oil spills

Santa Barbara Still Reeling From The Worst Oil Spill In Decades

Last Tuesday, an onshore pipeline belonging to the Texas-based oil company Plains All American burst, spewing roughly 105,000 gallons of crude down a storm drain and into an undeveloped stretch of coastline just north of Santa Barbara. Roughly a fifth of that oil made its way into open water.


Not Again: How A 1969 Oil Spill Devastated The Santa Barbara Coast

It takes a disaster to shock us out of complacency. In January 1969, an oil well blew up off the coast of Santa Barbara, spilling an estimated 11.3 megalitres of black goo into the ocean — then the largest oil spill in US waters ever. As images of dead birds and blackened beaches flooded the media, the modern environmental movement was born.


BP Oil Spill Aftermath: Eyeless Shrimp, Clawless Crabs

Al Jazeera just published an astonishing report on the after-effects of the BP oil disaster, and it’s not pretty. There are an alarming number of deformities in sea creatures: mutated shrimp, fish with sores and lesions, eyeless crabs and more. It’s unlike anything local fisherman have ever seen.


BP Has Another Spill On Its Hands

Seriously? BP admitted today that a pipeline leak on Saturday resulted in “2100 to 4200 gallons” of oil being spilled onto the Alaskan tundra. After last year’s five million barrels spilt, can they really afford even small screw-ups? [Yahoo News]


Trump Offered Obama BP Spill Fix And A Ballroom

Donald Trump. Just a normal man with a normal ego. An ego so mild that he casually asked to be put in charge of BP repair operations. When he was turned down, he offered to build Obama a ballroom. Hoookay!


Gulf Spill Round Up

One year on, we take a look at the technologies used to combat the worst oil spill in US history.


The Cost Of The BP Disaster, One Year Later

Exactly a year ago, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank to the bottom of the ocean, beginning the slow underwater seep of five million barrels of oil. Today, the Gulf is better – but the disaster’s damage remains.


Why Capping Blown Oil Wells Is So Difficult

Last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped an estimated 9.8 million litres of oil A DAY into the Gulf of Mexico – you’d think someone would have gotten on that faster. Oh, they did? Fire on the Horizon explains what took so damn long.


BP CEO Thinks Last Year Was Almost The Company's Best

Ah man, don’t you hate those days where everything goes totally right except for when you, I dunno, step in a puddle? BP CEO Bob Dudley feels like that about BP in 2010, except his “puddle” was an environmental armageddon.


BP Dispersants Causing 'Non-Stop Diarrhoea'

Remember when BP was responsible for horrible things, and then they plugged the hole and we moved on to worrying about other horrible things? Things are still horrible! The chemical they used to break down oil is making people ill.


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