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Guyana: Satellites Will Spot Oil Spills, Not On-Ship Experts

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) _ Guyana’s Environmental Protection Agency says it can now use satellites to monitor any oil spills in the South American nation’s waters. The agency’s former leader criticized the technology as ineffective, saying the only proper way of …

Report: East Africa Pipeline ‘Breaches Banking Principles’

A controversial oil project that would connect oilfields in a Ugandan National Park to a port in Tanzania breaches global environmental guidelines for banks, according to a new nonprofit report Tuesday. The 897-mile (1443-kilometer) East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), …

Wyoming Faces Worst Year for Oil Spills Since 2009

An oil boom in Wyoming has a filthy side effect: A string of accidents from a remote gulley in the Powder River Basin to a refinery in downtown Cheyenne already has made this year the state’s worst for oil spills …

Coast Guard Issues New Rules for Oil Vessels As Spills Increase

Tighter regulation of U.S. ships carrying record exports of diesel and gasoline is coming amid the worst year for oil spills from barges since 2008. Coast Guard rules to be issued within the next 90 days would require commercial vessels …

Minnesota Law Makes Railroads, Pipelines Pay for Safety

A new Minnesota law aims to protect the state from hazards created by increasing amounts of oil passing through Minnesota by rail and pipeline. Gov. Mark Dayton signed the bill Tuesday. The law requires railroad and oil pipeline companies operating …

Trinidad Company Fires 6 in Wake of Oil Spills

Trinidad & Tobago’s state-owned petroleum company has fired six employees in the wake of a string of oil spills late last year. Petrotrin President Khalid Hassanali says the six workers had “high degrees of culpability” into spills in Trinidad’ southwest …

Simulating Flow From Volcanoes and Oil Spills

Some time around 37,000 BCE a massive volcano erupted in the Campanian region of Italy, blanketing much of Europe with ash, stunting plant growth and possibly dooming the Neanderthals. While our prehistoric relatives had no way to know the ash …

Pressure Builds for Better Oil Spill Clean-Up Technology

With oil becoming scarcer and more expensive, the economics of the industry may finally tip in favour of one of the most neglected areas of its business – the technology for cleaning up oil spills. Despite efforts by scientists to …

China Fishermen Sue ConocoPhillips Over Spills

A group of 30 fishermen from China sued ConocoPhillips in U.S. federal court on Monday, claiming their livelihoods have been greatly impacted by two oil spills last year from the company’s offshore drilling operations in northeastern China. Attorneys for the …

Oregon Port Settles with Insurers for $550K

Oregon’s Port of Astoria has settled with six insurance companies for $550,000 in a case involving past petroleum spills by several oil companies on port property. Port Executive Director Jack Crider tells the Daily Astorian that he thinks this week’s …