The Keystone Pipeline leak was nearly twice as big as we thought

April 9, 2018 by  
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New reports show that nearly twice as much crude oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last November than originally estimated. TransCanada spokesperson Robynn Tysver said that roughly 9,700 barrels of oil leaked instead of the estimated 5,000 barrels. This new information means the leak is among the biggest onshore spills in the United States since 2010. There are 42 gallons in one barrel of oil, so instead of 210,000 gallons as was originally estimated, around 407,700 gallons leaked in what TransCanada refers to as the Amherst incident . This means the spill was the “seventh largest onshore oil or petroleum product spills” reported to the United States Department of Transportation since 2010, according to Aberdeen American News. Related: Keystone 1 oil pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons days ahead of Keystone XL permit decision TransCanada started utilizing the pipeline again 12 days following the leak. Tysver told American News, “The remediation work on the property has been completed. We have replaced the last of the topsoil and have seeded the impacted area.” The Amherst incident cost the company around $9.57 million, according to the news publication, citing an updated pipeline safety administration report. TransCanada said on their website they sampled groundwater at 12 monitoring wells and there “was no impact to groundwater.” The Keystone Pipeline connects oil fields in Alberta, Canada to refineries in the United States; Reuters described it as a 590,000 barrel-per-day pipeline. Aberdeen American News said according to a preliminary report, the pipe may have been damaged in 2008, during construction. Reuters said they had reviewed documents revealing Keystone has leaked far more oil, and more frequently, “than the company indicated to regulators in risk assessments” before operations started in 2010. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration , part of the Department of Transportation, could release the final report on the leak in the upcoming few weeks. Via Aberdeen News and Reuters Images via TransCanada

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New reports show that nearly twice as much crude oil leaked from the Keystone Pipeline in South Dakota last November than originally estimated. TransCanada spokesperson Robynn Tysver said that roughly 9,700 barrels of oil leaked instead of the estimated 5,000 barrels. This new information means the leak is among the biggest onshore spills in the United States since 2010. There are 42 gallons in one barrel of oil, so instead of 210,000 gallons as was originally estimated, around 407,700 gallons leaked in what TransCanada refers to as the Amherst incident . This means the spill was the “seventh largest onshore oil or petroleum product spills” reported to the United States Department of Transportation since 2010, according to Aberdeen American News. Related: Keystone 1 oil pipeline leaks 210,000 gallons days ahead of Keystone XL permit decision TransCanada started utilizing the pipeline again 12 days following the leak. Tysver told American News, “The remediation work on the property has been completed. We have replaced the last of the topsoil and have seeded the impacted area.” The Amherst incident cost the company around $9.57 million, according to the news publication, citing an updated pipeline safety administration report. TransCanada said on their website they sampled groundwater at 12 monitoring wells and there “was no impact to groundwater.” The Keystone Pipeline connects oil fields in Alberta, Canada to refineries in the United States; Reuters described it as a 590,000 barrel-per-day pipeline. Aberdeen American News said according to a preliminary report, the pipe may have been damaged in 2008, during construction. Reuters said they had reviewed documents revealing Keystone has leaked far more oil, and more frequently, “than the company indicated to regulators in risk assessments” before operations started in 2010. The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration , part of the Department of Transportation, could release the final report on the leak in the upcoming few weeks. Via Aberdeen News and Reuters Images via TransCanada

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Elon Musk warns AI could become an immortal’ digital dictator

April 9, 2018 by  
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As if the world didn’t have enough dictators to worry about, Elon Musk  says that our future authoritarian leaders will be AI. Musk has previously warned about the dangers of artificial intelligence , particularly if control of it is concentrated the hands of a power-hungry global elite. He suggests that an AI dictator would know everything about us (thanks to being connected to computers across the planet), would be more dangerous to the world than North Korea and would unleash “weapons of terror” that could lead to the next world war. To top it all off, unlike human dictators, an AI dictator would never die. According to Musk, this dark future awaits us if we don’t regulate AI. “The least scary future I can think of is one where we have at least democratized AI because if one company or small group of people manages to develop godlike digital superintelligence, they could take over the world,” Musk said in the new documentary  Do You Trust This Computer ? “At least when there’s an evil dictator, that human is going to die. But for an AI, there would be no death. It would live forever. And then you’d have an immortal dictator from which we can never escape.” The documentary in which Musk is quoted focuses on several potentially hazardous applications of artificial intelligence, including the stock market, fake news algorithms, and autonomous weapons. In the film, Musk cites Google ‘s DeepMind project as an example of a powerful company in pursuit of superintelligence, or AI that is truly smarter than a human being. DeepMind has already achieved several milestones, including the 2016 defeat of world champion Lee Se-dol by AlphaGo in the board game Go. “The DeepMind system can win at any game ,” explained Musk. “It can already beat all the original Atari games. It is super human; it plays all the games at super speed in less than a minute.” Related: Elon Musk says trips to Mars coming as soon as next year Musk clarifies that this is not necessarily a question of good or evil, at least regarding the AI itself. “If AI has a goal and humanity just happens to be in the way, it will destroy humanity as a matter of course without even thinking about it. No hard feelings,” Musk said. “It’s just like, if we’re building a road and an anthill just happens to be in the way, we don’t hate ants , we’re just building a road, and so, goodbye anthill.” Musk suggests that humans ultimately incorporate artificial intelligence into their very being to avoid becoming redundant. Putting his money where his mouth is, Musk is the co-founder of Neuralink that is reportedly interested in accomplishing Musk’s goal of merging the human brain to a computer. Via CNBC Images via  Steve Jurvetson/Flickr   WebSummit/Flickr and Depositphotos

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Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill

July 15, 2013 by  
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Photo via Shutterstock After an investigation into the rupture of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline that caused around 290,000 gallons of oil to leak into the small Arkansas town of Mayflower in March, the oil giant has issued a statement that cites a decades-old manufacturing defect as the cause of the environmental disaster. While this suggests that it was not corrosion from Tar Sands oil that caused the rupture, it does raise concerns as to the integrity of the pipeline, which runs from Illinois to Texas. Read the rest of Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: arkansas , arkansas oil , clean water act , environmental diaster , Exxon , exxon disaster , exxon mobil , exxon pipeline , mayflower , mayflower oil , oil , oil leak , oil pollution , oil spill , pegasus , pegasus pipeline , pipeline rupture , tar sands        

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Bazz the Beekeeper’s Dog Sniffs Out Bee Disease in an Adorable Custom Suit

July 15, 2013 by  
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A black labrador named Bazz has joined the global ranks of beekeepers who are fighting to save the world’s pollinators – and he even has an adorable custom suit to protect him on the job. Like Boneco the donkey in Brazil, Bazz does important but dangerous work: his owner, Josh Kennett from Australia, trained him to sniff out American foulbrood disease, an incurable disease that can decimate bee populations if it isn’t detected early. Read the rest of Bazz the Beekeeper’s Dog Sniffs Out Bee Disease in an Adorable Custom Suit Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: agriculture , American foulbrood disease , Animals , Bazz the Beekeeper’s dog , beekeeper’s dog , beekeepers , bees , Environment , News , pollinators , sniffer dog detects bee disease        

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Exxon Mobil Pipeline Leaks 80,000 gallons of Crude Oil in Rural Louisiana

May 2, 2012 by  
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Oil Pipeline Image from Shutterstock An Exxon Mobil pipeline serving the nation’s third-largest refinery ‘failed’ over the weekend, spilling 80,000 gallons (1,900 barrels) of crude oil into land in near Torbert, in rural Pointe Coupee Parish in Louisiana. The discovery was made after Exxon Mobil workers closed the 22-inch, 160,000 barrel per day pipeline following a reported loss of pressure. As Exxon Mobil places “focus on clean up of the spill,” the U.S. Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) is monitoring the pipeline and Exxon’s efforts to repair and reopen the artery. This most recent spill has drawn attention back to Exxon Mobil’s rocky record regarding pipeline safety in a state that has tens of thousands of miles of pipeline , including around 3,450 miles of pipeline transporting crude oil. Read the rest of Exxon Mobil Pipeline Leaks 80,000 gallons of Crude Oil in Rural Louisiana Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: crude oil , exxon mobil , gulf coast oil , gulf of mexico oil , gulf restoration network , louisiana environment , louisiana oil , national wildlife federation , Oil environment , oil industry , oil leak , oil pipeline , oil pollution , oil spill , pipeline and hazardous materials , pointe coupee parish , sara grossman

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11×11 is a Modern Wood-Clad Prefab in Germany

April 20, 2012 by  
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Crews Begin to Pump 500,000 Gallons of Fuel from Costa Concordia Shipwreck

February 13, 2012 by  
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Work has begun on efforts to extract over 500,000 gallons of fuel which remain on the wrecked Costa Concordia cruise liner. The ship ran aground off the Tuscan island of Giglio on January 13th in a tragedy which claimed 32 lives – rescue efforts ceased with 15 of those individuals still unaccounted for.  Salvage crews from Dutch maritime specialist, SMIT , expect to spend the next 28 days working with Italian firm Neri to pump fuel from the vessel’s 15 tanks in an effort to reduce chances of further environmental disaster and move towards removing the cruise liner from the Mediterranean Sea. Read the rest of Crews Begin to Pump 500,000 Gallons of Fuel from Costa Concordia Shipwreck Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: costa concordia , cruise liner , environmental disaster , fuel leak , hot-tapping oil , mediterranian monk seal , oil leak , oil spill , shipwreck salvage , toxic spill , tuscan archipelago national park

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128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign

February 13, 2012 by  
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Utrecht -based SEMdesign created this low-impact faceted bowl that is made entirely from cardboard so it can be easily recycled or composted at the end of its life. Named “Fruit Bowl 128 Cardboard”, this stripey bowl was made by laser-cutting and affixing 128 different pieces of recycled cardboard together. Read the rest of 128 Cardboard: A Clever Recycled Cardboard Fruit Bowl by SEMdesign Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Biodegradable , compostable , DIY , dutch design , faceted , free diy manual , fruit bowl , fruit bowls , green materials , green products , open sources design , Recyclable cardboard , recycled cardboard , recycling / compost , SEMdesign , sylvie van de loo , utrecht

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New Magnetic Soap Could Clean Up Oil Spills Quickly and Efficiently

January 24, 2012 by  
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With the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill still impacting the local environment and the recent Costa Concordia accident threatening to leak diesel off the Italian coast, there has never been a better time to research new ways of cleaning up disasters such as these. Luckily, the University of Bristol just developed a soap that responds to magnetic fields – meaning it could be used to scoop up large amounts of oil from water without leaving behind potentially harmful chemicals. Read the rest of New Magnetic Soap Could Clean Up Oil Spills Quickly and Efficiently Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: CLEAN UP MAGNET , clean up soap oil , gulf of mexico oil leak , oil clean up , oil leak , oil leak clean-up , OIL SPILLS SOAP , Professor Julian Eastoe , Sustainability Features , university of bristol , university of bristol magnetic soap

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