Sea otters rebound from Exxon Valdez disaster
Scientists conducted aerial surveys, examined causes of sea otter deaths and analyzed genes to check for influence from oil exposure to gauge the animal’s recovery.
What’s causing oil sheens near Deepwater Horizon spill site?
Leftover oil is leaking out of tanks of the sunken offshore drilling rig.
Sociology professor Matthew Lee discusses the emotional impact of the 2010 spill and how residents are handling the stress years later.
Two weeks ago today, Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline carrying diluted bitumen from Canada ruptured catastrophically, creating a 22-foot long gash that unleashed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and toxic chemical diluents into the Central Arkansas town of Mayflower. Since then, the local media has faced strong intimidation from Exxon, local residents have become sick from the toxic fumes, a severe thunderstorm threatened cleanupefforts and led officials to release contaminated water into Lake Conway and the Attorney General of Arkansas has launched an investigation, as a number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of residents.
Despite spilling tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and chemicals into an Arkansas neighborhood, thanks to a loophole in a law from 1980, ExxonMobil will not be paying into a federal oil spill cleanup fund because the oil they spilled is not the right type of oil. It is a twisted example of the legal technicalities and lax regulations that all too often favor oil companies, but a coalition of environmental groups are working to close the loophole.
A large Utah oil spill was partially contained thanks to some helpful beavers.
Dispersant makes oil 52 times more toxic
The mix of dispersants and oil likely ‘put a big dent’ in the ocean’s food web, but scientists have no measurements to be sure how big.
Magnets could help clean up offshore oil spills
MIT’s new technique mixes water-repellent nanoparticles into oil plumes and then use magnets to life out the nanoparticles and thus the oil.