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  • Pipeline at Center of Altamont Pass Oil Spill Also Ruptured Last September

    05/24/2016 7:53:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    kqed ^ | 05/24/2016
    Shell Pipeline crews are still cleaning up from the most recent spill near Interstate 580 and the border between Alameda and San Joaquin counties four days after the 24-inch diameter line broke. Crews with the oil giant were able to complete repairs on the pipe on Monday, according to a Shell official. The San Pablo Bay Pipeline stretches from Coalinga in Fresno County to Martinez. The rupture on the line was first reported at 3 a.m. on Friday, said Lisa Medina, an environmental specialist at the San Joaquin County Environmental Health Department. Shell discovered a drop in pressure in the...
  • North Dakota Spill Leaks 120,000 Gallons of Oil & Wastewater

    05/23/2016 10:00:22 AM PDT · by bananaman22 · 14 replies ^ | 23-05-2016 | Farmer
    A site run by Denbury Onshore LLC in southwestern North Dakota has spilled more than 120,000 gallons of oil and wastewater into pastureland after a mechanical failure. Some estimated 17,000 gallons of oil and 105,000 gallons of drilling wastewater containing saltwater and chemicals leaked into pastureland near the city of Marmarth when a tank sensor failed, news agencies quoted state regulators as saying. The tank overflowed on Wednesday, and by Friday, workers were excavating the affected pastureland, which is being equated to the size of a football field.
  • Shell working to repair leak that spilled 2,000 barrels of oil into Gulf of Mexico

    05/17/2016 9:39:24 PM PDT · by Roos_Girl · 9 replies
    The Guardian ^ | May 16, 2016 | Oliver Milman
    Shellhas said it has begun work to repair a fault in a flowline that has resulted in around 2,000 barrels worth of oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. More than 88,000 gallons of oily-water mixture has been released from the Glider Field, a group of four underwater oil wells located around 97 miles south of Port Fourchon in Louisiana. The company said it suspects a line connecting these wells to a Shell platformleaked oil on Thursday, creating a 13 mile-wide slick on the surface of the water. Shell said the oil is not expected to reach the shoreline and...
  • Financial claims add up after Gold King Mine spill ( Colorado )

    11/23/2015 4:56:48 AM PST · by george76 · 4 replies
    Durango Herald ^ | November 21, 2015 | Jonathan Romeo
    More than 30 individuals, businesses seek damages from EPA. Financial damage claims for those affected by the Aug. 5 Gold King Mine blowout eclipsed $1.3 million just two months after the Environmental Protection Agency triggered the release of 3 million gallons of mine wastewater down the Animas River. ... more than 30 individuals and business owners filed Form 95, the claim process for financial reimbursements from economic loss caused by wrongful U.S. government actions. The combined claims total about $1.3 million in damages ... the hardest hit are rafting companies and their employees, who were forced to shut down for...
  • AP Exclusive: Colorado disputes key part of EPA's account of toxic waste spill from old mine

    11/12/2015 5:23:49 PM PST · by george76 · 10 replies
    ap ^ | November 12, 2015 | Dan Elliott
    Colorado officials say they didn't endorse an Environmental Protection Agency cleanup operation that caused a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine, disputing a key claim by federal agencies that state experts signed off on the plan. ... a blow to the EPA's contention that outside technical experts supported its plan ... also raises questions about an investigation of the spill by the federal Bureau of Reclamation, which claimed two mining experts from the state approved of the project
  • EPA punishes Gold King spill disaster contractor with… millions in new contract awards

    11/12/2015 3:00:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/12/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    It’s a banner day for thrift and spending control in the federal government. Earlier, Ed already talked about the cash bonanza at the VA, but that’s being followed up by breaking news from the Environmental Protection Agency. You probably recall that unpleasant little incident at the Gold King mine in Colorado where they spilled millions of gallons of toxic sludge into the local river system. Well, the contractor who was employed by the agency during that particular disaster has been identified and the EPA had a good, long talk with them. The result was to award them millions of...
  • North Dakota oil spill cleanup slowed by lack of natural gas

    09/10/2015 5:02:14 AM PDT · by thackney · 14 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 10, 2015 | Associated Press
    The cleanup of a massive 2013 oil spill in northwestern North Dakota is being hampered by a lack of natural gas needed to power special equipment that cooks hydrocarbons from crude-soaked soil, a state regulator said. Crews have been working around-the-clock to deal with the Tesoro Corp. pipeline break that spilled more than 20,000 barrels of oil into a Tioga wheat field two years ago this month. Bill Suess, an environmental scientist with the state Health Department, said Wednesday that workers will be at the site at least another two years baking oil from the soil using a process called...
  • EPA accused at hearing of doctoring video from Gold King Mine spill

    09/09/2015 10:36:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 9, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    The Environmental Protection Agency was accused Wednesday of doctoring footage from the Gold King Mine spill, removing the audio of a worker saying, What do we do now? During a House committee hearing on the accident, Rep. Bill Johnson, Ohio Republican, showed what he said was an original on-site video taken the day of the Aug. 5 spill, which includes the audio, and then the same video posted on the EPAs website that beeps out the audio. The last few seconds of the audio has been removed to prevent the viewers from hearing the team on the ground saying, What...
  • The details behind that EPA gold mine spill just get worse and worse [They knew it would happen]

    08/23/2015 9:02:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/23/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    The “unfortunate accident” that the EPA had near Silverton, Colorado recently has raised all sorts of questions, not the least of which is why it took the agency 24 hours to tell anyone about it. (The folks who draw water off the river are particularly interested in that one.) But hey… accidents happen, right? I mean, it’s not like anyone could have seen it coming. Except that the EPA actually did see it coming. During a late Friday night document dump the Environmental Protection Agency lifted the mask just a bit and revealed that they knew what they were...
  • EPA Administrator on Toxic Spill: Im Deeply Sorry That This Ever Happened

    08/11/2015 5:18:40 PM PDT · by Nachum · 50 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 8/11/15 | Penny Starr
    Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday that the EPA is taking responsibility following the inadvertent release by an EPA cleanup team of millions of gallons of toxic chemicals from an abandoned gold mine in Colorado that flooded into the Animas and San Juan River valleys. A reporter pointed out to McCarthy that if this damage had been done by a private polluter, a public apology would have already been issued by the CEO or other leadership speaking for the offender.
  • EPA 'accepting full responsibility' for Colorado river spill

    08/11/2015 1:09:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 48 replies
    Examiner ^ | 8/11/15 | Zack Colman
    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy said her agency is "accepting full responsibility" for a contractor that accidentally spilled millions of gallons of polluted water last week into western Colorado's Animas River, where cleanup efforts are ongoing as federal officials seek to maintain contamination. The Aug. 5 spill occurred when an agency contractor operating heavy machinery punctured a barrier holding back water containing mining tailings at the Gold King Mine near Silverton, Colo. Three million gallons of water polluted with heavy metals poured into the river and turned it orange, and the tainted water spread into New Mexico and Utah....
  • EPA spill: 'We looked at the river and we cried'

    08/11/2015 3:19:59 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | August 11, 2015 | Dana Ford and Ed Payne
    From his backyard in Durango, Colorado, Tom Bartles can see the Animas River, which was stained an unnatural orange. The Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released millions of gallons of pollutants into the water last week, turning the typically blue water to the color of mustard. "Everybody in town knew it was coming. It was hard to wake up in the morning and see an orange river," Bartles, 52, told CNN. "Many of the locals in this region are probably going to experience a certain level of mourning." [Snip] Officials said they believe the spill carried metals, mainly iron, zinc and...
  • EPA confirms Colorado mine spill contains heavy metals

    08/07/2015 4:53:34 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 8/7/15 | Dan Elliot and Colleen Slevin
    DENVER (AP) The mustard-colored muck that spilled from a Colorado mine and surged into a river contains heavy metals including lead and arsenic, federal environmental officials confirmed Friday, but they didn't immediately discuss amounts in the water or health risks. The spill also contained cadmium, aluminum, copper and calcium, the Environmental Protection Agency said. During a public meeting in Durango, EPA Regional Director Shaun McGrath did not mention whether the elements posed a health hazard but said local authorities were right to close the Animas River to human activities. At least two of the heavy metals can be lethal...
  • Millions of gallons of toxic waste water spilled into river by the EPA

    08/07/2015 12:23:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/07/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    How often do we see sad stories such as this in the news? Evil industrialists carelessly create a swath of damage across our pristine natural resources through pollution and reckless destruction. Another such event took place in Colorado this week when millions of gallons of toxic, metal laden waste water were dumped into a local stream, feeding into the local river system used by swimmers and fishermen. And the culprit for this horrendous act was… the Environmental Protection Agency. A team of U.S. regulators probing contamination at a Colorado gold mine accidentally released a million gallons (3.8 million liters)...
  • Oil spills into Black Sea near Russian port after pipeline leak

    12/24/2014 8:57:03 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | MAXIM NAZAROV AND GLEB GORODYANKIN
    A leak on a major Russian oil pipeline caused a spill in the Black Sea near the port of Tuapse on Wednesday where officials said stormy weather was hampering efforts to assess and respond to the mishap. "Some quantity of oil has spilled into the sea," Sergei Proskurin, first deputy captain of the port of Tuapse, told Reuters. He said the size of the spill was unclear and that emergencies services were working to deploy temporary floating barriers to contain the spill but were being delayed by the stormy conditions. Tuapse is a busy industrial and oil port but is...
  • Barge firm faces long legal haul{Houston Ship Channel spill}

    03/27/2014 9:52:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 27, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Resolving legal issues that arise from Saturdays fuel spill in Galveston Bay likely will require years of litigation and cost tens of millions of dollars. You usually dont talk about environmental cleanups in the millions of dollars range. Its in the tens of millions of dollars range, said Noah Hall, who focuses on environmental and water law as an associate professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. You dump something in the water, and boy is it hard to get back. Houston-based Kirby Corp., which owned and operated the barge that spilled 168,000 gallons of fuel after a collision Saturday,...
  • UPDATE- Houston Ship Channel Reopens to Barge Traffic After Spill

    03/25/2014 9:41:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 3/25/2014 | Jeff Reed
    Just before 10:00 CST on Tuesday morning, the Houston Ship Channel reopened exclusively to barge traffic after a fuel oil spill on Saturday shut down the waterway that enables tankers to supply over one-tenth of US refining capacity. Planes were to begin flying after sunrise on Tuesday across Galveston Bay to assess the location of 4,000 barrels of heavy fuel oil spilled after a Kirby Inland Marine oil barge and a cargo ship collided on Saturday afternoon, the Coast Guard said. Additionally, the Coast Guard prepared inspection and decontamination stations for vessels entering and exiting the channel once it reopens....
  • DEP Estimates 7,500 Gallons of Chemical Leaked, Water Ban Still in Place (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 2:22:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- During a press conference Saturday afternoon, the DEP said they now estimate 7,500 gallons of MCHM (4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol) have leaked into the Elk River in Kanawha County. The emergency do not use water order is still in place Saturday as crews continue to test water supplies from several different areas. Mike Dorsey with the DEP says they are "fairly confident" that the leak started Thursday. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties are under a do not use water order. Those counties are also under a state of emergency issued Thursday evening by...
  • National Guard: Tests Show Positive Trends, Number Still Needs to Drop (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 10:52:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The National Guard says tests show the amount of chemical in the water is going down, but is still not where it needs to be for residents to use the water. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties have been under a do not use water order since early Thursday evening. Those nine counties are also under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. A chemical leak was noticed Thursday morning in the Elk River, near Freedom Industries. The company has since been forced by the DEP to shut down...
  • Cease Operations Order Issued to Freedom Industries (West Virginia Chemical Spill)

    01/10/2014 8:15:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protections Division of Water and Waste Management has issued a Cease Operations Order to Freedom Industries in connection with the companys leak of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol into the Elk River. Also, the WVDEPs Division of Air Quality has issued a Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries for causing statutory air pollution by discharging MCHM into the air. According to a press release, the Division of Air Quality initiated an investigation Thursday morning following citizen complaints of objectionable odors near and downriver from the plant. At 11:10 a.m. Thursday, DAQ personnel discovered...
  • WVAW: Water Use Ban In Effect Indefinitely (West Virginia)

    01/10/2014 11:39:12 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia American Water held a press conference Friday morning saying a water use ban will remain in effect indefinitely in parts of 9 counties after a chemical leak in Charleston. West Virginia American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre says at this point, they can't say the water is unsafe to drink, but they also can't say the water is safe. WVAW says they were notified about 12 p.m. Thursday by the West Virginia DEP about a leak at Freedom Industries on Barlow Drive. During a press conference Friday morning, McIntyre said they were originally given incorrect...
  • National Guard to Deliver Water to Affected Areas

    01/10/2014 6:52:02 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WSAZ ^ | staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia National Guard is working hard to get supplies to those affected by the water contamination. Nine counties are currently under a state of emergency after a chemical leak in Kanawha County Thursday morning. A plane was sent to Martinsburg as soon as the state of emergency was declared. The plane plans to connect with FEMA and have a full supply of water available by Friday morning. Members of the national guard tell that they are always prepared for these types of emergencies. "This is the same thing that we have done before...
  • Chemical Spill Fallout (West Virginia)

    01/10/2014 6:46:14 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Tony Cavalier
    Chemical Spill Spurs Action Thursday morning a chemical leak into the Elk River occurred from the Freedom Industries in Charleston. The leaked product is 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, which is used in the froth flotation process of coal washing and preparation. Since the West Virginia American Water Treatment plant is just downstream from the spill, this "contaminated" water flowed into the Charleston water plant. From there Laura Jordan of WV American says the "octupus-like" pipelines of WV American feed water to 8 counties in Southern and Central WV. That means even areas that are not on the Elk or Great Kanawha Rivers...
  • Mountain Dew spill forces major traffic backups on I-70

    05/09/2013 12:43:12 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 17 replies ^ | 5/9/2013 | uncredited
    Traffic remains backed up for miles on Interstate 70 in Washington County after a tractor-trailer carrying Mountain Dew jackknifed Thursday morning. [snip]
  • I-81 spill stinks for morning commuters, causes hours-long backup

    04/23/2013 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies ^ | April 22, 2013 | David Wenner
    A smelly and slippery spill involving human waste caused traffic to back up for miles along Interstate 81 in Cumberland County on Monday. It further snarled traffic in Carlisle and on other nearby road. The spill occurred before 9 a.m. and caused a motorcyclist to skid out of control and crash in the southbound lanes near the Hanover Street exit in Carlisle. A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crew that was doing routine cleanup nearby was called to the scene and determined both southbound lanes needed to be closed, PennDOT spokesman Fritzi Schreffler said. It took several hours to clean up...
  • Deepwater Horizon oil spill 'cleanup' made toxicity worse, study finds

    12/01/2012 12:08:43 PM PST · by waus · 13 replies
    Natural News ^ | 12-1-12 | David Gutierrez
    The cleanup technique used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico actually made the spilled oil more than 50 times more toxic than doing nothing, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico. The findings were published in the journal Environmental Pollution.
  • Beer Truck Overturns, Spilling Load On Maryland Highway

    07/26/2012 10:52:39 AM PDT · by NRA1995 · 19 replies
    All lanes are now open on northbound Interstate 270 after an overturned beer truck put the suds on the street and backed up traffic during the Thursday morning commute.
  • Second Obama cabinet official faces contempt of Congress charge

    07/07/2012 9:37:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Could a second Obama cabinet member be found in contempt of Congress? The possibility arose on Friday when House investigators escalated their efforts to make Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comply with a subpoena pertaining to the drilling moratorium that he imposed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. After the spill, Salazar had released a report recommending a moratorium a report protested by the very group of experts that it cited, who said their opinions were misrepresented in order to justify the moratorium. For more than three months, the [Interior] Department has flouted a duly authorized and issued Congressional subpoena...
  • Feds make 1st arrest in BP oil spill case

    04/24/2012 10:08:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ap ^ | 4/24/12 | ap
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Justice Department says the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been filed against a former BP engineer who allegedly destroyed evidence. Kurt Mix, of Katy, Texas was arrested on charges of intentionally destroying evidence. He faces two counts of obstruction of justice.
  • BP Spill Sickens People; What Thoreau Tells About Global Warming (The planet will kill you - NOW!)

    04/21/2012 6:38:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/19/12 | Dino Grandoni
    BP Spill Sickens People; What Thoreau Tells About Global WarmingBy Dino Grandoni | The Atlantic Wire Thu, Apr 19, 2012 **SNIP** USA Today on the EPA's failure with cleaning up smelting sites Oil spills certainly aren't the only way to create a health crisis. USA Today offers an investigation into the government turning a blind eye toward old smelting sites, which can (and do) give folks living nearby lead poisoning. Until the 1970s and 1980s, factories processing lead spewed out plumes of smokes laden with the toxic metal that accumulated in nearby soils. The problem today, according to the...
  • Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reforms (Hussein tasks 'Commission Action')

    03/14/2012 6:40:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/14/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reformsBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/14/12 10:47 AM ET Members of the national oil spill commission are reuniting to monitor the federal governments progress in implementing a series of drilling safety recommendations put forward by the panel last year. The seven-member commission, which was tasked by President Obama with investigating the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is forming what it calls Oil Spill Commission Action. The new group will issue a report in April assessing government and industry efforts to enhance safety and environmental standards in the aftermath of the spill, which...
  • 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 Universitys 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 XLs 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,...
  • Judge Says BP Can't See White House Emails on Gulf Oil Spill

    07/20/2011 4:47:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/20/11 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal magistrate refused Wednesday to order the White House to provide BP PLC with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration's response to last summer's massive Gulf oil spill. A lawyer for the oil giant had argued that emails by Carol Browner, Obama's former adviser on energy and climate matters, and three other officials in the Executive Office of the President could shed light on the White House's role in estimating the rate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the company's blown-out well. But U.S. Magistrate...
  • Bin Ladin Spill worst thing to ever happen to our oceans

    05/03/2011 8:07:34 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 12 replies
    Rancor News ^ | 04/03/11 | Tyson Bam
    Barely a year after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the gulf our oceans are facing an even greater threat to their survival and our own. Countless barrels of rage, fanaticism and hate were poured into the ocean Monday as Osama Bin Laden was dumped into the ocean. This came just hours after Osama's final act on earth, using a woman as a meat shield in a US raid of his compound in Pakistan. A consensus is forming that Bin Laden may be the most dangerous pollutant ever introduced into the already tumultuous and unpredictable oceans. The sea has...
  • Can you handle the truth?

    04/26/2011 9:20:21 AM PDT · by xp38 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | April 26 2011 | Margaret Wente
    Heres some news you may not have heard: One year after the worst oil spill in history, the Gulf of Mexico is nearly back to normal. Thats right: Armageddon didnt happen. Instead of terrible harm to the biosphere, the Deepwater Horizon spill has caused only mild problems. In fact, because of the fishing bans imposed after the spill, there are more fish than ever. Shark and mackerel populations have exploded. Red snapper are unbelievable right now, one fisherman said. You could put a rock on the end a string and theyd bite it."
  • 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 its 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 lobbys hobby horse du jour defines the battlespace, increases the power of...
  • What's Worse Than an Oil Spill

    04/20/2011 5:04:40 AM PDT · by joeystoy · 12 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | Mark Bittman
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  • While Slowing BP Oil Spill, Administration Slowed Flow Of Information Too, Claims Coast Guard

    03/28/2011 9:25:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/28/11 | Mike Levine
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration failed to set up an "effective" communications system during last year's BP oil spill and threatened its own credibility by "severely restricting" the release of "timely, accurate information," according to a newly released report commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Quietly posted on the Coast Guard's website two weeks ago, the report offers the first major assessment of the federal government's communications efforts during the worst oil spill in U.S. history. "Several layers of review and approval by the White House and (Department of Homeland Security)
  • Coast Guard: Gulf Substance Is Likely Sediment

    03/20/2011 11:47:46 PM PDT · by topher · 18 replies ^ | March 21, 2011 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Coast Guard says a miles-long patch of discolored goop floating in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be caused by river sediment. The Coast Guard tested the patch Sunday and found only trace amounts of petroleum that were well below the state of Louisiana's standard for clean water. A news release says The Coast Guard believes the discoloration is the result of sediments brought down the Mississippi River.
  • Gulf Oil Spill Could Have Been Stopped 48 days Earlier

    03/03/2011 12:00:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    american thinker ^ | 3/3/11 | Bruce Thompson
    For 48 days and nights, the Deepwater Horizon well spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, when it could have been shut down. We now know this: It is very likely that if the top kill had been designed to deliver more than 109 bpm of 16.4 ppg drilling fluid below the BOP stack for a sustained period, the Macondo blowout could have been stopped between May 26-28, 2010. Given that the well was successfully shut-in with the capping stack in July, and that the subsequent bullhead (static) kill was successful, certainly a higher rate top kill would have been...
  • Crews searching for source of Columbia River barge spill

    02/03/2011 6:38:32 PM PST · by Bean Counter · 7 replies
    KGW News ^ | 2/3/11 | KGW Staff
    CAMAS, Wash. -- The Coast Guard has requested $3.5 million to clean up oil leaking from a derelict barge on the Columbia River near Camas in southwest Washington. The Columbian reports the money comes from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, created by a federal tax on petroleum products. The 431-foot Davy Crockett is a World War II Liberty ship that was converted to a barge and has been beached for years for scrapping. The Coast Guard took control of the vessel last week, after a sheen of oil was spotted in the river. Now more than 60 people from...
  • Lopsided Spill Commission Doesnt Single Out BP

    01/11/2011 5:32:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1/11/11 | Lou Dolinar
    The While House oil-spill commission made it official today: The entire oil industry, not BP, is evil and potentially the source of another Deepwater-sized spill. Thus the entire oil industry, which has already been punished by the administration with its drilling moratorium and slowdown in permitting, should be punished further with massive new regulations and fees. Those conclusions were virtually predetermined when the administration appointed a panel heavily stacked with academics and environmentalists. And those findings are wrong. Why? A simple reality check:
  • Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill

    01/10/2011 9:09:44 PM PST · by brityank · 51 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 10th, 2011 2:30 pm ET | John Ryden
    Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill A study by researchers from Texas A&M and University of California in Santa Barbara have found that all of the methane gas released from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been consumed by tiny microbes. Methane gas amounts 100,000 times higher than normal at the time of their release have completely disappeared after only 120 days. Some scientists had raised concerns that dissolved methane and other oil residue would continue to plague the Gulf for years or even decades. This is turning out not...
  • New Science Chair Ralph Hall Praises Tremendous BP Spill, Plans To Subpoena Climate Scientists

    12/27/2010 5:28:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Link only - New Science Chair Ralph Hall Praises Tremendous BP Spill, Plans To Subpoena Climate Scientists
  • New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spill

    12/27/2010 3:54:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/26/10 | Brett Anderson
    New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spillBy Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 8:45 AM The days of explaining exotic species of Hawaiian finfish to puzzled locals have passed at Grand Isle restaurant. After struggling through months when the oyster bar would sit idle for weeks on end, supplies from Terrebonne Parish and Galveston Bay are now readily available. Grouper may still be more difficult to come by than usual, but at least it's not Chilean. Still, David Pearson, a partner in Grand Isle, a Warehouse District seafood restaurant, is not resting...
  • White House, Critics Reach Stalemate in Dispute Over Oil Budget in Gulf

    08/23/2010 11:39:36 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2010 | Katie Howell of Greenwire
    Neither the White House nor critics of an Obama administration report is crying uncle in a dispute over a government report suggesting that three-fourths of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is "gone." After being blasted by lawmakers, scientists and environmentalists in recent weeks, the administration is standing behind its claims that all but 26 percent of the oil is accounted for, despite widespread criticism that such a claim paints too rosy a picture of the situation in the Gulf. At issue is the Aug. 4 interagency report that accounts for the spilled oil, indicating the amounts that have...
  • NOAA Scientist: Release of Oil Spill Report done by White House, Not NOAA

    08/19/2010 6:18:36 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Darrell Issa
    WASHINGTON, DC A NOAA scientist, Dr. Bill Lehr, yesterday told a group of Congressional staff investigators on a conference call that a controversial National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report claiming that nearly three-quarters of the oil from the Gulf oil spill has already been addressed was released by White House officials and not scientists at NOAA.
  • Shrimping Season in Louisiana Reopens After Spill

    08/16/2010 8:41:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/17/10 | CAIN BURDEAU and MARY FOSTER
    Shrimping Season in La. Reopens After SpillLa. shrimpers head back to work after Gulf spill but fear the public won't buy their catch By CAIN BURDEAU and MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writers GRAND ISLE, La. August 17, 2010 (AP) Fishermen who spent much of the summer mopping up oil from BP's disastrous spill got back to work as the fall shrimping season in Louisiana's coastal waters opened Monday amid anxiety over whether the catch will be tainted by crude and whether anyone will buy it even if it is clean. Scores of shrimpers headed out at first light, and early...
  • Obama urges tourism to aid Gulf economy post-spill ('Clean, open, safe' - he is the Messiah!)

    08/14/2010 8:29:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/14/10
    Obama urges tourism to aid Gulf economy post-spill14 August 2010 Last updated at 16:01 ET President Obama has urged Americans to "come on down and visit" Florida to help revive the economy stricken by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Mr Obama said oil was no longer flowing into the Gulf but "our job is not finished and we are not going anywhere until it is." The president is visiting Florida with his wife and elder daughter. On Friday, US incident commander Adm Thad Allen said work would continue to seal the leaking well for good. The president paid tribute...
  • Oil spill: BP nears deal to continue drilling in Gulf of Mexico (Say, where did that slush fund go?)

    08/11/2010 9:42:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/11/10 | James Quinn and Jamie Dunkley
    Oil spill: BP nears deal to continue drilling in Gulf of MexicoBP was on Tuesday night close to safeguarding its future in the Gulf of Mexico as it neared a break-through deal aimed at smoothing relations with the Obama administration. By James Quinn in New York and Jamie Dunkley Published: 6:00AM BST 11 Aug 2010 The deal with the White House would allow BP to guarantee its $20bn (13bn) clean-up fund against revenues from its operations in the Gulf, which account for approximately 10pc of its oil and gas business. If the deal were to be agreed it remains...