Oil spills

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Oil Spill in the North Sea

18 Aug 2011

Early last week the Gannet Alpha platform situated approximately 180km east of Aberdeen, Scotland started leaking light crude oil into the North Sea. To date it is believed that some 218 tonnes (1,300 barrels) of oil has leaked from an 8 inch thick pipeline which joins Gannet E and F drilling fields. The leak was only confirmed a couple of days after it started by the operator Shell. The platform continues to operate but the sub-sea line between Gannet E and F has been isolated and the flow line depressurised which should reduce the leak flow.

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Black Whales

23 Jun 2010

Subjet : BP Oil Spill

The cumulated amount of oil in the ocean is estimated to range between a low bracket of 300,000 and high a high bracket of 500,000 tons. The Gulf of Mexico has a surface area of 1,500,000 km²; on May 2nd fishing was prohibited within a closed area of 17,000 km². Today, the no take zone extends to 225,000 km². The sale of potentially contaminated seafood must be forbidden to avoid any risk of poisoning Americans.

Yet, other mammals feed exclusively on seafood in the Gulf of Mexico and its adjacent seas. According to NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), 29 species of marine mammals are present in the Gulf of Mexico. In “normal” conditions, they are exposed to the risk of collisions and to acoustic disturbances caused by maritime transport and the numerous offshore oil and gas platforms. Amongst marine mammals, the most vulnerable are the Manatees. Threatened with extinction, these pacific and slow moving sea cows are already victims of propellers from ships and recreational crafts. Manatees are extremely sensitive to oil spills and to the saturation of their preferred food : underwater meadows of sea grass.

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(Français) Le précédent Ixtoc 1

17 May 2010

Only in French.

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(Français) Procès en appel de l’Erika

30 Mar 2010

Only in French.

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(Français) Les épaves déchargent

4 Dec 2009

Only in French.

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(Français) 10 ans après, l’Erika est à l’abandon

18 Nov 2009

Only in French.

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(Français) Le fantôme de l’Erika plane sur la baie de la Baule

2 Oct 2009

Only in French.

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(Français) Union Ecologique pour la Méditerranée

25 Jun 2009

Only in French.

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Round Robin # 4 Petrol traps on the Isle of Er

3 Oct 2008

Round Robin n°4

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Over the last 40 years, the Isle of Er facing Plougrescant in the Côtes d’Armor, has become a disaster area from the wastes of the oil spill of the Torrey Canyon, and with time passing other accidents, such as the Amoco Cadiz and the Tanio, have added to the problem.

The wastes are left in the open. Er is a private island, which coastline is accessible to everybody by boat, or at equinox ebb tide, by foot. No warning signs indicate to the users of the coastline the potential physical danger which the waste pits represent.

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(Français) Marée noire dans l’estuaire de la Loire , reportage photos – 2008

7 May 2008

(Français) Marée noire dans l’estuaire de la Loire , reportage photos – 2008
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