Late last month the Kulluk Shell oil rig was run aground on the pristine shores of Alaska’s Kodiak Island while it was being towed to Seattle during a ferocious storm. Why would anyone even attempt towing something as dangerously precarious as an oil rig in the middle of a massive winter storm? The reason that the mobile offshore drilling unit was being moved out of Alaska at the end of December, in spite of hurricane force winds and treacherous 40 foot waves, was because Shell was trying to avoid paying a few million dollars in taxes.
The Exxon-Valdez is in the news again — this controversial ship is set to be disassembled, and its scheduled dismantling is bringing light to important issues such as how to preserve the health of workers and how to protect the environment from the ships toxic elements.
Recently, the notorious Exxon-Valdez ship was transported to Indian waters for dismantling; but its toxic reputation had preceded the vessel, which began drowning in a quagmire of litigation, controversy and concern. The ship is a 27-year-old behemoth that grabbed the headlines in 1989 with one of the worst oil-tanker spills in all of human history.
A visit to Alaska is an eye-opener for the environmentally sensitive. Its immense natural beauty is also a reminder that we humans have pretty much destroyed many such regions around the world. We all — not just environmental groups or nature lovers — must wake-up and initiate immediate action if we want to preserve what is left of such wilderness.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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…
Louisiana Judge Martin Feldman, who inexplicably lifted the ban on offshore drilling last week, is significantly invested in BP, Transocean, and many other companies that are directly involved in offshore drilling. The U.S. District judge’s dividend checks are directly dependent upon the case that he decided to benefit oil companies. Isn’t this supposed to be illegal? Can you say “conflict of interest”? WTF? Dr. Rachel Maddow explains the extent of Judge Feldman’s numerous investments in the petroleum industry:
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…
A bird is engulfed in toxic oil sludge at East Grand Terre Island along the Louisiana coast on June 3, 2010. Images are from AP photographer Charlie Riedel. It seems that our nation will be scraping the putrid remnants of the Bush/Cheney administration off our shoes for many decades; not just in the form our tattered economy, torture and illegal wars, but also the horrific oil spill in the gulf.