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Sri Lanka seeks initial $40M from stricken ship's operator

Jun. 12, 2021 07:05 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka is seeking an interim claim of $40 million from the operator of a fire-ravaged cargo ship to cover part of the cost of fighting the blaze, officials said Saturday. Sri Lanka's attorney general has sent the claim to lawyers...

Sri Lanka testing for oil in waters near stricken cargo ship

Jun. 11, 2021 02:13 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan authorities have taken water samples to try to determine whether a fire-ravaged cargo ship slowly sinking off the coast is leaking oil, officials said Friday. Results of the tests taken Thursday by the Marine Environment Protection...

New Mexico amends rules to prohibit oil and gas spills

Jun. 10, 2021 15:52 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — It will be unlawful for oil and natural gas drillers to spill liquid waste under revised rules adopted Thursday by New Mexico oil and gas regulators. The unanimous vote by the state Oil Conservation Commission comes after the panel heard testimony...

Rough seas hamper Sri Lankan divers examining sinking ship

Jun. 07, 2021 05:14 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Rough seas and poor underwater visibility are hampering navy divers who are trying to detect any fuel leakage from a fire-ravaged container ship carrying chemicals that is slowly sinking off Sri Lanka’s capital, officials said Monday. Navy...

Data recovered as ship with chemicals sinking off Sri Lanka

Jun. 06, 2021 12:18 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Experts recovered the data recorder of a fire-ravaged ship carrying chemicals that is slowly sinking off Sri Lanka’s capital, as salvage crews stood by to head off a possible environmental disaster, officials said Sunday. The...

Navy destroyer causes oil spill in Port Townsend Bay

Jun. 04, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

PORT HADLOCK, Wash. (AP) — A Navy destroyer caused an oil spill in Port Townsend Bay and emergency crews have begun a containment and cleanup effort. The USS Gridley was leaving the pier at Naval Magazine Indian Island on Thursday morning when the oil spill occurred...

Fishermen feeling the impact of Sri Lanka ship disaster

Jun. 04, 2021 08:28 AM EDT

KEPUMGODA, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka's fishermen are already feeling the impact of an unfolding environmental disaster caused by the slow sinking of a fire-ravaged cargo ship that had been loaded with chemicals. Fishing remained banned Friday along about 80 kilometers...

Sri Lanka braces for environmental disaster as ship sinks

Jun. 03, 2021 23:07 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Authorities in Sri Lanka were trying to head off a potential environmental disaster Thursday as a fire-damaged container ship that had been carrying chemicals was sinking off of the country's main port. The Singapore-flagged MV X-Press Pearl...

UN urges Yemen's Houthis to allow examination of oil tanker

Jun. 03, 2021 21:50 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council called on Yemen’s Houthi rebels to quickly allow U.N. experts to examine an oil tanker moored off the war-torn country’s coast loaded with more than 1 million barrels of crude oil, warning there is a growing risk it could rupture or...

Crews clean up oil leaking from remains of Georgia shipwreck

Jun. 02, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. (AP) — Crews on the water and nearby beaches are cleaning up oil leaking from the remains of an overturned cargo ship being dismantled along the coast of Georgia. Responders began mopping up oil from the shipwreck Monday and were still finding...