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  Brazil is going to great lengths to protect its commons. Seventeen executives, including American citizens, working with Chevron and oil rig contractor Transocean, have been charged with crimes against the environment in Brazil after an oil spill off the coast poured about three thousand ba...
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  Just after midnight, a series of errors on board the Exxon Valdez oil tanker led the ship aground in Alaska's Prince William Sound. About 30 million litres of crude oil leaked from the tanker's breached hull, causing massive destruction along hundreds of kilometres of once-pristine coast. ...
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  As the Obama administration prepares to issue final permits for exploratory oil drilling on the outer continental shelf off Alaska's Arctic coast this summer, the public is hearing some familiar promises from industry and government -- the risk of a catastrophic oil spill is small, best avai...
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BP PLC, operator of the Macondo well that caused the United States’ worst oil spill, may reach a settlement for the disaster this week after a partner agreed on fines, an Oppenheimer & Co. analyst said.   Mitsui & Co.’s MOEX Offshore 2007 LLC will pay $90 million to the U.S. and five ...
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  BP is likely to agree next month to pay $20-$25 billion to settle all charges around the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a leading analyst, double the figure the company has set aside and more than other analysts expect. BP and the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) have been silent ...
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  Hundreds of thousands of juvenile land crabs are being threatened by an oil spill on Christmas Island, in the Indian Ocean. On Sunday, a Panamanian-flagged cargo ship, MV Tycoon, was pushed against the sea wall of the island's Flying Fish cove by a giant swell. Severe weather conditions ...
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By early next year, there will be more deepwater drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico than there were in the days leading up to the largest oil spill in U.S. history, Jonathan Fahey of the Associated Press (AP) reported on Friday. On April 20, 2010, and explosion onboard the BP-leased Deepwater Hori...
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  BP in a high-stakes court filing on Monday accused Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence about the quality of its cement slurry that went into drilling the oil well that blew out last year and caused the worst U.S. offshore oil spill. BP accused Halliburton of having intentionally des...
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Evidence is mounting that the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster caused wide-ranging ecological damage in the northern Gulf of Mexico. Since the blown oil well spewed 186 million to 227 million gallons of crude into the Gulf last year, several species of fish have developed skin ulcers in what app...
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Scientists investigating a plague of 580 marine-mammal deaths, nearly all bottlenose dolphins, in the northern Gulf of Mexico have identified a specific bacterial infection as a possible culprit. The deaths, declared an "unusual mortality event" requiring intensive study by the National Oceanic and...
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Dead dolphins have washed ashore in the hundreds along the central Gulf Coast, prompting federal officials to launch an open-ended investigation. Since February 2010, 567 dead or distressed whales and dolphins have washed ashore in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Of those, 274 washed...
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NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- U.S. regulators said a supplemental exploration plan was approved for BP's work in the Gulf of Mexico, its first since the Deepwater Horizon accident in 2010. An explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in April 2010 led to one of the world's worst oil spills and led...
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  Four oil-covered little blue penguins have been found off Papamoa Beach this afternoon, as the Transport Minister admits he isn't under any illusions about the job ahead to salvage the Rena from a reef off Tauranga. Oiled Wildlife Response member Kerri Morgan said the oil-covered penguins...
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When the Exxon Valdez was wrecked off the coast of Alaska in 1989, cleanup crews were able to recover only about 14 percent of the spilled oil. Twenty-one years later, when the Deepwater Horizon disaster spilled oil into the Gulf of Mexico, recovery efforts had improved shockingly little: Responders...
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  Any serious oil spill in the ice of the Arctic is likely to be an uncontrollable environmental disaster despoiling vast areas of the world's most untouched ecosystem, one of the world's leading polar scientists says.   Oil from an undersea leak will not only be very hard to deal wit...
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Oil giant BP is set to take another battering after a US judge ruled thousands of fishermen and business owners hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster could sue for punitive damages, it has been reported. Judge Carl Barbier, who is considering some 500 cases against BP and its main co-defenda...
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India's coastline remains dangerously vulnerable. Last week MT Pavit, an unmanned oil tanker, ran aground on Juhu beach. That happened because, nitpicking over their jurisdictional responsibilities, Mumbai police sat on the information for hours. The alarm bells still ringing, a technical snag groun...
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An oil spill from a platform off Scotland in the North Sea is the biggest in the region in a decade, the British government said Monday as energy giant Shell battled to close off the leak completely. The spill from the Gannet Alpha platform, 112 miles (180 kilometres) east of Aberdeen, likely...
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Exxon Mobil Corp will bring in more people to mop up oil from a broken pipeline beneath the Yellowstone River as receding floodwaters reveal new contamination, federal officials said Friday.Also Friday, Montana environmental regulators said the pipeline may have leaked up to 1,200 barrels of oil int...
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While ExxonMobil and government officials worked Saturday to clear a ruptured pipeline underneath the Yellowstone River of any residual oil, a small group of boaters began their own weeks-long survey of the river in an effort to document areas affected by the spill. Called the Oily River Rendezvous...
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