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  • Despoiling Tar Pits?

    07/12/2006 8:28:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 943+ views
    American Conservative Union Foundation ^ | July 12, 2006 | Dennis T. Avery
    The Washington Post is wailing about the environmental ruination of that great ecological wonder, the Canadian tar sands. Canada's Athabasca Basin holds more hydrocarbons (oil) than anyplace else in the world. It has a huge patch of tarry goo, the remains of a once-vast inland lake, spotted amongst 40,000 square miles of jack pine and black spruce growing amid mosquito-rich swamps. The same evergreen-and-swamp vista extends in a broad band for more than 2000 miles, from the Rocky Mountains in the west to the shores of Newfoundland and Nova Scotia on the Atlantic coast. The Athabasca's population density is less...
  • California oil spill company slightly downgrades size of pipeline leak

    05/27/2015 4:10:45 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/25/2015 | AP
    Plains All American Pipeline, the company which owns the pipeline at the centre of an oil spill off the coast of California, on Monday downgraded the amount of oil it says spilled in a worst-case scenario. The company said the estimate of the worst-case volume of oil released was up to 101,000 gallons – about 4,200 gallons less than previously believed. Plains All American is still cleaning up the spill along the Santa Barbara County coastline and recovering oil from the pipeline, so the calculations are not final.
  • Oil spill reported at Refugio State Beach near Santa Barbara

    05/19/2015 5:10:50 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    An oil spill was reported Tuesday at Refugio State Beach, about 20 miles west of Santa Barbara, spanning about four miles along the coastline. A citizen reported the leak coming from a ruptured pipeline off the 101 Freeway to authorities at about noon. The pipeline, owned by Santa Maria-based Plains All-American Pipeline, was on land, and the oil flowed from land into the ocean.
  • Looking Back: The Doomsayers Were Wrong about the BP Oil Spill; Mother Nature Heals Itself

    04/23/2015 7:08:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/23/2015 | by STEPHEN MOORE & JOEL GRIFFITH Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/417345/doomsay
    Five years ago this week, a blowout of BPÂ’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig 40 miles from the Gulf Coast tragically claimed eleven lives and spilled 3 million barrels of oil from the damaged wellhead into the Gulf. ItÂ’s hard to forget the video images of thick oil gushing, day after day, into the regionÂ’s waters. It was a horrific accident that caused substantial damage to the ecology and commerce of the region. Gulf-area wildlife, portions of the shoreline, tourism, fishers and shrimpers, and energy-sector workers suffered large losses in the aftermath of the spill. BP has paid close to $27...
  • Traces Of Oil Found In Montana Town's Water Supply After Spill

    01/20/2015 5:27:51 PM PST · by fulltlt · 30 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/20/2015 | KRISHNADEV CALAMUR
    Officials in Montana say they have detected traces of oil in the water supply of the town of Glendive, days after up to 50,000 gallons of oil spilled from a break in a pipeline along the Yellowstone River. NPR's Kirk Siegler is reporting on the story for our Newscast unit. He says: "The EPA and other emergency responders are having bottled water shipped to ... Glendive. Preliminary tests have indicated that some traces of oil have entered Glendive's water supply. There have been no reports yet of injuries, but the damage assessment is ongoing and everything is being hampered by...
  • Oil spill said to be worst in Israel's history

    12/07/2014 12:08:31 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 15 replies
    Ynet News ^ | 4 Dec 2014 | Billie Frenkel
    The Environmental Protection Ministry called the oil spill from the Tran-Israel pipeline in southern Israel one of the worst pollution events in the history of Israel on Thursday and said the clean up will cause landscape damage and could take many months. ...
  • 50,000 Gallons of Oil Spills on Los Angeles Street

    05/15/2014 3:30:05 AM PDT · by sunmars · 33 replies
    The Los Angeles Fire Department reports a ruptured oil pipe near Glendale has spilled about 50,000 gallons of crude oil onto streets. According to a Fire Department release, the leak from a 20-inch pipe was reported around 12:15 a.m. and the oil line was remotely shut off. No injuries were reported. Oil spilled over approximately half a mile and is knee high in some areas. A handful of commercial businesses are affected.
  • Halliburton pleads guilty to destroying Gulf spill evidence

    09/20/2013 7:15:07 PM PDT · by opentalk · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 19, 2013 | Kathy Finn
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Halliburton Co pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges of destroying evidence, stemming from its role in the 2010 BP oil disaster that killed 11 men and sent more than 4 million barrels of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. A former Halliburton cementing technology director in Texas also was charged on Thursday with destroying evidence. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo in New Orleans accepted the company's guilty plea from Halliburton legal counsel Marc Mukasey, imposed the agreed-upon maximum fine of $200,000 and placed the company on a three-year probation term. Mukasey did not...
  • Synthetic Cactus Needles Could Clean Up Oil Spills

    08/12/2013 9:36:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 2013-08-06 | Jennifer Wong
    Leica DM4000M microscopySuper sucker. Copper needles could help remove oil from the ocean. Researchers looking for a better way to clean up oil spills are taking a cue from the humble cactus. A new study shows that synthetic needles based on those of the desert plant can take up oil droplets from the ocean much as the cactus takes up water from the air.Cactus needles have a curious effect on water. When tiny water droplets in the air land on them, the needlesÂ’ conical shape distorts them, nudging them into a clamlike shape. Because water droplets like to be circular,...
  • NBC's Curry: U.S. to Blame for 'Toxic Legacy' of Oil Drilling in the Amazon

    05/03/2013 6:55:36 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | May 3, 2013 | Kyle Drennan
    Previewing an upcoming story for NBC's Rock Center on Friday's Today, correspondent Ann Curry warned that tribes of the Amazon rain forest "are sharpening their spears and preparing their blow guns to fight Ecuador's new plan to auction as much as 8 million acres of the rain forest for oil drilling." [Listen to the audio or watch the video after the jump] She then cited Boston University biology professor Kelly Swing arguing that "America, a top importer of oil from Ecuador, shares responsibility for this coming conflict....And the toxic legacy of past oil drilling in other parts of the rain...
  • Vanishing files delay Guantanamo hearings in 9/11 case

    04/17/2013 7:36:31 PM PDT · by haffast · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4-17-2013 | Jane Sutton
    MIAMI (Reuters) - Guantanamo war crimes prosecutions of five prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 hijacked planes attacks will be delayed by two months because of lost files caused by Pentagon computer problems, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday. A weeklong pretrial hearing had been set to begin on Monday in the death penalty case against Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the accused mastermind of the attacks, and four alleged co-conspirators. The judge overseeing the case postponed the hearing until June 17 at the request of defense lawyers who said three to four weeks' worth of their confidential work files had...
  • CP discovers more oil spilled in White River, Ont., derailment

    04/05/2013 9:54:14 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 2 replies
    CDC News ^ | April 5, 2013 | staff
    Clean-up efforts were continuing Thursday near White River, Ont., where more than 63,000 litres of oil were spilled from a freight train after 22 cars came off the rails. Canadian Pacific Rail revised its estimate of how much oil was leaked. Initial reports on Wednesday said about 600 litres of oil had leaked from the tank cars. "The source of the now-discovered release of product from the second car was initially hidden as it was buried under snow. The product then migrated a short distance under the snow," said CP spokesperson Ed Greenburg. "The additional spill was detected and the...
  • A useful pipeline spill in Arkansas

    04/05/2013 4:36:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 4/5/2013 | Wesley Pruden
    It’s an ill wind that blows nobody good, and a pipeline leaking on somebody else’s front yard can be a godsend, too. The environmentalists who were waging a losing war against the proposed Keystone pipeline woke up to the news of a small pipeline leak in Arkansas and thought it was Christmas morning. If environmentalists were the praying kind, they would say the Arkansas leak was an answer to their prayers. They think it ends the debate over the Keystone pipeline. One green lobbyist says “this should be the nail in the coffin of the Keystone pipeline.” They’re eager to...
  • Arkansas Oil Spill

    04/04/2013 8:08:47 AM PDT · by stuartcr · 22 replies
    Has anyone heard any more on this? I haven't found much written on it, not even on the Cornwall Alliance site.
  • Exxon pipeline leaks thousands of barrels of Canadian oil in Arkansas

    03/31/2013 5:02:56 AM PDT · by Dartman · 52 replies
    Toronto Sun ^ | Mar 31/13 | MATTHEW ROBINSON AND DAVID SHEPPARD, REUTERS
    NEW YORK - Exxon Mobil was working to clean up thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower, Arkansas, after a pipeline carrying heavy Canadian crude ruptured, a major spill likely to stoke debate over transporting Canada’s oil to the United States. Exxon shut the Pegasus pipeline, which can carry more than 90,000 barrels per day (bpd) of crude oil from Pakota, Illinois, to Nederland, Texas, after the leak was discovered on Friday afternoon, the company said in a statement. Exxon, hit with a $1.7 million fine by regulators this week over a 2011 spill in the Yellowstone River, said a...
  • FEMA still has not been mobilized to fight the Gulf oil spill (Flashback)

    10/30/2012 8:08:28 AM PDT · by Qbert · 3 replies
    Beaufort Observer ^ | May 02, 2010 | Beaufort Observer
    But Team Obama has sent a team of lawyers to be ready to sue President Obama defended his administration's response to the Gulf Oil Spill by visiting the area Sunday (5-2-10). It was unclear whether the visit was more in response to developments in the Gulf and along the coast or to the growing media criticism and complaints from local officials about how little they think the Federal government is doing to prevent damage from the spill. The Washington Times filed this report Sunday and Administration officials defended Obama's actions on the Sunday talk shows. Nonetheless, criticism mounted as a...
  • If this had been a Republican... [Democratic Party aide rapes women in D.C.]

    09/02/2012 3:11:28 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | September 2, 2012 | Rosslyn Smith
    Would this remain a local DC story if the accused had been staff director of an important committee in a Republican controlled Senate? >>>>A former senior congressional aide was indicted this week in D.C. Superior Court on charges that he sexually assaulted two women after drugging them with a sedative that he allegedly put in their drinks. Donny Ray Williams Jr., 36, who served as staff director for a Senate subcommittee and worked in the offices of several members of Congress, gave at least one woman Ambien and assaulted her while she was unconscious, according to court papers. Williams was...
  • Oil Spill Timeline

    07/08/2012 1:00:54 PM PDT · by jcsjcm · 4 replies
    Rightchange.com ^ | 2 years ago | RightChange
    Check this video out - The timeline of the oil spill and what BO did throughout to fix it. It was put together very well. This should be running now!
  • IG investigator says White House hindered probe of oil spill report

    05/08/2012 10:45:18 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 5/8/12 | DONOVAN SLACK
    An investigator for the Interior Department’s Inspector General claims the White House hindered an investigation into a report on the BP oil spill by blocking access to a key official and email records, the New Orleans Times-Picayune is reporting. The investigator was trying to determine whether the White House intentionally edited the report to create the false impression that outside experts supported the administration's call for a moratorium on offshore drilling. The White House had said the editing was a mistake, and the Inspector General’s final report concluded it was. But the investigator, in a series of emails obtained by...
  • Eyeless Shrimp and Mutant Fish Raise Concerns Over BP Spill Effects

    04/29/2012 12:28:00 PM PDT · by Mike Darancette · 51 replies
    Fox Houston ^ | 4/18/2012 | MYFox Houston
    (NewsCore) - Eyeless shrimp, fish with oozing sores and other mutant creatures found in the Gulf of Mexico are raising concerns over lingering effects of the BP oil spill. On April 20, 2010, an explosion aboard the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig killed 11 people and spewed an estimated 4.9 million barrels into the Gulf, in the worst offshore oil spill in US history. Two years later, scientists and commercial fishers alike are finding shrimp, crab and fish that they believe have been deformed by the chemicals unleashed in the spill, according to an extensive report by Al Jazeera English.