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None on Kentucky hazmat team got new training for rail oil spills

A Kentucky oil train terminal illustrates a persistent gap between the risks posed by increasing volumes of crude oil moving by rail and the training available to local first responders … Click to Continue »

Vitol's Malaysia Terminal Suspends Ops after Spill

VTTI, the storage unit of world's largest oil trader Vitol, has suspended operations at its terminal in southern Malaysia following an oil spill, two industry sources said on Friday.

South Asia Meet on Oil, Chemical Spill Contingency Plan

 A meeting to update South Asia’s regional plan for oil and chemical pollution preparedness and response is underway in Male, Maldives (22-25 August),

200 Tons of Crude Oil Leak Into Red Sea Over Fuel Spill at Jordanian Port

Approximately 200 tons of crude oil leaked into the Red Sea's Gulf of Aqaba from Jordan's Aqaba port, local media reported.

Nanofur for oil spill cleanup

Some water ferns can absorb large volumes of oil within a short time, because their leaves are strongly water-repellent and, at the same time, highly oil-absorbing. Researchers have found that the oil-binding capacity of the water plant results from the hairy microstructure of its leaves. Show More Summary

MSRC CEO to Retire in April 2017

The Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC), the nation’s leading oil spill response organization, has announced that Steven T. Benz, the company’s President and CEO,

Scientists realize they can use fire tornadoes to clean up oil spills

Sometimes the most amazing discoveries can come from the most horrific accidents. Such is the case with the fire tornado, which has inspired scientists to work on a new flame called the Blue Whirl. […]

Lawyer accused of fraud by U.S. in BP oil spill case is acquitted

(Reuters) - A prominent Texas lawyer was acquitted on Thursday of charges he made up thousands of fake clients to sue BP Plc for damages that the oil company caused in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill, court records show.

Factors That Can Lead To An Upside In BP’s Stock Price

BP Plc., the London-based integrated oil and gas company, has always been in the news, mostly for the wrong reasons. Not only has the company been suffering a dent in its reputation due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the ongoing turmoil in the commodity markets has taken a severe toll on its profitability. […]

Flaming 'blue whirl' could help clean oil spills, researchers hope - CNET

A spinning blue flame may hold the key to mopping oil from bodies of water with minimal pollution.

The Top 8 Reasons Ships Sank, Spilled Oil And Exploded In 2015

Yesterday the US National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released Safer Seas Digest a “one-stop shop” for mariners and others to review concise summaries of a year’s accident investigations. The digest also includes the NTSB’s Top...Show More Summary

Thread below the Gardening Thread: Fire on the Water [KT]

Serving your mid-day open thread needs Blue Whirl, the Friendlier Fire Tornado The Blue Whirl, recently discovered by researchers at the University of Maryland, may make clean-up of oil spills on water less smoky. The little video at the link...

Ban Oil Trains For Good

Just a little over two months ago, a disastrous oil train derailment occurred in Mosier, Oregon, spilling 47,000 gallons of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota. The fallout from that accident has seen the entire region debating whether...Show More Summary

Peru detects fresh oil spill from decades-old Amazon pipeline

LIMA (Reuters) - A fresh oil spill in the Peruvian Amazon was detected from the country's four-decades-old pipeline on Thursday, operator Petroperu said, bringing the number of leaks this year to four.

Researchers Discover a New Type of Fire Called 'Blue Whirl'

2 weeks agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

The discovery could make oil spill clean-ups more efficient.

Newly discovered 'blue whirl' fire tornado burns cleaner for reduced emissions

Researchers say their discovery of a type of fire tornado they call a 'blue whirl' could lead to beneficial new approaches for reduced carbon emissions and improved oil spill cleanup.

Louisiana Parish Hit by Third Oil Spill in Ten Days As Pressure Grows To Hold Oil and Gas Industry Accountable for Coastal Damage

Yesterday, an estimated 4,200 gallons of crude oil was discharged from a well owned by the Texas Petroleum Investment Company into the mouth of the Mississippi River, according to the  U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard and other state...Show More Summary

Most water tests safe after Canada oil spill, but no all-clear

(Reuters) - Out of 900 water samples tested from a major Canadian river polluted by an oil spill last month, five exceeded drinking water guidelines, officials said on Wednesday, cautioning it was unclear when the river would be safe to drink from again.

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