Radioactivity in Oily Sludge and Produced Waste Water from Oil: Environmental Concerns and Potential Remedial Measures

[tweetmeme] Avin E. Pillay (Petroleum Institute, Abu Dhabi), Fadhil M. Salih (Sultan Qaboos University) and Muthana I. Maleek (College of Science, University of Wasit) have completed a paper on a rarely focused on environmental impact of oil production – radioactive sludge contamination.  The abstract to their paper is: Produced water separated from oil is usually … Continue reading

News: EU offers USA more humanitarian help in cleaning gulf oil spill

[tweetmeme] Brussels, 1 July 2010.  The Federal On-Site Coordinator in US has accepted yesterday night an oil cleaning device to combat the environmental consequences of the oil spill that is polluting the waters of the Gulf of Mexico since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling well on 20 April. The US has accepted a high capacity, … Continue reading

Oil drilling safety in EU waters: Commission’s second safety talks with industry

[tweetmeme Brussels, 22 June 2010.  Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger and Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik will meet representatives of oil and gas companies and national surveillance authorities on 14 July 2010. The aim of the meetings is to discuss whether EU legislation should be reviewed in the light of the accident in the Gulf of … Continue reading

Using GIS in Ecological Management: Green Assessment of the Impacts of Petroleum Activities in the State of Texas

Edmund Merem, Bennetta Robinson, Joan Wesley, Sudha Yerramilli (Department of Urban & Regional Planning, Jackson State University) and Yaw Twumasi (Department of Advanced Technologies, School of Agriculture & Applied Sciences, Alcorn State University) have published a paper titled „Using GIS in Ecological Management: Green Assessment of the Impacts of Petroleum Activities in the State of … Continue reading

EU offers special oil recovery equipment to support the US in combating the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico

On 27th of May in the late afternoon, the European Commission’s Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) received a request for assistance from the United States Coast Guard to provide specific types of oil recovery equipment. Within a few hours, the MIC was able to put together a consolidated European offer with equipment available from Spain, … Continue reading

Global Conservation Significance of Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park

The threats facing Ecuador’s Yasuní National Park are emblematic of those confronting the greater western Amazon, one of the world’s last high-biodiversity wilderness areas. Notably, the country’s second largest untapped oil reserves—called “ITT”—lie beneath an intact, remote section of the park. The conservation significance of Yasuní may weigh heavily in upcoming state-level and international decisions, … Continue reading

EIB invests 400 million EUR in cleaner energy projects in Greece

Athens / Luxembourg, 26 May 2010. The European Investment Bank will provide a total of EUR 400 million to Hellenic Petroleum SA in order to increase the production of cleaner fuels via the upgrading of the Elefsina refinery. The loan agreement signing ceremony was held at a hotel in central Athens. The contracts were signed … Continue reading

EU Energy Commissioner holds talks on oil platform safety to avoid repeats of US disaster

Brussels, 11 May 2010. Commissioner Günther Oettinger will meet later today representatives of oil and gas production industry operating in Europe and its off-shore areas. The European Commission wants to obtain assurances from the industry that they fully manage all necessary risks to avoid disasters similar to the one currently witnessed in the USA. Günther … Continue reading

Oil and Gas Projects in the Western Amazon: Threats to Wilderness, Biodiversity, and Indigenous Peoples

The western Amazon is the most biologically rich part of the Amazon basin and is home to a great diversity of indigenous ethnic groups, including some of the world’s last uncontacted peoples living in voluntary isolation. Unlike the eastern Brazilian Amazon, it is still a largely intact ecosystem. Underlying this landscape are large reserves of … Continue reading

Mapping Oil and Gas Development Potential in the US Intermountain West and Estimating Impacts to Species

Many studies have quantified the indirect effect of hydrocarbon-based economies on climate change and biodiversity, concluding that a significant proportion of species will be threatened with extinction. However, few studies have measured the direct effect of new energy production infrastructure on species persistence. Methodology/Principal Findings We propose a systematic way to forecast patterns of future … Continue reading

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