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  • Small oil spills: Overlooked source of marine pollution?

    'Small oils spills are just as important as large oil spills, according to new research. By analysing images of oil slicks taken over an eight year period, researchers were able to show that smaller spills contribute a larger proportion of the oil pollution present in European waters. Oil spills represent a major threat to European seas. Over 600 million tonnes of crude oil are imported by EU ...

  • Banana fibre can fix marine oil spills, says study

    Fibre from the stem of the banana plant can efficiently absorb oil spills that pollute coasts and threaten marine life says a new study by Indian researchers. Banana fibre, when treated with certain chemicals, can absorb up to 18 times their weight of oil, according to the study published last month ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • EPA presents award to Oregon 10th grader for work on marine oil spills

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10 is awarding the President’s Environmental Youth Award to 10th grader Sahil Veeramoney for his development of a novel and efficient method to clean up marine oil spills. Veeramoney is a student at Oregon Episcopal School in Portland, Oregon. “Sahil’s research to protect water resources from oil spills is important for the ...

  • Oil spill monitoring in Western Australia

    EOMAP GmbH & Co has launched several services to support oil spill monitoring using optical satellites. The services were developed for mapping a major ecological disaster: a recent oil spill near the coast of Western Australia.   Oil, gas and condensate started seeping into the Timor Sea on 21st August from a leak 250 kilometres north of Truscott, and 690 kilometres west of ...


  • BP Pledges $500 Million for Independent Research into Impact of Spill on Marine Environment

    May 24 2010 - BP today announced a commitment of up to $500 million to an open research program studying the impact of the Deepwater Horizon incident, and its associated response, on the marine and shoreline environment of the Gulf of Mexico. "BP has made a commitment to doing everything we can to lessen the impact of this tragic incident on the people and environment of the Gulf Coast. We must ...


    By BP - British Petroleum

  • Most of San Francisco Bay Oil Spill Not Recoverable

    The latest overflight of San Francisco Bay and the nearby coastline shows very little recoverable oil offshore and inshore from last Wednesday's spill of 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel, the U.S. Coast Guard said today. To date, seven miles of containment boom has been deployed to confine and collect oil in the water and six vessels are skimming and collecting oil. The ...

  • Shipwrecks in Kerch Strait Spill Oil, Sulfur Into the Sea

    Stormy seas and gale-force winds in the narrow Kerch Strait between Russia and Ukraine have smashed a Russian oil tanker in half, spilling at least 2,000 metric tonnes of fuel oil, the Russian Ministry for Emergencies said Sunday. Environmentalists and Russian officials are calling it the worst oil spill in the region for decades and 'an ecological catastrophe.' The Kerch Strait divides Russia ...

  • Cleaning oil spills with high performance magnets

    MIT researchers have developed a new technique for magnetically separating oil and water that could be used to clean up oil spills. They believe that, with their technique, the oil could be recovered for use, offsetting much of the cost of cleanup. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 is reported as one of the US’s worst environmental disasters, costing $40 million.  At the ...


    By Stanford Magnets

  • DESMI Adds Accredited Oil Spill Response Training

    Leading oil recovery solution manufacturer DESMI has obtained Nautical Institute accreditation for its IMO Oil Pollution Preparedness and Response (OPRC) training courses, becoming a one-stop shop for its customers around the world. In many spheres of education, it’s enough for course instructors to have a theoretical understanding of the field. In oil spill response, however, DESMI ...


    By DESMI A/S

  • Argentina strives to clean mystery oil spill in Patagonia

    An enormous oil spill of unknown origin has washed ashore in Argentine Patagonia north of Comodoro Rivadavia, fouling beaches and threatening the area's marine life, according to reports released in Buenos Aires by Chubut Environment Minister Monica Raimundo. Comodoro Rivadavia is at the heart of one of Argentina's main oil producing areas in Chubut province.  The four kilometer diameter oil ...

  • Canadian bulk carrier spills oil into Maumee River

    Droves of cleanup workers spent much of the weekend trying to contain and collect 3,300 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into Ohio's Maumee River Friday night by a Canadian bulk carrier. Loaded with grain, the Algonorth was leaving the Midwest Marine Terminal Friday night when the vessel's stern smashed into the dock, rupturing two fuel tanks 10 feet above the water line, according to the ...

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Marine spill response corporation: nexen and statoil sign agreements With MSRC for spill response services in Gulf of Mexico

    (Marketwire) - Nexen Petroleum U.S.A. Inc. and Statoil Gulf of Mexico LLC have signed agreements with the Marine Preservation Association (MPA) and the Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC) that are expected to enhance the spill response plans of the companies and strengthen environmental protection in the Gulf of Mexico. Along with Marine Preservation Association members BP, Chevron, ...

  • BP outlines plan for controlling oil spill

    BP, the party responsible for the cleanup of oil spilling as a result of the sinking of the semisubmersible drilling platform Deepwater Horizon last week, on Sunday outlined a spill response plan that includes drilling relief wells and permanent capping of the well from which the sunken rig was extracting oil. The Deepwater Horizon sank two days after an explosion and fire at 10 p.m. last ...


    By The Compliance Center (ICC)

  • CL Solutions to provide Munox® for petroleum surface spill remediation including marine spills.

    CL Solutions, LLC is pleased to announce that they will be the distributor of Munox® for petroleum surface spills.  This development comes in response to interest in using Munox® for cleaning shore and near-shore environments impacted by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.  CL Solutions was selected by Osprey Biotechnics, Inc. to provide distribution and technical support for this ...


    By CL Solutions, LLC

  • Thailand resort beach blackened by oil spill

    Black waves of crude oil washed up on a beach at a popular tourist island in Thailand's eastern sea despite continuous attempts to clean up the oil up over the weekend after it leaked from a pipeline, officials said Monday. Tourists on Samet island were warned to stay away from the beach marred by inky globs as hundreds of workers in white jumpsuits labored to scrape the sand clean and remove the ...


    By Associated Press

  • Oil Spill Reality Check: New Oil Rigs or New Fuels

    TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 06/15/10 -- The Global Renewable Fuels Alliance (GRFA) issued its top ten list of offshore oil sites at risk today highlighting the world's choice between building more offshore oilrigs or new sustainable biofuels plants. "The choice is clear," said Global Renewable Fuels Alliance spokesperson, Bliss Baker. " We can continue to put our precious resources at ...


  • Columbia Weather equipment participating in Gulf oil spill monitoring efforts

    While crews in the Gulf of Mexico are working to mitigate the damage caused by the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill, scientists aboard the R/V Pelican research vessel are taking samples from the sea floor to analyze for changes in chemicals and marine organisms. ...

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