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Factsheet: The Timor Sea Oil Spill of 2009

Posted Thu, May 13, 2010 by admin to gulf oil spill, gulf oil spill factsheet, timor sea oil spill, whales

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On August 21, 2009 the Montara oil rig suffered a blowout and began spilling oil. The well was located in 250 ft of water, between East Timor and Australia. It took four attempts over ten weeks to block the leak and it was eventually achieved when mud was pumped into a relief well.


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Factsheet: Options for Dealing with an Oil Spill

Posted Thu, May 13, 2010 by admin to burning slick, dispersants, gulf of mexico oil spill, gulf oil spill, gulf oil spill factsheet, options for cleanup

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There is no truly effective way of cleaning up an oil spill. All the options available are not fully effective or have negative impacts.

Burning the Slick

Unfortunately, burning the oil is a no-win situation; it creates large, toxic plumes of smoke that can result in respiratory problems and eye, nose, throat and skin irritations in both wildlife and humans. Birds may also become disoriented in the smoke.

Burning may be the lesser of two evils as it removes large amounts of oil that can result in immediate and long-term impacts to wildlife in the area, including skin irritations, organ damage, reproductive failures, developmental abnormalities and death.


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Factsheet: The Gulf Spill’s Effect on Fisheries

Posted Thu, May 13, 2010 by admin to crabs, fisheries, fishing, grouper, gulf oil spill, gulf oil spill factsheet, shrimp

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The federal government has closed commercial and recreational fishing in a wide swath of the Gulf as a result of the oil spill, which is a serious economic blow to the region.


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Factsheet: Recent Major U.S. Oil Spills

Posted Wed, May 12, 2010 by admin to gulf oil spill, gulf oil spill factsheet, major u.s. oil spills, spills happen

Spills do happen. For more, check out the PDF of this factsheet.

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Factsheet: Recent Major International Oil Spills

There have been many major oil spills around the world in recent years. For the pdf of this factsheet, click here.

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Factsheet: Exxon Valdez and Long-term Recovery after a Spill

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The Exxon Valdez is to date the worst oil spill to have occurred in US waters. It has been well studied and provided twenty years worth of information on how ecosystems recover from oil spills.


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Factsheet: The Three Myths of Offshore Drilling

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Myth 1: Offshore drilling is safe.

The Deepwater Horizon Drilling Disaster is not an isolated incident and offshore oil drilling is extremely dangerous. Since 2006, the United States Minerals Management Service reports that there have been at least 21 offshore rig blowouts, 513 fires or explosions offshore and 30 fatalities from offshore oil and gas activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

Just last year, a new offshore oil drilling rig off the coast of Australia had a blowout similar to the one on the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The Australian rig spewed approximately 16,800 gallons of crude oil daily into the Timor Sea for about 75 days.

As we can see with the Deepwater Drilling Disaster, safety measures and so-called “failsafe” mechanisms can fail, and when they do, we do not have the technology to stop ongoing oil releases, nor are we capable of effectively cleaning them up.


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10 Ways the Oil Spill Could Affect Marine Life

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Image via Wikimedia Commons.

While oil-covered birds have become an emblematic image of catastrophic oil spills, sea birds aren’t the only ones affected. Oil is extremely toxic to all wildlife, and the toxic effects on marine life begins as soon as the oil hits the water.

 


Here are 10 examples of how marine life may be affected by the Gulf spill in the coming days, weeks and years


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