Posted on July 13, 2015 by Envirothink
Right now, somewhere on this planet, an oil spill is occurring. You may not have heard or read about it (yet) but it’s happening – with oil either gushing or seeping unfettered across some waterway or landscape.
There are a myriad of issues involved with oil spills. Unless you have a strong background in this industry – and perhaps even then – you likely won’t know or comprehend many of them. This thorny subject is the focus of an excellent article published today by Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN). Its author Jyllian Kemsley outlines both the broad strokes and daunting specifics that face scientists and the oil industry in dealing effectively with oil spills around the world.
Filed under: Oil spill disasters | Tagged: aquatic ecosystems, Deepwater Horizon, Gulf of Mexico, marine life, marine mammals, oil spills | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 3, 2014 by Envirothink
Deformed shrimp taken from the Gulf of Mexico since the 2010 BP oil disaster, photo by Keith Ladner
A new scientific report published Wednesday that looked at the abundance and size of Louisiana white and brown shrimp before and after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, says that the amount of size of shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico and its local estuaries were unaffected. It’s authors noted that “shrimp populations have been predicted not to suffer dramatic effects as result of the spill.”
Filed under: Oil spill disasters | Tagged: Al Jazeera, biodiversity, BP, BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP oil disaster, Dr. Jim Cowan, environmental disaster, Gulf fishing industry, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf oil spill, Keith Ladner, marine life, scientific report, toxic dispersents | Leave a comment »
Posted on June 3, 2014 by Envirothink
An oiled Canadian goose, photo courtesy of the U.S. EPA
As yet another example of how out of touch we are with Nature and the vital role of its creatures, now there’s a controversy as to whether “Canadian governments, industry and wildlife management groups” should work to save wildlife seriously effected after an oil spill or make the “tough” choice to euthanize these creatures.
Filed under: Marine wildlife, Oil spill disasters | Tagged: Canadian goose, endangered marine life, euthanizing wildlife, oil disasters, oil spill, Oiled Wildlife Society of British Columbia, Western Canada Marine Response Corp., wildlife management, wildlife oil clean-up | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 27, 2014 by Envirothink
Oil spills make the news on a regular basis. Are we so used to hearing, seeing and/or reading about them that we take them for granted as a way of life? We humans can get used to anything if we have to, but are we becoming desensitized to this growing environmental disaster? Continue reading
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Posted on March 26, 2014 by Envirothink
BP’s latest oil spill hits Lake Michigan
It seems we hear about a new oil spill every week – sometimes more. And the pictures have become hauntingly familiar.
One of the newest spills featured in the news was caused by our environmental nemesis BP, of Deepwater Horizon fame. From one frying pan into the next.
Filed under: Oil spill disasters | Tagged: beluga whales, BP, Canadian tar sands, Deepwater Horizon, drilling in the Arctic, environment, environmental disasters, Globally Important Bird Area, Houston Shipping Channel, industrial pollution, nature preserve, oil pipeline, oil spills | Leave a comment »
Posted on December 13, 2012 by Envirothink
Could this scene from the 2010 Gulf oil spill be beginning again?
As macabre as it may seem, the environmental debacle of BP in the Gulf of Mexico is back in the news, and not in a good way. CBS News reports that BP is engaged on its fifth day of a subsea mission under the supervision of the Coast Guard to look for any new oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
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Posted on April 22, 2012 by Envirothink
Volunteers help plant and restore a salt marsh in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
Since 1900, Louisiana has lost more than 1 million acres of wetlands and barrier shoreline. In just the past 50 years, more than 1,500 square miles of coastal Louisiana disappeared. The state could lose an additional 1,000 square miles of land by 2050– an area roughly the size of Rhode Island.
Since the oil spill of 2010, there has been some marshland die-off in critical marine life habitat areas like Barataria Basin. Birds and animals flock to the smaller islands of Barataria to mate and give birth. These islands were heavily oiled, resulting also in partial washing away in those areas.
To find out about the restoration efforts and challenges facing Louisiana and its wildlife, see http://bit.ly/I7xs0M.
Filed under: Making a Difference, Oil spill disasters | Tagged: Barataria Basin, Deepwater Horizon, Louisiana, marine life, oil spill, the Gulf, wetlands, wildlife | Leave a comment »