STAFF BLOG NORTHLAND OUTDOORS Trouble in the Gulf Part 3: Regaining Paradise
As you read this, the first of perhaps 10 million waterfowl that winter in Louisiana's coastal wetlands are flying south. Each year, fewer acres of marsh and barrier-island habitat await them. This ye... Posted on 8/31/10 at 9:38 AM
IT'S GOOD TO BE IN ND Interstate 94 eastbound closed between Jamestown and Medina
There's been a chemical spill on Interstate 94 near Medina. If you have any friends traveling in that area today or plan on traveling there, you would be well advised to read this story.... Posted on 7/23/10 at 8:56 AM
NIE ROCKS Oil spill questions and answers
Here is an informative article from MCT/McClatchy newspapers. It takes a look at the history of oil and offshore drilling in a question and answer format to help put the recent oil spill in conte... Posted on 6/17/10 at 12:00 AM
NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge on Tuesday approved an agreement for BP PLC to plead guilty to manslaughter and other charges and pay a record $4 billion in criminal penalties for the company’s role in the 2010 rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) — The Coast Guard said Tuesday that about 7,000 gallons of crude oil were unaccounted for aboard a leaking barge that had rammed a railroad bridge near Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, which remained closed for a third day as crews slowly pumped out oil.
The oil industry has often said that dilbit, a heavy crude oil from Canada’s tar sands, isn’t much different from conventional crude oil. But when it comes to paying into a federal fund used to clean up oil spills, it’s different enough to deserve a sizeable tax break.
KINGSTON, Jamaica — An extensive fuel spill has fouled a stretch of shoreline and oiled pink flamingos and other wildlife in a nature preserve in Curacao, conservationists and residents of the tiny Dutch Caribbean island said Monday.
HOUSTON (AP) — BP and the drilling contractor that operated the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon were so focused on worker safety they didn’t do enough to prevent major hazards, such as the 2010 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 people, federal investigators said Tuesday.
DETROIT (AP) — The Canadian operator of an oil pipeline that ruptured in southwestern Michigan two years ago, causing the most expensive onshore spill in U.S. history, failed to deal adequately with structural problems detected years ago and to respond appropriately to the catastrophe, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday.
A ruptured pipeline near Michigan’s Kalamazoo River leaked oil for more than 17 hours, even as 16 high-priority alarms sounded in the operator’s control room in Canada. Control room workers restarted the pipeline twice during that period — and were preparing for a third restart — when they learned from an outside party about the massive spill in 2010.
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A state panel created to help prevent a repeat of last year’s oil spill into the Yellowstone River is calling for pipeline technology upgrades by companies and more money for government inspectors.
Those recommendations are in a report due for release today by the governor-appointed Pipeline Safety Review Council.
CAVALIER (AP) — A semitrailer traveling from Canada rolled off a highway in northeastern North Dakota, injuring the driver and spilling thousands of gallons of an oil product. North Dakota Health Department scientist Mike Sauer says environmental damage appears minimal.
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