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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.

Colorado's only designated scenic river damaged from oil spill

A total of 7,500 gallons of oil spilled into Colorado's only designated wild and scenic river, Cache La Poudre. It was reported on Friday by Noble Energy to the EPA and the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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.

Chevron executives barred from leaving Brazil after oil spill

A Brazilian court has ordered 17 employees at Chevron and Transocean, both American companies, to surrender their passports and remain in Brazil pending criminal charges in connection with an offshore oil spill that occurred last November.

Shell’s Niger delta oil spill could be worse than reported

Lagos - Shell’s oil disaster in the Bonga field off the Nigerian coast may have spilled up to 2.4 million gallons of crude, according to satellite photos, making it far worse than public statements made by Royal Dutch Shell.

Shell says most of Niger oil spill at Bonga ‘already dissipated’

Lagos - The worst oil spill to hit the Niger delta in more than a decade has placed fishing communities on alert along the Nigerian coastline Wednesday, with up to 40,000 barrels of crude spread over 356 square miles located just offshore.

Oil spill disaster in Brazil: This time Chevron is to blame

In yet another environmental disaster, off shore oil drilling has caused 416,400 litres of oil to flood into the sea 370km (230 miles) off the Brazilian coast.

Op-Ed: Yet another oil spill, and a glimmer of hope for the future

The name Deepwater Horizon will live forever in the halls of infamy, which may not be long if the doomsayers are right, and as yet another major spill is reported, this time off the coast of Scotland.
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Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle points out areas on a map during a briefing with President Barack ...
Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle points out areas on a map during a briefing with President Barack Obama at the U.S. Coast Guard Station in Grand Isle
White House Photo by Pete Souza
Trained specialists carefully clean an oiled bird at the International Bird Rescue Research Center i...
Trained specialists carefully clean an oiled bird at the International Bird Rescue Research Center in Theodore, AL
BP America
The oil slick appears as a dull gray on the water s surface and stretches south from the Mississippi...
The oil slick appears as a dull gray on the water's surface and stretches south from the Mississippi Delta with what looks like a tail
NASA Goddard / Rob Gutro
A cargo ship  Rena  which ran aground off the coast of New Zealand three months ago has broken in tw...
A cargo ship "Rena" which ran aground off the coast of New Zealand three months ago has broken in two, spilling containers and threatening a new oil spill
Maritime New Zealand
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
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
President Barack Obama and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolf  left  inspect a tar ball as...
President Barack Obama and Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolf, left, inspect a tar ball as they look at the effect the BP oil spill is having on Fourchon Beach in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, May 28, 2010.
White House photo by Chuck Kennedy
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
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.
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 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
A hand covered in the BP oil spill
A hand covered in the BP oil spill
Courtesy Gov Jindal's office / lagohsep
Work crews clean tar balls from the beach in Grand Isle  LA
Work crews clean tar balls from the beach in Grand Isle, LA
BP America
File photo: Clouds of smoke billow up from controlled burns taking place in the Gulf of Mexico May 1...
File photo: 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.
Photo by John Kepsimelis, U.S. Coast Guard
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
Vacuum vessel activity around Bay Jimmy
Vacuum vessel activity around Bay Jimmy
BP America
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
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
The Quakers’ meeting house in Manchester  England
The Quakers’ meeting house in Manchester, England
Creative Commons
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