Keystone Pipeline leaks 383,000 gallons of crude oil, renewing debate on its expansion

November 1, 2019 by  
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About 383,000 gallons (1.4 million liters) of oil has leaked out into the environment from the controversial Keystone Pipeline system. It is the second significant Keystone Pipeline leak in the past two years along the line that transports Canadian tar sands oil 2,600 miles from Canada then southward into the United States. This particular oil leak occurred with the Keystone 1 Pipeline that runs in the northeast region of North Dakota. Once the leak was discovered, crews of the Alberta-based company TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, shut down the leak to investigate the cause. “Our emergency response team contained the impacted area and oil has not migrated beyond the immediately affected area,” the company said in a statement . Related: Largest nature reserve in Niger threatened by oil development The volume of oil released from this recent spill measured approximately 9,120 barrels, which is roughly half the size of an Olympic-sized swimming pool. No sources of drinking water were affected by the leak, according to North Dakota regulators. The spill affected about 2,500 square yards of land, and its occurrence is once again sparking heated debate about pipeline expansion plans. There has long been debate over the expansion of the Keystone system, particularly from American environmental and indigenous groups. Environmentalists, for instance, have argued against the extraction of crude oil from oil sands. Compared to traditional oil, tar sands oil is more acidic, more corrosive, much thicker and stickier, thereby complicating cleanup efforts should a spill or leak ever occur. Plus, the thicker consistency means this type of oil will have to be combined with other hazardous materials to permit it to be transported via the pipelines, again elevating associated risks. Naturally, these increased risks incited objections from those concerned about environmental impacts should a spill or leak happen, because the pipeline cuts across Native American lands as well as important underground deposits of freshwater. This recent leak in North Dakota was not part of the Keystone XL extension project, which, incidentally, is not yet fully operational. Via Seattle Times Image via Shannon Patrick

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Largest nature reserve in Niger threatened by oil development

August 5, 2019 by  
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One of the largest nature reserves on continental Africa may soon be destroyed by the China National Petroleum Corporation in the name of oil exploration and economic development. Just seven years after its establishment, and only months after finally becoming operationally managed, Termit and Tin Toumma National Nature Reserve could be reduced in size by half. The Niger government announced plans to remove over 17,000 square miles from what was originally a 38,600-square-mile park. The park is known for containing part of the Sahara desert and low mountain ranges. The specific area of the park that will be converted into oil operations is the most important section in terms of threatened biodiversity. It is home to the critically endangered addax (a type of antelope) and the dama gazelle. There are only an estimated 100 addax remaining, but they continue to be hunted for their meat. Now, the oil development project could shrink their habitat and decimate the addax’s main source of water. The China National Petroleum Corporation is one of the largest oil companies in the world. In exchange for a much-needed $5 billion investment in Niger, the Chinese have exploration rights and permission to build a pipeline that carries 20,000 barrels of oil out of the country every day. Paradoxically, China will be hosting the U.N. Convention on Biological Diversity in 2020, yet government officials and oil executives seem unbothered by this localized biodiversity issue in the Sahara. The government has proposed to add land to the park along a different border. According to Sébastien Pinchon, a member of the nonprofit that manages the park on behalf of the Niger government, that new area “has little ecological value.” Via Mongabay Image via Shankar S.

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Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years

December 5, 2014 by  
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The Niger Delta has seen oil spills before, with leaky oil pipes being a regular event. However, local fisherman were shocked at the scale of the latest spill from Shell’s facility  at Bonny Island in Nigeria, which has poured into the delta’s swamps and nearby ocean. According to an investigation launched by Shell and the local government, oil equivalent to 3,800 barrels has been released, ranking it as the worst spill  in Nigeria for years. Read the rest of Huge Shell oil spill in Niger Delta is largest in six years Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , ecological damage , environmental disasters , fossil fuel , fossil fuels , Niger Delta oil , nigeria , oil , oil spills , Shell

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Conservation Group Reports That West African Lions Are on the Verge of Extinction

January 10, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock When you think of the iconic animals of Africa, the lion is probably on the top of your list. Sadly, according to report by conservation group LionAid , a total of just 640 lions remain in all of western and central Africa. Already extinct in 25 African nations and disappearing in 10 others, the catastrophic decline in lion populations can be attributed to high levels of poverty, an undeveloped wildlife tourism industry, and a lack of political interest in conservation. Countries such as Nigeria have as few as 34 individuals left, making it virtually impossible to rebuild a population from such a small number. Researchers from Duke University have noted that a full three-quarters of savannah habitat has disappeared in the last fifty years, estimating that only 32,000 lions remain on continent. LionAid says they believe that the number is probably in fact far lower. Read the rest of Conservation Group Reports That West African Lions Are on the Verge of Extinction Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Africa , asiatic lions , burkina , cameroon , central africa , central african republic , chad , Duke University , endangered species act , lion , lionaid , niger , nigeria , US Fish and Wildlife Service , West Africa

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The iPotty Uses iPad to Entertain Tots While Potty Training

January 10, 2013 by  
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New York-based CTA digital featured their latest product for children, the iPotty at CES 2013 in this BBC video . Armed with a built-in removable stand for an iPad, the iPotty is to help entertain children while they learn to potty train. Whether you think this would be a great help to keep a tot still for potty-training or think it’s ridiculous that technology is involved with bathroom business, we want to hear your thoughts. Tell us what you think after the jump ! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: aap , american adacemy of pediatrics , CES 2013 , children and technology , cta digital , iPad , ipotty , New York. , parenting , potty training

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Shell Oil Spill Off the Nigerian Coast is the Worst Spill Since 1998

December 23, 2011 by  
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The coast of Nigeria near the city of Lagos has just experienced its worst oil spil l in more than a decade, thanks to Shell Oil . Around 40,000 barrels of crude were spilled into the Delta at Bonga Field . This spill , which occurred Wednesday, is on par with the epic ExxonMobil oil spill that occurred in 1998. Read the rest of Shell Oil Spill Off the Nigerian Coast is the Worst Spill Since 1998 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bonga field , Lagos , niger delta , nigeria , Oil SPill Shell oil spill

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To Fight Oil Spills, An Open-Source Swarm of Robotic Sailboats (Video)

October 20, 2011 by  
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Ask anyone who lives in the Gulf or the Niger Delta: oil spills are very nasty, and they don’t clean themselves up. Chemical dispersants can make spills worse . And deploying hundreds of people in boats to run the clean-up presents a host of health hazards. After the BP disaster last year, those challenges led Cesar Harada, a design-and-technology polymath, to another solution: swarms of autonomous sailboat drones armed with sensors, trawling the water for oil. If their designs were open-source, anyone from Nigeria to Louisiana could adopt them… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Powerful Sweet Crude Film Documents Protests Against Oil Extraction in the Niger Delta (Video)

March 7, 2011 by  
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Image via YouTube video The first ever San Francisco Green Film Festival launched this weekend and with an impressive line-up of environmental documentaries, not the least of which was a powerful film called Sweet Crude . It is the story of the oil industry’s presence on Nigeria’s Niger Delta, but more importantly, the movement against the oil companies that have shaped the lives of citizens. …

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Andy Revkin Interviews Alex Steffen About New Worldchanging Book

March 7, 2011 by  
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Andy Revkin talks to Alex Steffen about the new Worldchanging book, describing it as “the printed equivalent of a long hallway of marked doors, each giving an appealing glimpse of an issue — “density done right,” “ending violence,” “reinventing the workplace” — that is the equivalent of a trailer for a movie that’s still in production.” He discusses the recent closing of the Worldchanging website, the future of…

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