BP’s Lake Michigan Spill: Did Tar Sands Spill into the Great Lake?

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 12:20 pm

Is it conventional crude or tar sands? That is the question. And it’s one with high stakes, to boot.

The BP Whiting refinery in Indiana spilled between 470 and 1228 gallons of oil (or is it tar sands?) into Lake Michigan on March 24 and four days later no one really knows for sure what type of crude it was. Most signs, however, point to tar sands.

The low-hanging fruit: the refinery was recently retooled as part of its “modernization project,” which will “provide Whiting with the capability of processing up to about 85% heavy crude, versus about 20% today.”


Penguin Sweaters: The Internet Yarn Keeps Spinning

By: Thursday March 6, 2014 12:34 pm

Knitting sweaters for penguins, a perfect storm of squee and awww that hits every hipster button: Cute widdle birds, knitting, helping some faraway land during an environmental disaster, and social media. Except the sweaters don’t get put on the birds; they are used for fundraising.

It’s possibly one of the best yarns that the internet has even spun.

New Documents Reveal More Questions Than Answers in Tesoro’s North Dakota Oil Spill

By: Wednesday October 23, 2013 5:46 pm

North Dakota, long known for its cattle ranches and open spaces, has recently become one of the oil and gas industry’s most prized (and profitable) possessions, thanks to the advent of fracking. However, the price of oil and gas industry development is paid in destruction to the environment and strains to the regulatory framework meant to protect the public from a reckless industry, as Tesoro’s massive oil spill attests.

Beverly Hillbillies, Updated

By: Thursday April 4, 2013 8:00 pm

It turns out that it really is possible to strike black gold in your own backyard, but instead of getting rich from the experience, now the oil belongs to someone else and you end up in an ExxonMobil-controlled no-fly zone where the foul black goop that swept away your petunias is now on its way to your drinking water supply.  The comedic possibilities of such a turn of events seem limited, especially when Keystone XL is barreling ahead unimpeded.

Japan’s Fukushima Reactor Disaster Turns Americans Against Expanding Nuclear Power

By: Monday March 21, 2011 3:35 pm

As a result of the ongoing nuclear disaster in Japan, Americans have turned strongly against expanding nuclear power. The important question for the industry will be whether this disaster results in significant long-term increases in opposition to nuclear power, or if it is just a temporary dip that will only last as long as Fukushima remains prominent in the news.

Halliburton Knew About Cement Problems at BP Well

By: Friday October 29, 2010 7:45 am

Halliburton and the other companies involved, like Transocean, have been pointing the finger at BP, and vice versa. At stake is responsibility for the tens in billions in expected fines for violating the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes, as well as claims from individuals seeking damages.

FDL Book Salon Welcome Douglas Bevington, The Rebirth of Environmentalism: Grassroots Activism from the Spotted Owl to the Polar Bear

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 1:59 pm

Douglas Bevington’s The Rebirth of Environmentalism comes at a very important moment. The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the largest in U.S. history. Then another in Michigan. Heat waves and record temperatures across the South and along the East Coast. Massive fires in Russia, that ripped into wheat supplies and sent prices soaring. Floods in Pakistan that have displaced at least 20 million people, one-fifth of that country’s population.

Gallup Data Shows Obama Approval Rating Drops Among Younger Voters; Why?

By: Wednesday August 18, 2010 1:15 pm

It’s a good thing for the White House that future voters in the 12-to-16-year-old age group wasn’t polled by Gallup.

Nearly Five Million Barrels Spilled into Gulf

By: Tuesday August 3, 2010 8:40 am

US scientists put out a new estimate last night of the flow rate of the BP oil disaster, and determined that almost five million barrels, or 200,000,000 gallons, of oil released out of the busted Macondo well since the explosion on April 20 — an amount over ten times the initial estimates of flow rate from BP at the outset of the disaster.

BP Oil Disaster: New Leak Just Seen on Video Feed – Look for Static Kill Delay Again

By: Tuesday August 3, 2010 6:55 am

Look for an additional delay in the “injectivity test” and static kill operations. A new leak on the well apparatus is shown in video captured August 3 at 9 am Eastern. In addition, oil appears to be leaking from the Gulf floor near the well.

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