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Huge offshore oil spill can’t be cleaned up

It’s now revealed that what is believed to be the biggest oil spill in Newfoundland history can’t be cleaned up due to rough seas spreading the spill. The spill occurred about 350 kilometres east of the Newfoundland coast in what »

Indigenous, Society

Indigenous band sues governments, firm, over oil spill

A west coast First Nation is seeking damages for the ruin of its traditional harvest and associated cultural and commercial losses, as well as for its oil spill response efforts and remediation. Two years ago, a U.S.-owned tug ran aground »


Deliberate oil spill for science

Controlled oil spill to study effects on freshwater lake ecosystems We have always recognised that oil spills cause environmental damage, but a group of scientists in northern Ontario are deliberately creating oil spills to study the effects on freshwater environments. »

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WWF study finds gaping holes in ability to respond to Arctic ship fuel spills

..response plans rely on capacities and methods that may not  exist or cannot be adapted in remote communities to respond to a ship-based spill. WWF The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) has released a report on the ability of Canada to deal »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics, Society

Report: Canada ill-prepared for Arctic oil spill

A report prepared for the government on Arctic oil drilling contains some interesting revelations. Obtained under Access to Information laws,  the document called “An Emergency Response Biomonitoring Plan for Accidental Spills” is dated May 23, 2014, and was prepared for »

Environment & Animal Life, Politics

Mayor calls federal, provincial response to oil spill in Vancouver ‘totally inadequate’

Gregor Robertson was clearly not a happy man when he met journalists on Friday (April 10). The mayor of Canada’s port city of Vancouver was upset by what he called the “totally inadequate” response from both the provincial and federal »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Crimea conflict could block oil spill treaty in Arctic

The political dispute over Crimea between Russia, and the Ukraine and NATO nations, including Canada, could have an unexpected ripple effect in the high Arctic. At the senior arctic officials meeting (SAO) of the 8-member Arctic Council in early March, »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International

New standard for rail tankers: still not safe?

A report into a derailment and fire of a train of crude oil tankers earlier this month says the new standard of rail cars has still proven inadequate to prevent bursting and fires. Following the deadly Lac Megantic Qc oil »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Society

Supertankers in the St Lawrence

Large oil tankers traversing the often tricky currents and narrow and shallow sections of the St Lawrence are not new. Two crewmembers on the bow gives some perspective of the size of the supertanker, the first of possibly dozens to »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life

Arctic seas: little ability to cope with an oil spill

A new report suggests little is known how an oil spill in the Arctic would act or spread in icy and snowy conditions.  The report also says, little is known on how to go about cleaning up such a spill »