Category Archives: Oil spills

Struggle to save stricken seabirds continues

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The mystery substance found on hundreds of seabirds washed up on the south coast is a “mixture of refined mineral oils”, says the Environment Agency.

Wildlife experts have warned many more birds could be affected by the waxy substance. Hundreds of birds were found on beaches from Sussex to Cornwall on Thursday. Environment Minister Richard Benyon said: “Every effort is being made to identify the cause of this problem. I’d like to thank everyone involved in helping the seabirds affected and it’s thanks to their efforts that many have been cleaned up and now have a chance of survival.”

The total rescue count so far is 162 alive and rescued, but 200 are dead, including a juvenile puffin, a fulmar and 3 razorbills. It is thought the substance may have been dumped into the English Channel by a ship. Most birds have been found in Dorset but others are appearing in Sussex, Hampshire, Devon and Cornwall.

Get Shell out of the Alaskan Wilderness

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About This Video: Shell’s $4.5 billion plan to convert the environmentally fragile Gulf of Alaska in to a major new oil frontier suffered a blow Monday night when one of its drill ships ran aground near Kodiak Island.

Stormy weather broke the Kulluk drill ship away from its tow ropes and within hours it had run aground. The Coast Guard safely evacuated 18 crew members from the ship and is now watching for any spills. The Kulluk has about 155,000 gallons of fuel on board according to Coast Guard Commander Shane Montoya.

In the video, a Coast Guard MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew flies over the mobile drilling unit Kulluk aground on the southeast shore of Sitkalidak Island about 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The on scene weather conditions were 40 mph winds with 20-foot seas. U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 1st Class…

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The Brenner Brief

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BP will pay a record $4.5 billion in fines and plead guilty to a dozen felony counts under a deal with the U.S. government to settle criminal charges stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident that killed 11 workers and spilled nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

Federal prosecutors also announced new indictments against two BP supervisors for manslaughter and a former BP executive for hiding information from Congress and lying to law-enforcement officials.

The settlement would resolve the British oil company’s criminal liability over the disaster — the worst oil spill in U.S. waters — but still leaves it to face civil charges in a trial that is set to begin early next year.

In addition to pleading guilty to the 11 felony counts of misconduct or negligence tied to the rig workers’ deaths, BP will also plead guilty to one misdemeanor count each…

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