Kickstart the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit and You Could Catch Oil Polluters Right in Your Backyard

October 7, 2014 by  
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Have you ever wondered what kind of pollutants could be leaking into your backyard? Public Lab recently unveiled a DIY open source kit that lets you identify oil pollution by type and where it might be coming from. Designed to empower residents and impede major polluters from shirking responsibility, the Homebrew Oil Testing Kit uses an open source spectrometer and ultraviolet laser to match suspected samples with known samples of crude oil, motor oil, heating oil, or other petroleum-based contaminants. Can’t wait to get your hands on one of your own? Support Public Lab’s Kickstarter today to secure your spot on their Beta Testing Program. + The Homebrew Oil Testing Kit Kickstarter 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: DIY , homebrew oil testing kit , kickstarter , oil polluters , oil pollution identification , open source , Public Lab , reader submitted content , spectrometer , ultraviolet laser

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Yusuke Asai Paints Sprawling Earth Art Murals From Texan Soil

October 7, 2014 by  
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BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized

January 30, 2013 by  
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A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty for manslaughter and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster . The oil giant could end up paying billions more for the environmental destruction that followed the 2010 catastrophe , which caused more than 200 million gallons of crude oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico causing massive harm to marine animals, birds and sea life while and polluting the shorelines of several states. Read the rest of BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , BP oil spill penalty , deepwater horizon oil spill , environmental destruction , Gulf Coast oil pollution , gulf of mexico disaster , national fish and wildlife foundation , offshore oil drilling , oil drilling , oil pollution , oil spill , U.S. Justice Department oil spill , U.S. National Academy of Sciences

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BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized

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A federal judge has approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty for manslaughter and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for its role in the Deepwater Horizon disaster . The oil giant could end up paying billions more for the environmental destruction that followed the 2010 catastrophe , which caused more than 200 million gallons of crude oil to spew into the Gulf of Mexico causing massive harm to marine animals, birds and sea life while and polluting the shorelines of several states. Read the rest of BP to Pay $4 Billion, Plead Guilty to Manslaughter as Deepwater Horizon Settlement is Finalized Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bp oil spill , BP oil spill penalty , deepwater horizon oil spill , environmental destruction , Gulf Coast oil pollution , gulf of mexico disaster , national fish and wildlife foundation , offshore oil drilling , oil drilling , oil pollution , oil spill , U.S. Justice Department oil spill , U.S. National Academy of Sciences

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Haus am Steinberg is a Charming Wedge-Shaped Addition to a Historic Wine Cellar in Austria

January 30, 2013 by  
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House H: Y Beams, Hanging Floors and Irregular Cutouts Transform a Tiny Japanese Home

January 30, 2013 by  
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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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Buenos Aires’ Newly Opened ‘Picnic’ Is the City’s First Vegan Fast Food Restaurant

May 2, 2012 by  
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Scientists Pay Equivalent of $76.3 Million per Barrel for Macondo Oil Well Samples

March 9, 2012 by  
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Scientists studying the environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster are perhaps paying the heftiest price around for oil — Nola.com reports that they are forking over the equivalent of $76.3 million per barrel for samples of oil from the Macondo Well, obtained by Federal entity The National Institute of Standards Technology . (At least that money isn’t lining B.P.’s pockets.) The samples, known as Standard Reference Material (SRM) 2779, consist of five 1.2 ml ampoules, and they will provide vital assistance to scientists researching the long-term impact of the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. Read the rest of Scientists Pay Equivalent of $76.3 Million per Barrel for Macondo Oil Well Samples Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP oil , clean water act , deepwater horizon , environemntal research , environmental destruction , macondo well , national institutes of standards and technology , oil pollution , oil slick , oil spill , oill pollution act , science oil , scientific research , standard reference material

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Chevron Files Suit Against Ecuadorian Court for $18 Billion Oil Pollution Case

January 2, 2012 by  
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The fight between the native people of northern Ecuador and the oil giant Chevron over the Lago Agrio oil field has taken an unexpected turn as Chevron just filed suit against the ruling judge and plaintiff’s lawyers for fraud and corruption. In 1967 the American oil company Texaco began to drill when they found vast oil reserves hidden beneath the Amazon’s floor in northern Ecuador, and decades later the people of Ecuador sued the crude oil giant for alleged pollution of the area. The lawsuit started in 1993, and after 18 years of battling in courts in the United States and Ecuador (and after Texaco was consumed by Chevron ) the people of Ecuador were awarded $18 billion in restitution for the harm done to their health and their native land. Not content to foot the bill, Chevron has called the ruling illegitimate stating that they’ll do everything in their power to avoid paying for a crime they say they didn’t commit. Read the rest of Chevron Files Suit Against Ecuadorian Court for $18 Billion Oil Pollution Case Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: case , Chevron , ecuador , ecuador oil , ecuadorian oil field , lago agrio , lago agrio case , lago agrio lawsuit , lawsuit , oil field , oil in ecuador , oil pit , oil pollution , oil pollution case , oil production , tar pit , texaco

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