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.
On Sunday evening Van Jones joined hundreds of San Francisco Bay Area residents to call voters to urge them to vote no on Proposition 23. “We’re getting the moment back for this movement,” Jones said.
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.
It will not be business-as-usual at the offices of BP, Chevron, and the Environmental Protection Agency Monday morning in San Francisco’s financial district. A rally, march, and acts of non-violent direct actions are planned by a coalition of a local organizations.
I’m participating, and one of many willing to be arrested.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
The disastrous oil spill in the Gulf has just taken a step toward the worst possible case scenario today. After a robotic submarine smashed into one of its vents, BP was forced to remove the containment cap that was capturing 25,000 gallons of petroleum pollution a day. This Enviroknow chart illustrates the estimated tremendous increase […]
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 […]
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.
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.
The offshore drilling unit Q4000 holds position directly over the sunken Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf, as crews work to plug the wellhead using a technique known as “top kill”. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ann Marie Gorden on May 26, 2010. The blog EnergyBoom reported that BP’s “top […]
What would you ask an oil company? How many millions of gallons are you going to continue to spew into our marshlands and coastlines? How many thousands of people and animals will be destroyed by your greed and incompetence? The Second City Network has just created this parody of British Petroleum’s vacuous advertisements, entitled “Bringing […]