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As Canadian Oil Exports Increase, Research Explores Effects of Crude Oil on Native Salmon

Oct. 29, 2018 — Oil spills spell disaster for affected wildlife, leading to detrimental outcomes, including suffocation, poisoning and problems related to exposure to crude oil and its components. Researchers now ... read more

Wood Sponge Soaks Up Oil from Water

Oct. 24, 2018 — Oil spills and industrial discharge can contaminate water with greasy substances. Although it's true that oil and water don't mix, separating and recovering each component can still be ... read more

Quantum Mechanics Work Lets Oil Industry Know Promise of Recovery Experiments

Sep. 28, 2018 — Physicists developed detailed quantum mechanical simulations that accurately predict the outcomes of various additive combinations in water used for enhanced oil ... read more

Green Mango Peel: A Slick Solution for Oil-Contaminated Soils

Sep. 28, 2018 — Nanoparticles derived from green mango peel could be the key to remediating oil sludge in contaminated soil according to new ... read more

Cash, Carbon, Crude: How to Make Oil Fields Bury Emissions

Sep. 18, 2018 — A new analysis looks at what it would take for oil companies to start pumping millions of tons of carbon dioxide into their wells to boost crude production -- and what it would mean for the ... read more

Sep. 13, 2018 — A new study finds that oysters likely suffered toxic effects from the oil dispersant Corexit® 9500 when it was used to clean up the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Researchers determined this by ... read more

Aug. 15, 2018 — Engineers develop magnetic nanoparticles that separate the last droplets of oil from produced water at ... read more

July 19, 2018 — Degradation rates of oil were slower in the dark and cold waters of the depths of the Gulf of Mexico than at surface conditions, according to an international team of geoscientists trying to ... read more

July 9, 2018 — A large group of international researchers have just published a scientific article in which they encourage environmental authorities across the globe to rethink the idea of removing oil rigs, wind ... read more

June 27, 2018 — Researchers have completed a comprehensive study, creating baseline data for the Gulf of Mexico's entire marine ... read more

Orange, Tea Tree and Eucalyptus Oils Sweeten Diesel Fumes

June 15, 2018 — Waste oil from orange, tea tree and eucalyptus essential oil production mixed with diesel provides a sweet-smelling biofuel blend with comparable performance to diesel-only ... read more

May 29, 2018 — With palm oil production exploding around the world, a new study of a leading producer has found ways to make the process easier on the ... read more

Low-Cost Membrane Cleans Up Light and Heavy Oils in a Single Step

May 25, 2018 — Researchers have developed a low-cost membrane that effectively separates oil and water on demand -- potentially paving the way for faster cleanups of oil spills and improved treatment of industrial ... read more

Apr. 30, 2018 — Researchers announce that optical remote sensing observations may provide close estimates of relative oil thickness/volume for large oil slicks in the ocean captured by ... read more

Sunlight Reduces Effectiveness of Dispersants Used in Oil Spills

Apr. 25, 2018 — Two new studies have shown that sunlight transforms oil spills on the ocean surface more significantly and quickly than previously thought. The phenomenon considerably limits the effectiveness of ... read more

An Oil-Eating Bacterium That Can Help Clean Up Pollution and Spills

Apr. 9, 2018 — Oil spills occur on a regular basis, leading to messy decontamination challenges. But however widespread and serious the damage may be, the solution could be microscopic -- Alcanivorax borkumensis -- ... read more

Treating Oily Water: Efficiency Exceeds Requirements 10 Times

Mar. 23, 2018 — Wastewater cleaning technology efficiently cleans water from oil products leaving it virtually pollution-free (the concentration of oil discharge in treated water is about 0.2 mg/L). Given the ... read more

Mar. 20, 2018 — For years, scientists have been inspired by nature to innovate solutions to tricky problems, even oil spills -- manmade disasters with devastating environmental and economic consequences. A new study ... read more

Report Identifies Options for Lowering Risk of Failure of Undersea Bolts on Offshore Oil Rigs

Mar. 9, 2018 — A new report identifies strategies for improving the reliability of bolts used in offshore oil and gas drilling rigs, thereby reducing the risk that a bolt failure could cause a spill of oil, ... read more

Feb. 20, 2018 — Bacteria play a major role in cleaning up oil spills and mitigating its environmental impacts. In a new paper, researchers examine the major limiting factors for microbial degradation in Arctic ... read more

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