After a flood like this, simply getting clean drinking water can be a serious challenge. Now, in addition to digging their ruined homes and possessions out of the mud and wreckage, Coloradans (and anyone downstream) have to worry about toxic chemicals from gas and oil wells getting mixed into the groundwater and on farmland. What a mess.
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After a flood like this, simply getting clean drinking water can be a serious challenge. Now, in addition to digging their ruined homes and possessions out of the mud and wreckage, Coloradans (and anyone downstream) have to worry about toxic chemicals from gas and oil wells getting mixed into the groundwater and on farmland. What a mess.

via Colorado flood damaged oil pipelines & gas fracking wells

A natural gas drilling rig has exploded and caught fire off the coast of Louisiana. After two days, the fire is finally under control, but the incident has rekindled debate about the safety of offshore drilling. 
Details here: UPDATE: Gas well on fire in Gulf of Mexico, 44 evacuated

A natural gas drilling rig has exploded and caught fire off the coast of Louisiana. After two days, the fire is finally under control, but the incident has rekindled debate about the safety of offshore drilling. 

Details here: UPDATE: Gas well on fire in Gulf of Mexico, 44 evacuated

As if ruptured pipelines, train explosions and drilling rig fires weren’t enough ways for oil to damage the environment, oil companies are now creating new types of disasters.
For at least six weeks, thousands of barrels of tar sands oil have been bubbling up into the forest in Cold Lake, Alberta and neither the oil company or government scientists know how to stop the flow.
An unstoppable oil leak is flowing in Alberta 

As if ruptured pipelines, train explosions and drilling rig fires weren’t enough ways for oil to damage the environment, oil companies are now creating new types of disasters.

For at least six weeks, thousands of barrels of tar sands oil have been bubbling up into the forest in Cold Lake, Alberta and neither the oil company or government scientists know how to stop the flow.

An unstoppable oil leak is flowing in Alberta 

Cynthia Giles, the E.P.A. assistant administrator for enforcement and compliance, said that the State Department had failed to adequately support its two fundamental conclusions supporting the project — that the climate change effects of building the pipeline would be negligible, and that Canada would develop the oil sands regardless of whether the $7 billion pipeline is built.
Two weeks ago today, Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline carrying diluted bitumen from Canada ruptured catastrophically, creating a 22-foot long gash that unleashed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and toxic chemical diluents into the Central Arkansas town of Mayflower. Since then, the local media has faced strong intimidation from Exxon, local residents have become sick from the toxic fumes, a severe thunderstorm threatened cleanupefforts and led officials to release contaminated water into Lake Conway and the Attorney General of Arkansas has launched an investigation, as a number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of residents.
via Exxon pipeline rupture is 22 feet long, indicating immense pressure, possible criminal negligence

Two weeks ago today, Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus pipeline carrying diluted bitumen from Canada ruptured catastrophically, creating a 22-foot long gash that unleashed hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and toxic chemical diluents into the Central Arkansas town of Mayflower. Since then, the local media has faced strong intimidation from Exxon, local residents have become sick from the toxic fumes, a severe thunderstorm threatened cleanupefforts and led officials to release contaminated water into Lake Conway and the Attorney General of Arkansas has launched an investigation, as a number of lawsuits have been filed on behalf of residents.

via Exxon pipeline rupture is 22 feet long, indicating immense pressure, possible criminal negligence

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Despite spilling tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and chemicals into an Arkansas neighborhood, thanks to a loophole in a law from 1980, ExxonMobil will not be paying into a federal oil spill cleanup fund because the oil they spilled is not the right type of oil. It is a twisted example of the legal technicalities and lax regulations that all too often favor oil companies, but a coalition of environmental groups are working to close the loophole.
via Exxon won’t pay into cleanup fund because oil spilled in Arkansas isn’t “oil”

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Despite spilling tens, if not hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and chemicals into an Arkansas neighborhood, thanks to a loophole in a law from 1980, ExxonMobil will not be paying into a federal oil spill cleanup fund because the oil they spilled is not the right type of oil. It is a twisted example of the legal technicalities and lax regulations that all too often favor oil companies, but a coalition of environmental groups are working to close the loophole.

via Exxon won’t pay into cleanup fund because oil spilled in Arkansas isn’t “oil”

As Lloyd has noted on TreeHugger before, stopping the Keystone pipeline won’t keep the tar sands in the ground or the carbon they will produce out of the atmosphere. Trans Canada could build a pipeline to the west or continue shipping the oil by rail, but as KC makes clear, to not speak out against this pipeline is to concede defeat. And when the stakes are a ruined atmosphere or a chance at preventing catastrophe, what choice do we have?
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breakingnews:

11 airlifted, two missing after Gulf platform explosion
WWL-TV: The Coast Guard says that 11 people have been airlifted out and two are missing after an explosion at a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.
Captain Peter Gautier of the Coast Guard said the platform, run by Black Elk Energy, was not producing oil and no environmental threat is anticipated. A federal official says a team of environmental enforcement inspectors is flying to the scene.
Follow updates on breakingnews.com.
Map: The Times-Picayune/Nola.com staff

Not again. We’ll be following the story and posting the latest as we learn more. 

breakingnews:

11 airlifted, two missing after Gulf platform explosion

WWL-TVThe Coast Guard says that 11 people have been airlifted out and two are missing after an explosion at a platform in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Captain Peter Gautier of the Coast Guard said the platform, run by Black Elk Energy, was not producing oil and no environmental threat is anticipated. A federal official says a team of environmental enforcement inspectors is flying to the scene.

Follow updates on breakingnews.com.

Map: The Times-Picayune/Nola.com staff

Not again. We’ll be following the story and posting the latest as we learn more. 

The AP reports that US production of oil and other liquid hydrocarbons is set to rise 7% this year, marking the fourth straight year of increased production—so much for the Republican notion that the Obama administration has been anything but supportive of the oil industry. It’s the biggest gain in a single year since the early 1950s.