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An oil spill is the release of liquid petroleum into the environment and is a form of pollution.
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North Sea suffers 4,123 oil spills since 2000; only seven resulted in government fine

North Sea suffers 4,123 oil spills since 2000; only seven resulted in government fine | Oil Spills | Scoop.it

Since 2000, there have been 4,123 oil spills (in the North Sea alone). The government, in no effort to reduce oil spills, has offered a "record-breaking" 167 new licenes to oil and gas companies seeking to drill in the North Sea. Total fines resulting from only seven prosecutions between 2000 and 2011 came to $94,000 (no single company paid more than $25,500. In total, 1,226 tons of oil was spilled in that time period. A DECC spokeman said:"The UK has one of the toughest and most successful oil and gas regimes in the world and we work closely with industry to ensure the highest standards of environmental protection are in place and enforced." Yet, there's no "volume threshold" to determine whether or not a company will be prosecuted from an oil spill (at sea) and a spill less than five tons is very unlikely to go to court.

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BP, Plaintiffs Seek Approval of $7.8 Billion Spill Accord

In March 2012, BP agreed to resolve most private plaintiffs' claims for injuries, property damages and economic loss caused by the 2010 oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Lead lawyers who represent victims are asking for an approval of a $7.8 billion partial settlement claim. Some claims and plaintiffs are being unfairly excluded, and tens of thousands of cases may not even be resolved by this settlement. This all shows how it took two years to even begin to resolve the after effects of an oil spill and determine a "fairness hearing" concerning the ongoing issue.

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Compensate Indigenous Community After Multiple Oil Spills - ForceChange

Compensate Indigenous Community After Multiple Oil Spills - ForceChange | Oil Spills | Scoop.it

Maple Energy is an oil company that took advantage of an oil lot that is home to the indigenous community of Canaán de Caciyacu in the Peruvian Amazon (in 1994). Since their unjust invasion, they've caused seven oil spills in the past four years alone. It is now time for the Shipibo people who occupy the land to be compensated. They have taken control of nine wells that belong to Maple Energy until their clean water, health care and justice demands are fulfilled. The home they now know is a contaminated cesspool without any animal life, drinking water, or any needed resources. Maple Energy's response is to have the community clean the water themselves using their bare hands. When in truth, Maple Energy owes the people of the Canaán de Caciyacu region over $13 million.

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Pressure builds for better oil spill clean-up technology

Pressure builds for better oil spill clean-up technology | Oil Spills | Scoop.it

Scientists have made the effort to find more effective ways to clean up and maybe even reuse spilt oil, but there has been little change in such technology. It's now even more important to find a new way to quickly clean up oil spills because oil companies are looking to expand into the Arctic and deep water elsewhere. There are some new techniques of cleaning up oil that are in development, such as a "novel gel" that absorbs 40 times its own weight in oil, but it's not efficient enough yet and it needs to be aproved and funded by oil industrys and governments... It's critical to create a sense of urgency in order to enhance technological gaps.

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Jonathan Delp's comment, November 6, 2012 11:45 AM
I noticed that the novel gel can absorb 40 times its own weight in oil. this was interesting to me because this is a new cheap and easy way to clean up oil spills more effectively than ever before
Lindsay Tyler's comment, November 6, 2012 11:47 AM
I noticed that scientists are gradually finding ways to conserve our energy sources, mainly oil in this article. (by reusing spilt oil) This was interesting because I learned about "novel gel," a technique that absorbs 40 times its own weight in oil.
Davis Charette's comment, November 6, 2012 11:55 AM
I noticed how the "nova gel" absorbs 40 times its weight in oil, but it wont be approved yet. I liked this article because it was interesting to read about the roadblock we have hit with oil spill cleanup.