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Microbes eat away the Deepwater Horizon oil plume

Deepwater Horizon stands as one of the most costly and ecological damaging industry related environmental disasters in history. With root cause established and safety measures in place, one thing continues to be discussed: the disappearing oil.

Judge orders review of Dakota Access Pipeline over Environment

Washington - A federal judge ruled on Wednesday that the environmental review for the Dakota Access Pipeline was, in part, inadequate and must be reconsidered, giving tribal opponents of the controversial pipeline a small legal victory.

Belle Fourche Pipeline monitoring equipment didn't detect leak

Belfield - The Belle Fourche Pipeline, owned by True Companies of Wyoming did have monitoring equipment that should have detected a leak, but a company spokeswoman says it's not yet clear why the monitoring equipment didn't detect the leak.

Oil spill contaminates river in Peruvian Amazon

Peru's state energy company has reported an oil spill in a tributary of Amazon, third major one this year and 21st in last five years, raising fears of yet more pollution of the water and fish on which indigenous villages and riverside communities depend.

Chile's historic 'red tide' is devastating aquaculture industry

Images of dead fish and marine animals littering the beaches of Chile have been assaulting our eyes for weeks now, and the situation continues to deteriorate as Chile faces an unprecedented and historic environmental and health crisis.

Shell oil spill dumps thousands of barrels of crude into Gulf

A leak in a pipeline released almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, about 97 miles off the Louisiana coast. The leak forced the shut off of all wells leading into Shell's Brutus platform.

Over 105,000 gallons of crude oil spilled on California coast

Tuesday's pipeline rupture is now in its third day as cleanup crews work feverishly to contain what has turned into a major emergency. The original estimate of the numbers of gallons of oil released was far smaller than originally thought.

New Jersey ex-official calls Exxon settlement 'troubling'

In light of a recent settlement between New Jersey and Exxon Mobil stemming from legal battles probing contamination and pollution in the state, a state ex-official is speaking out against Gov. Chris Christie's office for brokering the controversial deal.

Millions of gallons of BP oil found on ocean's floor

While Gulf Coast residents are feeling pretty good about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, thinking it's now less harmful than originally thought, scientists have found almost 10 million gallons of BP's oil, sitting on the bottom of the Gulf.

Conservation work continues on the Southern Star 7 oil disaster Special

Environmental group WorldFish is joining the United Nations in providing assistance to the Government of Bangladesh following the release of approximately 350,000 liters of heavy oil into the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Sunderbans.

Oil spill in Los Angeles indication of bigger problem

Los Angeles - The Los Angeles oil spill is just the latest in a long line of pipe bursts that spewed oil onto the surrounding environment. It was not the biggest one, but it is an important thing that is being overlooked.

L.A. oil pipeline bursts, spilling 10K gallons into the streets

Los Angeles - An oil pipeline in the Atwater Village area of Los Angeles has burst, causing 10,000 gallons of oil to flood the streets.

California attempts to battle ‘silent oil spills’ Special

Sacramento - The California legislature will take up the issue of silent oil spills this year with a measure aimed at reducing the amount of oil contaminating the soil and water in the state. The measure rests its hope in technological advances in bio-based oils.

U.S. federal court rejects BP efforts to end oil spill pay-outs

A federal court in the U.S. has rejected BP requests to halt payments over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil company said many claims filed were fictitious.

Op-Ed: Protesters face 10 years in prison for glitter 'oil spill'

Oklahoma City - Four protesters went to jail Friday at the Devon Energy Center over what turned out to be harmless black glitter. The protesters were staging a mock oil spill. Police originally detained 11 people over the incident.

Can bacteria combat oil spill disasters?

Scientists have identified a bacterium that could be used in the future to help combat oil spill disasters. The bacterium helps to 'clean up' the slick by ingesting the oil.

How microbes helped clean up Deepwater Horizon

Bacteria living in the Gulf of Mexico beaches were able to "eat up" the contamination from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. This finding could help with tackling future oil spills.

Lanzarote town hall rallying support against oil exploration

Arrecife - The Spanish multinational, Repsol, is planning to explore for oil 40 kilometers off the coast of Lanzarote in Spain's Canary Islands, and they have admitted there is a "moderate" risk of an oil spill.

New magnetic foam sponges can hold 100 times their weight in oil

The days of cleaning up oil spills with inefficient skimming and environmentally hazardous dispersants could soon be past as Chinese scientists have recently invented an ultra-light magnetic foam that can absorb 100 times its weight in oil.

Oil spill in Mississippi's Chickasawhay River under investigation

An oil spill from a well in Wayne County, Mississippi has leaked hundreds to thousands of gallons of oil into a local river. Investigation into the cause of the spill continues.

Ecuador oil spill threatens Brazilian water supply

An oil spill in Ecuador is beginning to impact Peru and is now threatening Brazil as the oil travels through waterways. According to media reports, Brazil's water supply is under threat of contamination.

John Kerry fighting a different Cold War as Arctic Council meets

Kiruna - Secretary of State John Kerry was engaged in a different type of Cold War last week as he met with representatives of nations bordering the Arctic at the conclusion of Sweden’s two year chairmanship of the Arctic Council.

New oil spill from ExxonMobil Pegasus pipeline despite shut down

Doniphan - While very much smaller than the recent Mayflower, Arkansas spill, this new rupture causes even more concern over the aging Pegasus pipeline. (Video update).

New DC Metro ads expose ExxonMobil oil spill in Arkansas

Washington - Environmental groups are urging the State Department to stop construction on the Keystone XL Pipeline. Starting from Monday, consumer watchdog organization, SumOfUs.org is placing ads in the DC metro system, exposing images of the Arkansas oil spill.

Wildlife, Gulf Coast area once again at risk due to BP oil leak

BP is once again making headlines in the Gulf of Mexico, this time due to oil seeping from the abandoned containment dome used to help stop the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Gulf Coast Senators want 'fair deal' if BP settlement is made

Senators from gulf coast states sent a letter to the Obama administration asking that any settlement with BP regarding the 2010 oil spill be fair.

Erika Oil Disaster — France's top court upholds Total conviction

France's highest appeal court, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday upheld energy giant Total’s conviction for negligence arising from the 1999 shipwreck of the oil-tanker Erika.

After Ogoni declare autonomy, Nigerian govt addresses oil spills

Bori - After the Ogoni declared autonomy in protest of failure of the Nigerian government to implement recommendations of a UNEP report on oil spills in Ogoniland, the Nigerian government claims it has started a clean up in the area as the report recommended.

Wrecked Brazilian ship spilling oil in Antarctica

The "Endless Sea" is trapped in the ice and is spilling fuel. There is no hope of containing damage until October this year, due to the long South Pole winter.

Gulf coral death now 'definitively linked' to BP oil spill

New Orleans - Scientists have performed months of laboratory work and can now confirm that oil from BP's blown-out well is causing the slow death of the deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Back yard of a house in the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower  Arkansas
Back yard of a house in the ExxonMobil oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas
SumOfUs.org
Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle  La.
Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle, La.
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BP s costs associated with its Gulf of Mexico disaster have surpassed $3 billion  with the oil pollu...
BP's costs associated with its Gulf of Mexico disaster have surpassed $3 billion, with the oil polluter reportedly seeking additional finances through sale of company assets.
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Blalock is shown on the right  looking at the pictures of the devastation on the coast and speculati...
Blalock is shown on the right, looking at the pictures of the devastation on the coast and speculating on the risks to the State of Louisiana.
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky beside one of his photos of the BP oil spill
Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky beside one of his photos of the BP oil spill
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Screen shot of oil slick along Santa Barbara County coastline.
Screen shot of oil slick along Santa Barbara County coastline.
Reuters
Ads to be placed in the Foggy Bottom Metro Station against the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Ads to be placed in the Foggy Bottom Metro Station against the Keystone XL Pipeline.
SumOfUs.org
Vacuum vessel activity around Bay Jimmy
Vacuum vessel activity around Bay Jimmy
BP America
During President s most recent visit to the Gulf coast region to stem rising criticism over his hand...
During President's most recent visit to the Gulf coast region to stem rising criticism over his handling of the BP disaster, he is seen with a tarball in his hand.
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The endangered Kemp s Ridley sea turtle faces new threats from BP s oil spill and its equally devast...
The endangered Kemp's Ridley sea turtle faces new threats from BP's oil spill and its equally devastating burn fields.
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Dr. Dennis Apeti  Mussel Watch scientist  brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
Dr. Dennis Apeti, Mussel Watch scientist, brings up a trawl full of oysters for testing
NOAA
A photo by Edward Burtynsky on display at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto
A photo by Edward Burtynsky on display at the Nicholas Metivier Gallery in Toronto
by Janusz Überall
Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
U.S. Coast Guard
A new study by NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) fou...
A new study by NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) found that controlled burns released more than one million pounds of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.
U.S. Coast Guard photo
VENICE  La. - U.S. Environmental Services’ workers move oil-absorbent pads into a warehouse at a p...
VENICE, La. - U.S. Environmental Services’ workers move oil-absorbent pads into a warehouse at a pollution control staging area in Venice, La., April 27, 2010. Staging areas are being set up along the Gulf Coast to actively identify, target and protect environmentally and economically sensitive areas.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley.
Congressman Steve Scalise from Louisiana holds up a photo of a pelican covered in oil during a congr...
Congressman Steve Scalise from Louisiana holds up a photo of a pelican covered in oil during a congressional hearing with BP CEO Tony Hayward. Throughout the day-long questioning, Hayward was constantly criticized for refusing to provide direct answers.
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LOCATION; Photo/Graphic shows approximate location of the May 19th oil spill from the Plains All Ame...
LOCATION; Photo/Graphic shows approximate location of the May 19th oil spill from the Plains All American Pipeline near Refugio Beach in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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The worst Alberta oil spill in 35 years dumped about 4.5 million litres of oil into a wetland area a...
The worst Alberta oil spill in 35 years dumped about 4.5 million litres of oil into a wetland area at Evi, Alberta, on May 5, 2011.
Rogu Collecti / Greenpeace
Ads to be placed in the Foggy Bottom Metro Station against the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Ads to be placed in the Foggy Bottom Metro Station against the Keystone XL Pipeline.
SumOfUs.org
President Obama at the Coast Guard Venice Center in Louisiana
President Obama at the Coast Guard Venice Center in Louisiana,
White House Photo by Pete Souza

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