8,000 barrels of oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon

December 14, 2018 by  
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Approximately 8,000 barrels of crude oil have spilled into the Amazon, and the Peru State oil company Petroperu says its because local indigenous people severed the pipeline. According to a company statement , members of the Mayuriaga community in the Loreto region first damaged the pipeline and then interfered with the technicians trying to repair it. “The townspeople prevented us from securing the pipe to stop petroleum from spilling from the pipe,” said Beatriz Alva Hart, a Petroperu spokeswoman. The spill is one of the worst the region has seen in years, and it comes after the Mayuriaga community threatened to attack the pipeline in protest of recent district election results. Related: Crude oil spill off Newfoundland coast deemed impossible to clean up The pipeline transports the crude from the Peruvian Amazon oil fields to Petroperu’s refinery on the Pacific coast. And, during the past two years, local vandals have attacked it fifteen different times over issues that have nothing to do with the company. Data from OEFA, an environmental regulator, shows that the repeated attacks have caused over 20,000 barrels to spill from the critical pipeline , and over 5,000 barrels have sprung leaks thanks to corrosion or operative failures. The leader of Peru’s Wampis Nation — whose members make up the Mayuriaga community — has denied Petroperu’s accusations. Just days before the spill, the company received a handwritten letter from three individuals threatening to damage the Norperuano pipeline if the company didn’t declare recent election results invalid. They also claimed fraud and corruption in the local mayoral election. The letter’s authors identify as indigenous peoples of Morona, the district that contains the Wampis community of Mayuriaga, which sits about 500 yards from the spill site. Petroperu is not in charge of the local elections, but 20 of their employees were held hostage before the threatening letter arrived, a practice that the Mayuriaga community has been accused of in the past. Company officials have still not been able to assess the damage from the spill or do any cleanup work because the community will not allow them to enter the area safely. Via Reuters , Earther Image via Shutterstock

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Crude oil spill off Newfoundland coast deemed impossible to clean up

November 27, 2018 by  
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The SeaRose FPSO — a floating production, storage and offloading vessel in the White Rose oil and gas field near Newfoundland’s coast — spilled an estimated 66,000 gallons (250,000 liters) of crude earlier this month, making it the largest oil spill in the province’s maritime history. To make matters worse, according to Canadian provincial regulators, the huge spill cannot be cleaned up. The operator responsible for the incident is Husky Energy, and the spill happened when the vessel “experienced a loss of pressure” in an oil flowline. Husky Energy had halted production the day before due to bad weather , and the spill occurred when the company was preparing to restart production. Related: This magnetic wand cleans up oil spills in a snap Three days after the spill, the regulators reportedly did not see any signs of an oil sheen on the water . According to Scott Tessier, chief executive of The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB), the absence of a sheen means the oil has broken down so much that it has become impossible to clean up. EcoWatch reported that Husky Energy has shut-in and secured all of its wells , and the company has also halted production and drilling operations. C-NLOPB, which is the federal agency that regulates petroleum production, has launched a formal investigation into the spill, and will release its findings once they are available. The board noted that this recent spill shows that we cannot underestimate the risks in offshore oil activity. It also said that it had deployed four surveillance flights and an offshore support vessel to assess the extent of the spill and look for effects on wildlife . At the time of writing, 14 seabirds have been impacted by the spill. Via EcoWatch , The Canadian Press and The Guardian Image via Catmoz

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Time to put the flame out scented candles can cause disease and poor air quality

November 27, 2018 by  
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Candle season is in full effect as winter days quickly approach. Candles are a great accent to incorporate into home decorations and also to photograph as the little flickering flames in the jar illuminate dark evenings at home. Scented candles are nice to look at and even nicer to breathe in, but your favorite candle can cause more damage than you imagine. In the age of social media influencers and luxury brands promoting their one-of-a-kind scents, it’s no wonder why  candle sales are soaring . But there is a dark truth hidden behind the feel-good aromas and warm coziness that candles convey — disease and  pollution . The majority of manufactured candles are made from paraffin wax, which is a byproduct in the petroleum refining chain. In a sense, it’s the bottom of the barrel or the worst of the worst. When certain candles are burned, they release toluene and benzene, both of which are known carcinogens . Related: Handmade fruit candles look realistic enough to eat In a study by Southern Carolina State University , researchers compared petroleum-based and vegetable-sourced candles to determine their emissions. Researchers let candles burn for up to six hours in a small box and collected and analyzed air quality . The study concluded that candles that are paraffin-based (the most popular kind) emitted toxic chemicals such as toluene and benzene. “The paraffin candles we tested released unwanted chemicals into the air. For a person who lights a candle every day for years or just uses them frequently, inhalation of these dangerous pollutants drifting in the air could contribute to the development of health risks like cancer, common allergies and even asthma,” said Ruhullah Massoudi, a chemistry professor at Southern Carolina State University. “None of the vegetable-based candles produced toxic chemicals.” Fragrance is also dangerous, because “over the past 50 years, 80 to 90 percent of fragrances have been synthesized from petroleum and some of the commonly found harmful chemicals in fragranced products include acetone, phenol, toluene, benzyl acetate and limonene,” according to a 2009 study,  Fragrance in the Workplace is the New Second-Hand Smoke by the University of Maryland. A 2001 EPA  report mentions that burning candles indoors can cause air pollution and “may result in indoor air concentrations of lead above EPA-recommended thresholds.” The lead found in the soot comes from the metal-core wicks that help keep the wick upright. If you must keep a candle or two in your home, the safest option is to purchase unscented organic soy or beeswax candles. Essential oil diffusers are also a great way to keep your home smelling fresh this holiday season or year-round. Via Treehugger Images via Tatlin

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Pipeline breach spills 53,000 gallons of oil on First Nations land

January 25, 2017 by  
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This is why millions of people around the world are opposed to the Dakota Access and Keystone XL oil pipelines just pushed through by Donald Trump. 53,000 gallons or around 1,260 barrels of oil was reported to have spilled on First Nations land in Saskatchewan, Canada last week, though some local residents warn the spill may have occurred earlier. The oil has leaked onto agricultural land, but the government said it has not infiltrated water sources. The leak is Saskatchewan’s largest pipeline breach since a 225,000-liter oil spill last year; some of that oil made its way into the North Saskatchewan river. The recent spill happened on reserve land owned by the Ocean Man First Nation and covered a 66-foot radius. Some 52,834 gallons of oil spilled. Related: Major oil spill 150 miles away from DAPL protest validates Standing Rock concerns With multiple pipelines in the area, the government is uncertain which was responsible for the spill. They think the source could be a pipeline owned by Tundra Energy Marketing Limited (TEML), so the company is leading clean-up efforts. So far 170,000 liters, or around 44,909 gallons, have been recovered, according to the government, which also said wildlife and air quality have not yet been harmed by the spill. TEML released a statement and said, “Clean-up work on the site commenced immediately and involved the removal of surface oil with vacuum trucks. Additional clean-up work and remediation will be conducted to ensure that the affected land is restored appropriately.” The pipeline was reportedly shut down as soon as the breach was found. But some people wonder if the spill was already underway before the government was made aware of it. Ocean Man First Nation chief Connie Big Eagle said one band member, a longtime oil industry employee, smelled a strange odor near the site of the spill. Big Eagle told CBC News the smell was “going on for about a week.” Via CBC News ( 1 , 2 ) Images via ripperda on Flickr and Ingrid Taylar on Flickr

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BP to pay record $21 billion in settlement for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

October 7, 2015 by  
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The reckoning has finally come for British Petroleum’s massive 2010 oil spill off the Gulf Coast, with a court settlement of nearly $21 billion related to the disaster. The Washington Examiner reports that the money will be split up and used to fund various projects to help address the environmental disaster, including: a $5.5 billion penalty for civil claims under the Clean Water Act, $7.1 billion in claims under the Oil Pollution Act, $1 billion for early restoration work, $4.9 billion for the five Gulf states, and $1 billion for local governments. “Once approved by the court, this agreement will launch one of the largest environmental restoration efforts the world has ever seen,” Lynch said. Read the rest of BP to pay record $21 billion in settlement for Deepwater Horizon oil spill

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Oving Architecten envelopes former concentration camp house in glass box

October 7, 2015 by  
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Tesla’s Elon Musk tweets, but quickly deletes, about a new Model Y

October 7, 2015 by  
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It’s only been a week since Tesla officially revealed the Model X crossover and the automaker is already in the news again. Tesla is reportedly working on a smaller crossover and CEO Elon Musk might have just revealed its name on Twitter. A few days ago Elon Musk posted on Twitter that the company is working on two new models, the already confirmed Model 3 and another model called the Model Y. But then he quickly deleted the tweet. Read the rest of Tesla’s Elon Musk tweets, but quickly deletes, about a new Model Y

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Massive oil spill in fragile Israeli desert nature reserve could take years to clean up

December 12, 2014 by  
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A major oil spill in an Israeli nature reserve could take years to clean up, according to ecologists with Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority. About three to five million liters of crude spilled from the Eliat-Askelon pipeline into the Evrona Desert Reserve near the Red Sea earlier this month, flooding 200 acres of desert with oil. According to the Huffington Post , the slick of oil has pooled in ravines, but without heavy rainfall, it’s unlikely it will reach the sea. Reuters reports that cleanup has begun, with teams vacuuming up the oil slick and digging barriers to stop further spread. However, experts in the country are saying a full cleanup of the spill isn’t likely to come soon. Read the rest of Massive oil spill in fragile Israeli desert nature reserve could take years to clean up Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: destruction , eliat , Environment , evrona , Israel , Nature , oil , pipeline , preserve , spill

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Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought

December 19, 2013 by  
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A new study has shown that the tragic 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has left dolphins in Barataria Bay much more sickly than originally thought. After studying 32 dolphins that live in the Louisiana waters, scientists found the spill’s lasting effects have left many of them in poor condition; the spill has also been cited as a contributing factor to the unusually high mortality rate of dolphins since 2010. Read the rest of Dolphins Affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill are Sicker than We Thought Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BP oil spill 2010 , BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico , eco design , gulf of mexico oil spill , Gulf oil spill is making dolphins sick , oil spills , sickly dolphins Barataria Bay , sustainable design , what is making Gulf of Mexico dolphins sick?        

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Viral Video Captures Water Buffalo Flipping a Lion into Mid Air to Defend Herd Mate

December 19, 2013 by  
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A young male lion in South Africa discovered that it had taken on more than it could chew when a water buffalo flipped the lion several feet into the air in a daring attempt to rescue a fallen comrade. The captivating scene was captured on video that has been watched more that 23 million times on YouTube . Check it out after the jump! Read the rest of Viral Video Captures Water Buffalo Flipping a Lion into Mid Air to Defend Herd Mate Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Buffalo lion flip , buffalo lion toss , buffalo throwing lion around , flipping lion , Ian Matheson , kruger national park , Kruger Park South Africa , Lion and Buffalo flip , Lion Buffalo fight , lion flip in South Africa , Lion Flipped by Water Buffalo , lion thrown in air , Oliver and Ian Matheson , Oliver Matheson , viral lion video , viral video , Youtube safari videos        

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