at the BP Refinery in Whiting, Indiana today to oversee a second day of cleanup operations following an oil spill into Lake Michigan that BP reported on March 24, 2014. A Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team, consisting of representatives of EPA, USCG and BP, inspected the shoreline for a period of three hours to assess ...

  • New Report on Gulf Oil Spill Damage Reinforces Need for Restoration

    A coalition of organizations supporting Gulf restoration says a new federal report revealing that BP, Transocean and Halliburton Co. made critical mistakes leading up to last year's Gulf oil disaster reinforces the need for Congress to pass legislation to use the oil spill penalties for those mistakes to restore the Gulf. "The mistakes that these companies made damaged the ecosystems and ...


    By Environmental Defense Fund

  • Oil closes New Orleans port, part of Mississippi river

    A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said. Officials don't know how much oil spilled, but only a sheen was reported on the river following the collision, which happenedSaturday afternoon ...


    By Associated Press

  • New ‘bird-washing machine’ dramatically improves survival of birds caught in oil spills

    Oil spills can decimate seabird populations. Some birds can be saved, if the oil is washed from their feathers in time; however, this long process is stressful for the birds and requires numerous volunteers. Researchers have now developed a ‘bird-washing machine’ which reduces the washing time from two hours to four minutes. When trialled on oiled birds rescued from the Caspian Sea ...

  • Chevron`s $1 billion bribe offer to quash legal case rocks Ecuador

    Chevron is remaining silent in the face of mounting evidence that the company tried to bribe Ecuador's government to quash an $18 billion environmental judgment and that a Chevron official ordered the destruction of documents as part of a broad scheme to duck responsibility for causing extensive pollution in the Amazon rainforest, according to documents and news reports. On Thursday, Chevron ...

  • Nigerian Fishermen Reject Shell`s $50 Million

    Thousands of Nigerian fishermen have rejected an offer of $50 million from Royal Dutch Shell for "some of the largest oil spills in history," their British lawyers said Friday after winning a landmark court ruling. Shell already accepts responsibility for paying compensation and cleaning up spills caused by its own failures. But the London High Court decided that Shell can be held legally liable ...


    By Associated Press

  • North Dakota launching website to notify public of spills

    It took nearly two weeks for North Dakota officials to tell the public about an autumn pipeline rupture that caused more than 20,000 barrels of crude to ooze across a northwestern wheat field. In response to extensive media coverage and criticism from environmental groups, the North Dakota Health Department will launch a website sometime this week that will enable the public to monitor reported ...


    By Associated Press

  • Large China oil spill threatens sea life, water

    China"s largest reported oil spill emptied beaches along the Yellow Sea as its size doubled Wednesday, while cleanup efforts included straw mats and frazzled workers with little more than rubber gloves. An official warned the spill posed a "severe threat" to sea life and water quality as China"s latest environmental crisis spread off the shores of Dalian, once named China"s most livable city. ...


    By GLOBE SERIES

  • Lower Mississippi River back open after oil spill

    The Coast Guard reopened a normally bustling stretch of the lower Mississippi River to ships and boaters Monday, two days after an oil spill closed the major inland waterway between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. About 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the river after a tank barge pushed by the towboat Hannah C. Settoon collided with another towboat Saturday afternoon, officials said. ...


    By Associated Press

  • Investigation far from over in Houston oil spill

    The barge operator that spilled nearly 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the Houston Ship Channel, closing one of the nation's busiest seaports for several days, will be fined by Texas regulators regardless of the outcome of state and federal investigations. Investigators are still trying to pinpoint the cause of last weekend's accident involving a barge owned by Houston-based Kirby Inland ...


    By Associated Press

  • Groups Praise Momentum on Gulf Restoration as House Introduces Bill and Task Force Calls for Bold Action

    A coalition of groups supporting Gulf restoration thanked Members from both sides of the aisle who introduced a bill today that will ensure that 80 percent of penalties paid by BP and others responsible for last year's Gulf oil disaster are used to help restore the region, not for unrelated federal spending. The RESTORE Gulf Coast States Act of 2011 was introduced by U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise ...


    By Environmental Defense Fund

  • House Committee Praised for Holding Hearing on Gulf Restoration

    Groups supporting restoration of the Gulf Coast today thanked House leaders on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for drawing attention to the benefits of the RESTORE Gulf Coast States Act of 2011 by holding a committee hearing on the bill today at 10am. The RESTORE Act would ensure that fines paid by BP and the other parties responsible for last year's Gulf oil spill are used to ...


    By Environmental Defense Fund

  • Oil from the Gulf Spill Causes Respiratory Risks for Cleanup Workers and Area Residents

    Bonded activated carbon filters from UltraViolet Devices (UVDI) provide air cleaning solutions to keep cleanup crews and others safe from the hazardous off-gassing from the oil spill. Last week the Associated Press reported that the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has already released between 42 to more than 100 million gallons of oil. This has not only created a natural disaster for wildlife ...


    By Cochrane & Associates, LLC

  • Business & Human rights resource centre launches online hub: `human rights impacts of oil pollution: U.S. Gulf Coast, Ecuador, Nigeria`

    Today the non-profit Business & Human Rights Resource Centre launched a special online information hub on the human rights impacts of oil pollution in the U.S. Gulf Coast, Ecuador, and Nigeria: www.business-humanrights.org/Documents/Oilpollution Christopher Avery, Director of Business & Human Rights Resource Centre, said: "Massive oil spills create human rights disasters as well as ...

  • Joint EPA and BLM investigation results in funding for Wyoming natural resources and oil spill cleanup (Carbon County)

    Nadel and Gussman Rockies, LLC (NGR), an oil and gas production company based in Tulsa, Okla., will pay a total of $1 million in fines, restitution and community service contributions after previously pleading guilty to Clean Water Act (CWA) violations stemming from its role in the illegal discharge of more than 4,700 gallons of crude oil into a tributary of the North Platte River near Rawlins, ...

  • NOAA scientist and PTR-MS research featured in SCIENCE

    The dramatic events from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are still very present in our memories and now effects on the atmosphere have been investigated by a NOAA airborne campaign. On board the NOAA research aircraft was a modified IONICON PTR-MS instrument. A new article in SCIENCE by Joost de Gouw et al. presents the study and implications of the the oil spill to our atmosphere. Joost de Gouw ...


    By Ionicon Analytik Ges.m.b.H.

  • NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill

    Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of NIH, is ...

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