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2010-04-29 09:50:00

The massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is five times larger than originally thought, the Coast Guard reported on Thursday, and it could spell disaster for the fragile wetlands along the U.S. coast. During a Wednesday evening press conference, Rear Admiral Mary Landry told reporters the drilling rig that had exploded and sank in the waters near Louisiana on April 20 was leaking 5,000 barrels of crude oil a day, not the 1,000 barrels that Coast Guard officials had previously thought. She...

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2010-04-26 06:55:00

Officials reported on Sunday that crude oil is gushing from a sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, leaving a massive oil slick covering more than 400 square miles. A fly-over of the affected area turned up a 20-mile by 2-mile slick derived from the Deepwater Horizon oil platform that sank last Thursday, two days after a huge explosion left 11 workers missing and presumably dead. British oil company BP initially said there was no oil leaking from the site, but upon inspection from a robotic...

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2010-01-25 12:10:00

Texas State Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson said crews worked Sunday to protect two sensitive wildlife areas after a crude oil spill shut down parts of a major southeast Texas port, The Washington Post said. Patterson said clean-up crews set up plastic walls, known as booms, and oil-sucking skimmer boats to safeguard a lake that is a crucial breeding ground and a wildlife management area that lost its protective gates when Hurricane Ike roared ashore a year and a half ago. Around 462,000...

2010-01-21 07:00:00

VANCOUVER, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - New Gold Inc. ("New Gold") (TSX and NYSE AMEX-NGD) today provides an update on its Cerro San Pedro mine and the upcoming hearing dates related to the appeals filed at various courts by the company resulting from a Mexican Federal Court's September 21, 2009 ruling that nullified the Environmental Impact Statement for the company's Cerro San Pedro mine. - January 28, 2010 - hearing scheduled to commence in the First District Court in...

2009-03-25 01:23:46

Last-minute negotiations between Nigerian oil workers unions and government officials headed off a strike, at least temporarily, an official said Tuesday. Bayo Olowoshile, secretary-general of the Petroleum and Gas Senior Staff Association, told the Voice of America the unions agreed to give the government more time to fulfill its pledge on improving security in the oil fields in the restive Niger Delta. Yes, we will be willing to give the government a little time, Olowoshile said. But a time...

2009-03-18 10:21:30

A Canadian study suggests detergents used to remove ocean spills of diesel oil harm more fish than the spills themselves. The detergents may be the best way to treat spills in the long term because the dispersed oil is diluted and degraded, said Queen's University Professor Peter Hodson. But in the short term, they increase the bioavailability and toxicity of the fuel "¦ by 100 fold. The detergents are oil dispersants that decrease the surface tension between oil and water, allowing...

2009-03-16 14:00:19

A new Queen's University study shows that detergents used to clean up spills of diesel oil actually increase its toxicity to fish, making it more harmful. "The detergents may be the best way to treat spills in the long term because the dispersed oil is diluted and degraded," says Biology professor Peter Hodson. "But in the short term, they increase the bioavailability and toxicity of the fuel to rainbow trout by 100-fold." The detergents are oil dispersants that decrease the surface tension...

2009-02-26 22:49:37

Australian officials say water supplies in parts of north Queensland have been contaminated by mine waste discharged in recent flooding. The Australian Environmental Protection Agency said landowners downstream of the Lady Annie copper mine have been ordered not to drink water or swim in Saga and Inca creeks because the water has been contaminated by heavy metals and acids, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reported Thursday. At least nine other mines in the region have discharged contaminated...

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2009-02-19 13:34:51

About half of the oil in the ocean bubbles up naturally from the seafloor, with Earth giving it up freely like it was of no value. Likewise, NASA satellites collect thousands of images and 1.5 terabytes of data every year, but some of it gets passed over because no one thinks there is a use for it. Scientists recently found black gold bubbling up from an otherwise undistinguished mass of ocean imagery. Chuanmin Hu, an optical oceanographer at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg,...

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...