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Shell tells U.S. it’s ready to begin drilling 8,000 feet below Arctic seabed

Shell tells U.S. it’s ready to begin drilling 8,000 feet below Arctic seabed

Last month, Royal Dutch Shell, were given approval to drill at two sites in the Arctic's Chukchi Sea, but were informed by the Federal government that they lacked the appropriate equipment to 'safely'

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Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

Why didn’t the California pipeline that spilled 101,000 gallons of oil have an auto shut-off valve?

The Plains All American Pipeline that burst on May 19 and spilled oil into the Pacific Ocean is the only pipeline of its kind in the United States that was not required to have an auto shut off valve,

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Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Pipeline spills up to 105,000 gallons of oil along Santa Barbara coast

Rescue crews are working to contain a four-mile wide slick after a pipeline crack yesterday caused 21,000 gallons of oil to flow into the areas pristine waters and coated the popular shores of Rufugio

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Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

Five years later: Deepwater Horizon disaster leaves oil and dispersants lingering in the Gulf

As we mark the fifth anniversary of the explosion that rocked the Deepwater Horizon rig, claiming 11 lives and sparking a 87 day-long, 200 million gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, studies continue

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Could this new material make it possible to clean up oil spills with a net?

Could this new material make it possible to clean up oil spills with a net?

This piece of steel mesh doesn’t look like much but it might be one of the only things that can separate oil from water. By allowing water to go through, but oil to float on top, thanks to an

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Noah Oasis Skyscraper transforms offshore oil rigs into vertical bio-habitats

Noah Oasis Skyscraper transforms offshore oil rigs into vertical bio-habitats

The skyscraper would function on three levels: it would address the urgency of damage control when it comes to oil spills, use the oil in a productive way and, on a long term basis, provide safe heaven in

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Mesmerizing black oil spills reflect Swiss Abbey’s beautiful baroque architecture

Mesmerizing black oil spills reflect Swiss Abbey’s beautiful baroque architecture

Created for a 2013 summer exhibition, the La Mise en Abîme installation translates into “a work of art contained in another work of art.” The shiny black surfaces of the two large pools draw viewers

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Australia’s oldest man is helping penguins by knitting them sweaters

Australia’s oldest man is helping penguins by knitting them sweaters

When oil spills around Australia injured hundreds of penguins, the oldest man in the country stepped up to the plate to help out. 109-year old Alfred Date has long been an active knitter and he decided to

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Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

Water catastrophes: lessons from the 2014 chemical spill in West Virginia

In January 2014, an estimated 10,000 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol (or MCHM for short) spilled from a ruptured Freedom Industries storage tank into the Elk River near Charleston, W.V. Exposure

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Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Pipeline breach sends 50,000 gallons of oil into Yellowstone River

Officials are working to determine the impact of a pipeline breach that occurred Saturday morning, and spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, in eastern Montana.

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BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

BP fine for Gulf of Mexico oil spill capped at $13.7 billion

A federal judge determined this week that BP will face a maximum fine of $13.7 billion for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This penalty is several billion dollars less than environmental activists were

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Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more ‘blood money’ in fossil fuels

Harvard snubs divestment activists by investing more ‘blood money’ in fossil fuels

“Blood money,” they’re calling it, and it’s a lot of blood—a total of $79.5 million that Harvard ploughed into oil and gas companies during the third quarter of 2015. That’s up by about a

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Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Russian pipeline disaster spills oil into the Black Sea

Last week, a pipeline outside the Russian town of Tuapse burst, sending a flood of oil into the Black Sea. Cleanup efforts have been slow due to severe storms and unsafe water conditions, and the local

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BP loses Supreme Court appeal to reduce Gulf Spill payments

BP loses Supreme Court appeal to reduce Gulf Spill payments

BP has been busy scrambling to limit the amount of money it must pay out as a result of the 2010 disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, but yesterday the gas and oil giant had a serious set back. The US Supreme

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There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

There Are Still 2 Million Barrels of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Hanging Out in the Gulf of Mexico

A new study by a team from the University of California-Santa Barbara, University of California-Irvine, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute has found that there are still two million barrels-worth

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Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

Canadian Teen Finds a Way to Scrub Toxic Tar Sands Using 5th Grade Science

Canada's Hayley Todesco has developed a method to speed up the detoxification of oil sands tailings ponds using 5th grade science. The 18-year-old Google Science Fair 2014 finalist won a $25,000

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INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

INFOGRAPHIC: A Look at Earth’s Oceans, and How We Can Help to Keep Them Healthy

Did you know that our tears have the same percentage of salt as seawater? Or that 90% of the ocean is yet unmapped, and would take 125 years to explore? Most people aren't aware of just how vital our

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LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

LEGO’s Partnership with Shell Pollutes Kids’ Imaginations Along with the Planet

Picture a group of children playing with their favorite LEGO set. Their imaginations will be running wild as they pop those little blocks together, building all kinds of structures and making the smiling

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Oil Company Announces that Oil Spills are Really Good for the Economy

Oil Company Announces that Oil Spills are Really Good for the Economy

When Kinder Morgan decided that it wanted to expand its pipeline capacity from Alberta to Vancouver, it had to get approval from the National Energy Board in Canada. So the company did what any

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EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

EPA Unbans BP in Time for New Gulf Oil and Gas Contracts

The US Environmental Protection Agency just announced that it has ended its government contract ban against British Petroleum (BP) after the company agreed to new safety standards. Following the tragic

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Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

Louisiana Oil Spill Shuts Down New Orleans Port and Parts of the Mississippi River

The Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas were closed Sunday after a barge collided with a tow boat, causing oil to spill into the Mississippi River. The boats were located between Baton Rouge and New

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Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones Now Used to Model the Paths of Disastrous Oil Spills

Drones have become infamous for their use as weapons, but a far more altruistic purpose awaits these unmanned robots. Scientists from the Surfzone Coastal Oil Pathways Experiment are set to deploy 200

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Koch Brothers’ Pipeline Leaks 17,000 Gallons of Oil in South Texas

Koch Brothers’ Pipeline Leaks 17,000 Gallons of Oil in South Texas

A Koch Brothers' pipe leaked 400 barrels of oil into an area near Smithville, Texas this week. The spill spewed around 17,000 gallons of crude, and although it has been contained the cause remains

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Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field

Broken Pipeline Spills Over 20,000 Barrels of Oil in North Dakota Wheat Field

A farmer in North Dakota noticed something funny going on in his wheat field in late September. At first, he could only smell what he suspected was crude oil, but within a few days it began gushing up out

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BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

BP Attempts to Shrink Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Estimate, Reduce Fines

The BP Deepwater Horizon trial has been pottering on in the New Orleans Federal Court since February, and as it enters its second phase today, BP will attempt to argue down government estimates as to how

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Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Ferry Sinks in the Philippines, Killing More than 50 and Leaking Thousands of Gallons of Oil

Photo via Shutterstock A routine boat ride took a tragic turn on Friday, when a large ferry containing 750 passengers collided with a cargo ship and sank in the Philippines. The death toll has risen to

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Researchers Develop New Oil Spill Cleanup System Inspired by Cactus Needles

Researchers Develop New Oil Spill Cleanup System Inspired by Cactus Needles

A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have looked to nature for inspiration in their new oil spill clean-up system. The new technique is inspired by prickly cacti and, if successful, it

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BP’s Deepwater Horizon Compensation Fund Drying Up Fast, Company Goes on the Defensive

BP’s Deepwater Horizon Compensation Fund Drying Up Fast, Company Goes on the Defensive

According to The Guardian, BP has just revealed that there is only $300 million left in its Deepwater Horizon compensation fund. The $20 billion fund was originally created to pay reparations to ailing

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Keystone XL Could Raise Gasoline Prices by 40 Cents Per Gallon, Report Finds

Keystone XL Could Raise Gasoline Prices by 40 Cents Per Gallon, Report Finds

A Consumer Watchdog report released this morning found that the Keystone XL pipeline will lead to gasoline price hikes in the Midwest and ultimately hurt the US economy. In addition to the overriding

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Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill

Exxon Blames 60-Year-Old Manufacturing Defect for 290,000 Gallon Arkansas Spill

Photo via Shutterstock After an investigation into the rupture of the Exxon Mobil Pegasus pipeline that caused around 290,000 gallons of oil to leak into the small Arkansas town of Mayflower in March,

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