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Fracking Boom Town Lacks Equipment to Fight Toxic Explosions and Spills

Fracking Boom Town Lacks Equipment to Fight Toxic Explosions and Spills
Residents in the heart of this oil-and-gas boom town for years have watched drilling operations advance toward their homes, moving in from the high-plains grasslands, then farm fields, then strip-mall suburbs. At public commission meetings and town-hall gatherings residents have raised concerns about air quality, water contamination, noise and traffic. In recent weeks, city authorities have given them something else to worry about: toxic explosions and spills local safety officials admit they are unprepared to handle.
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Mopping Up TX Oil Spill With Pom-Poms?

Mopping Up TX Oil Spill With Pom-Poms?
In Texas, clean-up crews are working hard to clean oil along Galveston Bay in the wake of an oil tanker collision that might have released up to 168,000 gallons of fuel oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday. And they're doing it with... pom-poms?
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25 Years After Exxon Valdez: ‘It’s Worse Than We Thought’

25 Years After Exxon Valdez: ‘It’s Worse Than We Thought’
When it comes to oil spills, there’s no substitute for prevention. The trouble is, 25 years after the Exxon Valdez spill fouled Alaska’s Prince William Sound and four years after the horrific events in the Gulf brought on by the Deepwater Horizon blowout, we can’t seem to stop spewing oil into our waterways.
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New Aerial Video of AL Oil Spill Call Cleanup Into Question

New Aerial Video of AL Oil Spill Call Cleanup Into Question
Ongoing efforts to clean up an Alabama oil spill are under scrutiny after a train carrying 2.7 million gallons of North Dakota Bakken crude oil exploded, spilling into wetlands just outside the town of Aliceville. Photojournalist John Wathen captured video of cleanup efforts one week after the November 7th derailment, and the footage prompts questions about the efficacy of methods being used.
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Hundreds of ND Oil Spills Went Unreported to Public

Hundreds of ND Oil Spills Went Unreported to Public
North Dakota, the nation's No. 2 oil producer behind Texas, recorded nearly 300 oil pipeline spills in less than two years, state documents show. None was reported to the public, officials said. The pipeline spills — many of them small — are among some 750 "oil field incidents" that have occurred since January 2012 without public notification.
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Despite Government and BP Assurances, Gulf Coast Shrimpers Struggle to Get Product Liability Insurance

Despite Government and BP Assurances, Gulf Coast Shrimpers Struggle to Get Product Liability Insurance
Following two weeks of testimony by the U.S. Department of Justice and BP, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier will determine what quantity of oil was spilled into the Gulf. He will also decide whether BP was simply negligent or grossly negligent. It's a difference of $7.5 billion. Meanwhile, Gulf Coast residences are still dealing with the spill's aftermath, despite assurances from the government and BP that everything is perfectly back to normal.
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How Much Oil Did BP Spill and How Much Is It Worth: $10.5 or $18 Billion?

How Much Oil Did BP Spill and How Much Is It Worth: $10.5 or $18 Billion?
A federal judge was set to begin hearing three weeks of testimony Monday about how much oil made it into the ocean during the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Experts for BP and the federal government will provide U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with very different estimates when the second phase of a trial resumes for litigation spawned by the spill.
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Michael Kunzelman
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Deliberations Begin in Nigeria Over Shell Oil Spill, Country One of Top Crude Oil Suppliers to US

Deliberations Begin in Nigeria Over Shell Oil Spill, Country One of Top Crude Oil Suppliers to US
Shell officials on Monday began talks in Nigeria's southern city of Port Harcourt with representatives for the Bodo community on compensation and cleanup five years after one of the worst oil spills in Nigeria's history. Some experts say two oil spills that started in 2008 led to the largest loss of a mangrove habitat ever caused by an oil spill, affecting about 30,000 people in the Niger Delta area since then, according to London-based law firm Leigh Day.
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Carley Petesch
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Five Months After Oil Spill, Sickened Residents Finally Offered Free Health Assessments

Five Months After Oil Spill, Sickened Residents Finally Offered Free Health Assessments
Is it too little, too late?
That's the question Mayflower residents are asking now that the state is finally offering them access to free health assessments five months after a ruptured ExxonMobil pipeline emptied 210,000 gallons of heavy crude into their city 25 miles northwest of Little Rock.
Since the March 29 spill, many people have continued to suffer from dizziness, headaches, nausea and vomiting—cla
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BP Changes Tack, Blames the Victims in PR Wave

BP Changes Tack, Blames the Victims in PR Wave
In recent corporate public relations attempts, BP has tried to shift the public’s focus from its corporate wrongdoing and outright criminal behavior to criticizing BP's victims and their legal representatives.
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