Oil spill

Gulf of Mexico clean-up makes spill 52 times more toxic

Mixing Oil With Dispersant Increased Toxicity to Ecosystems Article from Georgia Tech   Nov. 30, 2012 — If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill was a ecological disaster, the two million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it even worse — 52-times more toxic. That’s according to new research from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico. The study found that mixing the dispersant with oil increased toxicity of the mixture up to 52-fold over the oil […]

Against Offshore Oil Exploration and Drilling in Belize 4

A steady stream of pollution from offshore rigs causes a wide range of health and reproductive problems for fish and other marine life. Offshore drilling exposes wildlife to the threat of oil spills that would devastate their populations. Offshore drilling activities destroy kelp beds, reefs and coastal wetlands. Over its lifetime, a single oil rig can: Dump more than 90,000 metric tons of drilling fluid and metal cuttings into the ocean; Drill between 50-100 wells, each dumping 25,000 pounds of toxic metals, such as lead, chromium and mercury, and potent carcinogens like toluene, benzene, and xylene into the ocean Pollute […]

In care of our Natural Habitat and those that share it with us. 1

Nearly impossible to clean up. That’s what the Coast Guard says about an oil spill in the Arctic. But Exxon just struck a deal to drill in Russian Arctic waters and our government is granting Arctic drilling leases and permits to Shell and other oil companies – which means deadly danger for seals. When inhaled, oil can cause serious breathing problems. On a seal’s fur, it destroys insulation, leaving the seal to freeze to death. And spills and accidents are inevitable – a Shell platform in the North Sea just had a major line burst, creating an oil slick 20 miles […]