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Ecuador oil spill pollutes Amazon tributary

Ecuador resumes pumping after oil spill, but crude enters waters of Amazon tributary

By Gonzalo Solano, Associated Press | Associated Press – Tue, Jun 4, 2013 3:11 PM EDT

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) -- Ecuador's state oil company resumed pumping through the country's main pipeline on Tuesday, four days after it was damaged by a landslide. But crude spilled by the accident reached tributaries of the Amazon River and polluted drinking water for a regional capital far downstream.

Petroecuador issued a statement saying pumping resumed at 9:15 a.m. (1415 GMT) through the Trans-Ecuador pipeline and it said the flow should be back to normal within hours. Closure of the line had forced Petroecuador to accelerate three 360,000-barrel shipments of oil for China to free storage space.

A rain-caused landslide on Friday ripped up a 100-meter (100-yard) long stretch of the line near the Reventador volcano.

The company said it did not know how much of the 420,000 gallons (1.6 million liters) of crude oil that spilled had reached the Quijos river, a waterway popular with whitewater rafting enthusiasts.

But enough flowed from the Quijos into the Coca and Napo rivers downstream that the regional capital of Coca had to shut down its drinking water system and Ecuador's government alerted Peru and Brazil, which are along the course of the Napo as it heads toward the Amazon.

In Coca, an urban area of about 80,000 people at the confluence of the Coca and Napo rivers, Mayor Ana Rivas told the Sonorama radio station that the accident "has left us without water because the river we take potable water from is contaminated. The people are indignant because there is no water to drink."

Petroecuador has distributed bottled water to the city and Rivas said officials were using tankers to collect water from an uncontaminated stretch of river.

Alexandra Almeida of the environmental group Accion Ecologica expressed concern because "they still don't know the real quantity of this spill of crude that affected the principle sources of water of this region."

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ecuador-oil-spill-pollutes-amazon-191121372.html

No mainstream news media seems to have carried this article. That yahoo places the article in its finance section truly highlights our (collective) priorities.  And the Reuters article barely mentions the spill into the rivers, it being more concerned with the fulfillment of crude oil contracts with Petrochina: http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/03/ecuador-pipeline-idUSL1N0EF1VX20130603

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Great green blob covers Chinese waters

July 5, 2013

By Wilfred Chan, for CNN

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"CNN) -- For years, China has talked about promoting "green growth." But this probably isn't what they had in mind.

For the seventh year in a row, monstrous quantities of green algae known as enteromorpha prolifera have sprouted in the coastal waters near Qingdao, China. But this year's growth, covering 28,900 square kilometers (11,158 square miles), is the biggest outbreak ever recorded, state-run news agency Xinhua reported. The previous record was 13,000 square kilometers (5019 square miles) in 2008.

Swimmers and beachgoers were pictured frolicking among the stringy piles of slime, while bulldozers attempted to scoop it away.

Chinese officials have blamed past algae outbreaks on unusually warm seas. Dr. Christopher Bolch, an algae expert at the University of Tasmania, says the explanation doesn't hold water."

http://www.cnn.com/2013/07/05/world/asia/china-algae-green-blob/index.html

Quick someone, start harvesting that algae, think of all the biofuel, but swimming in it?? no thanks, had seaweed poisoning in eyes once as a kid, would not care to repeat.

going to add another link from 2010  look at this mess

Thanks Reddwolf for the lead to this story

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/07/photogalleries/100730-environment-china-green-algae-pollution-pictures/

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Chaos’ over 4 underground oil blowouts in Canada:

“Everybody is freaking out about this” — Spills can’t be stopped, “There is no off button” — Leaking since winter

July 25, 2013

Cold Lake oil spill leaking for months: Documents

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Cold Lake spills have been ongoing for four months according to new documents.

Emma Pullman

"Underground oil spills at an Alberta oilsands operation have been going on much longer than previously thought, according to new documents. Files released to the Toronto Star show the spills were discovered nine weeks ago, but new documents show that bitumen has been leaking since the winter.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. operates the Primrose oilsands facility three hours northeast of Edmonton where four ongoing underground oil blowouts have contaminated forest, muskeg, a lake and have already killed dozens animals including beavers, ducks and birds. According to a government scientist who has been to the site, neither government or industry are able to stop the spills."

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"Critics are now looking for answers about the spills. How long have they been going on? Why have local First Nations and the public been kept in the dark? And finally: Isn’t it time for a fulsome examination of the dangers of CSS and in-situ oilsands production to measure and understand its real impacts?

As industry and government scratch their heads about the identity of scientist who leaked the documents, the scientist notes, “I really hope I don’t lose my job, but I really felt that this was too important to sit on.”

‘Nobody understands’ spills at Alberta oil sands operation

Oil spills at an oil sands operation in Cold Lake, Alberta have been going on for weeks with no end in sight, according to a government scientist.

July 19, 2013

By: Emma Pullman and Martin Lukacs

"Oil spills at a major oil sands operation in Alberta have been ongoing for at least six weeks and have cast doubts on the safety of underground extraction methods, according to documents obtained by the Star and a government scientist who has been on site.

Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has been unable to stop an underground oil blowout that has killed numerous animals and contaminated a lake, forest, and muskeg at its operations in Cold Lake, Alta.

The documents indicate that, since cleanup started in May, some 26,000 barrels of bitumen mixed with surface water have been removed, including more than 4,500 barrels of bitumen."

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In the course of injecting steam they’ve created fractures from the reservoir to the surface that they didn’t expect,” said the scientist, who is speaking out over concern that neither the company nor Alberta’s regulatory bodies would properly address the situation.

On Thursday, the Alberta Energy Regulator confirmed there were four spills in the last few months, and ordered Canadian Natural Resources to restrict its steam injections and enhance monitoring at the operations in Cold Lake.

Regulator official Bob Curran said the latest spill is spread across 40 hectares.

Canadian Natural Resources disputed that figure Friday. “We have the mapped area impacted to be significantly less than 40 hectares with the area being reduced daily through effective cleanup efforts,” the company said.

Critics say such spills raise questions about the safety and viability of in situ extraction, which by 2020 is expected to account for as much as 40 per cent of Canada’s oil sands production, because many of Alberta’s deposits cannot be mined.

“This is a new kind of oil spill and there is no ‘off button,’ ” said Keith Stewart, an energy analyst with Greenpeace who teaches a course on energy policy and environment at the University of Toronto. “You can’t cap it like a conventional oil well or turn off a valve on a pipeline.

http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/07/19/nobody_understands_ongoing_spills_at_alberta_oilsands_operation.html

http://enenews.com/chaos-over-4-underground-oil-blowouts-in-canada-everybody-is-freaking-out-about-this-spills-cant-be-stopped-there-is-no-off-button-video

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Oil spill reaches Thailand tourist beach

July 29, 2013

The oil spill from a leaked pipeline in Thailand has reached one of the country's popular tourism islands, officials have said.

"The authorities have warned tourists to avoid oil-slicked water on Koh Samet.

A pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical leaked on Saturday spilling an estimated 50,000 litres of oil.

Hundreds of people, including navy personnel, environment officials and villagers were battling to clean the oil from Samet's beaches.

"The top priorities right now are to get rid of the oil on the sand and the seawaters, and to make sure the spill doesn't spread to other shores," said local deputy provincial governor Supeepat Chongpanish.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-23487380

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When Sherri Mason sailed a brig across the Great Lakes this summer collecting water samples, she and her team of students and fellow scientists expected to find plastic.

She had no idea how much plastic the team would find, she said.

Two of the 21 samples they collected contained 600,000 plastic pieces per square kilometre — nearly twice as much as the highest plastic count ever recorded in the infamous Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

“Those are very high counts,” Mason said.

Most of the plastic pieces Mason found were smaller on average than those documented at sea, meaning the highly polluted Great Lakes samples still contained less plastic by weight than the worst oceanic samples. But the findings raise further questions: scientists are devoting increasing attention to “microplastics,” the super-tiny particles that find their way into water systems as bigger flotsam degrades and as cosmetic cleansers are washed down the drain.

http://www.thestar.com/news/world/2012/11/29/high_level_of_plastics_found_in_great_lakes.html

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UPDATE on THAILAND OIL SPILL

Thailand oil spill spreads, prompting evacuation

July 31, 2013

"About 50,000 liters of oil has leaked from a pipeline operated by PTT Global Chemical Plc (PTTGC) in Rayong province, Thailand since Saturday morning, the company reported Wednesday. The leak occurred after the waters on the popular tourist island of Koh Samet were blackened with oil on Sunday, prompting nearly 30 percent of tourists in the area to be evacuated, the Rayong Tourist Association reported. About 600 meters of the white sand beaches have been covered with sticky crude oil, while a 30 cm thick oil slick floated off the shoreline. This oil spill is the fourth largest in Thailand's history, according to the Energy Ministry."

http://rt.com/in-motion/thailand-oil-spill-evacuation-840/

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Waters of southeast Florida covered in fluorescent green slime of toxic algae
 
Massive outbreak of toxic algae is reported at Florida’s southeastern coast. St. Lucie River, its estuary, and the Indian River Lagoon are slimed with fluorescent green toxic algae that grow on excess sewage, manure, and fertilizer runoff released locally and from Lake Okeechobee. Health officials warned people not to touch the water or risk infection.
Exposure to algae toxins (when people drink the water, touch it, or inhale vapors from it) can cause rashes, skin and eye irritation, allergic reactions, gastrointestinal upset, liver damage, serious illness, and even death.
 
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http://thewatchers.adorraeli.com/2013/08/28/waters-of-southeast-florida-covered-in-fluorescent-green-slime-of-toxic-algae/

 

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/site/?pageid=event_desc&edis_id=ED-20130828-40719-USA
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Not so long ago we were dealing with the colour red everywhere, now its green.  YUK, not a good look is it :(

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Authorities warn Colcord, Oklahoma residents not to drink tap water due to blood worm infestation

 

The people of Colcord, Oklahoma, might need something a little stronger than Brita filters to remove the impurities from their drinking water. Blood worms — small, red insect larvae — have been appearing in water glasses and filters in the rural town. Authorities have warned Colcord’s 800 residents not to drink, cook with or brush their teeth with the worm-infested tap water. Schools in the area have been closed since Tuesday as officials try to figure out where the bright-red creatures came from and how long it will take to get rid of them

 

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http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/authorities-warn-colcord-oklahoma-residents-not-to-drink-tap-water-due-to-blood-worm-infestation/

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Oil tanks spill crude in Colorado flood  
9/18/13
 
 
Published on Sep 18, 2013

9/18 10pm -- Two oil well tanks, damaged in historic Colorado flooding, spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil -- some of it getting into the South Platte River. CALL 7 Investigator John Ferrugia went out with inspectors to survey wells affected by the flooding.
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yka2pATZgAI

 

 

Compromised pipe caused 13,500-gallon oil spill into South Platte

7NEWS and TheDenverChannel.com

 

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ND farmer finds oil spill while harvesting wheat

 

October 11, 2013

 

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota farmer who discovered an oil spill the size of seven football fields while out harvesting wheat says that when he found it, crude was bubbling up out of the ground.

 

Farmer Steve Jensen says he smelled the crude for days before the tires on his combines were coated in it. At the apparent break in the Tesoro Corp.'s underground pipeline, the oil was "spewing and bubbling 6 inches high," he said in a telephone interview Thursday.

 

What Jensen had found on Sept. 29 turned out it was one of the largest spills recorded in the state. At 20,600 barrels it was four times the size of a pipeline rupture in late March that forced the evacuation of more than 20 homes in Arkansas.

 

But it was 12 days after Jensen reported the spill before state officials told the public what had happened, raising questions about how North Dakota, which is in the midst of an oil boom, reports such incidents.

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Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who says he wasn't even told about what happened until Wednesday night, said the state is now investigating its procedures for reporting spills.

 

"There are many questions to be answered on how it occurred and how it was detected and if there was anything that could have been done that could have made a difference," Dalrymple said Thursday, when questioned at a news conference on a separate topic.

http://news.yahoo.com/nd-farmer-finds-oil-spill-while-harvesting-wheat-050659313.html

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North Dakota failed to inform the public of 100s of oil spills over last two years - report

October 25, 2013

 

 

"North Dakota, which ranks second in the US in terms of oil production, endured almost 300 oil spills in under two years and yet managed to avoid reporting a single one of them to the public, according to a new report.

Documents viewed by the Associated Press indicate that, since January 2012, as many as 750 “oil field incidents” were recorded in North Dakota. The distinction between spills and incidents was not immediately clear but presumably was related to the magnitude of the accident.

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Dennis Fewless, director of water quality for the state Health Department, told the AP lawmakers and regulators in North Dakota are also reconsidering the current state of affairs after a wheat farmer stumbled across a major oil spill last month. That incident was not made public knowledge until 11 days later, when reporters asked. Questions have also been raised as to whether the relationship between the pipeline’s operator, Tesoro Logistics, with regulators is too close for comfort

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In 2013 alone there have already been 291 so-called “incidents.” Of the roughly 2,209 barrels that were lost, all but 490 were contained and cleaned up at the well site. Most of the spills that companies reported to the state totaled less than 10 barrels.

Nearly 500 barrels of oil spilled in 2012, the result of 153 pipeline leaks."

 

http://rt.com/usa/ndakota-failed-public-oil-spills-757/

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W.Va. Gov. Issues State of Emergency for 9 Counties, Water Ban for 100,000+

January 9, 2014

 

UPDATE 1/9/14 @ 9:35 p.m.

"CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has issued a state of emergency for nine counties after a chemical leak in Kanawha County Thursday morning.

 

The state of emergency includes West Virginia American Water customers in Kanawha, Cabell, Boone, Putnam, Lincoln, Logan, Clay, Roane and Jackson counties.

 

West Virginia American Water says Culloden water customers are the only ones affected by the water ban. No other Cabell County customers are affected.

 

West Virginia American Water says customers on Queen Shoals PSD, Lincoln PSD, City of Culloden PSD and Reamer Hill are also impacted by the advisory.

 

WVAW customers are told not to use tap water for drinking, cooking, washing, or bathing. You can use the water for toilets and fire emergencies. Boiling water will not get rid of the chemical.

 

This is believed to impact 100,000 customers

 

"Right now, our priorities are our hospitals, nursing homes, and schools. I've been working with our National Guard and Office of Emergency Services in an effort to provide water and supplies through the county emergency services offices as quickly as possible," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said.

 

The Kanawha Charleston Health Department, which covers Kanawha and Putnam counties tells WSAZ.com all permit holders in both counties, including daycares, universities, restaurants, and schools need to shut down.

 

Julie Miller with the Boone County Health Department says restaurants are also closing in the county.

 

West Virginia DHHR says symptoms include: severe burning in throat, severe eye irritation, non-stop vomiting, trouble breathing or severe skin irritation such as skin blistering.

 

Homeland Security says if you feel sick, seek medical attention at a local hospital or call poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222. You can also call the Emergency Operations Center at 304-746-8828.

 

According to a news release, the leak happened at Freedom Industries in Charleston. The leaked product is 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, which is used in the froth flotation process of coal washing and preparation.

 

The chemical is believed to have leaked into the Elk River.

West Virginia American Water believes the material is hazardous, but is not lethal in it's current form.

FEMA has been contacted to bring clean water into the area.

 

Officials describe the smell as something similar to liquorice.

 

There is no estimated time when this will be repaired, according to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The State of Emergency will be in place until Department of Health and Human Reasources, Department of Environmental Protection and West Virginia American Water determine the water is safe.

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http://www.wsaz.com/news/headlines/Firefighters-Investigating-Strong-Smell-in-Kanawha-Valley--239434751.html?device=tablet

 

 

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'Significant' spill of coal slurry taints creek in West Virginia

February 11, 2014

 

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The coal slurry spill in West Virginia Tuesday morning wasn't nearly as bad as this one in Inez,
Kentucky, 11 years ago, but the risk is always there, especially when regulators don't regulate.

 

 

 

 

"Officials of the state's Department of Environmental Protection don't yet know how much coal slurry has leaked from a facility in Kanawha County, West Virginia. But a DEP spokesman characterized it as "significant."

 

It has already blackened Fields Creek not far from where it empties into the Kanawha River. State officials and those at West Virginia American Water say the spill is no threat to drinking water supplies. Indeed, Jimmy Gianato, the director of the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management at the state's Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, said: "I don't think there's really anything to it. It turned out to be much of nothing."

 

That doesn't quite seem to mesh with "significant," but if true, it would be good news after more than a month of worries caused by the 10,000-gallon spill of a chemical mixture—Crude MCHM—from Freedom Industries on the Elk River. That spill did taint drinking water. One elementary school, according to the Charleston Gazette, detected low levels of MCHM in water from a drinking fountain Tuesday morning. Authorities say they will flush it out after school.

Coal slurry can contain far more toxins than just Crude MCHM.

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http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/02/11/1276811/--Significant-spill-of-coal-slurry-taints-creek-in-West-Virginia?

 

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Bit of an update on the coal slurry story.
 
Toxins leaking from 2nd pipe at NC coal ash dump
Michael Biesecker
February 18, 2014
 
"RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina officials said Tuesday that groundwater containing unsafe levels of arsenic apparently leaching from a Duke Energy coal ash dump is still pouring into the Dan River, which is already contaminated from a massive Feb. 2 spill.
 
The state Department of Environment and Natural Resources ordered Duke to stop the flow of contaminated water coming out a pipe that runs under a huge coal ash dump at its Eden power plant. A nearby pipe at the same dump collapsed without warning two weeks ago, coating the bottom of the Dan River with toxic ash as far as 70 miles downstream.
 
State regulators expressed concern five days ago that the second pipe could fail, triggering a new spill. The water coming out of that pipe contains poisonous arsenic at 14 times the level considered safe for human contact, according to test results released by the state on Tuesday.
 
"We are ordering Duke Energy to eliminate this unauthorized discharge immediately," said Tom Reeder, director of the N.C. Division of Water Resources."
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http://news.yahoo.com/toxins-leaking-2nd-pipe-nc-coal-ash-dump-223802784.html
 
N.C.Duke Energy Governor Corruption Cover-up 2nd LEAKING


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNNWzFRiHN8#t=85

 

All In One Place

 

Published on Feb 16, 2014

N.C.Duke Energy Governor Coruprt http://www.carolinamercury.com/2014/0... Cover-up 2nd LEAKING Pipe At Coal Ash Dump INTO RIVER

 

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Oil Spill Closes Port of New Orleans, 65-Mile Stretch of Mississippi River

February 23, 2014

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Dave Urbanski

 

"NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 65-mile stretch of the Mississippi River, including the Port of New Orleans, was closed to all water traffic Sunday as crews cleaned up oil that spilled from a barge after it ran into a towboat between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the Coast Guard said.

 

Officials don’t know how much oil spilled, but only a sheen was reported on the river following the collision, which happened Saturday afternoon near Vacherie, 47 miles west of New Orleans by land, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Colclough.

No one was hurt and all barges were secured, Colclough said.

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Public drinking water intakes on the river were closed as a precaution in nearby St. Charles Parish, officials said. “The water supply in St. Charles Parish remains safe,” parish officials said in a news release Sunday afternoon."

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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/02/23/oil-spill-closes-port-of-new-orleans-65-mile-stretch-of-mississippi-river/

 

 

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Polluted River Catches Fire in China

 

A fire started on a river in Zhejiang Province, and appears to be linked with black oil released by a factory upstream.

A section of the Meiyu River in Wenzhou caught fire early on Wednesday morning. The blaze was spotted by a street sweeper, who called emergency services, Wenzhou News reported.

Firefighters had to use a special foam on the water surface to extinguish the flames, which by that time reached over 16 feet high, and were threatening nearby buildings. A wooden railing was also alight, and three parked cars were gutted.

The cause of the fire is unknown, but locals speculated that it could have been started by a cigarette being tossed into the river where the oil was floating.

 

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/549834-polluted-river-catches-fire-in-china/

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Exclusive: World’s most pristine waters are polluted by US Navy human waste

Cahal Mimo

March 15, 2014

 

"The American military has poured hundreds of tonnes of human sewage and waste water into a protected coral lagoon on the British-owned base of Diego Garcia over three decades in breach of environmental rules, The Independent can reveal."

 

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US Navy vessels have been discharging waste water, including treated sewage, into the clear lagoon

 

"The Indian Ocean base on the Chagos Islands has been one of the world’s most isolated and controversial military installations since Britain forcibly removed hundreds of islanders in the early 1970s, abandoning them to destitution, to make way for US forces including nuclear submarines and bombers.

 

The British Government has repeatedly underlined its commitment to maintaining the pristine environment of the islands, which are known as the British Indian Ocean Territory (BIOT) and were four years ago declared the world’s largest marine reserve.

 

Despite these undertakings, it has emerged that US Navy vessels have been discharging waste water, including treated sewage, into the clear lagoon ever since a naval support station was established on Diego Garcia in the early 1980s.

 

According to scientific advisers, elevated levels of nutrients caused by the waste – which have resulted in nitrogen and phosphate readings up to four times higher than normal – may be damaging the coral.

 

Friday night, campaigners fighting for Chagossians to be allowed to return accused the British and US authorities of double standards by using the unspoilt character of the archipelago as a reason to prevent repopulation while themselves creating pollution.

 

Philippa Gregory, author and patron of the UK Chagos Support Association, said: “While the people who were born and bred on Chagos are not allowed to return to their island, the military base of Diego Garcia houses about 5,000 US servicemen and women and ancillary workers. It makes no sense to suggest that Chagossians cannot return because of pressure on the environment.”

 

The tiny atoll, also home to about 30 Royal Marines, is one of Washington’s most important strategic air and naval bases, used as a key staging post for US bombing raids against Saddam Hussein and the war in Afghanistan. The UK territory was also used for two CIA “extraordinary rendition” flights carrying terrorist suspects in 2002."

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http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/exclusive-worlds-most-pristine-waters-are-polluted-by-us-navy-human-waste-9193596.html

 

Now did anyone think of this type of pollution? I sure didn't.  Makes me wonder if the plastic island in the Pacific is also partly laid at their door?

 

 

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Crews Work to Contain Oil Barge’s Leak

By EMMA G. FITZSIMMONS 

MARCH 23, 2014

 

 

"Emergency crews in Texas worked on Sunday to contain 168,000 gallons of oil that leaked into Galveston Bay on Saturday from a barge that collided with a ship, officials said.

 

Four skimming vessels remained overnight Saturday at the scene of the spill near Texas City, the Coast Guard said. They were joined Sunday morning by 20 response vessels, along with 90,000 feet of boom to help contain the oil.

 

Crews were removing cargo from the barge to raise it in the water, a spokesman for the Coast Guard said on Sunday. The barge had been carrying 924,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil, a particularly thick type of oil.

 

“The primary concern remains the safety of responders and the protection of the environment,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.

 

Only one of the barge’s oil tanks was breached, causing the approximately 168,000 gallons to leak into the water, the Coast Guard said. It was an amount seen as moderate by industry and environmental experts.

 

But the spill occurred along a migratory route for birds at a time of seasonal migration, which added to its environmental concerns. The key to possible damage lay in how fast the oil could be recovered and removed. It was unclear how long the cleanup would take, but the Coast Guard released a bulletin to mariners on Sunday saying parts of the Houston Ship Channel, near the site of the spill, could be closed for a week or until the spill was cleared."

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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/24/us/crews-work-to-contain-oil-from-leaking-barge-in-texas.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

 

 

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BP confirms oil spill into Lake Michigan from Whiting refinery

March 25, 2014

By Michael HawthorneTribune reporter

 

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"Less than a year after BP started up a new unit to process Canadian tar sands at its Whiting refinery, the company reported today that a malfunction allowed a slug of crude oil into Lake Michigan a few miles away from the Chicago city limits.

 

It remains unclear how much oil spilled into the lake or how long the discharge continued. Workers at the refinery reported an oil sheen on the water about 4:30 p.m. Monday, and an official from the U.S.

 

Environmental Protection Agency said the leak was plugged by the time he arrived at 9 p.m.

 

Mike Beslow, the EPA’s emergency response coordinator, said there appeared to be no negative effects on Lake Michigan, the source of drinking water for 7 million people in Chicago and the suburbs. The 68th Street water intake crib is about eight miles northwest of the spill site, but there were no signs of oil drifting in that direction."

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http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-bp-whiting-crude-oil-lake-michigan-spill-20140325,0,3069441.story

From sea to shining sea there is OIL thanks to BP 

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Toxic Water Spurs Panic Buying in China City

Tap water in a Chinese city was found to contain excessive levels of the toxic chemical benzene, prompting residents to rush to buy bottled water, state media said on Friday.

Tests conducted on Thursday and Friday showed that tap water in Lanzhou, the capital of northwestern Gansu province, had as much as 200 micrograms of benzene per litre, 20 times the national limit, the official Xinhua news agency said, citing local environment authorities.

Benzene is an aromatic, colourless liquid and a basic raw material used in the petrochemical industry. Human exposure to the chemical increases the risk of cancer and other illnesses.

http://news.ph.msn.com/regional/toxic-tap-water-spurs-panic-buying-in-china-city

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Mercury found in remote national park streams

April 17, 2014

 

"FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Federal scientists have found high amounts of mercury in fish caught in remote areas of national parks in the West and Alaska.

 

The finding is included in a recently published study by the U.S. Geological Survey and National Park Service. Researchers say the vast majority of the 1,400 fish caught as part of the study had acceptable levels of mercury.

 

But quantities in 4 percent of the fish gave them cause for alarm. Health officials say exposure to high levels of mercury can damage the brain, kidneys and a developing fetus.

 

The study sampled fish from 21 national parks in 10 Western states, including Yosemite National Park in California and Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.

 

The park service is coordinating with state officials on potential fish-consumption advisories.

http://news.yahoo.com/mercury-found-remote-national-park-streams-200450533.html;_ylt=AwrBJR7FNFBT2HMA6I3QtDMD

 

 

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Not surprisingly, the mainstream news media outlets have not said boo about this.  

 

Oil seems to be really getting out of hand these days, eh.  And, um, look at that big hole in the line!! How does that happen??? On the top of the pipe?

 



 

Prudhoe Bay Flowline Springs Leak, Sprays Oil

By Emily Schwing, KUAC - Fairbanks | April 29, 2014 - 5:23 pm
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A flowline to a well operated by BP at Prudhoe Bay leaked on Monday. Before the spill was under control high winds resulted in a spray of natural gas, crude oil and water that covers an area of tundra larger than 20 football fields.

 

According to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, operators with BP were working at a well, when a flowline leaking.  Ashley Adamczak is an Environmental Program Specialist with DEC.  She says 30-mile-an-hour winds on the North Slope sprayed leaking natural gas, water and crude oil across an estimated 27 acres of snow-covered tundra.

 

“What has not been delineated at this time is the part that has been moderately or lightly misted,” Adamczak said.

 

The leak was isolated roughly two hours after it began. With temperatures still below freezing on the North Slope, Adamczak says the entire well pad has been shut down in order to protect other wells from freezing or leaking.

 

 

 

more here: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2014/04/29/prudhoe-bay-flowline-springs-leak-sprays-oil/

 


 

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BP Well Sprays Crude Oil Mist Over 27 Acres Of Alaskan Tundra

BY EMILY ATKINbird_blue_16.png ON APRIL 30, 2014 AT 11:49 AM

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A large pipe attached to a BP-owned well pad on Alaska’s North Slope has sprayed an oily mist of natural gas, crude oil, and water over an area of tundra larger than 20 football fields, state officials confirmed Wednesday.

The discovery at BP’s Prudhoe Bay oil field operation comes one week after federal scientists released a report warning that the United States is woefully unprepared to handle oil spills in the Arctic.

A statement provided by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) said BP discovered the release on Monday during routine inspections, and that the spray was active for about two hours before it was contained. The pipe spewing the gas mixture was facing upwards while strong 30 mph winds blew, which ultimately caused the spray to spread over 27 acres.

It is unclear at this point how much of the mixture was released, the DEC statement said.

 

more here:  http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2014/04/30/3432602/bp-oil-spray/

 

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Not surprisingly, the mainstream news media outlets have not said boo about this.  

 

Oil seems to be really getting out of hand these days, eh.  And, um, look at that big hole in the line!! How does that happen??? On the top of the pipe?

 



 

Prudhoe Bay Flowline Springs Leak, Sprays Oil

 

 

So what 'ate' the hole in the pipeline???   ??? ??? ???

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