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ExxonMobil pipeline spills oil again, one month and 200 miles from Arkansas spill

One month after ExxonMobil’s 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in the town of Mayflower, Ark., another breach in the same pipeline created an oil spill on a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri. The spill is reportedly small, but it calls into question the integrity of ExxonMobil’s pipeline, which stretches from Illinois to Texas and transports a 30,000-gallon daily load of diluted bitumen fuel – an extremely viscous and toxic blend of liquefied Canadian tar sands. The March 29 spill in Mayflower, Ark., flooded a residential neighborhood and contaminated the surrounding land and water. The disaster displaced ... Read More

EPA voices serious objections to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Environmental Impact assessment of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone Pipeline XL project, sharply criticizing the State Department’s own recent environmental review of the plan. If allowed to proceed, the $7-billion pipeline would transport millions of barrels of highly toxic, viscous tar-sands fuel from Canada across the United States to the Gulf Coast. In its April 22 letter to top State Department officials, the EPA gives a number of reasons for its objection to the pipeline, detailing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, the especially toxic and difficult-to-clean nature of the diluted bitumen (dilbit) oil, questions about ... Read More

Scientists link insect population decline in Gulf wetlands to BP oil spill

Spiders and insect populations are declining in Louisiana’s coastal marshes and other wetlands along the Gulf Coast, and scientists believe BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the culprit. The findings may signal the early stages of a broader, deeper impact the oil disaster is having on the environment. According to The Advocate, Louisiana State University researchers studying the decline have determined through ecological fieldwork and lab tests that two components of oil, naphthalene and metylnapththaline, are at least partly to blame for the problem, which has the potential to reverberate throughout the food chain. Three years after the oil spill started, ... Read More

Gulf residents, ecology facing deadly aftershocks of BP’s oil spill cover-up

Nearly three years after BP doused its monstrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill with Corexit oil dispersants, the media has finally started to report on just how dangerous the chemicals, which are meant to break oil down into tiny particles for micro-organisms to consume and digest, are to human health and the environment. But with the BP oil spill a distant memory in most peoples’ minds and the lack of serious media coverage given to what has been called the “trial of the century” – BP’s federal trial that could put it on the hook to pay tens of billions of ... Read More

Florida sues BP and Halliburton for $5.5 billion over oil spill damages

The State of Florida filed a lawsuit against BP and some of its affiliated companies last week on the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and turned much of the northern Gulf of Mexico into a sea of sticky black crude. The state is seeking to recover $5.48 billion in actual and potential revenues it estimates it lost as a result of the giant 2010 oil spill. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the northern District of Florida, Panama City. It names as defendants BP Exploration & Production ... Read More

Report details how Corexit dispersant made BP oil spill many times more toxic

A new report published by the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group provides one of the most thoroughly researched, comprehensive independent analyses of BP’s unrestrained use of Corexit oil dispersants to break up the oil that blasted from its Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and sinking in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The report sends a strong warning about the proven, toxic effects of the chemical dispersant on human health and the environment, but it also demonstrates how powerful corporations like BP continually undermine the federal government’s authority, rendering it unable or unwilling to actively prevent such disasters ... Read More

BP oil spill still imperils sea life three years later, new report finds

Three years have passed since BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, unleashing a torrent of oil from its blown-out Macondo well that created the worst oil disaster in the history of the United States. But while Gulf residents and businesses continue to heal from the damage, a new report by the National Wildlife Federation suggests the Gulf’s marine life is still in grave danger. “Three years after the initial explosion, the impacts of the disaster continue to unfold,” National Wildlife Federation senior scientist and lead report author Doug Inkley, said. “Dolphins are still dying in high numbers ... Read More

Fertilizer plant explosion rocks small Texas town, dozens feared dead

WEST, TEXAS–A giant explosion ripped through a Texas fertilizer plant in the small town of West Wednesday night, injuring what officials say could be hundreds of people, killing an undetermined number of people, and destroying dozens of homes in a five- to six-block radius. The blast registered as 2.1-magnitude quake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and was felt 70 miles away. “We need your prayers,” West Mayor Tommy Muska said in a news conference Wednesday night. “There’s a lot of people that are hurt. And there’s a lot of people that I’m sure are not going to be here ... Read More

Some Gulf species in peril after BP oil spill, but seafood marketers upbeat

When the Tampa Bay Times published an article about the number of sick fish that continue to turn up in the Gulf of Mexico three years after BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Gulf Seafood Marketing Coalition offered to send the reporter on an all-expenses-paid trip to New Orleans to sample delicious, wholesome, safe Gulf seafood. As the Times reported, the writer declined the generous invitation, but the fact that it was extended demonstrates how nervous the Gulf seafood industry continues to be in the wake of such an epic disaster. It also demonstrates the tough dichotomy the Gulf seafood ... Read More

Major oil spills in Arkansas, Texas, Utah receive little notice in the public eye

Have oil spills become so common in the U.S. that they are no longer considered news? The same week that ExxonMobil’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured, spewing thousands of barrels of sticky bitumen sludge all over an Arkansas town, two other oil spills categorized as “major” by federal standards occurred in the U.S. Yet the three spills have received very little attention by national news outlets. On Good Friday, the same day that the ExxonMobil spill erupted underneath a suburban development in Mayflower, Arkansas, Shell Pipeline, a unit of Royal Dutch Shell Plc, shut down its West Columbia, Texas, pipeline when federal ... Read More