petroleum

Enbridge Knew Tar Sands Pipeline was Damaged 5 Years Before Michigan Oil Spill

Two years ago the worst onshore oil spill in United States history was caused in Michigan by a Canadian company named Enbridge. Over one million gallons of tar sands crude spewed out of a ruptured pipeline into the Kalamazoo River, and the attempted clean up has only just been completed, sort of. The NTSB has released a report analyzing the extreme negligence that led to this environmental disaster, and found that the company knew five years beforehand that this burst pipeline was sorely in need of repair, but did nothing to fix it.

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Salazar Says No New Arctic Oil Drilling

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has now stated that there will be no more oil drilling in the Arctic until much more is know about the many potential environmental problems that petroleum exploration may cause. Salazar has just completed a two day tour of Alaska, visited petroleum reserves sites and small towns. He discussed how much more complicated a massive oil spill response would be in the remote Arctic regions, as compared to the present clean up efforts for the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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BP Oil Spill Largest in History

The amount of toxic petroleum that the BP oil spill catastrophe spewed into the Gulf of Mexico is now estimated at over 170 million gallons. This makes the disaster the worst oil spill ever in history, greatly exceeding even the devastation wrought by the horrific Ixtoc spill in the Gulf in 1979, which lasted for an entire year.

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Michigan Oil Spill Raises Serious Questions

Poor government oversight of an oil pipeline company contributed to a major environmental disaster in Michigan this week. As workers tackle a 1 million gallon oil spill in Michigan’s Kalamazoo River, citizens are eager to volunteer to help with oil-soaked wildlife.  But public officials are discouraging them.  According to one report, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm and wildlife officials are saying asking volunteers not to to rescue oil-covered wildlife from the river and surrounding areas. “While the sentiment is appreciated, the…

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New Oil Spill in Louisiana

As we first reported yesterday over at FailDrill, massive geysers of oil spewed into the air and ocean in Barataria Bay on the coast of Louisiana on Tuesday, after a tugboat ran into an offshore drilling wellhead. The area is part of a network of ecologically sensitive estuaries and bayous that have been already battling toxic waves of oil from BP’s Gulf spill. At what point does it become clear that the continued pursuit of petroleum is just a really…

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Oil’s Forgiven

Last week Louisiana Judge Martin Feldman, who recently inexplicably overturned the Obama Administration’s offshore drilling moratorium, issued a statement flatly refusing to recuse himself from this case, even though he is heavily invested in offshore drilling and British Petroleum. Dr. Rachel Maddow highlights this, as well as just how incredibly pervasive the influence of the massive petroleum industry is within our government, academia and society. She clearly explains that we must fundamentally shift how we look at energy and what…

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Sanctuary City: Seas of Acid

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of Sanctuary City, a fictional futuristic serial that appears regularly in Ecolocalizer. Read last week’s chapter here. The planet’s oceans turned into acid. The seas had already absorbed so much carbon dioxide from our pollution that their acidity levels had increased threefold in just the few years that she had been alive. Our saltwater had gradually been transformed into carbonic acid, and began dissolving the shells of living sea creatures, coral reefs and…

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Creepy BP

This insightful cartoon about BP’s horrific oil spill by David Horsey really captures how I have been feeling lately. I still see spewing as well.

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Waves of Oil Wash Ashore in Alabama

This toxic petroleum wave was breaking on the shore in Orange Beach, Alabama, more than 90 miles from BP’s catastrophic oil spill. The accumulated crude on the coastline was six inches deep. Image is by AP photographer Dave Martin.

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Renewed Push for an End to Offshore Oil Drilling

As the massive Gulf Coast oil spill continues to grow and spread every hour, utterly devastating wildlife, the environment and local economies, many people have had enough. Groups are now calling for Obama to reinstate the moratorium on new offshore drilling, which he announced in March that he would be lifting. MoveOn.org has just released this ad calling for clean energy leadership  from the president, and an end to dangerous offshore oil drilling.  Citing the destructive gulf spill, today Governor…

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Green Planet Bottle, Not So Green

It has arrived. Ladies and gentlemen: the compostable water bottle has arrived. Earlier this month, Green Planet Bottle launched an organic, 100% plant-based bottle which is not only petroleum- and BPA-free, but it’s also carbon neutral. This is certainly a good business move: Green Planet is entering the $11 billion bottled water market that doesn’t seem to go away. But can bottled water really be “green,” or sustainable? The company is targeting schools, corporate campuses, and hotels, and can be…

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6 World Records Set by South African Mines

South Africa is a world leader both in terms of mineral resources and in the development of mining technology to extract these resources. The industry there leads the world in many areas, and has had enormous impact on the growth of Africa and on the environment. 1. The Biggest Open Cast, Hand Dug Mine in the World The Big Hole of Kimberly was dug by hand, using picks and shovels. There is debate about whether the Big Hole is the…

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Talking Sustainability with Scott Kellogg

Last night, Scott Kellogg from the Rhizome Collective spoke at Charis Books in Little Five Points. He talked about permaculture and taking back the word sustainability. [Creative Commons photo by Chad Hanna] Marketers and large corporations have co-opted the word sustainability to sell products. It’s come to mean expensive bamboo counter tops and organic cotton bedding. We need to take back that word to its original meaning. Sustainability is living within your means. It’s closing the waste cycle and finding…

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