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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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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Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears

May 4, 2012 by  
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Common Seahorse Image from Shutterstock The dwarf seahorse , native to shallow seagrass along the Gulf of Mexico, Florida Keys and areas of the Caribbean, looks set to placed on the endangered species list , in part due to the destruction of its natural habitat. The National Marine Fisheries Service has issued a report backing a petition filed two years ago by the Center for Biological Diversity , which claims that the diminutive seahorse, the smallest in US waters, could soon become extinct due to a range of threats, from illegal fishing to bycatch mortality and habitat loss, the latter of which has accelerated with frequent oil spills (including the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster ). Read the rest of Smallest Seahorse in the US Set to Be Listed as Endangered as its Coastal Habitat Disappears Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: center for biological diversity , coastal erosion , dwarf seahorse , endangered species , florida keys , gulf oil , habitat loss , national marine fisheries service , oil industry , oil leaks , pygmy seahorse , seagrass canopies , threatened species , water pollution , wetlands destruction , wetlands loss , wetlands restoration

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TransCanada to Move Ahead with Southern Section of Keystone XL Pipeline

February 27, 2012 by  
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Undeterred by Obama’s rejection of permit applications for the Keystone XL pipeline earlier this month, TransCanada have announced that they will move forward with the southern section of the controversial project. The Canadian firm is to start work on the $2.3 billion dollar, “Cushing MarketLink” phase of the pipeline, which would run from Cushing, OK, to the Gulf Coast refinery town of Port Arthur, TX. TransCanada will meanwhile refile permit applications to construct a second pipeline from the ecologically devastating Alberta Tar Sands across the U.S. border to Steele City, Nebraska. Read the rest of TransCanada to Move Ahead with Southern Section of Keystone XL Pipeline Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: alberta tar sands , Bill McKibben , bitumen soil , cushing marketlink , cushing oklahoma , dilbit pollution , environmental destruction , keystone xl , obama keystone , oil leaks , oil sands , port arthur , southern extension keystone , transcanada oil

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