Marine Oil Spill News

  • DESMI and FALCK Announces a Strategic Alliance

    The Strategic alliance is formed to offer Emergency Response Packages within Oil Spill Response, including 24/7 Call Center, Firefighting, Emergency services and Training. In addition to the existing ongoing business of both companies Falck will deliver the Response, Firefighting, 24/7 Call Center and Training portion while DESMI ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • NOC contributes to a new free online course

    Satellite oceanographers at NOC have contributed to a new massive open online course, or mooc. The course launch is timed to coincide with wider release of data from Sentinel-3, the dedicated ocean satellite launched earlier this year Dr Val Byfield from the NOC said “Satellite oceanographers at NOC have contributed to the development of some of the data products available from this ...

  • Lamor Seahunters on water and ready for delivery

    The Lamor Seahunter is a multipurpose work platform that consists of connectable hulls that each have a carrying capacity of 1500 kg (3300 lbs), which is more than three times the weight of a hull. The hulls are catamaran shaped which provide a stable work platform for oil recovery operations and various other nearshore operations. ...


    By Lamor Corporation Ab

  • Renewable energy to generate 70% of electricity on Galapagos in the near future

    Renewable energy has replaced millions of liters of diesel, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, preserved endangered species and currently meets 30% of the electricity demands of the Galapagos Islands. Ecuador’s famous and biodiverse archipelago, made up of 19 islands in the Pacific Ocean, was once mostly uninhabited but is now home to 30,000 people (with tourism capped at 200,000 a year). ...

  • Lamor takes part in Arctic oil spill response exercise held by Gazprom Neft

    Lamor attended an intensive Arctic oil spill response exercise held by Gazprom Neft over the Easter Weekend, March 25-28. The Arctic drill took place around the Prirazlomnoye drilling and production platform located on the Pechora Sea shelf, 60 kilometers offshore. The purpose of the exercise was to test and assess the response procedures and effectiveness of equipment in real Arctic conditions, ...


    By Lamor Corporation Ab

  • 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 ...

  • US pipeline agency fines Exxon subsidiary $2.6 million

    Federal regulators announced Thursday they are assessing a $2.6 million civil penalty against ExxonMobil Pipeline Co. for a 2013 oil spill in Arkansas. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration released its final report on the Pegasus pipeline leak that spilled roughly 3,190 barrels of oil near Mayflower and Lake Conway about ...


    By Associated Press

  • New pipeline safety rule pending after increase in accidents

    A long-delayed rule to strengthen safety requirements for pipelines that move oil and other hazardous liquids will be unveiled this month following a recent surge in accidents, the U.S. government's pipeline safety administrator said Friday. More than five years in the making, the rule will determine if extra safety measures required in environmentally sensitive and populated areas should be ...


    By Associated Press

  • Thousands of gallons of oil spilled in Mississippi River

    Part of the Mississippi River was closed as crews investigated an oil spill caused by the collision of two tow boats, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. The collision Wednesday evening near Columbus, Kentucky, damaged at least one barge carrying clarified slurry oil. The cargo tank was ...


    By Associated Press

  • Shell swims against oil price tide – Arctic drilling set to commence despite low oil prices

    It’s a gamble – some would say a giant gamble. Before even one litre of oil has been found, the Anglo-Dutch Shell group is believed to have spent more than US$7 billion – just making preparations for its latest Arctic venture. Shell is betting on finding the oil industry’s Holy Grail: according to 2008 estimates by the US Geological Survey, the Arctic contains more than ...


    By Climate News Network

  • California oil spill might be larger than projected

    More than two months after oil from a ruptured pipeline fouled California beaches, documents released Wednesday disclosed that the spill might have been far larger than earlier projected. Plains All American Pipeline had estimated that the May 19 break along a corroded section of pipe near Santa Barbara released up to 101,000 gallons of ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coastal and Marine Operators Group Receives Second-Place Gulf Guardian Award in Business and Industry Category

    The Gulf of Mexico Program recently announced Coastal and Marine Operations (CAMO) Group will receive a Second Place 2015 Gulf Guardian Award in the Business and Industry Category. The awards ceremony will be held on July 30, 2015, at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas. “The Gulf of Mexico is a precious natural resource not only to the communities that thrive on its shores ...

  • 35,000 gallons of oil spills after Montana train derailment

    Four tank cars leaked an estimated 35,000 gallons of oil after a train hauling fuel from North Dakota derailed in rural northeastern Montana, authorities said. The spill marked the latest in a series of wrecks across the U.S. and Canada that have highlighted the safety risks of moving crude by rail. No one was reported injured in the ...


    By Associated Press

  • California Oil Spill Cleanup Costs reaches $62 Million

    The cost of cleaning up the oil spill that fouled beaches last month on the California coast has reached $62 million so far, the pipeline company said Wednesday. Costs are running at $3 million a day, and there is no timetable for when the cleanup will be complete, Plains All American Pipeline's on-scene coordinator, Patrick Hodgins, told The Associated Press. The company is responsible for ...


    By Associated Press

  • Coast Guard defends cleanup response to California oil spill

    The leader overseeing a massive oil cleanup along the California coast defended the initial response, saying there were workers on the ground after the spill that stained popular beaches. The first wave of workers deployed booms in the water to corral the oil slick and placed them along the shoreline to protect ecologically sensitive habitats. Others vacuumed up oil from the site of the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Response by operator of broken oil pipeline faces scrutiny

    Firefighters, emergency workers and officials from Plains All American Pipeline had gathered last week at a fire station preparing to train for the worst - an oil spill - when a 911 call came in reporting a noxious smell in the air at a nearby beach. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department rushed to the shoreline, where they discovered oil flowing across a beach and into the Pacific. What was ...


    By Associated Press

  • United States issues cleanup order to owner of ruptured Refugio Beach oil pipeline

    Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard issued a joint federal Clean Water Act order to ensure the cleanup of heavy crude oil leaked from a pipeline near Refugio State Beach, Santa Barbara County, Calif. The order requires Plains Pipeline, L.P. (a.k.a. Plains All American Pipeline), the pipeline owner and operator, to continue its cleanup work inland, beachside, ...

  • Thousands of gallons of oil sopped up from California coast

    More than 7,700 gallons of oil has been raked, skimmed and vacuumed from a spill that stretched across 9 miles of California coast, just a fraction of the sticky crude that escaped from a ruptured pipeline, officials said Thursday. Up to 105,000 gallons may have leaked from the pipeline Tuesday, and up to 21,000 gallons reached the sea just ...


    By Associated Press

  • Spain activates alert as oil spill threatens Canary Islands

    Spain's government activated an environmental emergency alert Saturday over oil slicks that threaten pristine beaches on the southwestern Canary Islands. The government activated a level 2 alert after analyzing ocean current data from Spain's Oceanographic Institute, saying the slicks could affect the islands' vulnerable coasts. Level 2 is the second highest alert level. The islands are a popular ...


    By Associated Press

  • U.S. Settles with ExxonMobil over Violations Stemming from 2013 Oil Spill in Mayflower, Arkansas

    Today, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Department of Justice (DOJ) announced that ExxonMobil Pipeline Company and Mobil Pipe Line Company (ExxonMobil) have agreed to pay civil penalties, fund an environmental project and implement corrective measures to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act and state environmental laws stemming from a 2013 crude oil spill from the ...

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