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Refugio State Beach Oil Spill: Dramatic Images, Massive Cleanup Underway

News, Pollution
May
20

A massive cleanup job is getting underway Wednesday at Refugio State Beach in Santa Barbara County, CA, where a ruptured pipeline spewed oil into the ocean.

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Oil Pipeline Spills About 21K Gallons off California Coast

News, Pollution
May
19

An estimated 21,000 gallons of crude oil dumped into the ocean from a broken pipeline just off the central California coast before it was shut off on Tuesday, creating a spill stretching about 4 miles along the beach, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

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Fossil Fuels Subsidised by $10m a Minute, Says IMF

Fossil fuel companies are benefitting from global subsidies of $5.3tn a year, equivalent to $10m a minute every day, according to a startling new estimate by the International Monetary Fund. The IMF calls the revelation “shocking” and says the figure is an “extremely robust” estimate of the true cost of fossil fuels.

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Oil Spill In Vancouver Would Coat Beaches Within Hours: Analysis

News, Pollution
May
15

An analysis of the impact on Vancouver’s inlets and beaches in the event of a major oil spill contends the shoreline would be coated in crude within hours.

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Decade-Old Gulf Oil Spill Could Last 100 Years

News, Pollution
May
15

A decade-old oil leak where an offshore platform toppled during a hurricane could continue spilling crude into the Gulf of Mexico for a century or more if left unchecked, according to government estimates obtained by The Associated Press that provide new details about the scope of the problem.

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Lego Ends Shell Partnership Following Greenpeace Campaign

Inform, Pollution
May
15

Lego -the world’s biggest toy maker – said the company will not renew its marketing contract with Shell after coming under sustained pressure from Greenpeace to end a partnership that dates to the 1960s.

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Seattle Becomes Shell’s Arctic Base

The arrival in Seattle Thursday of an oil rig Royal Dutch Shell is outfitting for oil exploration in the remote Arctic Ocean marks a pivotal moment for an environmental movement increasingly mobilized around climate change.

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Further Assessment Needed of Dispersants Used in Response to Oil Spills

Experts argue for further in-depth assessments of the impacts of dispersants on microorganisms to guide their use in response to future oil spills. Chemical dispersants are widely used in emergency responses to oil spills in marine environments as a means of stimulating microbial degradation of oil.

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U.S. Gives Conditional OK To Shell Oil For Drilling Off Alaska’s Arctic Shore

News, Pollution
May
14

The Obama administration has given conditional approval to Shell Oil’s plan to drill for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer. The company wants to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska; it broke off that effort in 2012 because of safety problems.

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