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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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Cleanup of California Oil Spill Goes Low-Tech to Limit Environmental Impact

Inform, Pollution
Jun
20

Because the Refugio state beach region is home to threatened shorebirds and cultural resources, a decision was made early on to clean oil-stained beaches the old-fashioned way by using hand tools instead of heavy equipment or chemicals.

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There’s No Such Thing As a Spill-Proof Way to Transport Oil

News, Pollution
Jun
17

To a historian of pipelines, last month’s Santa Barbara oil spill is a reminder that the more things change, the more they remain the same. Since their first introduction in the late 19th century, pipelines have leaked regularly and ruptured occasionally.

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Request by Exxon to Haul Oil After Pipeline Break Denied

News, Pollution
Jun
10

Officials denied a request Tuesday by Exxon Mobil to temporarily use tanker trucks to transport crude oil from offshore wells through Santa Barbara County after a recent pipeline break that has become the state’s largest coastal oil spill in 25 years.

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Oil Drilling in Arctic Ocean: A Push into Uncharted Waters

As the U.S. and Russia take the first halting steps to drill for oil and gas in the Arctic Ocean, experts say the harsh climate, icy seas, and lack of any infrastructure means a sizeable oil spill would be very difficult to clean up and could cause extensive environmental damage.

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Louisiana Environmental Group Warns Santa Barbara Oil Spill Cleanup Workers to Protect Their Health

An open letter from the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) and the Lower Mississippi Riverkeeper raised concerns towards those affected by the Santa Barbara Plains All American Pipeline spill who participated in the clean-up effort.

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