Latest Environmental issues with petroleum Stories

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...

2008-08-13 15:00:29

By LEN WELLS Courier & Press correspondent (618) 842-2159 or lenwells@wabash.net GOLDEN GATE, Ill. - A cross-country oil pipeline burst Sunday morning, spilling an estimated 5,000 barrels - more than 200,000 gallons - of crude oil across an eastern Wayne County, Ill., farm. Officials with Marathon Oil Co. were alerted early Sunday of a drop in pressure along a 20-inch-thick pipeline that runs from a major tank farm in Patoka, Ill., to Owensboro, Ky., and on to Catlettsburg, Ky. An...

2008-08-11 03:00:25

By Bahr, Emilie It was an appearance about as unfortunately timed as they come. Early July 23, the very day the American Petroleum Institute's Denise McCourt was to arrive at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center hoping to drum up support for expanded offshore drilling among state legislators nationwide, a barge collision on the Mississippi River resulted in the largest U.S. oil spill in nearly a decade. McCourt, membership director for the Washington, D.C.-based oil and natural gas...

2008-08-11 03:00:25

By Maloney, Stephen Andy Nyman is relieved. The Louisiana State University assistant professor of wetland wildlife and ecology said he expected to see much more shoreline damage at the mouth of the Mississippi River after a July 23 oil spill near the Crescent City Connection dumped an estimated 400,000 gallons of oil into the river. "I am very encouraged by what I see," Nyman said. "The area by Head of Passes is where I expected to see the most oil, and I'm just not seeing it." But as a...

2008-08-09 15:00:35

We have a history of having a "do-nothing" Congress when it comes to an energy policy for the country. In 1975, the Carter administration provided us with gas shortages and long waits in "gas lines." In 1995 Bill Clinton vetoed oil drilling in ANWR; his reason was that it would be 10 years before the oil would come to market. If he hadn't stopped the drilling, we would have an additional million barrels of domestic oil on today's market. This year, Democrats don't want to drill for oil in...

2008-08-08 12:00:24

Until I recently conducted an informal poll of my own, I did not realize how little John Q. Public knew about the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. It's no wonder environmentalists have been so effective at blocking the development of ANWR oil fields. With the help of our pandering politicians and biased media, they are planting seeds of propaganda. So with a pitchfork in one hand and a torch in the other, I set out to expose the green monster for myself. My first step was to define...

2008-08-05 15:00:56

By Stacey Eidson, The Bradenton Herald, Fla. Aug. 5--With gasoline prices hovering around $4 a gallon, a roundtable discussion about the country's energy policies at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee did not shy away from the ongoing national debate over the possibility of future offshore drilling. After Republican presidential candidate John McCain called for an end to the 26-year-old federal ban on energy exploration off the nation's shores, elected officials across...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By Jessica Willis, The Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Mass. Aug. 5--BECKET -- Her story is the stuff of nightmares: Alone in her rambling farmhouse on a cold morning last October, Alberta Mahoney, 81, nearly blind, wanted to shake the chill. She groped for the thermostat and turned the dial to 70 degrees. And nothing happened. No heat. "So I turned the thermostat all the way up," Mahoney said. "Still nothing. Which didn't make sense." She had plenty of oil. About two weeks earlier, Brown...

2008-07-31 03:00:28

NEW ORLEANS - A large fuel spill that has shut down 100 miles of the Mississippi River for four days has had a limited effect on wildlife so far, but officials are worried about fragile wetlands downstream. Almost 800 cleanup workers used containment booms, vacuum skimmers and other equipment Saturday to continue scrubbing oil- coated riverbanks along the nation's busiest inland waterway. A tanker and a barge collided early Wednesday, spilling about 419,000 gallons of fuel oil from...

2008-07-28 00:30:00

Environmentalists are worried that a rush for "black gold" in the Artic could mean harm to local wildlife. The U.S. Geological Survey estimated 22 percent of the worlds undiscovered, technically recoverable reserves of oil and gas were in the Arctic. Experts said, companies seeking to explore oil in the Arctic will need better technology to clean up spills onto ice and could face new hazards such as rougher seas caused by climate change "The Exxon Valdez showed what a catastrophe can be...

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  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
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