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Federal government agrees to stop approving oil fracking off the California coast until environment review

News, Pollution
Jan
30

The federal government has agreed to stop approving oil fracking off the California coast until it studies whether the practice is safe for the environment, according to legal settlements filed Friday.

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Spain court finds captain, British insurer liable for Prestige oil spill

News, Pollution
Jan
27

Spain’s Supreme Court said Tuesday it had found the captain, British insurer and owner of an oil tanker that broke up off northwestern Spain in 2002 liable for one of Europe’s worst environmental disasters.

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Bill Introduced to Cap Old Oil Wells

News, Pollution
Jan
26

State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson has just introduced a bill to monitor and cap California’s old, abandoned and leaking oil wells. It is estimated that there are more than 200 of these so-called ‘legacy’ wells in California, the majority located along the Summerland and Ellwood beaches in Santa Barbara County and along the Central Coast.

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Obama’s offshore drilling plan meets heavy resistance along Atlantic coast

Inform, Pollution
Jan
25

Irate residents in small coastal towns say Obama’s plan to open a new fossil fuel frontier would harm endangered marine life – as politicians warn of ‘tragedy’.

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Coastal erosion uncovers oil buried on Gorleston beach in 1978, UK

News, Pollution
Jan
4

Coastal erosion is to blame for exposing oil that was buried on a Norfolk beach almost 40 years ago. The oil was originally washed ashore from a tanker, the Eleni V, which sank off the coast in 1978.

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Estimates of offshore drilling’s benefits exaggerated, report says

News, Pollution
Dec
15

A report released Tuesday and prepared for the Southern Environmental Law Center, contends that the potential economic benefits, as cited in a prior report released in 2013 by the American Petroleum Institute, have been exaggerated and don’t take into account the potential loss of jobs in tourism, commercial fishing and other business sectors.

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White sand, black gold: when oil derricks loomed over California beaches

As California population boomed in the decades following the gold rush of 1849, there was a rapidly growing demand for petroleum. By 1920, California was producing 77 million barrels of oil a year, and vast stretches of the state were occupied by derricks, and refineries. In coastal places such as Venice, oil derricks ran right up to the shore, mingling with residential neighborhoods and pristine beaches.

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Niger Delta: Shell’s Manifestly False Claims About Oil Pollution Exposed, Again

News, Pollution
Nov
9

Claims by oil giant Shell that it has cleaned up heavily polluted areas of the Niger Delta are blatantly false, Amnesty International and the Centre for Environment, Human Rights and Development (CEHRD) said in a new report published November 3rd.

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Obama Rejects Construction of Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

President Obama today, announced that he had rejected the request from a Canadian company to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ending a seven-year review that had become a flash point in the debate over his climate policies.

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