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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BP oil platform in the North Sea leaks and there are no plans to clean it up

October 4, 2016 by  
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There’s more odious news from BP  this week: oil has leaked in the North Sea . About 95 metric tons, or almost 105 US tons, of oil leaked from BP’s Clair platform ” west of the Shetland Islands .” BP plans to allow the oil to “disperse naturally,” but The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) Scotland is concerned about the environmental damage the unchecked spill could cause. On Sunday around 10 AM, “oil in water” leaked from the Clair platform into the sea after a “technical issue” with a system that separates “mixed production fluids” of oil, water, and gas, according to BP. They say they halted the leak “within an hour once the issue had been identified” and took the field offline. Related: BP gives top executives a 20% salary hike despite 7,000 recent layoffs Oil Spill Response Limited ; the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy ; and BP “oil spill and environmental experts” worked together to determine the best way to handle the leak, according to the company. In a statement, BP said, “At present, it is considered that the most appropriate response is to allow the oil to disperse naturally at sea, but contingencies for other action are being prepared.” Meanwhile, a RSPB Scotland spokesperson told The Guardian many “sensitive seabird species” could be at risk as they disperse from breeding colonies in Norway and the Shetland Islands out to the Atlantic Ocean. The spokesperson said, “We need to know from BP and the maritime agencies exactly what type of oil has been spilled, if it is breaking up in the water column, and what the statutory conservation agencies are advising. It is critical that there is a full and open report of what has happened, with assurances that the situation will be monitored, and details of seabird concentrations in the vicinity revealed as soon as possible.” BP said in their statement that through surveillance flights and “oil spill modeling,” they think the oil is moving north away from the land, and a recent flight revealed oil is already dispersing. Via The Guardian Images via Wikimedia Commons and BP Facebook

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BP gives top executive a 20% salary hike despite 7,000 recent layoffs

March 4, 2016 by  
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BP ’s chief executive Bob Dudley made a whopping $19.6 million last year , despite the company’s record losses during the same time period. The oil giant also laid off some 7,000 workers last year, prompting the High Pay Center to accuse BP of losing “contact with reality.” Dudley’s 2015 salary represents a 20-percent increase in total compensation over the previous year’s figures, and the company is defending the hike tooth-and-nail in a way that suggests reality is indeed a foreign concept. Read the rest of BP gives top executive a 20% salary hike despite 7,000 recent layoffs

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Scientists Pay Equivalent of $76.3 Million per Barrel for Macondo Oil Well Samples

March 9, 2012 by  
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Scientists studying the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster are perhaps paying the heftiest price around for oil — Nola.com reports that they are forking over the equivalent of $76.3 million per barrel for samples of oil from the Macondo Well, obtained by Federal entity The National Institute of Standards Technology . (At least that money isn’t lining B.P.’s pockets.) The samples, known as Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2779, consist of five 1.2 ml ampoules, and they will provide vital assistance to scientists researching the long-term impact of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest of Scientists Pay Equivalent of $76.3 Million per Barrel for Macondo Oil Well Samples Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP oil , clean water act , deepwater horizon , environemntal research , environmental destruction , macondo well , national institutes of standards and technology , oil pollution , oil slick , oil spill , oill pollution act , science oil , scientific research , standard reference material

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‘Mired in the Bayou’ Reveals the Human Face of the BP Oil Spill

October 8, 2010 by  
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We’ve all seen the images of the exploded Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the depressing images of oil-covered birds and wildlife littered on the coast , but how many of us really grasp the full impact of the BP oil spill disaster on the individuals living on the Gulf Coast?

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