Latest Oil spills News

Singapore says dredger that hit tanker reported sudden loss of control, oil spill cleanup ongoing

Jun. 17, 2024 01:35 AM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Singapore authorities said Monday a dredger boat reported a sudden loss in engine and steering control that led it to hit a stationary cargo tanker, causing an oil spill that has blackened part of the city-island's southern shores. The...

Singapore rushes to clean up oil slick after boat hits stationary fuel supply ship

Jun. 16, 2024 21:19 PM EDT

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — An oil spill caused by a dredger boat hitting a stationary cargo tanker has blackened part of Singapore’s southern coastline, including the popular resort island of Sentosa, and sparked concerns it may threaten marine wildlife as a clean-up operation was underway...

Texas bridge connecting Galveston and Pelican Island reopened after barge collision

May. 20, 2024 14:32 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A bridge near Galveston, Texas, that was damaged last week when a barge carrying fuel broke free from a tugboat has reopened to vehicle and pedestrian traffic after safety inspections deemed it safe, officials said. The barge crashed into a pillar supporting the...

US Coast Guard says Texas barge collision may have spilled up to 2,000 gallons of oil

May. 16, 2024 19:59 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Early estimates indicate up to 2,000 gallons of oil may have spilled into surrounding waters when a barge carrying fuel broke free from a tugboat and slammed into a bridge near Galveston, Texas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday. The barge crashed into a...

Barge hits bridge connecting Galveston and Pelican Island, causing partial collapse and oil spill

May. 15, 2024 21:24 PM EDT

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A barge slammed into a bridge pillar in Galveston, Texas, on Wednesday, spilling oil into waters near busy shipping channels and closing the only road to a small neighboring island. No injuries were reported. The impact sent pieces of the bridge, which...

Once praised, settlement to help sickened BP oil spill workers leaves most with nearly nothing

Apr. 19, 2024 12:07 PM EDT

When a deadly explosion destroyed BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, 134 million gallons of crude erupted into the sea over the next three months — and tens of thousands of ordinary people were hired to help clean up environmental devastation from the biggest offshore...

BP defeated thousands of suits by sick Gulf spill cleanup workers. But not one by a boat captain

Apr. 19, 2024 09:42 AM EDT

John Maas spent years buying and outfitting a 17-foot aluminum boat called the Superskiff 1 so he could take customers fishing for sea trout and flounder in the Gulf of Mexico. But before the Mississippi captain could make his first charter trip in 2010, the BP Deepwater Horizon...

Takeaways from AP's story on the BP oil spill medical settlement's shortcomings

Apr. 18, 2024 09:56 AM EDT

When the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded in 2010 and spewed many millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the disastrous spill damaged the economy, devastated the environment and required thousands of regular people to help clean it up. Those hired workers picked up tar balls...

Earth Day: How a senator's idea more than 50 years ago got people fighting for their planet

Apr. 17, 2024 09:32 AM EDT

Millions of people around the world will pause on Monday, at least for a moment, to mark Earth Day. It's an annual event founded by people who hoped to stir activism to clean up and preserve a planet that is now home to some 8 billion humans and assorted trillions of other organisms. ...

Environmentalists protest as Biden administration approves huge oil export terminal off Texas coast

Apr. 11, 2024 20:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a move that environmentalists called a betrayal, the Biden administration has approved the construction of a deepwater oil export terminal off the Texas coast that would be the largest of its kind in the United States. The Sea Port Oil Terminal being developed...