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Oil Train Safety Law Veto Sparks Protest in New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s veto of an oil train safety bill that would increase transparency and accountability among freight train companies sparked a protest Tuesday, Aug. 22, with public safety and environmental advocates calling on state legislators to override the veto. The bill, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg, D-Teaneck, “would require railroads to submit disaster response and cleanup plans to state officials, make their bridge inspection reports available to the state Department of Transportation and disclose routing and volume information publicly to assist emergency response personnel,” according to NorthJersey.com. The legislation is one of several bills being ... Read More

Reports Show Oil Spills From Dakota Access Pipeline

Two separate oil spills in North Dakota released more than 100 gallons of oil from the Dakota Access Pipeline and a feeder line in March, even before the controversial pipeline was fully operating, reports show. The Associated Press reported that about 84 gallons of oil spilled from a leaky flange connecting a feeder pipe to the Dakota Access Pipeline on March 3. The spill occurred in Watford, North Dakota, contaminating snow and soil but not affecting any nearby waterways. The North Dakota Department of Health said that no people or wildlife were harmed by the spill. Two days after that ... Read More

Cleanup Underway on Oil Spill In NYC’s East River

A ruptured Con Edison transformer in Brooklyn may have spilled more than 5,000 gallons of oil into the East River and about 31,000 gallons of oily dielectric fluid on land, the U.S. Coast Guard said Wednesday, May 11. “A transformer containing approximately 37,000 gallons of insulating oil used with electrical equipment, failed on Sunday May 7 at 12:23 p.m., causing much of the oil to be released within the station property in addition to the East River,” Con Edison said in a statement. Coast Guard crews were attempting to contain the oil spill in the East River by laying oil booms ... Read More

Benzene Abounds in the Grounds of North Dakota

News source KCET.org has dubbed North Dakota the “Oil Spill State” due to the extremely high number of oil spills that have soaked the grounds of the state over the years. The state’s Department of Health Environmental Incidents Reports logged 745 oil spills in just one year, ending May 1, 2017. That’s an average of one oil spill every 11 hours, 45 minutes. In some cases, such as the tank overflow on May 18, 2016, in Bowman County, the spill was as large as 400 barrels, or 16,800 gallons of crude oil as well as 2,400 barrels of brine that flowed ... Read More

North Dakota Oil Spill Pollutes Little Missouri River Tributary

An oil spill in western North Dakota released more than a thousand gallons of a crude oil and salt water mixture before it was discovered Saturday, April 22, polluting a tributary of the Little Missouri River. According to the Associated Press, the pipeline released an estimated 756 gallons of oil and 294 gallons of salt water, a drilling byproduct, contaminating a 14-mile stretch of Little Beaver Creek. North Dakota’s Department of Health estimated that about 100 gallons of that mixture entered the tributary. The owner of the pipeline, Continental Resources of Oklahoma City, said Wednesday, April 26, that the cause ... Read More

Brooklyn Fuel Depot Spills Estimated 27,000 Gallons of Diesel At Gravesend Bay

An oil spill attributed to a transfer error at a Brooklyn fuel depot has released an estimated 27,000 gallons of diesel fuel into Gravesend Bay and the land around it, BKLYNER discovered, noting that the spill and cleanup response were not publicized. Interviewing multiple sources involved in the spill response, BKLYNER reports that the spill started before sunrise on Thursday, March 30, at Brooklyn’s Bayside Fuel Depot. BKLYNER says it was tipped off by video and pictures of the spill’s aftermath and extensive cleanup response it obtained. A representative from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation confirmed the ... Read More

Another Hilcorp Pipeline Break Reported in Alaska’s Cook Inlet

Pipeline owner Hilcorp, already under fire for an ongoing gas leak in Alaska’s Cook Inlet, is now dealing with another oil spill in the same pristine body of water that’s home to a diversity of marine life, including an endangered population of beluga whales. The new Hilcorp Alaska pipeline spill was discovered Saturday as a sheen spread across the surface that dissipated shortly after being spotted. Hilcorp said it shut down the 8-inch diameter oil line, which runs for miles on the floor of Cook Inlet between two production platforms. Hilcorp said it removed all oil from the pipeline and ... Read More

North Dakota’s December Oil Spill Three Times Larger Than First Estimated

Updated estimates show a pipeline oil spill that occurred in western North Dakota in December was three times larger than first estimated, making it one of the largest spills in the state’s history. North Dakota’s spill investigation manager Bill Suess estimates that 529,839 gallons of oil were released from the Belle Fourche Pipeline, more than triple the original estimate of about 176,000 gallons. Estimates could rise again in the future because they don’t include a hillside area of the spill that could contain about another 100,000 gallons of oil. North Dakota’s largest oil spill occurred in September 2013 when pipeline ... Read More

Abandoned Hilcorp Well source of oil spill in Southern Mississippi River

The U.S. Coast Guard, Hilcorp Energy, and a handful of oil remediation companies are working to contain a natural gas and oil spill on the lower Mississippi river near Venice, Louisiana. The oil spill, which as of Wednesday covered about eight square miles of water and wetlands, was first reported on the afternoon of Monday, March 20, from an abandoned wellhead owned by Hilcorp, a Houston-based oil and gas exploration and production company. Hilcorp told the U.S. Coast Guard’s National Response Center that it had secured the old wellhead at approximately 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night. First estimates reported the well released ... Read More

Ethanol Spill In Iowa Creek  Underscores Need For Better Railroad Safety, Critics Say

Iowa environmental groups are calling on lawmakers for better legislation and regulation of the railroad industry after a Union Pacific freight train hauling ethanol derailed near the town of Graettinger, Iowa, March 10. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) continues to investigate the derailment, which caused some of the train’s ethanol-laden cars to topple into the Jack Creek in the northern part of the state. Fifteen of the cars caught fire and some of them continued to burn two days after the 1 a.m. crash. The derailment and fire also destroyed a bridge running over the creek. Authorities say the ... Read More