Environmental Must-Reads – November 19, 2012


BP Successfully Bids for Four Deepwater Exploration Blocks Offshore Canada

BP was today notified that it was the successful bidder for four deepwater exploration blocks offshore Nova Scotia, Canada.

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) announced that BP was the successful bidder for blocks five, six, seven and eight in the Call for Bids NS12-1. The blocks together cover an area of almost 14,000 square kilometres and are located approximately 300 kilometres off the Nova Scotia coast, southeast of Halifax, in water depths ranging from 100 to over 3000 metres.

BP pays $12M in claims to date in recall of bad gas distributed to stations in 4 states

WHITING, Ind. — BP says it has paid more than $12 million in claims arising from a multistate recall of incorrectly formulated gasoline that damaged some vehicles’ mechanical components.

BP Spill Settlement Is $2.4 Billion Windfall for Wildlife

Oil was still gushing from BP Plc (BP/)’s Macondo well in 2010 when a little-known non-profit rushed to establish a new resting area for more than 1 billion migratory birds that stop each year at the Gulf of Mexico.

BP pays a modest price

BP has agreed to settle criminal charges stemming from its leading role in the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil spill of 2010, which cost 11 lives and wreaked environmental havoc. The London-based petroleum giant will pay a record $4.5 billion to the federal government. Two of its employees face charges of manslaughter, and a third of lying to government officials.

Gulf Coast officials watching BP criminal settlement outcome

MOBILE, Alabama — Recent news of the $335 million Alabama is expected to receive from the BP criminal settlement has local officials eager to see how the money will be put to use. Mayors of Orange Beach, Gulf Shores, Spanish Fort and Dauphin Island are also interested to see how closely they will be able to work with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in distributing the money.

Families of BP victims see justice in plea deal

“It’s not about the money.”

That was the succinct reaction from Keith Jones to the $4.5 billion plea agreement struck between BP and the U.S. Department of Justice to settle federal criminal charges from the 2010 Gulf oil spill.

Oil spill response workshop convenes in Barrow

As a new era of oil exploration opens up in the Arctic, a New Hampshire research center has been initiating a dialogue about Alaska’s oil spill restoration potential.

Co. Looks for Worker After Oil Rig Fire in Gulf

The owner of an oil platform that caught fire after an explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last week said Sunday that it has expanded its search for a missing worker, and doctors said one of four men burned in the blaze is improving and is now in fair condition.

Owner of damaged Gulf oil platform says it is expanding search for missing worker

Black Elk Energy, the owner of an oil platform caught fire Friday morning in the Gulf of Mexico 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, announced Sunday that it is expanding its efforts with more dive crews and boats to find a worker who is still missing.

Name of burn victim from Gulf platform fire released

Baton Rouge General Medical Center officials released on Sunday the name of one of the victims burned Friday in the fire on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Wilberto Ilagan, 50, has “demonstrated significant progress and is now in fair condition” since he and three other victims arrived in Baton Rouge for medical care, said Dr. Jeffrey Littleton, a burn surgeon and Surgery Department chairman at Baton Rouge General.

Victim of Gulf platform explosion: “I am alive and in good health”

BATON ROUGE, La. – After a deadly explosion on a platform in the Gulf, four burn victims continue to recover at Baton Rouge General Hospital.

Two victims remain in critical condition and one victims remains in serious condition, according to hospital officials. One victim, Wilberto Ilagan, age 50, has demonstrated progress and is in fair condition, hospital officials said in a news conference Sunday morning.

Body found near burned Gulf oil platform

AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Authorities have recovered the body of a Filipino worker who went missing from an oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico, officials said on Sunday.

Green groups slam Keystone pipeline, march around White House

Hundreds of people who say they worry oil that would be carried the Keystone XL pipeline will accelerate climate change marched around the White House on Sunday, hoping to revive a movement credited with slowing down the permit process for the crude oil project.

Thousands Rally in DC for Major Keystone XL Protest

The next chapter in the fight against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline begins today with a major protest in Washington, DC.

More than 3,000 people are expected to join a rally at the White House this afternoon. Together, we’ll march around the entire property with a 500 ft inflatable pipeline and host a rally in Freedom Plaza with speakers like 350.org‘s Bill McKibben, BOLD Nebraska’s Jane Kleeb, and other key pipeline fighters from across the country.

Mother Nature goes on record against Keystone XL

Now that the U.S. election is over, lots of big players are apparently trying to cash in their chips. Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver insisted within hours of the results that he was “optimistic” the Keystone XL pipeline would soon be okayed, while the head of the American Petroleum Institute said the oil and gas industry had been “implicitly promised” by “Obama insiders” that Keystone would get the nod once that pesky balloting was over.

Five Reasons Why Obama Should Reject The Keystone XL Pipeline

This Sunday, activists are organizing another round of protests at the White House to urge the President to kill the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This marks the beginning of a new post-election campaign to pressure the Administration to abandon dirty fossil fuel projects. Below is a piece, written by three of the organizations leading the protests: Oil Change International, 350.org, and Bold Nebraska.

3,000 Marched Around White House Saying No Keystone XL Pipeline, Yes Climate Solutions

More than 3,000 people marched around the White House today, calling on the Obama Administration to reject the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and keep tar sands crude out of the U.S. The event, organized by 350.org, Sierra Club and other public interest groups, followed a 350.org “Do the Math” climate event at Washington, DC’s historic Warner Theater.

Hundreds March at Solidarity Action in NYC in Fight Against Fossil Fuels

On Nov. 17, hundreds of people marched to JP Morgan Chase in solidarity with the climate week of action. The protesters converged on the steps of the NY Public Library on 42nd Street and then marched to Times Square as part of a global week of action protesting the social, environmental and climatic devastation of the fossil fuel industry, in solidarity with actions by Green Umbrella, Tar Sands Blockade, Push Europe Climate Justice, Occupy Melbourne, 350.org and many grassroots organizations all over the planet.

White House march revives Keystone XL protest movement

Hundreds gathered for the protest, in the hope Obama will reject the presidential permit required for the pipeline

Mining sand for fracking causes friction in Wisconsin

Oil and gas firms pay plenty to mine sand in western Wisconsin. Some farmers welcome the cash. Others fear health risks.

Dear Governor Cuomo, Be a Hero

Before watching Dear Governor Cuomo at Cornell Cinema, I had a vague idea of fracking from watching an old episode of Numb3rs as a controversial process involving pumping methane from somewhere deep below scenic farming fields. I was not too far off. Fracking is an abbreviation for hydraulic fracturing, a technique used to extract substances such as natural gas and petroleum. Unfortunately, fracking releases deadly toxins while extracting methane, thereby permanently contaminating air and drinking water.

Frack Fight—This Is What Democracy Looks Like

There’s a war going on that you know nothing about between a coalition of great powers and a small insurgent movement. It’s a secret war being waged in the shadows while you go about your everyday life.

Locking in Dirty Energy Demand: GE Signs Deal with Clean Energy Fuels for Gas-Powered Vehicles

On November 13, Clean Energy Fuels (CEF) signed a deal with General Electric (GE) to purchase its natural gas vehicle fueling assets in an effort to expand what it describes as “America’s Natural Gas Highway.”

Gas Industry Attacks Scientists After Research Finds Triple The Normal Levels Of Methane At Australian Gas Fields

LEVELS of the potent greenhouse gas methane have been recorded at more than three times their normal background levels at coal seam gas fields in Australia, raising questions about the true climate change impact of the booming industry.

Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for November 13th to November 15th, 2012

Here’s the latest of our news bulletins from the ongoing crisis at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

High radiation exposure level in Fukushima resident puzzles experts

FUKUSHIMA–A Fukushima resident living well outside the no-entry zone set up after last year’s nuclear disaster was exposed to an unusually high level of radiation in the first four months after the crisis, prefectural officials said.

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