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Incendie Lac Mégantic (Canada) Marées noires (hydrocarbures) - Copie. Pollution en mer Méditerranée : La nappe polluante a « quasiment disparu » en surface Le 24 juillet 2020. Une nappe acide polluante de quelques hectares s'est formée dans la Méditerranée après la fuite d'un agent chimique corrosif d'un complexe pétrochimique à Martigues.

Pollution en mer Méditerranée : La nappe polluante a « quasiment disparu » en surface Le 24 juillet 2020

Ce produit chimique hautement corrosif, utilisé notamment pour le traitement des eaux usées, s’est transformé en solution acide marron au contact de la mer. La nappe acide polluante causée jeudi par une fuite d’agent chimique au sein du complexe pétrochimique Lavéra, classé Seveso, à Martigues (Bouches-du-Rhône), a « quasiment disparu en surface » de la Méditerranée, a-t-on appris vendredi auprès de la préfecture maritime. La fuite d’agent chimique corrosif s’est produite dans la nuit de mercredi à jeudi au sein du complexe pétrochimique Lavéra à Martigues ( Bouches-du-Rhône), a annoncé l’industriel Kem One, conduisant à la formation d’une nappe acide polluante de quelques hectares dans la Méditerranée.

Un produit chimique hautement corrosif. Finistère : Des oiseaux mazoutés retrouvés sur des plages. Ce sont des promeneurs qui ont donné l’alerte samedi en fin d’après-midi.

Finistère : Des oiseaux mazoutés retrouvés sur des plages

Un peu plus tôt dans la journée, ils avaient découvert le cadavre d’un guillemot sur la plage de Plougasnou-Saint-Jean dans le nord du Finistère. D’autres oiseaux mazoutés ont également été repérés sur une plage à proximité. Une BD magistrale sur les ravages de la firme pétrolière Texaco en Amazonie équatorienne. Un superbe reportage dessiné vient de paraître aux éditions Les Arènes BD sur la tentaculaire affaire Texaco/Chevron.

Une BD magistrale sur les ravages de la firme pétrolière Texaco en Amazonie équatorienne

Condamnée en 2011 à une amende record de 9 milliards de dollars pour avoir saccagé l'Amazonie équatorienne pendant plus de 20 ans, la compagnie pétrolière américaine refuse toujours de payer. Souvenez-vous, c'était en 2016, GEO vous emmenait à la piscine. A la piscine… de pétrole. En reportage en Amazonie équatorienne, nous participions alors au "toxic tour" organisé par les plaignants de l'affaire Texaco/Chevron, dans l'une des zones les plus polluées au monde.

Non loin de Lago Agrio, à la frontière colombienne, les torchères encore en activité jouxtaient des dizaines de mares de déchets pétroliers pestilentiels vieux de plusieurs décennies, cerclées de simples bandes jaunes estampillées "peligro" ("danger"). Affaire Texaco/Chevron : nouveau revers pour les plaignants équatorien - Geo. Nouveau rebondissement dans le procès Texaco/Chevron qui dure depuis 25 ans : la Cour suprême du Canada a refusé ce jeudi d'entendre les plaignants équatoriens qui voulaient faire saisir des actifs du groupe pétrolier américain sur le sol canadien en guise d'indemnités pour avoir souillé la forêt amazonienne pendant près de 30 ans.

Affaire Texaco/Chevron : nouveau revers pour les plaignants équatorien - Geo

En annonçant sa décision, la plus haute instance judiciaire n'a pas justifié son refus d'entendre les plaignants. Court says pipelines — not Exxon — are to blame for a major oil spill. ExxonMobil’s Pegasus Pipeline poured more than 200,000 gallons of heavy crude into a neighborhood in Mayflower, Arkansas, in 2013.

Court says pipelines — not Exxon — are to blame for a major oil spill.

Twenty-two homes had to be evacuated, and in the aftermath, hundreds of residents complained of nausea, nosebleeds, and respiratory problems. In 2015, the EPA fined Exxon more than $4 million in penalties over the spill. Separately, a federal pipeline regulator accused the company of violating safety standards and imposed an additional $2 million in fines. Exxon disputed those punitive damages, arguing that it met legal obligations. An oil well off Australia leaked for weeks last year. We just found out about it. The National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority mentioned the leak in an annual report on offshore exploration but revealed no details about who operated the well.

An oil well off Australia leaked for weeks last year. We just found out about it.

That information came to light on Friday, when Woodside Petroleum — Australia’s largest oil and gas producer, owned by Royal Dutch Shell — admitted to owning the well on the North West Shelf of the country. The leak began in April 2016 and lasted about two months. All told, it spilled nearly 2,800 gallons of oil into the ocean. Woodside gave a statement to the Australian Broadcasting Company claiming the spill caused no damage: “Due to the composition of the fluid, small quantity released, water depth at release site, and distance from environmentally sensitive areas, there was no lasting impact to the environment.” “Companies that know they will be named in the case of an incident like this,” Hopkins said, “are going to be less likely to do it.” Chevron Pipeline Spills 4,800 Gallons of Oil on Public Land, Kills Wildlife. Cleanup efforts are underway after a failed Chevron Corporation pipeline released about 4,800 gallons of oil into an intermittent stream on public land in northwestern Colorado and killed some wildlife.

Chevron Pipeline Spills 4,800 Gallons of Oil on Public Land, Kills Wildlife

The breach happened on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) land and was first detected on March 5 by a Chevron consultant. The pipeline was shut down after discovery of the leak and the oil is now trapped in a berm and siphon dam in a dry ravine, according to the Associated Press. As it happens, the leak occurred around the same time that the conservation group Center for Western Priorities found that Chevron was behind 31 reported spills in Colorado last year, ranking the energy corporation as the fourth highest oil and gas spiller in the state. 2016 Colorado Oil and Gas Toxic Release TrackerCenter for Western Priorities Chevron spokeswoman Erika Conner said that while there are no public health concerns after the March 5 incident, some animals have died. "The U.S. Oregon explosion reminds us that oil trains are “weapons of mass destruction” An oil train that went off the tracks and burst into flames in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon last week hasn’t been cleaned up yet, but the railroad is already back to business as usual.

Oregon explosion reminds us that oil trains are “weapons of mass destruction”

And many North Americans are feeling renewed anxieties about the danger of what activists call “bomb trains.” On Friday, 16 Union Pacific train cars filled with highly combustible fracked oil from the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota derailed outside Mosier, Ore. Multiple cars caught fire, and about 100 people were evacuated from nearby homes. Elizabeth Sanchey, one of the first responders, told Oregon Public Broadcasting that the scene “looked like the apocalypse.”

This weekend, a sheen of oil was spotted on the Columbia River nearby. Oil train derails, erupts in flames in Oregon. Another day, another exploding oil train.

Oil train derails, erupts in flames in Oregon

Renault et le gouvernement tentent de noyer le scandale de la pollution. La bombe qu’ils cherchaient à camoufler a fini par leur exploser à la figure : jeudi 14 janvier, on a appris que des agents de la DGCCRF (Direction générale de la concurrence, de la consommation, et de la répression des fraudes) avaient perquisitionné au siège de Renault.

Renault et le gouvernement tentent de noyer le scandale de la pollution

Another Train Derailment, Evacuation Highlights Ongoing Bomb Train Threat. For Immediate Release, May 6, 2015 Contact: Jared Margolis, (971) 717-6404, jmargolis@biologicaldiversity.org Another Train Derailment, Evacuation Highlights Ongoing Bomb Train Threat Fiery Wreck in North Dakota Forces Local Evacuations PORTLAND, Ore.— Less than a week after federal regulators announced that major new safety rules for oil trains will take several years to be phased in, yet another oil train has derailed and caught fire, forcing the evacuation of a small North Dakota town.

Why more pipelines won’t solve the problem of oil-train explosions. In the last few years, the grassroots environmental movement has energetically opposed constructing big new oil pipelines in North America. Their opposition is understandable, since, on a global level, fossil fuel infrastructure encourages fossil fuel consumption, contributing to climate change, and, on a local level, oil pipelines leak and explode.

But conservatives have been delighted to argue that greens are endangering the public and being short-sighted. Report: Oil Trains Threaten 25 Million Americans, Iconic Rivers, Wildlife. For Immediate Release, February 19, 2015 Contact: Jared Margolis, (971) 717-6404 or JMargolis@biologicaldiversity.org Report: Oil Trains Threaten 25 Million Americans, Iconic Rivers, Wildlife Moratorium on ‘Bomb’ Trains Needed Till Safety Can Be Ensured. Israël connaît son « plus grand désastre écologique » Tell DOT: No More Oil Train Loopholes!

In recent years, rail companies have started carrying flammable crude oil across the Pacific Northwest to refineries along the coast. Last year, 19,000 tank cars filled with crude passed through Oregon, mainly along the Columbia River Gorge. As many as three oil trains a week now move through Portland, carrying hundreds of thousands of gallons of crude. We’ve already seen massive explosions result from oil train derailments in other parts of the country. If an oil train derails in a populated or environmentally sensitive area in Oregon, the consequences could be devastating. Even more concerning: our local first responders are given no advance notice of oil train routes or schedules due to a major loophole in federal regulations – right now, only trains carrying more than a million gallons of crude originating from the Bakken region in North Dakota must be reported.

The Department of Transportation can and must fix this without delay. Thank you for standing with us on this critical issue. Greenpeace. Den dolda oljekatastrofen. Un oléoduc de Total provoque une mini marée noire en Seine-Maritime. La rupture d’un oléoduc a provoqué un geyser de pétrole dans un parc régional de Seine-Maritime, fin mai. L’entreprise Total, responsable de cet équipement, s’emploie à faire disparaître les traces de la pollution. Ce pipeline alimente la raffinerie de Grandpuits, principal pourvoyeur de produits pétrochimiques pour la région Ile-de-France, qui tourne désormais au ralenti. Quelles seront les conséquences écologiques et humaines de cet accident ? Breaking: TransCanada Shuts Down Southern Leg of Keystone XL Pipeline, Raising “Suspicions”

Pipeline builder says oil spills can be good for the economy. Kinder Morgan wants to spend $5.4 billion tripling the capacity of an oil pipeline between the tar sands of Alberta and the Vancouver, B.C., area.

En mode capitaliste, bien sûr. – alwen

Yes, the company acknowledges, there’s always the chance of a “large pipeline spill.” But it says the “probability” of such an accident is “low.” Massive Pipeline Rupture Coats Streets Of Los Angeles In 'Knee-High' Crude Oil. By Joanna M. Foster "Massive Pipeline Rupture Coats Streets Of Los Angeles In ‘Knee-High’ Crude Oil" CREDIT: A.P. Images. A whole lot of oil spilled in the U.S. in 2013. Tip your 10-gallon hat to the gas and oil guys. The booming industry spilled 26 million gallons of oil, fracking fluid, fracking wastewater, and other toxic substances during 7,662 accidents in just 15 states last year.

That’s according to an analysis by EnergyWire, which studied state data to conclude that the number of spills was up 18 percent from the year before: Many of the spills were small. Crews Work to Contain Oil Barge’s Leak. Photo Emergency crews in Texas worked on Sunday to contain 168,000 gallons of oil that leaked into Galveston Bay on Saturday from a barge that collided with a ship, officials said. Four skimming vessels deployed at the scene of the spill near Texas City were expected to finish removing the remaining oil from the barge on Sunday, the Coast Guard said. On Exxon Valdez anniversary, a fresh spill threatens Texas wildlife. Alabama wetland still infested with oil, four months after train accident. The derailment and explosion of a train passing through Alabama wetlands in November helped bring attention to the dangers of hauling oil by rail. But the mess left behind after the explosion has been largely ignored.

Chevron Apologizes for Fracking Site Explosion With Free Pizza. In a single move, Chevron has managed to demonstrate that they are bad at apologies, public relations, and preventing explosions. After a deadly February 11 explosion at a fracking site near Bobtown, Pennsylvania, the corporation is giving out coupons for free pizza, because that’s how complacent Chevron thinks their consumer base is. There Are 1,401 Uninspected High-Risk Oil and Gas Wells. Here's Where They Are.

Fracking chemicals may make oil extra explosive. Freedom Industries kept West Virginia spill details secret. If you had been among Freedom Industries’ dozens of employees, you would have known more than your neighbors about the contents of a toxic spill that left hundreds of thousands of West Virginians without safe tap water recently. After state officials discovered on Jan. 9 that chemicals had gushed out of a storage drum and into Elk River, the company told them that the drum contained something called 4-Methylcyclohexane methanol.

News - CN fuel cars derail, explode west of Edmonton. Another oil-hauling train explodes, forcing evacuations in North Dakota. Safety rules to prevent oil-train explosions delayed. ETATS-UNIS. Immense explosion d'un convoi de pétrole. Oil and gas train runs off tracks, explodes in Canada — again. Oil spillage from freight trains hit record high in 2013. Oil is spilling from trains, pipelines … and now barges. Train loaded with oil derails, explodes, pollutes Alabama wetlands. Crude on the tracks: Oil spills from trains skyrocket. News - CN fuel cars derail, explode west of Edmonton. Gp_sunrise : Faiza: “Even oil companies... Entire Texan town evacuated after pipeline explosion. Oil refineries in Louisiana have accidents almost every day. L'explosion d'un gazoduc fait trois morts et dix blessés en Pologne.

BP’s newly upgraded refinery just spilled oil into Chicago’s water source. This company’s gas plants just keep on exploding. Here’s a shorebird’s-eye view of the Galveston oil spill. 200,000 Pounds Of Oiled Sand Found Along Texas Coastline After Spill.