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May 22, 2017 News

Emergency Declared At Nuclear-Contaminated Site in Washington State

by hazmat management editor

As reported by NPR, The U.S. Department of Energy has declared an emergency at a nuclear-contaminated site in Washington state, after soil caved in over a portion of a tunnel containing rail cars contaminated with nuclear waste. “All personnel in

May 15, 2017 News

Arctic Collaborations on Response Technology Possibilities

by hazmat management editor

The U.S. Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) provided the latest details on its efforts to improve oil spill response technologies at the Arctic Oil Spill Response Research and Technology Workshop held in April.  The BSEE works to promote

May 7, 2017 News

U.S. Spill Response in the Arctic Criticized

by John Nicholson

Less than a month after the World Wildlife Federation (WWF) criticized Canada for being unprepared for an oil spill in the arctic, the U.S. Coast Guard has drawn the criticism of the Alaska Maritime Prevention and Response Network.    As reported

April 30, 2017 News

Under-reporting of Oil Spills in Gulf of Mexico

by John Nicholson

As reported by Fast Company, a recent report by three environmental activist organization claims that offshore oil accidents in the Gulf of Mexico are a more regular and serious occurrence than the industry is willing to admit.  The recent report,

April 30, 2017 News

Alberta Court Places Creditors over the Environment

by hazmat management editor

As reported by the CBC and the Calgary Herald, the Alberta Court of Appeal (in a 2-1 decision) has upheld the Redwater Energy decision that gave secured creditors priority over environmental clean-up in the case of an energy bankruptcy. The

April 30, 2017 News

Nanotechnology Innovation and Oil Spill Clean-up

by John Nicholson

Nanotechnology has had a multitude of applications: from healthcare to textiles to new consumer gadgets, innovative new uses for nanotechnology are constantly emerging.  It has now found a new role, with University of Alberta-based nanotechnology accelerator Ingenuity Lab using it

April 23, 2017 News

Recent Technology Advances for Effective Oil Spill Response

by editor, Hazmat Management

Collaborators from Exxon Mobil Corporation and Oil Spill Response Ltd. recently presented a conference paper at the SPE Health, Safety, Security, Environment, & Social Responsibility Conference on technology advances for effective oil spill response. In their conference paper, they claim

April 23, 2017 News

Russians Patent Spill Response Technique for Arctic Oil Spills

by editor, Hazmat Management

LUKOIL, the largest oil and gas company in Russia, recently announced that it has developed a new technique to respond to oil spills in the Arctic waters.  The new multi-patented technology is based on the use of bio-sorbents with cold-resistant

April 23, 2017 News

Three Ways to Improve Alberta’s Energy Regulator

by Barry Robinson, Ecojustice

The Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) is Alberta’s one-stop regulatory body for the oil and gas industry.  When it was created in 2013 by the merging of the former Energy Resources Conservation Board and parts of Alberta Environment and Parks, the

April 17, 2017 News

Concerns with Canada’s Arctic Oil-Spill Response Plans

by John Nicholson

The World Wildlife Fund  Canada (WWF-C), the Canadian arm of the international not-for-profit environmental activist organization, recently issued a report on Canada’s preparedness for cleaning up an oil spill in the Arctic.  In short, the WWF-C is of the view

April 3, 2017 News

North Dakota Senate approves bill that reduces oil spill reporting

by John Nicholson

As reported in the Bismark Tribune, North Dakota Senate lawmakers recently voted to raise the threshold for reporting oil spills, a proposal the oil industry supported but many landowners opposed. Under House Bill 1151, oil companies will no longer have

April 2, 2017 News

Experts successfully test a novel oil spill cleanup technology

by John Nicholson

As reported in Science Daily, researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) successfully tested a novel technology that can accelerate the combustion of crude oil floating on water.  By combusting spilled fuel, it is argued that the potential for long term