Latest Oil spills News

Coast Guard reports oil spill in southern Louisiana

Aug. 16, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — An oil spill has been spotted near an estimated 200-foot (61-meter) by 600-foot (183-meter) area of marshland near Plaquemines Parish in southern Louisiana. In a news release, the Coast Guard said late Thursday that OMI Environmental Solutions has put out about 300 feet (91 meters) of...

Tank overflow blamed for oil, wastewater spill

Aug. 16, 2019 12:29 PM EDT

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department says crude oil and wastewater overflowed from a tank in near Williston, impacting an unknown amount of pastureland. State environmental scientist Bill Suess (sees) says the tank is on a well pad owned and operated by Kraken Operating LLC. He says the...

Adding 3 miles of breakwaters at Louisiana wildlife refuge

Aug. 10, 2019 10:37 AM EDT

ROCKEFELLER WILDLIFE REFUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is adding three miles of breakwaters to protect a state wildlife refuge where the shoreline is rapidly eroding and the bottom is extremely soft. The new work is in addition to four miles of breakwaters already built along the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge in...

Army Corps reports suspected oil leak into Snake River

Aug. 9, 2019 10:04 AM EDT

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Up to 300 gallons of oil may have leaked into the Snake River from a power-generating turbine at Lower Monumental Dam. The Tri-City Herald reports the Army Corps of Engineers reported the suspected spill this week, but it's unclear when it happened. The Army Corps disclosed the...

Fuel tanker crash blocks Los Angeles freeway for hours

Aug. 7, 2019 1:43 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fuel tanker that overturned on a Southern California freeway during morning rush-hour traffic has forced an hours-long shutdown as crews clean up spilled diesel. The crash was reported around 7 a.m. Wednesday on northbound Interstate 5 north of downtown Los Angeles. The California...

Hotel, estate to pay $1M over Columbia River oil spill

Aug. 7, 2019 7:56 AM EDT

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A proposed consent decree filed in court says a historic luxury hotel in Astoria, Oregon, and a private estate would pay nearly $1 million in damages to the government for cleanup of oil that spilled into the Columbia River from a fuel tank beneath a partially collapsed pier. The...

Tribe files formal request for hearing on pipeline expansion

Aug. 5, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Standing Rock Sioux have requested a hearing on a plan by the developer of the Dakota Access Pipeline to double the line's capacity, a move the tribe believes multiplies the risk of an oil spill. Doubling the pipeline's capacity increases the "consequences as well as the...

Health officials: Pipeline leaks 10K gallons of oil

Aug. 2, 2019 5:46 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Health Department says more than 10,000 gallons of oil has spilled from a pipeline in Williams County. The agency says in a statement that the spill was reported Friday by Samson Oil & Gas USA Inc. Environmental scientist Brian O'Gorman says the spill occurred...

Authorities: 300 gallons of diesel spill in NYC hotel cellar

Aug. 2, 2019 10:29 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say 300 gallons of diesel fuel have spilled in a basement of a Times Square hotel. The Fire Department says the spill was reported at 8:30 a.m. in a sub-cellar of a hotel at West 41st Street and Broadway. No injuries have been reported. A department spokesman says it will take a...

UNH gets $108 million grant to study coastal hazards

Aug. 2, 2019 5:28 AM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — The University of New Hampshire has been awarded $108 million grant from NASA to use a space-based instrument to identify hazards like oil spills and algal blooms in the Gulf of Mexico, the southeastern United States and the Amazon River. The Geosynchronous Littoral Imaging and...