Miller Company settlement over oil spill in Harbor Brook

MERIDEN – The Miller Co. has agreed to a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency following an oil spill in Harbor Brook close to two years ago. The city’s fire department will be the beneficiary of the settlement, receiving $25,000 in equipment from The Miller Co. in emergency response equipment related to the prevention of oil spills from reaching waterways. Read more

Federal judge urged to approve BP’s proposed settlement of Gulf oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — BP and attorneys for businesses and people who lost money in the Gulf oil spill urged a federal judge Thursday to give his final approval to a class-action settlement.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier heard arguments from lawyers who negotiated the deal as well as other attorneys who have objected to parts of it. BP PLC estimates it will pay $7.8 billion to the resolve claims over the Gulf oil spill, but the settlement is not capped and BP could pay out more or less. Read more

NOSDRA Confirms Nigeria Oil Spill

The Director, National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), Mr. Idris Musa, has confirmed the receipt of a report of the Nigeria oil spill from the facility of Mobil Producing Nigeria (MPN), a subsidiary of the American oil giant, ExxonMobil.

Musa, who is in charge of oil spills in NOSDRA said: “We received a report from Mobil that there was a spill at their field and we have dispatched our officers from our Uyo office to the Nigeria oil spill site to access the impact. Read more

Aviation degreaser: DE-OIL-IT passes with flying colors!

Every year an annual is done on all aircraft that involves cleaning the bottom and inspecting the rivets and sheet metal. Usually a two person job requiring a full 8 hours and done with aggressive solvent based cleaners, it is a tiring and toxic task. So much so that those cleaning the craft must be careful to thoroughly rinse away the traditional aviation degreaser because extended exposure can pit the aluminum aircraft skin.

Using DE-OIL-IT as an aviation degreaser works hard and quick on the toughest buildup.

Using DE-OIL-IT as an aviation degreaser works hard and quick on the toughest buildup.

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Oil Spill Cleanup: St. Cloud firm cleans up with eco-friendly option

Michael Fitzgerald has just the product for oil spill cleanup in the greenest way.

Fitzgerald, president and CEO of St. Cloud-based Green World Products LLC, said his firm is enjoying the spoils of a growing interest in an eco-friendly product for oil spill cleanup. The firm, which has been doing research and development since 2010, this year began marketing its product through five distributors worldwide. It’s now even available in Ace Hardware stores nationwide.

DE-OIL-IT featured in the Orlando Business Journal as a green option for oil spill cleanup.

DE-OIL-IT featured in the Orlando Business Journal as a green option for oil spill cleanup.

Fitzgerald, who is in talks to merge with the manufacturer of the DE-OIL-IT product his firm owns, said he expects more than $10…

Originally published by the Orlando Business Journal.

Plaintiffs urge judge to approve $7.8 billion BP oil spill settlement

BP Plc and lawyers representing over 100,000 individuals and businesses claiming economic and medical damages from the 2010 BP oil spill on Thursday urged a U.S. judge to approve a proposed $7.8 billion class-action settlement.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier initially approved the deal in May, but called the “fairness hearing” to weigh objections from about 13,000 claimants challenging the settlement to resolve some of BP’s liability for the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history. Read more

Rain hampers oil spill cleanup

HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) – As of Wednesday, a major oil spill cleanup in Hampton was still in progress. More than 3,000 gallons of used motor oil leaked from a storage tank into a drainage ditch in the Briarfield neighborhood Sunday.

According to Hampton Fire Department spokesman Capt. Anthony Chittum, Monday night’s storm made the water rise over booms placed to control the spill.

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Pollution, oil spills threaten birds in Stanley Park

Conservation group says several bird species are in decline as oil spills threaten birds

Chronic industrial pollution and small spills from oil tankers moving through Burrard Inlet are contributing to declining numbers of birds in Stanley Park, according to the conservation program manager for the Stanley Park Ecology Society.

Robyn Worcester said in the past decade conservation group Bird Studies Canada has found a decline in the number of loons and grebes that rely on small fish in the intertidal areas for their food. Birds also feed on the Pacific blue mussels and barnacles that live close to shore.

Worcester said minor oil spills threaten birds, but aren’t the only cause of the declines, but they do play a role along with other factors, such as climate change and fluctuating ocean temperatures. Read more

Oil Slick Not From Sealed BP Well

A thin oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be coming from a containment dome that was abandoned on the sea floor during efforts to stop the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, not from the plugged well, according to the U.S. Coast Guard and BP PLC.

Remote-controlled submarines that were sent down to search for the source of the light oil slick earlier this week found a small amount of oil leaking from two places on the dome, a four-story-tall steel box which in May 2010 was lowered onto the oil leaking from BP’s well some 5,000 feet below the ocean surface.

The device was meant to collect the oil and allow it to flow to a ship, but got clogged with ice crystals. It was left on the sea floor about 500 yards from the well. The flow was finally stopped on July 15, 2010, by a series of valves that were attached to the top of the well and the well was permanently sealed in September. Read more