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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:
    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 ^ | 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
    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 ^ | 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.
  • Study Warns of Economic Damage in a Keystone Pipeline Spill

    03/14/2012 12:59:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/14/2012 | Dan Frosch
    A report released on Tuesday by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute concludes that the economic damage caused by potential spills from the Keystone XL pipeline could far outweigh the benefits of jobs created by the project. The institute, which advocates the creation of union jobs in renewable energy and analyzes sustainability issues, said that more than a million people work in agricultural or tourism jobs in the six states along Keystone XL’s route and that the economic costs could be considerable if a major spill occurred. The risks of an economically damaging accident are higher than those for conventional crude,...
  • Is Deepwater Horizon the New Ecuador?

    01/31/2012 9:37:30 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 2 replies ^ | 01/30/2012 | Daniel Graeber
    Nearly two years after the worst accidental offshore oil spill in the history of the energy industry, some of the biggest companies in the world are busy pointing their legal fingers at one another in court over who has to pay what in claims, damages and fines over the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal judge this week ruled that BP is still obligated to a clause in its contract with Transocean that would protect the rig owner from damages related to the spill. That means BP still has to shell out money to settle claims filed by those...
  • Recirculation aided Gulf plume’s degradation [re:BP spill's rapid disappearance]

    01/10/2012 8:15:46 AM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 11 replies
    Science News ^ | January 9, 2012 | Janet Raloff
    Throughout the months-long 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists expressed surprise at the development and relatively speedy disappearance of giant plumes of subsea oil and gas that jetted from the wellhead and refused to surface. A new study explains how bacteria degraded the plumes so efficiently: A succession of hydrocarbon-noshing species mushroomed because their movable feasts were repeatedly replenished. Only about 15 percent of the BP gusher floated up to form giant surface slicks, a second new study finds. Natural gas constituents and dissolvable chemicals amounting to twice that mass remained near the seafloor, creating the...
  • BP Makes Amends (The company has performed admirably after the spill)

    01/10/2012 6:35:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    New York Times ^ | 01/10/2012 | Joe Nocera
    Today, I’m going to say some nice things about BP and some not so nice things about the lawyers who are suing BP. Please don’t spill your coffee. As horrific as the Deepwater Horizon accident was in April 2010 — killing 11 rig employees, while pouring millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico — BP has performed quite admirably in its aftermath. It has spared no expense in cleaning up the oil. It has set aside $1 billion to restore the environment and coastal ecosystem. It underwrote an advertising campaign to lure tourists back to the Gulf...
  • Environmental Scientist Caught Agreeing To Ignore Her Own Data, Make Up New Claims

    12/13/2011 12:19:01 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    Wizbang Blog ^ | December 12, 2011 | Kevin
    Dr. Ann Maest is a managing scientist at Straus Consulting, and she’s the go to expert on all things groundwater. In the press release announcing her reappointment to the National Academy of Sciences, they mention that she is focused on the environmental effects of mining and petroleum extraction and production, and, more recently, on the effects of climate change on water quality. Maest is in high demand as an expert for those looking to stop oil and mineral exploration. She’s also heavily used by the federal government, even though after new details about her past work are coming to light...
  • Kern County's rich oil field of history

    11/28/2011 6:03:41 PM PST · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times / ^ | November 27, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
    Reporting from Taft, Calif.— Anywhere else, linking an aromatic cup of coffee and a gooey glob of oil would quickly kill a restaurant. Not so in Taft, Calif., the Taft Crude Coffee House is a popular stop for hot coffee or iced mocha. And in an era when oil spills tend to be environmental disasters, people here are happy to provide directions to the Lakeview Gusher, even though it spewed more than 9 million barrels of oil, nearly twice the amount spilled in 2010 from the Deepwater Horizon, the ill-fated British Petroleum rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 18...
  • Anadarko to Pay BP $4 Billion for Deepwater

    10/17/2011 12:50:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 17 Oct 2011 | Guy Chazan
    LONDON—Anadarko Petroleum Co. agreed to pay BP PLC $4 billion to settle all claims between the two companies arising from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a development that reduced uncertainty about the British oil giant's ultimate liability for last year's disaster. Anadarko also will drop its allegations of gross negligence against the oil giant, a move which could increase the pressure on contractors Halliburton Co. and Transocean Ltd. to come to terms with BP. Legal observers say Anadarko's move was seen as likely after a final report by U.S. investigators last month into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon...
  • Drill, Cuba, Drill

    09/22/2011 4:55:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: Deep-water drilling will resume in the Florida Strait when a giant, semi-submersible oil rig en route from Singapore arrives later this fall. The bad news is it will not be American. While U.S. oil and energy prices "necessarily skyrocket," as President Obama once said they would under energy policies that have imposed a de facto ban on offshore drilling, a massive Chinese-built semi-submersible oil rig is on its way from Singapore to a drilling position off northwest Cuba perhaps as little as 50 miles from Key West, Fla. The long-predicted move could come as early as November, as...
  • So Much for the Polar Bears - Arctic Drilling to Begin

    09/01/2011 6:00:05 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 6 replies ^ | 09/01/2011 | John Daly
    The “good” news for wildlife around the Arctic Circle is that BP, renowned despoiler of the Gulf of Mexico, will not be coming. BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred as the Macondo blowout), which surged for three months, has won a place in the Guinness book of records as the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The bad news is that U.S. oil international Exxon Mobil has sealed an Arctic oil exploration deal with Russia’s state-owned oil firm Rosneft, following an agreement signed on 29 August in the presence of Russian Prime...
  • WHOI study reports microbes consumed oil in Gulf slick at unexpected rates

    08/01/2011 2:06:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies ^ | 08-01-2011 | Provided by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    More than a year after the largest oil spill in history, perhaps the dominant lingering question about the Deepwater Horizon spill is, "What happened to the oil?" Now, in the first published study to explain the role of microbes in breaking down the oil slick on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers have come up with answers that represent both surprisingly good news and a head-scratching mystery. In research scheduled to be published in the Aug. 2 online edition of Environmental Research Letters, the WHOI team studied samples from the surface oil slick...
  • BP wants to stop paying Gulf oil spill victims

    07/16/2011 6:10:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Google ^ | Jul 8, 2011
    CHICAGO — BP wants to stop paying most people affected by the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for potential future damages because the region has recovered, a document released Friday said. The tourism industry is booming, all federal fishing grounds have reopened, and the shrimp catch has been plentiful, BP said. "The current economic data do not suggest that individual and business claimants face a material risk of future loss caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," BP said in a 29-page document filed with the Gulf Coast Claim Facility, which is handling compensation claims. ... The compensation...
  • Ruptured Pipeline Spills Oil Into Yellowstone River

    07/02/2011 7:00:43 PM PDT · by americanophile · 48 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 2, 2011 | ANAHAD O’CONNOR
    An ExxonMobil pipeline running under the Yellowstone River in south central Montana ruptured late Friday, spilling crude oil into the river and forcing evacuations. The pipeline burst about 10 miles east of Billings, coating parts of the Yellowstone River that run past Laurel — a town of about 6,500 people downstream from the rupture — with shiny patches of oil. Precisely how much oil leaked into the river was still unclear. But throughout the day Saturday, cleanup crews in Laurel worked to lessen the impact of the spill, laying down absorbent sheets along the banks of the river to mop...
  • Japanese nuclear plant hit by explosion and oil spill

    05/31/2011 2:54:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Guardian ^ | 05/31/11
    Japanese nuclear plant hit by explosion and oil spill Limited damage but no further radiation leaks at Fukushima Daiichi facility crippled by earthquake and tsunami An oil spill and a small explosion have caused limited damage, but no further radiation leaks, at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in north-east Japan, the plant operator has said. Workers at the crippled plant found an oil spill on Tuesday in the sea near reactors 5 and 6, which were shutdown when the earthquake and tsunami struck on 11 March, the Tokyo Electric Power Company said. The spill was contained by an oil...
  • Gulf Currents Primed Bacteria to Degrade Oil Spill

    05/24/2011 7:18:54 AM PDT · by JmyBryan · 5 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | May 23, 2011 | Unattributed
    A new computer model of the Gulf of Mexico in the period after the 2010 oil spill provides insights into how underwater currents may have primed marine microorganisms to degrade the oil. "It is called dynamic auto-inoculation. Parcels of water move over the ruptured well, picking up hydrocarbons. When these parcels come back around and cross back over the well, the bacteria have already been activated, are more abundant than before, and degrade hydrocarbons far more quickly," says David Valentine of the University of California, Santa Barbara, ... Valentine has been studying microbial communities and the fate of chemicals 4000...
  • Peter Fonda calls Obama 'traitor' at Cannes

    05/18/2011 9:53:59 AM PDT · by Qbert · 38 replies
    AFP via The Straits Times ^ | May 18, 2011 | AFP
    CANNES - PETER Fonda launched a four-letter attack on US President Barack Obama at the Cannes film festival on Wednesday, calling him a traitor over the handling of the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill. The star of the 1969 road movie Easy Rider was in Cannes for the premiere of The Big Fix by Rebecca and Josh Tickell, the only feature documentary in the official selection at the Cannes film festival this year. Fonda - a keen environmentalist and co-producer of the film which centres on the explosion of the BP oil rig Deepwater Horizon, the ensuing spill and...
  • Worse Than Deepwater Horizon. Some candidates for “worst environmental catastrophe in history”

    04/20/2011 7:56:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/20/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    In the next week, how many times will you hear that the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the worst environmental catastrophe in American history? This assessment was plausible when first uttered by President Obama almost a year ago, but now it’s clear that the worst never happened. The Deepwater spill has largely disappeared — dispersed, evaporated, and eaten by bacteria. Its impact on sea life appears minimal. Yet politicians, activists, trial lawyers, and environmental journalists persist in perpetuating this myth. Why? Pinning disasters on the environmental lobby’s hobby horse du jour defines the battlespace, increases the power of...
  • Gulf’s Complexity and Resilience Seen in Studies of Oil Spill

    04/15/2011 5:37:03 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | : April 11, 2011 | LESLIE KAUFMAN
    In the year since the wellhead beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig began spewing rust-colored crude into the northern Gulf of Mexico, scientists have been working frantically to figure out what environmental harm really came of the largest oil spill in American history. What has emerged in studies so far is not a final tally of damage, but a new window on the complexities of the gulf, and the vulnerabilities and capacities of biological systems in the face of environmental insults.
  • Streamlined Art Deco Ferry KALAKALA listing in Tacoma

    03/29/2011 7:19:14 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 20 replies
    Maritime Matters ^ | March 25, 2111 | Shawn Dake
    Tacoma, WA--On Friday, March 25, 2011, Steve Rodriguez of announced that the former non-profit organization dedicated to saving and preserving the ferry KALAKALA would become a for profit entity. At the same time, it looked like his dream of saving the the unique vintage ferry was literally sinking as the ship took on water causing a list of up to 25 degrees to port, during low tide at her berth on the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, Washington. The former Black Ball Line and Washington State Ferry has been at this location since September, 2004. Various efforts to find a...
  • Derelict vessel to be enclosed by cofferdam, scrapped

    03/29/2011 6:01:50 AM PDT · by Bean Counter · 23 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 3?29/11 | Eric Robinson
    Contractors are now planning to dismantle the beached and broken Davy Crockett right where it sits. Workers will encircle the 431-foot barge with a cofferdam, forming an enclosed area, and take it apart piece by piece. The original plan of floating it away to a dry dock proved to be untenable, marking another setback in an operation that’s already the most expensive shipwreck in Washington history. Until this week, federal and state authorities had been planning to cut the ship in two and float both halves away to a dry dock. But officials said they were unable to reach agreements...
  • $7.5 million to get derelict barge Davy Crockett out of the Columbia River

    03/11/2011 6:20:04 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 23 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | March 11, 2011 | Scott Learn
    Getting the derelict barge Davy Crockett out of the Columbia River will take at least 75 more days, Coast Guard officials say, with costs probably topping $7.5 million. The Coast Guard, Oregon and Washington officials and contractor Ballard Diving & Salvage are trying to stabilize the 431-foot-long vessel, remove debris and machinery, patch holes and drain fuel before it leaks. Tentative plans include cutting the rusting hulk at least in two and towing the pieces to a ship yard or dry dock for dismantling. The work has cost $5.3 million to date, with a total of $7.5 million anticipated to...
  • Beached barge cleanup costs reach $5.3 million

    03/08/2011 6:47:34 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 10 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 3/8/2011 | Eric Robinson
    Contractors have yet to formulate plan to remove Davy Crockett from Columbia Camas, Washington - Contractors have rung up $5.3 million in costs for the beached and broken barge Davy Crockett, as of the end of last week. And that’s before they’ve even formulated a plan for removing the 431-foot derelict from the north bank of the Columbia River between Vancouver and Camas. Workers have cleared away enough debris that divers were able to safely access fuel tanks at the bottom of the vessel. They found what was described as remnant amounts of heavy bunker fuel, which has the consistency...
  • Florida business sues Ken Feinberg over oil spill claims process

    03/01/2011 7:07:36 AM PST · by Qbert · 3 replies ^ | 3/1/2011 | Dan Murtaugh
    MOBILE, Ala. -- Ken Feinberg has repeatedly told oil spill claimants that they have two options if they disagree with decisions of his Gulf Coast Claims Facility: file an appeal with the U.S. Coast Guard, or sue BP PLC in court. A Florida business owner has pursued a third option: sue Feinberg. John Mavrogiannis, owner of Pinellas Marine Salvage Inc. in Tarpon Spring, Fla., has filed a lawsuit in Florida Circuit Court in Pinellas County, accusing Feinberg and the claims operation of gross negligence and fraud. Neither Feinberg nor his spokeswoman could be reached for comment Monday. Brian Donovan, Mavrogiannis’s...
  • Coast Guard vows to dismantle, remove languishing barge

    02/18/2011 7:28:37 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 4 replies
    The Columbian ^ | February 18, 2011 | Reic Robinson
    Camas, Washington - The U.S. Coast Guard will step in to dismantle and remove the beached and broken barge Davy Crockett, now languishing on the north bank of the Columbia River between Vancouver and Camas. Gov. Chris Gregoire said she was pleased by the Coast Guard’s announcement on Thursday. “The issue remains of how we improve the monitoring and management of large derelict vessels so that we avoid these types of costly and intensive response efforts in the future,” Gregoire said in a prepared statement. State authorities have attributed the sad state of the 431-foot converted barge — beached, broken...
  • Leaking barge owner has history of violations

    02/08/2011 6:33:19 PM PST · by Bean Counter · 16 replies
    KGW dot Com ^ | 2/8/2011 | Abbey Gibb
    CAMAS, WA--New details show the owner of a barge leaking oil into the Columbia River near Camas has had a history of being cited for violations dating back to 1998. Currently, the U.S. Coast Guard and the EPA have launched two separate federal investigations into Brett Simpson. The Coast Guard has paid $2.1 million so far in the cleanup effort of the barge spill. A bill they say they were forced to pay ever since Simpson disappeared. "For the past 13 days he's not been part of this removal effort," said Capt. Danny LeBlanc from the Coast Guard. "We've not...
  • U.S. military purchases Gulf of Mexico seafood, boosting an industry battered by oil spill

    02/06/2011 8:20:05 PM PST · by Racehorse · 22 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6 February 2011 | Mary Foster
    Sales of Gulf of Mexico seafood are getting a boost from the military after being hammered by last year's BP oil spill, which left consumers fearing that the water's bounty had been tainted. Ten products, including fish, shrimp, oysters, crab cakes, and packaged Cajun dishes such as jambalaya and shrimp etouffee are being promoted at 72 base commissaries along the East Coast, said Milt Ackerman, president of Military Solutions Inc., which is supplying seafood to the businesses. Gulf seafood sales fell sharply after a BP gulf well blew out in April, spewing millions of gallons of oil into the sea....
  • White House's Contemptible Drilling Ban

    02/04/2011 5:02:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 4, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: An administration that has no respect for Congress, the courts or the Constitution has been found in contempt for reissuing a drilling moratorium that a U.S. district judge found overly broad. The Obama administration's trouble with the courts has continued with a judge's ruling last week that the Interior Department's reinstating of a drilling moratorium followed by a de facto moratorium via an overly restrictive permitting process constituted contempt. The administration had issued a drilling moratorium in May in waters deeper than 500 feet after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off Louisiana that...
  • Demolition of ship led to disaster

    02/04/2011 7:17:33 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 16 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 2/4/2011 | Eric Robinson
    (Camas, Washington) The ugly demise of the beached and broken Davy Crockett, now the subject of a multimillion-dollar federal recovery effort, unfolded only after years of neglect. The former Liberty ship has languished for almost two decades along the north bank of the Columbia River between Vancouver and Camas. At one point, a former owner warned the U.S. Coast Guard that the 431-foot vessel appeared to be at risk of coming loose from its mooring and careening into the nearby shipping channel. However, little changed except the vessel’s ownership. By the end of last year, benign neglect evolved to active...
  • Judge Holds Interior Dept. in Contempt Over Ban (Gulf drilling moratorium)

    02/02/2011 6:54:47 PM PST · by coaltrain · 51 replies
    AP / ABC ^ | 2/2/11 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN
    The federal judge who struck down the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling after the Gulf oil spill held the Interior Department in contempt Wednesday, and ordered the federal agency to pay attorneys' fees for several offshore oil companies. "Such dismissive conduct, viewed in tandem with the reimposition of a second blanket and substantively identical moratorium and in light of the national importance of this case, provide this court with clear and convincing evidence of the government's contempt of this court's preliminary injunction order," he wrote.
  • Oil Spill Commission Failed to Examine Key Evidence

    01/29/2011 9:52:48 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | 28 Jan 2011 | Tina Korbe
    President Obama's oil spill commission spent six months examining the "root causes" of the Gulf disaster, yet never inspected the failed blowout preventer -- the part of the well that could have, as its name suggests, prevented the explosion. At a House Natural Resources Committee hearing this week, the co-chairman of the National Oil Spill Commission faced a barrage of questions from Republicans and Democrats about why their final report is long on regulatory recommendations but short on engineering explanations. Lawmakers took issue with the commission’s apparent lack of effort to explain the failure of the blowout preventer. Republicans said...
  • Carol Browner to Quit Obama Administration

    01/24/2011 7:08:39 PM PST · by kristinn · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, January 24, 2011 | Anne E. Kornblut and Steven Mufson
    Updated 9:48 p.m. Carol Browner, an key adviser to President Obama on energy and environmental issues, plans to leave the White House, an administration official said Monday night. Her departure comes as something of a surprise. Browner had been deeply involved in negotiations over climate legislation, which passed the House but died in the Senate. And she had been a key part of the team helping to deal with and stop the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for eight years under President Bill Clinton, she had been...