BP oil and gas spill near the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge under control

April 18, 2017 by  
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A BP oil and gas well in Alaska blew out late last week, uncontrollably spilling crude oil and gas just around 60 miles away from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge . The well was out of control through the weekend. The Arctic oil spill happened just days before the seven year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Last Friday morning the BP oil and gas well in the Prudhoe Bay area started leaking natural gas from the well while crude oil sprayed out onto the drilling-well pad. On Saturday the oil spray halted, but natural gas continued to spew throughout the weekend. Frigid temperatures made it difficult for teams to shut the well down. Oil service company Boots and Coots finally plugged a damaged pipe and pumped a saltwater solution into the well to kill it – after it had vented natural gas for three days. Related: Alaska gas leak endangering beluga whales won’t be fixed until the ice melts It’s unclear what caused the oil and gas spill. 1.5 acres near Deadhorse were affected, and native communities were notified. No injuries were reported. Natural gas production hasn’t been kind to Alaska recently. Around 210,000 cubic feet of gas per day poured out from a pipeline near Cook Inlet for almost four months; last Friday Hilcorp Alaska said a temporary repair finally halted the leak. And the recent spill doesn’t look good for BP; April 20 will mark the seven year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill which killed 11 people and harmed wildlife. Sierra Club’s Alaska Program Director Dan Ritzman said in a statement, “Oil companies continue to treat Alaska with reckless abandon, threatening its pristine waters, wildlife, and communities. Big Oil has repeatedly proven it can’t drill for fossil fuels safely…It’s past time that Donald Trump and his friends in the fossil fuel industry put Alaska ahead of corporate polluter’s profits which only threaten the state’s beauty and environment .” Via EcoWatch and The Washington Post Images via Wikimedia Commons and BP Facebook

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Taiwan is first Asian country to ban eating cats and dogs

April 18, 2017 by  
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Even abject carnivores in the West balk at the idea of raising dogs and cats for their meat, but East and Southeast Asian countries, particularly those mired in poverty, do not share those qualms. As incomes, not to mention concerns over animal welfare, continue to grow in those regions, however, the practice is slowly but steadily on the decline . Taiwan is willing to take the next leap: outlawing it altogether. Legislature passed recently will make the island nation the first in Asia to ban dog and cat consumption, according to Newsweek . After Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen signs the amendments, anyone caught eating dog or cat meat will be fined $8,000. Those involved in slaughtering the animals could face two years in jail and a $60,000 fine. Related: Killing dogs and cats for meat is still legal in 44 U.S. states The move dovetails with an earlier law, passed in 2001, that made illegal the sale of meat and fur of pets for so-called “economic purposes.” Tsai herself is a known animal lover. Last year, she adopted three retired guide dogs, who now cohabit a home with Tsai’s two cats, Think Think and A-Tsai. Via Newsweek Photos by Unsplash

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Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

February 11, 2015 by  
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In January 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of  4-methylcyclohexanemethanol  (or MCHM for short) spilled from a ruptured Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River near Charleston, W.V. Exposure to MCHM, which is used in coal processing, can cause skin damage, headaches, and difficulty breathing. For weeks, residents in all or parts of nine counties lacked access to potable water, forcing them to  rely on bottled water  for everything from drinking and cooking to bathing. The spill eventually led Freedom Industries to declare bankruptcy. As we approach the one-year anniversary of the catastrophe, it’s worth reflecting upon what we’ve learned and how we can prevent another disaster in the future. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , chemical spill , chemical spills , chemicals , drinking water , fraud , Freedom Industries , Freedom Industries chemical spill , Gary Southern , gulf of mexico , Gulf of Mexico Spill , lessons from the chemical spill , lessons to learn , oil spill , oil spills , safe drinking water , safeguards , trusting safeguards , water catastrophes , water issues , west virginia , West Virginia Chemical Spill

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‘Missing’ oil from BP disaster located at the bottom of the ocean

February 5, 2015 by  
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When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig burst in 2010, about 200 million gallons of crude oil flooded into the fragile ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico. While much of that oil washed up on shore or was cleaned up, sometimes using controversial dispersants , there is still a lot of oil unaccounted for. A new study in Environmental Science and Technology reveals that a good portion of that missing oil—about 10 million gallons—is sitting on the floor of the Gulf, where it is wreaking havoc with the sea environment. Read the rest of ‘Missing’ oil from BP disaster located at the bottom of the ocean Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp disaster , bp oil spill , BP spill , British Petrol oil spill , deepwater horizon oil spill , Deepwater Horizon Spill , gulf coast oil spill , gulf coast oil spill seafloor , Gulf disaster , gulf of mexico oil spill , Gulf oil spill , lost gulf coast oil , missing bp oil , missing gulf coast oil

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BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill will not exceed $13.7 billion

January 19, 2015 by  
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A federal judge determined this week that BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, saying that the oil spill was not as extensive as United States officials claimed. This penalty is several billion dollars less than environmental activists were hoping for. Missing Attachment Missing Attachment Read the rest of BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill will not exceed $13.7 billion Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2010 BP oil spill , BP , BP fine , BP oil , BP oil cleanup , bp oil spill , british petroleum , Carl Barbier , clean water act , deepwater horizon , determination , fines , gulf of mexico , gulf of mexico oil spill , judge , magistrate , oil spill , penalties

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8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms

August 29, 2013 by  
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Thursday July 29, 2013 marks the eighth anniversary of the day Hurricane Katrina’s ripped into Louisiana, devastating the Gulf Coast and killing over 1,800 people. Nearly a decade later, as residents and ecosystems struggle to regain balance, the world turns their attention towards New Orleans. The city not only stands as a symbol of resilience, but as an example of the state of American disaster relief policy and a harbinger of the effects of climate change . Read the rest of 8 Years After Katrina Strikes, the Gulf Coast Shores up for Future Storms Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: (FEMA) , algae biofuel , anniversary , bp oil spill , carbon sequestration , climate action committee louisiana , coastline destruction , common ground relief , ecosystem restoration council , governor bobby jindal , gulf coast , Hurrican Katrina , initial comprehensive plan , jane sabiston , louisiana , louisiana flood board , lower ninth ward , New Orleans , oyster shells , solar panel , superdome , the proceedings of the national academy of sciences , times-picayune        

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Federal Government Claims BP Chose Money Over Safety in First Day of BP Oil Spill Trial

February 25, 2013 by  
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This morning the Federal Government kicked off the first day of the BP oil spill trial by stating that the disaster, which caused millions of gallons of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, was caused by the company putting profits before safety. Justice Department attorney Mike Underhill went on to accuse BP of cultivating a “culture of corporate recklessness.” The trial will further investigate the rig that caused the catastrophic spill to decide how many billions of dollars BP will have to pony up for the incident. Read the rest of Federal Government Claims BP Chose Money Over Safety in First Day of BP Oil Spill Trial Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , BP oil trial , deepwater horizon , eco design , green design , halliburton , Mike Underhill , sustainable design , Transocean

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Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London

February 25, 2013 by  
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Australian pilot Jeremy Rowsell is set to break new boundaries for alternative energy by flying from Australia to Britain in an airplane powered entirely by plastic waste. Rowsell’s “ Wings of Waste ” Cessna plane will fly from Sydney to London via Asia, the Middle East, and Europe using fuel refined from “end-of-life” materials such as plastic bags and other refuse that would otherwise wind up in landfills. Read the rest of Plastic Waste-Powered Airplane to Fly 10,500 Miles from Sydney to London Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aviation fuel , Cessna , hydrocarbons , jeremy rowsell , landfill , pacific garbage patch , plastic bags , plastic recycling , pyrolysis , solar impulse

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BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized

January 30, 2013 by  
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A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty for manslaughter and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster . The oil giant could end up paying billions more for the environmental destruction that followed the 2010 catastrophe , which caused more than 200 million gallons of crude oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico causing massive harm to marine animals, birds and sea life while and polluting the shorelines of several states. Read the rest of BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , BP oil spill penalty , deepwater horizon oil spill , environmental destruction , Gulf Coast oil pollution , gulf of mexico disaster , national fish and wildlife foundation , offshore oil drilling , oil drilling , oil pollution , oil spill , U.S. Justice Department oil spill , U.S. National Academy of Sciences

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Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Spill and Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines

January 3, 2013 by  
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The US Department of Justice announced today that Swiss company Transocean Ltd, the owner of the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and sank in 2010, has agreed to pay $1.4 billion for the oil spill that spewed millions of gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico . Under the settlement, the company will plead guilty to violating the Clean Water Act, and it will agree to pay $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal fines. The announcement comes just six weeks after BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion in damages for the massive oil spill. Read the rest of Transocean Pleads Guilty to Gulf Oil Spill and Agrees to Pay $1.4 Billion in Fines Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP , bp oil spill , deepwater horizon , Department of Justice , DoJ , environmental destruction , gulf of mexico , Gulf oil spill , gusher , oil spill , Transocean

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