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Chinese Scientists Find New Way To Clean Up Oil Spills

Jul 02, 2019 at 14:07 | Irina Slav

The search for ever-better materials to soak up oil from water has recently added a new member to this highly specialized and highly sough-after family: Chinese scientists have invented a…

The Oil Eating Bacteria That Can Clean Up Crude Spills

Apr 11, 2018 at 15:58 | Irina Slav

It’s not a widely known fact that the 2010 oil spill caused by the explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform could have been even worse were it not for bacteria.…

BP To Take Final Hit On 2010 Disaster

Jan 16, 2018 at 10:56 | Irina Slav

BP will take a US$1.7-billion post-tax impairment charge on expenses related to the finalization of settlements related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The charge will be booked in the…

Criminal Charges Filed In Lac-Megantic Oil Train Disaster

Jun 26, 2015 at 17:34 | Andy Tully

Criminal charges have been filed against the rail line involved in the huge oil train crash in Lac-Megantic, Quebec, that killed 47 people in 2013, along…

EPA Fracking Report Leaves Both Sides Claiming Victory

Jun 05, 2015 at 16:53 | Andy Tully

Both the energy industry and environmentalists are welcoming a report by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has the potential to…

Latest Pipeline Spill Here Could Galvanize Environmentalist Opposition

May 20, 2015 at 13:06 | Charles Kennedy

A pipeline in California broke and spilled oil into the Pacific Ocean on May 19. Oil washed up on the shores in Santa Barbara County with the slick extending…

Top 5 Unanswered Questions About The BP Oil Spill

Apr 20, 2015 at 17:08 | Climate Progress

In this Wednesday, April 21, 2010 aerial file photo taken in the Gulf of Mexico more than 50 miles southeast of…

BP May Owe Anglers $585 Million After Oil Spill

Sep 10, 2014 at 16:46 | Futurity

People who fish recreationally in the Gulf of Mexico may be entitled to up $585 million in compensation due to lost fishing opportunities following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Economic Benefits From Oil Spills? Canadian Company Thinks So

May 01, 2014 at 16:26 | MINING.com

Kinder Morgan’s (NYSE:KMI) assertion that oil spills could bring economic benefits is triggering heated reactions.The company’s statement, part of its $5.4 billion proposal to the federal government…

North Dakota in Spotlight after Oil Spill

Oct 16, 2013 at 17:16 | Daniel J. Graeber

Oil production in North Dakota reached an all-time high in August. As of 2011, the U.S. Energy Department said the state was the fourth largest in the union in terms…

North Dakota Farmer Stumbles on Massive Oil Leak

Oct 14, 2013 at 17:03 | Joao Peixe

A farming harvesting his fields in North Dakota has come across a massive oil spill, undetected long enough to become the size of seven football fields. Local media…

Ecuador vs Chevron Case Gets Down and Dirty

Sep 16, 2013 at 06:06 | Joao Peixe

The record $19 billion fine levied against Chevron Corporation by a court in Ecuador for contaminating the Amazon rainforest takes a new twist as a New York court hears a…

Halliburton Plead Guilty to Destruction of Evidence in 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Jul 26, 2013 at 10:43 | Climate Progress

On Thursday, the Department of Justice announced that Halliburton had agreed to plead guilty to criminally destroying evidence in the investigation of the BP Gulf oil spill in 2010.…

Rig Fire Exposes Lingering Dangers of Offshore Drilling

Jul 24, 2013 at 15:31 | Daniel J. Graeber

A U.S. energy safety bureau said part of a drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana has partially collapsed after catching fire late Tuesday.  No injuries were reported when a…

Rail v. Pipelines: No Safe Bet for Oil

Jul 08, 2013 at 17:27 | Daniel J. Graeber

The Canadian government said it was committed to a safe rail transit network following a weekend derailment in a Quebec town near the border with Maine. At least five people…

New Material Cleans Oil at Faster Rate, Allows Oil to be Collected and Reused

May 22, 2013 at 16:52 | EcoSeed

Big oil spills are an environmental and public health disaster – not to mention an economic one. The last big oil spill, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill resulted in millions…

Are Pipeline Spills a Foregone Conclusion?

May 21, 2013 at 17:10 | Daniel J. Graeber

Exxon Mobil hasn't asked federal regulatory authorities to restart the Pegasus oil pipeline, which burst open in a neighborhood in Mayflower, Ark.  In March, a 22-foot rupture in the pipeline…

Fish Embryos Reveal that Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Still Lingers

May 08, 2013 at 17:07 | Futurity

After the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, crude oil toxicity continued to sicken a sentinel Gulf Coast fish species for at least a year or more, new research shows.The…

PERU: Environmental Authorities Get Serious

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:24 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Peru is taking tough action against oil and gas companies over poor environmental practices following an oil spill earlier this month, halting operations and imposing fines. There’s more…

Exxon Oil Spill in Arkansas, Keystone Spoiler?

Apr 02, 2013 at 17:58 | Jen Alic

The rupture of an Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) pipeline on 29 March in Mayflower, Arkansas, just northwest of Little Rock, adds to Keystone XL’s woes as the public tallies…

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