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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 …

URI Scientists Study New Ways to Clean Oil Spills

Scientists at the University of Rhode Island are part of a $10.4 million effort to study new high-tech ways of dispersing oil spills. Researchers are URI will receive $560,000 of the overall amount to investigate the use of tiny nanoparticles …

Learn Safety Lessons, Regulators Tell Oil Firms

Oil and gas companies must improve the way they deal with safety issues in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico and Montara oil spills, regulators said at a two-day conference on safety in the sector. The issue has come …