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NY updates oil spill preparedness plans

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State and federal environmental officials in New York are changing the way they prepare for oil spills.

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation announced last week that it's working with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Coast Guard to revise and update its plans for preventing and responding to spills.

Oil

Focus shifts to restoration at Ohio oil leak site

CINCINNATI (AP) — Officials are beginning to focus on restoration as crews clean up remnants of thousands of gallons of oil that leaked into a nature preserve near Cincinnati.

Traces of oil could be seen on rocks along an intermittent stream in the Oak Glen Nature Preserve as media were allowed to tour the site Monday for the first time since a pipeline leaked in mid-March.

Oil

Panic water-buying in NW Chinese city on benzene scare

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

Shoppers were loading cases of bottled water into their trolleys in Lanzhou, after word came that drinking water in the northwestern Chinese had 20 times the national limit for benzene, a problem for some 2.4 million people that was blamed on an oil leak, The Wall Street Journal reports.

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Oil

Boxer, Whitehouse push again for Keystone XL health study

Two Democratic senators opposed to the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday renewed their call for the Obama administration to postpone any permit decision until it conducts a study of the health impacts from oil sands crude.

Senate Environment and Public Works Chairman Barbara Boxer of California and Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island told reporters that two public health groups, the American Public Health Association and the National Association of County and City Health Officials, had joined their request for such a study.

Oil

4 years after Gulf spill, questions on long-term health

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago, fisherman George Barisich used his boat to help clean up the millions of gallons of spew that would become the worst offshore spill in U.S. history.

Like so many Gulf Coast residents who pitched in after the April 20, 2010, explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, Barisich was motivated by a desire to help and a need to make money — the oil had eviscerated his livelihood.

Today he regrets that decision, and worries his life has been permanently altered. Barisich, 58, says respiratory problems he developed during the cleanup turned into pneumonia and that his health has never been the same.

Oil

Thai workers scramble to clean up oil spill

BANGKOK (AP) — Thai authorities were working Wednesday to clean up an oil spill from a vessel that sunk southwest of Bangkok.

The oil slick had reached a fishermen's village and mangrove forest on the coast 40 kilometers (25 miles) southwest of the capital, said Arthit Boonyasophat, the provincial governor of Samut Sakhon.

But workers have already scooped up and cleared 75 percent of the 1,500 liters (400 gallons) of oil and are working to finish the cleanup in the Gulf of Thailand, Arthit said.

Oil

ND oilfield waste cleanup to cost $12,600

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Bismarck Tribune

North Dakota has hired Secure On-site Services to clean up some radioactive oil field waste, and will pay the company $12,600 to dispose of oil filter socks that were dumped in an abandoned building, the Bismarck Tribune reports.

Oil

Chevron to face charges over offshore spills in Brazil

Source: 
The Wall Street Journal

A Chevron subsidiary and 10 employees will face criminal charges in Brazil in connection with offshore oil spills in 2011 and 2012, after an appeals court was upheld in reinstating some that had been dismissed, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Oil

$144.5M in spill fines to be used for La. beach

PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) — The foundation overseeing use of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has approved $144.5 million to complete the restoration of a beach near Grand Isle.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation says the project will create about 490 acres of habitat, adding about 7.5 miles of beachfront to the Caminada Headland. It will do so by pumping more than 5 million cubic yards of sand from the Gulf of Mexico through a pipeline.

Oil

Crews continue to remove oil from Texas shoreline

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) — Authorities say more than 119,000 pounds of oil-soaked sand and debris have been removed from island shorelines tainted by the spill nearly two weeks ago when two vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel.

Officials representing the U.S. Coast Guard and other agencies say about 465 workers are removing oil from the Texas shoreline.

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