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Taylor Energy Oil Spill in Gulf Still Secretly Spewing Since 2004 4-16-15 AP
OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) — A blanket of fog lifts, exposing a band of rainbow sheen that stretches for miles off the coast of Louisiana. From the vantage point of an airplane, it’s easy to see gas bubbles in the slick that mark the spot where an oil platform toppled during a 2004 hurricane, triggering what might be the longest-running commercial oil spill ever to pollute the Gulf of Mexico.
Yet more than a decade after crude started leaking at the site formerly operated by Taylor Energy Company, few people even know of its existence. The company has downplayed the leak’s extent and environmental impact, likening it to scores of minor spills and natural seeps the Gulf routinely absorbs.
An Associated Press investigation has revealed evidence that the spill is far worse than what Taylor — or the government — have publicly reported during their secretive, and costly, effort to halt the leak. Presented with AP’s findings, that the sheen recently averaged about 91 gallons of oil per day across eight square miles, the Coast Guard provided a new leak estimate that is about 20 times greater than one recently touted by the company.
Vancouver, British Columbia, 4-9-15
UPDATE, April 10, 8:42 a.m.: Transport Canada has confirmed the spill is coming from the Marathassa grain carrier. Crews have also stated that 80 per cent of the fuel has been contained.
Port Metro Vancouver says there was an oil spill in the waters of English Bay on Wednesday.
The Canadian Coast Guard is leading the cleanup operation and has been working with Western Canada Marine Response Corporation to contain and recover the substance since last night.
The City of Vancouver has stated that the substance is bunker fuel used to run a vessel and is toxic. There have been social media reports that some of the oil has reached the beaches and seawall of downtown.
The Western Canada Marine Response Corporation has set up a boom around ship Marathassa in an attempt to contain the spill and police, park rangers and Stanley Park Ecology Society staff are stationed at the beach areas to keep the public away.
Oil Rig Explosion Kills 4 in Gulf of Mexico 4-1-15
An explosion and ensuing fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico today left four dead and injured 45 others, according to the Pemex oil company.
Pemex, a Mexican state-run oil company, said 300 workers have been evacuated after the fire broke out on their Abkatun Permanente platform.
Pemex said in a statement tonight that no spill occurred. "The fire that broke today at the Abkatun processing platform in Campeche did not cause an oil spill in the sea. Authorities only registered a runoff, which is being contained by specialised vessels," Pemex said.
Among those killed was a contractor for the Mexican oil services company, Cotemar, according to Pemex. Employees who escaped told the Associated Press some people were forced to jump into the shallow waters to escape the blaze.
"There was nothing you could do but run," Roger Arias Sanchez, an employee of Pemex contractor Cotemar told the AP.
Currently, there are eight fireboats fighting the blaze, according to Pemex. Fleets of helicopters ferried workers from the oil rig to the town of Ciudad del Carmen, according to the AP.
It is unclear how much fuel might have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico as a result of the incident.
The Pemex company has dealt with multiple deadly accidents in recent years, including a 2013 blast at the company headquarters that killed 37 people.
In 2012, a fire at a natural gas facility killed 26.
Montana oil spill latest in pipeline company's string of incidents 1-31-15
The Wyoming company whose pipeline leaked 30,000 gallons of crude oil into the Yellowstone River in Montana and its sister company have had multiple pipeline spills and federal fines levied against them in the last decade, according to government records.
Bridger Pipeline, the operator of the Poplar Pipeline that broke recently near Glendive, Montana, recorded nine pipeline incidents between 2006 and 2014, according to the pipeline administration. Combined, the spills leaked nearly 11,000 gallons of crude.
Bridger’s sister company, Belle Fourche Pipeline, recorded 21 incidents over the same period, during which a total of 272,832 gallons of oil was spilled.
Both companies are operated from the same control room in Casper and are owned by the True family. Tad True, vice-president of Bridger and Belle Fourche, said the companies have made great efforts to improve their compliance record. Since 2009, Bridger has been inspected eight times. Belle Fourche has been inspected on nine occasions. The companies have not been issued a fine in any of those inspections, federal records show.
Pipeline Breach Spills Oil Into Yellowstone River 1-18-15
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Montana officials said Sunday that an oil pipeline breach spilled up to 50,000 gallons of oil into the Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana, but they said they are unaware of any threats to public safety or health.
The Bridger Pipeline Co. said the spill occurred about 10 a.m. Saturday. The initial estimate is that 300 to 1,200 barrels of oil spilled, the company said in a statement Sunday.
Some of the oil did get into the water, but the area where it spilled was frozen over and that could help reduce the impact, said Dave Parker, a spokesman for Gov. Steve Bullock.
"We think it was caught pretty quick, and it was shut down," Parker said. "The governor is committed to making sure the river is cleaned up."
Bridger Pipeline Co. said in the statement that it shut down the 12-inch-wide pipeline shortly before 11 a.m. Saturday. "Our primary concern is to minimize the environmental impact of the release and keep our responders safe as we clean up from this unfortunate incident," said Tad True, vice president of Bridger.
An Exxon Mobil Corp. pipeline broke near Laurel during flooding in July 2011, releasing 63,000 gallons of oil that washed up along an 85-mile stretch of riverbank.
Montana officials are trying to determine if oil could have been trapped by sediment and debris and settled into the riverbed.
Exxon Mobil is facing state and federal fines of up to $3.4 million from the spill. The company has said it spent $135 million on the cleanup and other work.
10,000 Gallons of Oil Spill on Los Angeles Streets LOS ANGELES May 15, 2014 (AP)
Crews sopped up the remains of about 10,000 gallons of crude oil that sprayed into Los Angeles streets and onto buildings early Thursday after a high-pressure pipe burst.
A geyser of crude spewed 20 feet high over approximately half a mile at about 12:15 a.m. and was knee-high in some parts of the industrial area of Atwater Village before the oil line was remotely shut off, said Fire Capt. Jaime Moore.
A handful of commercial businesses near the border of Glendale was affected, as well as a strip club that was evacuated.
Firefighters and hazardous materials crews responded. Several roads were closed.
Four people at a medical business were evaluated with respiratory complaints, and two people were transferred to a hospital, Moore said.
By dawn, an environmental cleaning company had vacuumed up most of the oil. Crews put down absorbent material to sop up the remaining crude and then used high-pressure hoses to wash the streets with a soap solution.
Officials previously said 50,000 gallons had spilled, but that number was revised downward after the vacuuming began.
Another 60,000 Litre leak from CNRL’s pipeline 1-25-15
On Jan 24, Canadian Natural Resources Limited (CNRL) reported to the AER that a pipeline leak had occurred 115Km North East of Slave Lake Alberta. The cause of the leak hasn’t been determined, and the company say ...
Husky Oil Operations Limited spills 46,000 Litres after gasket failed 1-23-15
On Jan 15, Husky Oil Operations reported to the AER that a pipeline leaked 46,000 litres of Toxic produced water just 3Km South of Vermilion Alberta. The company fenced off a portion of land to keep horses ...
Harvest Operations Corp spills 100,000 Litres of toxic produced water near Provost 1-22-15
On Jan 21, Harvest Operations Corp reported to the AER that a pipeline release of 100,000 litres of produced toxic water had spilled 19Km North East of Provost Alberta. The release occurred near a grazing pasture with ...
Another pipeline leak in Zama City for Apache Canada 1-21-15
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On Jan 20, Apache Canada reported to the AER that yet another pipeline leak had occurred in Zama City Alberta, Just 10Km a pipeline leaked 25,000 litres of Emulsion onto the frozen ground. The company says the ...
CNRL spills 29,000 Litres of Produced toxic water near Red Earth Creek Alberta 1-21-15
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On Jan 19, Canadian Natural Resources Limited or (CNRL) reported to the AER that a pipeline leak of 29,000 litres of produced toxic water had occurred 17Km East of Red Earth Creek, Alberta. The report states that ...
Train Hauling Crude From ND Oil Patch Derails, Catches Fire Bismarck, ND — May 6, 2015, 8:18 PM ET
By BLAKE NICHOLSON and MATTHEW BROWN Associated Press
A train that derailed and caught fire early Wednesday in rural North Dakota was hauling crude from the state's oil patch, raising questions about whether new state standards intended to reduce the volatility of such shipments are sufficient. The six tank cars that exploded into flames were a model slated to be phased out or retrofitted by 2020 under a federal rule announced last week.
It's the fifth fiery accident since February involving that type of tank car, and industry critics responded to the latest with calls for them to be taken off the tracks immediately to prevent further fires.
The six cars that caught fire were carrying approximately 180,000 gallons of oil, Trevino said. Investigators haven't been able to get close enough to the spill to determine how much of the oil burned off, spilled or remained in the cars, authorities said.
Curt Benson, a 68-year-old retired sheriff who alerted authorities, said he was getting ready for the day when the explosion outside town rattled his house. With the large number of oil trains that come through the community each day, he figured that was the cause. FULL STORY
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