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China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

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China’s offshore supply ship De Shen working at an oil spill area during a clean-up operation at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photograph: Transport Ministry Of China/EPA

Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed

January 18, 2018 — Consumers in Japan, China and South Korea should be wary of buying seafood until governments in the region have monitored and released details about the toxic impact of the Sanchi oil spill, scientists have warned. Continue reading China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

BP’s Deepwater Horizon bill tops $65bn

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The Deepwater Horizon rig pictured on fire the day after the accident on 20 April 2010.
Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Firm’s financial pain offset by rising oil prices as it winds down payouts from 2010 disaster

January 16, 2018 — BP is nearing the end of the $65bn (£47bn) Deepwater Horizon compensation process, it said as it announced an unexpectedly high payout of $1.7bn among the final few hundred outstanding claims. Continue reading BP’s Deepwater Horizon bill tops $65bn

East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

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Smoke and flames from the burning Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea. Photograph: AP

Ship was carrying 136,000 tons of oil that now threatens to pollute some of China’s most important fishing waters

January 16, 2018 — The Iranian oil tanker Sanchi sank off the coast of Shanghai on Sunday, after a week of burning and sending plumes of smoke hundreds of metres into the air. Only three bodies of the Continue reading East China Sea oil tanker disaster: what it means for the environment

ExxonMobil criticised over response to Bass Strait oil spill

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Water shimmers after a spill similar to one found near the ExxonMobil rig in the Bass Strait. Photograph: Joe Haresh/EPA

Investigation finds failure to properly respond to spill near drilling platform posed ‘significant threat to the environment’

May 10, 2017 — Failure to properly respond to an oil spill near an ExxonMobil rig in the Bass Strait increased the risk of contamination and posed a “significant threat to the environment”, an investigation has found. Continue reading ExxonMobil criticised over response to Bass Strait oil spill

The risk is too high. Why locals don’t want BP in the Great Australian Bight

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‘City of Victor Harbor CEO Graeme Maxwell warned that BP’s drilling plans represented a high risk to both the values and economy of the coastal community.’ Great Australian Bight Marine Park. Photograph: Sarah Hanson-Young

Locals on the coast of South Australia, where BP hopes to begin exploratory drilling, are nervous about the risks posed to the ocean and the threat to their livelihood

September 12, 2016 — You wouldn’t ride a roller coaster if you weren’t certain that all the bolts were sound. Yet, as reported in the Guardian on Monday, that’s just the risk being being taken with an oil-rig headed for the Great Australian Bight.  Continue reading The risk is too high. Why locals don’t want BP in the Great Australian Bight

Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

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Hydraulic connector flange/fasteners showing failures and first engaged threads. Since 2003 enormous bolts that secure offshore oil equipment to the seafloor, including potentially in the Great Australian Bight, have been snapping in half. Photograph: Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement/United States Department of the Interior

MPs and activists want BP’s exploration licences to be suspended over ‘very critical safety issue’ identified by US regulators

September 11, 2016 — Oil rigs poised to begin drilling in the Great Australian Bight could use faulty equipment that US regulators say is very likely to cause a “catastrophic incident” like the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Continue reading Call to halt Great Australian Bight oil drilling amid faulty equipment fears

Coast guard studies Chevron liability in Batangas Bay oil leak

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OIL SPILL. Some 100 liters of bunker fuel is spilled into Batangas Bay by Chevron is loading at the the oil depot in San Pascual town. File photo of Batangas Bay courtesy of Ramón Velasquez/ Wiki Commons
About 100 liters of fuel spills into the bay while the oil firm is loading bunker fuel into the Sunrise Sampaguita vessel at its oil depot in San Pascual, Batangas

MANILA, Philippines (Feb. 3, 2016) — The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said on Wednesday, February 3, it is determining the fines to be imposed on Chevron for spilling oil into Batangas Bay.

Continue reading Coast guard studies Chevron liability in Batangas Bay oil leak

Spill Tracker

An explosion in North American fossil fuel extraction has led to a dangerous rise in pipeline spills and oil train derailments

January 15, 2016 — Shipping oil and gas across our country and Canada is a dangerous business, whether it’s by rail, ship, or pipeline. Major accidents might make headlines for a few days or weeks, Continue reading Spill Tracker