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2008-10-08 13:00:00

A bear gnawing on a fuel tank valve is suspected as the cause of a 1,000-gallon diesel fuel spill on British Columbia's west coast, wildlife officials said. Sometime last weekend, a valve on the tank at a remote fishing camp in Rivers Inlet, 300 miles northwest of Vancouver, was opened, leading to a spill and creating an oil slick miles long, The Province newspaper in Vancouver reported. Police found bite marks on a plastic bag placed over the valve, which Jacques Drisdelle, provincial...

2008-10-03 06:00:11

By Alexandra Wood The water company pleaded guilty to pollution at Beverley Magistrates' Court following an incident last December in which 11,000 litres of diesel leaked from a corroded pipe.A clean-up operation swung into action after the company realised the fuel had escaped into the Beverley and Barmston Drain from Tophill Low water treatment works, near Driffield, which supplies clean drinking water to Hull.Officials were called in from the Environment Agency who saw red diesel in the...

2008-09-25 09:00:30

Ecuador controls oil spills in Ecuadorian Amazonia QUITO, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Ecuador's state-run Petroecuador said Wednesday it had controlled two oil spills in the fields of Ecuadorian Amazonia. The oil company said the spill in the Cuyabeno oil field occurred Monday because unknown people operated the drainage shutoff improperly. About 100 barrels of oil were spilt, 80 of them were immediately recovered and the rest flowed into a marsh. The spill in Guanta well happened because...

2008-09-17 00:00:15

OIL giants Amoco yesterday won an appeal against a pounds 25,000 fine for allowing 6.4 tons of diesel fuel to leak into the North Sea. Appeal judges ruled that a sheriff in Aberdeen had been wrong to convict the firm of breaching the Oil Pollution Act. The spill happened when a diesel tank on a gas-producing platform overflowed. Amoco's lawyers said the spill was caused by a technician's "inexplicable action". (c) 2008 Daily Record; Glasgow (UK). Provided by ProQuest LLC. All rights...

2008-09-01 06:00:10

The main militant group in Nigeria's oil-producing Niger Delta said over the weekend that it had launched a series of reprisal attacks against the army and that 29 soldiers and six of its own members had been killed in the fighting. The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta said that close combat involving fast attack boats, rocket-propelled grenades and anti-tank missiles had taken place at three separate locations in the delta. There was no immediate comment from the military....

2008-08-29 15:00:44

20 confirmed dead in south China chemical plant blast YIZHOU, Guangxi, Aug. 27 (Xinhua) -- Twenty people were confirmed dead from Tuesday's explosion at a chemical plant in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, rescue headquarters said on Wednesday. At 4:30 p.m., rescuers found the last two bodies of the 20 listed missing after the explosion. All were plant employees in Yizhou City. Around 470 special rescue personnel left the scene after the rescue operation ended. All the...

2008-08-22 00:00:19

By Len Wells (618) 842-2159 or lenwells@wabash.net It's never good news when a high-pressure pipeline breaks - anywhere. However, when the 20-inch Marathon Oil Corp. crude oil line ruptured near Golden Gate, Ill., on Sunday, the conditions could not have been more favorable in avoiding an environmental disaster. Believe me, it could have been a whole lot worse. The line ruptured north of the tiny Wayne County village, which has a population of just 100. (The town got its name from a...

2008-08-14 09:00:39

FIRE crews were called to a fuel spill stretching almost a mile in Stockton. The spill - possibly gearbox or hydraulic oil - ran along Sheraton Street and Grangefield Road. Firefighters were called at about 7.15pm last night and used about 350 litres of dispersant but failed to fully clear the spill and a council gritter was called to spread eight tonnes of sand on the road. It is thought the spill may have come from a large lorry or other vehicle which may later have ground to a halt...

2008-08-14 09:00:39

1st LD Writethru: At least 10,000 gallons of crude residues spill in Ecuador QUITO, Aug. 13 (Xinhua) -- At least 10,000 gallons (37,854 liters) of petroleum residues were spilled into a river in Ecuador along the border with Colombia, local media reported Wednesday The accident occurred when a tanker traveling from the industrial region of Shushufindi to the Ecuadoran capital Quito tipped over in the Aguarico river, local TV Ecuavisa reported. The crude spilled over an area of 800...

2008-08-11 15:00:46

By BILL MCKEOWN California has given us many wonderful things: Sonny and Cher. Body waxing. "The Real Housewives of Orange County." On Friday -- and continuing through next week -- California is giving us something not quite so delightful: haze. Smoke from more than 40 lightning-sparked fires in north-central California has been blown our way by typical west-to-east wind flows, said meteorologist Steve Hodanish of the U.S. Weather Service in Pueblo. He said forecast simulations...


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2009-07-06 16:44:13

Haze is a type of atmospheric phenomenon where dust, smoke and dry particles in the air obscure the sky's clarity. Haze is created through various activities including farming, traffic pollution,and even wildfires. The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) categorizes the obscuration of the Earth's atmosphere by a list of different types of atmospheric phenomena. One of these is haze. The other classifications are: fog, ice fog, steam fog, mist, smoke, volcanic ash, dust, sand, and snow....

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