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What it Means: Shell Abandons Arctic Oil Drilling

Shell is giving up on its expensive and controversial push to produce oil in Alaska’s Arctic waters, a decision that darkens the long-term oil prospects of the U.S. and brings relief to environmental groups that had tried desperately to block the project.

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Delayed Effects of Oil Spill Compromise Long-Term Fish Survival

A new study concludes that the impacts of the Exxon Valdez spill on nearshore spawning populations of fish are likely to have been considerably underestimated in terms of both the geographic extent of affected habitat and the lingering toxicity of low levels of oil. The findings will likely contribute to more accurate assessments of the impacts of future oil spills

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Summerland Beach Oil Prompts Health Warning and Beach Closure, CA

News, Pollution
Aug
23

The decision to close Summerland Beach at this time was due to the volume of oil on the beach and sand, the nature of the oil (more liquid and mixed in the water and across sand as opposed to solid tar balls which are more easily avoidable) and intermittent strong petroleum odors at a level that may cause health effects.

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Plains Says California Oil Spill Could Be Larger Than Estimated

News, Pollution
Aug
6

Plains All American Pipeline LP’s ruptured California oil pipeline may have spilled 41 percent more crude than currently estimated.

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STOP SHELL’S ARCTIC DRILLING PLANS! NRDC Petition

Shell Oil is racing to sink its drills into the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea — and the Obama Administration has given them the green light. This comes despite the government’s own estimates that there’s a 75% chance of a major oil spill in the Arctic Ocean…

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Mystery Oil Sheen Discovered Off California Coast

News, Pollution
Jul
31

An oil sheen showed up in the Pacific Ocean, yesterday at Goleta Beach, Santa Barbara County , leaving officials baffled as to what caused it.

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Way Cleared for Shell to Start Drilling in Arctic Ocean

News, Pollution
Jul
23

The Obama administration cleared the way on Wednesday for Shell to start drilling in the Arctic Ocean this summer.

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AP Exclusive: Gulf Oil Wells Lingering With Temporary Seals

News, Pollution
Jul
19

In July 2010, during the BP oil spill, the AP reported that the Gulf was littered with more than 27,000 unused wells, including 14 percent left with just temporary seals. New analysis of federal data shows that the neglect of long-idle wells has intensified since 2010, despite the federal push after the BP accident.

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Australia on Alert for Potential Oil Spill off Great Barrier Reef

News, Pollution
Jul
19

Australian authorities remain on alert for a potential oil spill in waters around the Great Barrier Reef despite finding little sign of a reported kilometre-long slick off the north Queensland coast.

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