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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Green-roofed underground garage is shaped like dunes to fight flooding

July 5, 2016 by  
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Set between a dyke and a major city boulevard, the Underground Parking Garage has an elongated 500-meter-long form that runs parallel to the beach and houses 663 parking spots. The architects collaborated with OKRA landscape architects to top the structure with a planting palette congruous with a natural dune landscape . Materials and colors were carefully chosen to better integrate the garage into the landscape and the city’s urban fabric. Related: Gorgeous dune-inspired home uses bio-fuel to minimize its carbon footprint “The underground parking is groundbreaking, not only because it is an exceptional building, but it also illustrates how the Netherlands have to be innovative in its approach when it comes to protecting our coastline for the future,” said Royal Institute of Dutch Architects jury chairman Hanneke Groenteman. Colorful and artistic signage guides drivers through the parking space and leads pedestrians to the outdoors through doorways located aboveground. + Royal HaskoningDHV Via Dezeen

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Ocean Cleanup Array to be tested in the North Sea next year

December 31, 2015 by  
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The inaugural test of the Ocean Cleanup Array is finally nigh. A trash-collecting dam that allows the ocean’s currents to bring surrounding debris to one central point, the OCA is slated begin its work in the second quarter of 2016 in the North Sea, just a few miles from the coast of the Netherlands and the company’s headquarters in Delft. The team behind the design will study the results of the test before giving the green light for the system’s debut in the waters between Japan and South Korea later in 2016. Read the rest of Ocean Cleanup Array to be tested in the North Sea next year

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Overfishing Leaves North Sea With Just 100 Adult Cod; European Think Tank Proposes Five Year Fishing Ban

September 17, 2012 by  
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The issues of overfishing and rapidly decreasing fish stocks have raised alarm for many years, but now it looks like things have reached a tipping point in the North Sea . According to a new survey conducted at European ports, the North Sea may only have around 100 adult cod left – and this could spell a bleak future for the fish as their low life expectancy means a lower birth rate and a faster decline. Simultaneously, the New Economics Foundation (NEF) think tank has proposed freezing fishing in Europe that that all stocks can return to sustainable levels within five years. Read the rest of Overfishing Leaves North Sea With Just 100 Adult Cod; European Think Tank Proposes Five Year Fishing Ban Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: cefra , cod , commercial fishing , DEFRA , Europe , fish stocks , fishing ban , NEF , north sea , overfishing , trawler , UK

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Elgin Gas Leak In Scotland’s North Sea is Finally Stopped After Nearly Two Months

May 16, 2012 by  
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The French energy giant Total announced today that it has finally stopped the natural gas leak at its Elgin platform in the North Sea, 150 miles off the coast of Scotland. The Elgin leak, which started March 25, released gas at a rate of 7 million cubic feet a day at its peak and led to an evacuation of its workers amid fears of an explosion . The leak has cost the company $3 million a day and could deny the United Kingdom as much as six percent of its natural gas supplies this summer. Read the rest of Elgin Gas Leak In Scotland’s North Sea is Finally Stopped After Nearly Two Months Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: elgin leak , Elgin platform , Gas Leak , natural gas leak , north sea , north sea gas field , oil and gas , total , total gas , united kingdom

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Gorgeous Historic Church Transformed into Modern Residence near Adelaide, Australia

May 16, 2012 by  
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