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2009-03-19 10:42:20

WWF renews calls for a time-out on offshore oil drilling Two decades after the Exxon Valdez oil spill devastated a vast stretch of the Alaskan coast, governments and industry in the Arctic would be unable to effectively manage a large oil spill, according to a new report by World Wildlife Fund. As the 20th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez spill approaches on March 24, WWF renewed its call for a time-out on new offshore oil development in the Arctic until technologies improve to ensure adequate...

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...

2008-10-06 15:05:00

By EVANS, Ryan SAUSAGES, blankets, blotter pads and pillows will soon be protecting New Plymouth's waterways from oil and petrol spills. It's not a ramshackle collection of old homeware, the items are all part of three new environmental spill kits donated to the New Plymouth Fire Brigade by the New Plymouth District Council on Thursday. Costing about $700 each, the spill kits are designed for keeping small to medium sized spills from entering stormwater systems through gutter drains. New...

2008-10-06 03:00:14

By Anonymous Hurricane Gustav resulted in at least 33 oil spills, ranging from simple sheens to 8,000-gallon spills, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said today. Most of the oil spills were sheens, not slicks, so were of minimal wildlife concern, the agency said. Although not as severe an impact as the 8 million gallons of oil spilled during hurricanes Katrina and Rita, one of the spills related to Gustav coated brown pelicans; that spill, which occurred 25 miles northwest of Breton...

2008-10-03 15:00:14

Intelli-Check - Mobilisa, Inc. (AMEX: IDN) is pleased to announce that after a recent successful demonstration of its technology at major naval exercise, Trident Warrior 2008, the US Navy added a task order for $3.18 million to extend IDN's research and development of its Wireless Over Water (WOW) technology. WOW projects include both the Floating Area Network (FAN) and Wireless Port Protection Buoys to protect ships, harbors, and even monitor water quality and alert if an oil spill is...

2008-09-23 12:00:28

By MATTHEW BOWERS By Matthew Bowers The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK A decommissioned research ship spilled 1,400 to 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel into the Elizabeth River early Monday, sending the smell of fuel wafting through downtown and drawing cleanup crews from several agencies. Officials were still investigating the cause of the spill from the ship Rude, pronounced "Rudy," Petty Officer Andrew Kendrick, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Monday. The Environmental Protection Agency...

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...

2008-09-15 21:00:14

By Madhu Krishnamurthy mkrishnamurthy@@dailyherald.com An environmental firm is cleaning up roughly 30 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled onto Bangs Lake in Wauconda Friday morning. Village officials are asking residents to stay out of the water until the fuel is removed. The leak came from a pick-up truck parked near the west end of the lake by the Wauconda Park District marina where a contractor was working on a water line project, said Wauconda Mayor Sal Saccomanno. Saccomanno...

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...

2008-08-17 18:00:46

By LEN WELLS Courier & Press correspondent (618) 842-2159 or lenwells@wabash.net Several private contractors from around the Tri-State have joined Marathon Oil Co. in efforts to contain and clean up a massive crude oil spill from a pipeline break in eastern Wayne County, Ill., on Sunday morning. An estimated 5,000 barrels of crude oil - 210,000 gallons - spilled onto William Rickett's farm from a 20-inch transmission line that runs from a tank farm from Patoka, Ill., northwest of...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'