Flames shoot up from the Deepwater Horizon in 2010. AP file photo
Businesses and individuals who claim the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico cost them money have been paid more than $1 billion through the company’s class-action settlement with a team of private plaintiffs’ attorneys, court-supervised claims administrator Patrick Juneau said.
The $1 billion that Juneau’s team has paid is for claims that were filed after the settlement was announced last year. They also paid an additional $404 million for claims that Juneau inherited after replacing the Gulf Coast Claims Facility led by Kenneth Feinberg. Read more
In the oil field, an effluent pit is a manmade collection pit/hole in the earth/ground. It is designed to collect all oil contaminated discharges from a designated facility. This effluent pit can vary in size, shape and depth depending on the amount of effluent discharges generated by a company/facility. The effluent pit is fitted with a dogleg in the pit. These effluent pits act as a control measure for effluent discharges/oily waste water that enters the pit. The pit acts as a control medium where the oily effluent discharge settles and where the oil and water separate. Water being denser of the two fluids will settle at the bottom of the pit and the skim of oil in the effluent will remain at the top. When the levels of the pit reach a certain height the water at the bottom of the pit will go though the dogleg and are released into the environment. Sometimes these water discharges may have an oily sheen and during rain falls there is no settling time, and as a result, the oily effluent gets into the environment. This where DE-OIL-IT comes in.
Far left: Trinidad Tank and Fuel effluent pit time release Remediation System; Middle: When DE-OIL-IT was added to the first primary effluent pit; Right: After only 1 minute, DE-OIL-IT goes to work on the toxic oil.
On December 5, 2012, DE-OIL-IT was approved by the Government Ministry of Energy and Energy Affairs of Trinidad for use in the petroleum industry. After undergoing lengthy, thorough and rigorous testing, the government approved DE-OIL-IT for use in oil spills both on water and on land. DE-OIL-IT can also be used for preventative measures such as cleaning bilges.
DE-OIL-IT is an environmentally safe industrial strength degreaser and general-purpose cleaner. It is a non-toxic, nonflammable, non-corrosive system of surfactant and oil solubilizers, which dissolve grease and grime. The surface-active agents in DE-OIL-IT penetrate oil, grease, and grime and cause it to disperse into a colloidal suspension allowing natural biodegrading to occur. Read more
DE-OIL-IT biodegradable degreaser
DE-OIL-IT is featured in an unsolicited write up in HomeFixated.com.
I know that a biodegradable degreaser, even one with as neat of a name as De-Oil-It, might not sound all that exciting to you but to me it’s as cool as Miles Davis. You see, my alter ego is an environmental scientist. For the past five years I have worked on one project and one project alone, Advanced Anaerobic Bioremediation or AAB. I know it sounds like something, but for the most part I drive a forklift and sometimes take samples. What we do is work with naturally occurring bacteria, on an Air Base, which will remain nameless, to breakdown chlorinated engine degreasers. The degreasers were used in the engine shops and motor pools to clean those pesky hard to reach spots. Unfortunately, like most places that these carcinogenic chlorinated solvents were used, they were mishandled and large amounts leached into the ground. These solvents, TCE and PCE, rank number 2 and 3 on a list of the most common groundwater contaminants at contamination sites, very comforting isn’t it? So when I hear tale of a degreaser that is biodegradable and doesn’t cause a list of serious problems in and of itself, I get excited. Read more
Beautiful images depicting the BP oil spill Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.
(Reuters) – British oil company BP Plc pleaded guilty on Thursday to criminal charges relating to its 2010 oil spill and agreed to pay an extra $4.5 billion on top of the tens of billions it is already paying out.
BP said it would plead guilty to 11 felony counts of misconduct or neglect relating to the death of 11 workers, one misdemeanor count under the Clean Water Act, one misdemeanor count under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and one felony count of obstruction of Congress. Read more
This is a story about how an Oil Company rose from villainy to superherodom. A few months ago, Trinidad Tank and Fuel introduced DE-OIL-IT to one of their land-based, Oil Production clients. It was a perfect match as DE-OIL-IT serves both for oil spill petroleum remediation and as a cleaning product for machinery used in oil production and refinement. Although impressed, the client advised that they would make an executive decision in due course. Months passed and it became obvious that the matter had been shelved. Even though DE-OIL-IT is revolutionary and would be an extreme benefit to their client’s operations, crisis is a far greater motivator than anticipation. Tank and Fuel knew then that it would take an emergency to actually push their client to utilize DE-OIL-IT. Read more
The Federal Government is said to on the verge of implementing some of the recommendations of the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) report on effects of the Nigeria oil spill in Ogoniland.
An indication to that effect emerged as Minister of Petroleum Resources, Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke, had restated that the Ogoniland deserved proper remediation due to the environmental degradation it had undergone. Read more
CLEANING up the waters and the shoreline of the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010 cost BP $14 billion. The British oil giant’s final bill for tidying up the legal entanglements after 4.9m barrels of its oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico are also becoming clearer. On November 15th BP agreed to pay $4.5 billion over five years to settle all the criminal liabilities resulting from the rig explosion and oil spill. Two employees will also face manslaughter charges over the explosion.
The aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill left the Gulf of Mexico devastated.
Officials have received 188 suggestions from public on how to spend BP oil spill money
AUSTIN — Texas has been promised at least $100 million for coastal restoration in the wake of the massive BP oil spill that harmed the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.But no Texas projects have been announced, and an official involved with the talks did not sound optimistic about getting dollars flowing quickly to causes like protecting marshland or sea life.
The process of allocating dollars has been “much more complicated than we first anticipated,” said Don Pitts, a state coordinator with Texas Parks and Wildlife, which helps screen potential projects. Read more
A large tanker carrying liquified natural gas (LNG) is set to become the first ship of its type to sail across the Arctic crossing. The carrier, Ob River, left Norway in November and has sailed north of Russia on its way to Japan. The specially equipped tanker is due to arrive in early December and will shave 20 days off the journey. The owners say that changing climate conditions and a volatile gas market make the Arctic crossing transit profitable.
Despite the ice, the Arctic crossing is navigable through November.