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NOAA: Deepwater Horizon responsible for dolphin deaths

May 20, 2015

As part of an unusual mortality event investigation, a team of scientists has discovered that dead bottlenose dolphins stranded in the northern Gulf of Mexico since the start of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill have lung and adrenal lesions…

Shell Arctic spill plan

May 11, 2015

Shell released this video outlining its safety efforts for Arctic exploration. The company received conditional approval for its exploration plan in the Chukchi Sea on 11 May 2015. Shell is planning to spend US$1 billion to explore the Arctic…

Wood Group wins OSRCL contract

May 11, 2015

Wood Group Kenny (WGK) has won a five-year contract with Oil Spill Response (Capping) Ltd. (OSRCL) to provide the maintenance support for a key part of a containment toolkit that would be used to control hydrocarbon release in the event of a subsea well control incident…

Enhanced spill detection and SAR comes to UK

Apr 22, 2015

A consortium of three companies has joined forces to bring enhanced oil spill detection and search and rescue capability to the UK North Sea. Using technology developed in Norway, Aptomar, working with Aberdeen's Briggs Environmental Services…

Gulf Resilient Five Years after Deepwater Horizon

Apr 20, 2015

The Gulf of Mexico remains resilient five years after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizoncaused the second largest oil disaster in world history. Scientists at the Harte Research Institute (HRI) for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M…

Post-Macondo EU cannot be complacent

Mar 27, 2015

Mediterranean countries cannot be naive about the industrial risks around oil and gas exploration and production, delegates at the Offshore Mediterranean Conference (OMC) in Ravenna were warned this morning. The region, which comprises EU member states as well as non-member states…

BP denied US$700 million Transocean claim

Feb 13, 2015

Another ruling came down from the Texas Supreme Court involving BP’s Macondo accident. This time, the courts ruled that BP couldn’t claim the estimated US$700 million in insurance carried by Transocean at the time of the spill in 2010. Deepwater…

Court rules on Macondo oil spill amount

Jan 16, 2015

A US federal district court judge in Louisiana ruled on Thursday that BP’s Macondo well discharged 3.19 million barrels of oil into the US Gulf of Mexico. The ruling means that BP faces a maximum fine of US$13.7 billion under the US…

Report: Macondo oil resides on seafloor

Oct 29, 2014

The “unprecedented quantity of oil” that surged from 2010’s blown Macondo well has contaminated a wide swath of the ocean floor, settling into a ring encompassing 3200sq km, according to recently-published research by the Proceedings of the…

Oil giants join oil spill project

Sep 04, 2014

Big oil companies Eni Norge, Statoil, Gdf Suez E&P Norge, OMV Norge and the Norwegian Coastal Administration are teaming up with Aptomar to strengthen technology functionality and communication infrastructure for offshore oil spill detection and management systems…

USCG tests unmanned aircraft in Arctic for oil spill response

Aug 28, 2014

The US Coast Guard announced that the first launch and landing of an unmanned aircraft system from an icebreaker occurred on the flight deck of the USCGC Healy on 18 August in Arctic waters. The aircraft is being evaluated to determine…

Statoil ordered to review system after leak

Aug 28, 2014

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority has issued an order to Statoil following the investigation of a hydrocarbon leak at Statfjord C on 26 January 2014.  The investigation identified serious breaches of the regulations, said the PSA today…

Texas A&M develops new oil detection method

Aug 14, 2014

A new method for detecting oil degradation in the water long after the spill has disappeared from the surface provides another tool for researchers studying long-term environmental impacts, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announced on 14 August 2014…

PSA investigates platform oil leak

Aug 12, 2014

Norway's Petroleum Safety Authority (PSA) is investigating a hydrocarbon leak which happened on the Eldfisk field in Block 2/7 in the North Sea early on Thursday 7 August. The leak led to the discharge of stabilized oil to the sea…

Detecting Arctic oil spills

May 12, 2014

Decreasing ice cover is currently spurring increased activity in hydrocarbon extraction and shipping in the Arctic. Motivated by the threat of future oil spills in this environmentally sensitive area, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution…

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