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Keystone pipeline to remain down until corrective action taken

The section of the Keystone oil pipeline in North Dakota where some 9,000 barrels of crude spilled last month will remain shut until operator TC Energy, formerly TransCanada submits a restart and return-to-service plan.

Pollution alert as the Hibernia oil platform spills oil

12,000 litres of oil (equivalent to 75 barrels) has been spilled into the ocean off Newfoundland. This has caused the oil rig to shut down and the incident has raised concerns for local wildlife.

Offshore oil rigs shutdown in N.L. after Husky Energy oil spill

The agency that regulates offshore safety in Newfoundland and Labrador says all offshore oil rigs in the province's waters have been temporarily shut down.

Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment: BNSF

Doon - An estimated 230,000 gallons (870,619 liters) of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a BNSF official said Saturday.

Alberta train derails in Iowa, leaking oil into swollen river

Doon - A freight train derailed in northwest Iowa on Friday, leaking crude oil into flooded fields flanking the tracks and raising concerns about the possible contamination of residential water supplies downstream, officials said.

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.
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Oil samples taken from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. Samantha Joye   University of Georgia ...
Oil samples taken from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. Samantha Joye, University of Georgia, September. 2010.
Dr. Samantha Joye
A Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirynchus albus) is released into Yellowstone River by U.S. Fish and Wildlife...
A Pallid sturgeon (Scaphirynchus albus) is released into Yellowstone River by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel.
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Seven Mile Hole  Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone  Yellowstone River  Yellowstone National Park  Wyom...
Seven Mile Hole, Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone, Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming.
Jim Peaco/NPS
A pod of Belugas.
A pod of Belugas.
Ansgar Walk (CC BY-SA 3.0)
NASA s Aqua satellite swept over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from its vantage point in space and th...
NASA's Aqua satellite swept over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from its vantage point in space and the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer instrument captured sunglints in a visible image of the spill
NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team
Deepwater Horizon oil spill imagined in true color on May 17 by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA s T...
Deepwater Horizon oil spill imagined in true color on May 17 by the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's TERRA satellite.
NASA Goddard / Rob Gutro
Site of Belle Fourche Pipeline leak into Ash Coulee Creek.
Site of Belle Fourche Pipeline leak into Ash Coulee Creek.
North Dakota Department of Health/Jennifer Skjod
A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be dis...
A Health Safety and Environment (HSE) worker collects pieces of an oiled snare boom so it can be disposed of safely
Deepwater Horizon Response
Fuel barrels
Fuel barrels
Trevor MacInnis
Clouds of smoke billow up from controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico May 19  2010. The...
Clouds of smoke billow up from controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico May 19, 2010. The controlled burns were set to reduce the amount of oil in the water following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
John Kepsimelis/US Coast Guard
Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle  La.
Oiled pelicans onshore on Grand Isle, La.
Courtesy Gov Jindal's office / lagohsep
Pelican covered with oil from BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010
Pelican covered with oil from BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010
Governor Jindal’s office
A magnetic super-sponge is designed to soak up 15 times its weight in oil
A magnetic super-sponge is designed to soak up 15 times its weight in oil
Italian Institute of Technology
International Space Station Expedition 23 flight engineer Soichi Noguchi photographed on May 5  2010...
International Space Station Expedition 23 flight engineer Soichi Noguchi photographed on May 5, 2010 the Mississippi River Delta and nearby Louisiana coast, which appear dark in the sunglint. This phenomenon is caused by sunlight reflecting off the water surface, in a mirror-like manner, directly back towards the astronaut observer aboard the International Space Station. The sunglint improves the identification of the oil spill which is creating a different water texture (and therefore a contras
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A breach in a crude oil pipeline dumped 50 000 gallons of oil into the yellowstone River on Saturday...
A breach in a crude oil pipeline dumped 50,000 gallons of oil into the yellowstone River on Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015.
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The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project involves a new twin pipeline system running from near Edmonton...
The Enbridge Northern Gateway Project involves a new twin pipeline system running from near Edmonton, Alberta, to a new marine terminal in Kitimat, British Columbia
Enbridge
Screen capture of Chickasawhay River in Mississippi after a June 27  2013 oil spill.
Screen capture of Chickasawhay River in Mississippi after a June 27, 2013 oil spill.
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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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The Quakers’ meeting house in Manchester  England
The Quakers’ meeting house in Manchester, England
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