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Oil supermajor Chevron has been ordered by the California regulators to end the ongoing spill into the California canyon. The leak has been occurring on and off since May, at a location where Chevron infuses steam to obtain underground crude oil. California regulators have blamed Chevron of not doing enough to end the oil spill that put about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon.
Husky Energy yesterday said that the firm would pay $3.8 million in fine for the 2016 Saskatchewan oil spill. A Husky unit-operated pipeline was discovered to be leaking in the North Saskatchewan River, reportedly caused by ground movement over time. Husky affirmed about learning lessons from the pipeline leak including systematic geotechnical reviews of pipelines. The firm now uses fiber optic sensing technology for all the new large diameter projects.
Aberdeen Sheriff Court after hearing about the “unplanned release” fined Dana Petroleum £6,000. The court was informed that on July 9, 2016 during the drilling of Well U1-4 at the Ocean Guardian Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit, low toxicity oil based mud was released from onto the sea bed. The failure of the cement job at the casing shoe has been reported as the cause of release.
Traffic resumed at the Houston Ship Channel amidst continuous cleanup efforts to cover up the aftermath of a spill in the region. A collision in the channel between a 755-foot oil tanker and a tug pushing two barges on Friday spilled thousands of barrels of gasoline blending product into the channel. US Coast Guard informed that the collision capsized one barge, impaired the other and triggered the leak.
In a regulatory filing, Brazilian state-run Petrobras has informed about an oil spill that occurred offshore Espirito Santo, Brazil. Approximately 188 cubic meters of oil was spilled during a routine transfer to a vessel at platform P-58 in Bacia dos Campos, Espirito Santo state. Petrobras has assured against any oil reaching the shore, which is 80 km away. The oil major is currently investigating the incident.
Canada’s Husky Energy and government agencies began underwater surveying on Monday, following an oil leak in the waters of Newfoundland & Labrador which forced shut down of all crude production in the region. Approximately 1,572 barrels of oil spill through a leaking flowline was detected from Husky’s White Rose Field to the SeaRose storage vessel on Friday. Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board will decide when operations can resume.
Many technologies have been developed in the recent past to soak oil spills, but they suffered from one or the other limitation. Recently, researchers at the Chinese Academy of Forestry have developed reusable wood sponges to soak oil spills from water bodies. It has been made by Xiaoqing Wang and colleagues from the Academy. The tests revealed that the sponge absorbs 16 to 41 times its own weight.
British E&P major, EnQuest Plc concluded first ship-to-ship transfer at the Shetland’s Sullom Voe terminal. EnQuest transferred 500,000 barrels of crude oil with the help of the Canadian-registered shuttle tanker, The Heather Knutsen. Environmental groups in other parts of Scotland have been against the practice of ship-to-ship transfers over crude oil over potential oil spill in the sea.
A Santa Barbara County jury held pipeline giant, Plains All American guilty in the 2015 California oil spill row. The coastal spill has been ranked the worst in the last 25 years in California. The pipeline operator released a statement which said that the company "accepts full responsibility for the impact of the accident”. The decision on the penalties to be imposed will come on December 13.
The BNSF Railway Co has stated that almost half of the crude oil spilled near Rock River in northwest Iowa has been contained. A freight train derailment took place last Friday, leading to approximately 230,000 gallons of oil spillage. Skimmers and vacuum trucks are being used to clean up the spill, and about 100,000 gallons have been hemmed off using booms. BNSF assured of zero casualties in the accident.