Puerto Rico probes oil spill in popular lagoon

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Authorities in Puerto Rico are investigating who caused a diesel spill they say has contaminated a popular lagoon in the U.S. territory's capital.

Officials are advising people not to bathe in the Condado Lagoon in San Juan.

The lagoon was one of the locations used for an Ironman triathlete event over the past weekend. It is also a popular spot for swimmers, kayakers and standup paddle boarders.


‘Active cleanup’ of La. coast ends following 2010 Gulf spill: BP

The Times-Picayune

The “active cleanup” phase of the Louisiana coast has ended, nearly four years after BP’s disastrous spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the company said Tuesday, The Times-Picayune reports.

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.


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.


Panic water-buying in NW Chinese city on benzene scare

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.

Office of Sen. Barbara Boxer

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.


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.


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.


ND oilfield waste cleanup to cost $12,600

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.


Chevron to face charges over offshore spills in Brazil

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.


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