Oil Spills News
June 17, 2019

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Largest Continuous Oil and Gas Resource Potential Ever

USGS announces an assessment of continuous oil and gas in Texas and New Mexico's Delaware Basin, the largest USGS has ever conducted, with an estimate of 46.3 billion barrels of oil and 281 trillion ... read more

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill's Dramatic Effect on Stingrays' Sensory Abilities

Marine fishes rely on their sensory systems to survive. A study is the first to quantify the physiological effects of whole crude oil on the ... read more

Oil and Gas Wells as a Strong Source of Greenhouse Gases

Boreholes in the North Sea could constitute a significantly more important source of methane, a strong greenhouse gas, than previously thought. Large amounts of methane are released from the ... read more

Oil Impairs Ability of Coral Reef Fish to Find Homes and Evade Predators

Just as one too many cocktails can lead a person to make bad choices, a few drops of oil can cause coral reef fish to make poor decisions. Oil impacts the higher-order thinking of coral reef fish in ... read more
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Understanding Physics Could Lead to Big Gains in Shale Oil Recovery

Oil companies are missing out on vast sums of recoverable oil in unconventional reservoirs, according to ... read more

Combined Local and Global Actions Could Lessen Impacts of Change in Marine Environment

Increased oil and gas activities could combine with ocean warming and acidification to have a significant negative impact on marine organisms, a new study ... read more

Deep Sea Chemical Dispersants Ineffective in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, Study Finds

A new study of the response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico showed that massive quantities of chemically engineered dispersants injected at the wellhead -- roughly 1,500 meters ... read more

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

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

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

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

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

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

Study Shows Toxic Effects of Oil Dispersant on Oysters Following Deepwater Horizon Spill

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

Particles Pull Last Drops of Oil from Well Water

Engineers develop magnetic nanoparticles that separate the last droplets of oil from produced water at ... read more

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Oil Biodegradation Inhibited in Deep-Sea Sediments

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

Oil Rigs May End Their Days as Valuable Artificial Reefs

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

New Results of Deepwater Horizon Research to Protect Marine Life Against Future Oil Spills

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

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

Minimising the Impacts of Palm Oil Plantations

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

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

Comprehensive Estimate of 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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

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

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

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

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