Crude oil spill off Newfoundland coast deemed impossible to clean up

November 27, 2018 by  
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The SeaRose FPSO — a floating production, storage and offloading vessel in the White Rose oil and gas field near Newfoundland’s coast — spilled an estimated 66,000 gallons (250,000 liters) of crude earlier this month, making it the largest oil spill in the province’s maritime history. To make matters worse, according to Canadian provincial regulators, the huge spill cannot be cleaned up. The operator responsible for the incident is Husky Energy, and the spill happened when the vessel “experienced a loss of pressure” in an oil flowline. Husky Energy had halted production the day before due to bad weather , and the spill occurred when the company was preparing to restart production. Related: This magnetic wand cleans up oil spills in a snap Three days after the spill, the regulators reportedly did not see any signs of an oil sheen on the water . According to Scott Tessier, chief executive of The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB), the absence of a sheen means the oil has broken down so much that it has become impossible to clean up. EcoWatch reported that Husky Energy has shut-in and secured all of its wells , and the company has also halted production and drilling operations. C-NLOPB, which is the federal agency that regulates petroleum production, has launched a formal investigation into the spill, and will release its findings once they are available. The board noted that this recent spill shows that we cannot underestimate the risks in offshore oil activity. It also said that it had deployed four surveillance flights and an offshore support vessel to assess the extent of the spill and look for effects on wildlife . At the time of writing, 14 seabirds have been impacted by the spill. Via EcoWatch , The Canadian Press and The Guardian Image via Catmoz

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Canadian officials confirm largest earthquake caused by fracking

December 22, 2015 by  
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When a 4.6 magnitude earthquake struck British Columbia on 17 August, 2015, many were suspicious the event had something to do with a nearby fracking site operated by Progress Energy Canada. Now, the BC Oil and Gas Commission has released a report definitively linking the quake to the underground injection of hydraulic fracturing fluids, making it the strongest known earthquake caused by fracking. Read the rest of Canadian officials confirm largest earthquake caused by fracking

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Construction Begins on the UK’s Greenest Bus Depot

December 9, 2013 by  
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Work has commenced on the new eco-friendly bus facility in Glasgow . The new facility will provide enough space for up to 450 buses and more than 1,200 employees, making it the largest bus depot in the UK. The new facility aims at also being one of the greenest depots of its kind with various renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency measures being integrated such as photovoltaics on the roof of the depot. The solar panels will generate between 175,000 and 185,000 kilowatts per hour of electricity a year—enough to power around 40 houses per year. In addition, rainwater harvesting will be introduced so that roof water can be used in the bus wash, saving an estimated 2.2 million liters of water per year. Other initiatives include low-energy lighting, and the fitting of new fuel tanks with intelligent monitoring, which will allow instantaneous readings of all fluids and will automatically re-order supplies. The system orders automatically to avoid overfilling and reduce environmental risks and can also detect any water contamination. Construction is due to be complete in October 2014 with the site fully operational in November next year. Via Sustainable Glasgow The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: building management system , bus depot , glasgow bus , green bus depot , uk bus , UK bus depot        

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Castle Square’s LEED Platinum Renovation Is the US’ Largest Deep Energy Retrofit

December 17, 2012 by  
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Originally built in the 1960s, Castle Square was recently retrofitted into an 192-unit affordable apartment building, making it the US’ largest LEED Platinum building to receive a Deep Energy Retrofit . The building was transformed with a new R-40 super insulated shell that increased the insulation value of the building by a factor of ten. High efficiency cooling and heating equipment, LED and CFL lighting, Energy Star appliances, and solar hot water were also installed to reduce the carbon footprint of the structure. The result is a healthy new building with an an anticipated 72% reduction in energy usage. + Castle Square The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “leed” , castle deep energy , castle square , deep energy retrofit , LEED Buildings , leed platinum buildings , usgbc

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Chartana’s Cubox Table is Built from Salvaged Crates and Rolled Up Newspaper

December 17, 2012 by  
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Designed by Chartana, the Cubox table is a distinctive piece of upcycled furniture. The main structure of the Cubox is crafted from wood salvaged from fruit crates, while the 4 sides are formed from rolled-up newspaper. The playful furniture piece can be used as a side table, container, seating or even as part of a larger modular system. + Chartana The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chartana table , crate reuse , newspaper , recycled crate , recycled furniture , Recycled Materials , repurposed materials , salvaged materials , upcycled furniture

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Earth Day Round Up: A Billion Acts of Green | Ethical Consumption

April 22, 2011 by  
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Google Earth Day 2011 Doodle This movement prompted the passage of groundbreaking laws such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. According to The Earth Day Network more than 1 billion people participate annually in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civic observance in the world. The Earth Day Network works with over 22,000 partners in 192 countries to spread its green message

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New Jersey Bill Proposes To Ban Fracking – Would Be First State To Do So

March 18, 2011 by  
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Some good news/bad news or at least good news/interesting news on fracking , good news first: As TruthOut reports, New Jersey legislators have put forth a bill that would ban fracking in the state, making it the first state in the nation to do so. So far the bill has been approved the New Jersey Senate Environment Committee. Let’s see how far it goes..

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Rotating Solar Home Generates Five Times the Energy It Uses

August 20, 2010 by  
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The Heliotrope solar-powered home created by German architect Rolf Disch rotates to follow the sun’s rays.  The design generates enough energy to fully power the home and feeds surplus energy to the grid, making it the world’s first energy positive solar home capable of producing five times the energy it uses. The cylindrical-shaped Heliotrope has a series of balconies covered with vacuum-solar thermal collectors and features one large 6.6 kW roof solar panel called the Sun Sail that pivots (in addition to the house’s rotation) to match the angle of the sun.  The pivoting motion allows the Sun Sail to produce about 30 to 40 percent more energy than a static solar panel

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