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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.

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.
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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
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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.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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
Digital Journal
Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico  Ma...
Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard, working with BP, local residents and other federal agencies, conducted the burn to help prevent the spread of oil following the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/USN
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
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.
An estimated 42 000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in la...
An estimated 42,000 gallons of oil per day were leaking from an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico in late April, following an explosion at an offshore drilling rig on April 20, 2010. The rig eventually capsized and sank. This image of the affected area was captured on April 25 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.
NASA Goddard
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.
dunker0822/YouTube
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
NOAA
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
NASA s Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25  2010 using its Moderate...
NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the Gulf of Mexico on April 25, 2010 using its Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument. With the Mississippi Delta on the left, the silvery swirling oil slick from the April 20 explosion and subsequent sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform is highly visible. The rig was located roughly 50 miles southeast of the coast of Louisiana.
NASA
New figures released by scientists rate the flow of oil from the BP well at 25 000 to 30 000 per day...
New figures released by scientists rate the flow of oil from the BP well at 25,000 to 30,000 per day, providing even more devastation to the environment.
kbaird/flickr
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
Courtesy NASA
BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies before Congress
BP CEO Tony Hayward testifies before Congress
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Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Oil on the surface of the Gulf from the Deepwater Horizon spill.
US Dept of Interior
Oil in the water along Orange Beach in Alabama
Oil in the water along Orange Beach in Alabama
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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
Health  Safety  and Environment (HSE) workers contracted by BP clean up oil on the beach in Port Fou...
Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) workers contracted by BP clean up oil on the beach in Port Fourchon, La
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley.
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