Exxon oil spill

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As Feds Set Cleanup Deadline, Exxon Under Fire

Montana governor says oil giant lied about scope of spill

(Newser) - Exxon Mobil had better clean up its act—and its 1000 barrels of crude currently spilled in the Yellowstone River. Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer has a litany of complaints that mostly boil down to the oil giant misleading state officials about the scope of the spill, and has yanked state... More »

Yellowstone Waters Swell as Oil Spill Spreads

Exxon admits contamination beyond 10-mile zone

(Newser) - Exxon Mobil's Montana oil spill cleanup faces a big hurdle today as the swollen Yellowstone River peaks at Billings this afternoon. The rising water means that areas already cleaned may be re-contaminated, and the AP reports that Exxon officials acknowledged under fire yesterday that the scope of the... More »

Pipeline Rupture Spills Crude Into Yellowstone River

Up to 42,000 gallons of oil heading toward Missouri River

(Newser) - Up to 42,000 gallons of oil from a ruptured pipeline in Montana is surging through a flood-swollen Yellowstone River, creating an environmental mess that is threatening to reach the Missouri River, reports the Wall Street Journal . The Exxon Mobile pipeline, which runs under the Yellowstone River to a refinery... More »

New Oil Flow Estimate Makes Gulf Spill Nation's Worst

At 3.5 times earlier estimates, exceeds Exxon Valdez

(Newser) - New oil flow estimates by scientists studying the blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico are more than three times earlier estimates, making the leak the worst in the nation's history. The US Geological Survey director says the results are preliminary, but two teams using different methods determined that the... More »

BP Botched Exxon Cleanup, Too

BP was partially in charge of mopping up that mess, too

(Newser) - Commentators can't help but compare the Deepwater Horizon disaster to the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, which leaked 11 million gallons of crude into the water, killed countless animals, and tarnished the owner of the damaged tanker, Exxon. Yet the leader of botched containment efforts in the critical hours after the... More »

Oil Spill: Protecting Wildlife Will Be 'Mind-Boggling' Job

As oil reaches land, scientists worry about marshes

(Newser) - Migrating birds, nesting pelicans, and river otter and mink living along Louisiana's fragile coastline are in the path of the oil oozing ashore after the massive oil spill in the Gulf Coast. Louisiana's coastal islands and barrier marshes are home to hundreds of species. Protecting the ecosystem will be a... More »

Top 10 Worst Oil Spills

Current one is tiny in comparison

(Newser) - The Gulf of Mexico oil spill coming from the Deepwater Horizon platform that exploded and collapsed is still a piker compared to some of the big spills. As of the end of today, it was only 1/50th the size of the Exxon Valdez spill, which doesn't come close to breaking... More »

Tug Grounds on Same Reef as Exxon Valdez

Ship was scouting ice to prevent accidents; 3rd recent spill in area

(Newser) - Two decades after the Exxon Valdez disaster, a tugboat working to prevent another oil spill in Alaska's Prince William Sound ran aground on the same reef, leaving a three-mile sheen of oil. The 136-foot tug Pathfinder had just finished checking for dangerous ice when it hit Bligh Reef. Alaska Sen.... More »

20 Years After Spill, Valdez Oil 'Harmless'

Few remaining deposits don't threaten life in Alaskan waters: scientists

(Newser) - Nearly 20 years after the Exxon Valdez spill, what little oil remains in the soiled Prince William Sound is harmless to plant and animal life, scientists agree. The last oil deposits remain deep in the cracks between shoreline rocks, inaccessible to animals and degraded enough to be "biologically insignificant.... More »

Exxon Ruling Enrages Alaskan Fishermen

Shrunken payout will mean more years of tough work for many

(Newser) - Today's Supreme Court decision to drastically shrink the punitive damages that Exxon must pay Alaskan fishermen over the Valdez spill has left plaintiffs enraged, cynical, and forced to rethink retirement in some cases, the Anchorage Daily News reports. "This is a total slap in the face," said one... More »

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