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BP moves to close Alaska well leaking gas


BP Plc is working to secure an ongoing natural gas leak in a well on Alaska’s North Slope that also sprayed crude oil for three days before that release was capped. The plan is to close the well, state officials said.

The crude spray onto the well pad was discovered Friday morning, and capped on Sunday. A second leak at the well was emitting gas at a reduced rate, according to a statement Sunday by the state’s Department of Environmental Conservation. Well pressure is being monitored and excess pressure is being bled off to keep it within a safe range.

The company is putting together a plan to plug the gas leak, the statement said. Once that occurs, “well-killing operations can take place,” according to the DEC. The well is part of the Prudhoe Bay field, which in March produced an average 315,395 barrels a day, according to data from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

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Grennan Appointed President of SCAA


Devon Grennan, CEO and President of Global Diving & Salvage, Inc., has been appointed President of the Spill Control Association of America (SCAA). SCAA is a professional association representing spill control contractors, manufacturers, distributors, government agencies, and various qualified individuals within the industry.
 
Grennan has served on the board of SCAA since 2012. “SCAA is a unique association that has represented our diverse membership for 44 years,” said Grennan. “It is the singular voice of the Spill Response Industry and has become the preeminent response organization working with our clients and local, state, and federal agencies.”  

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NOAA’s satellites are on the chopping block. Here's why we need them.

3/7/2017

On Friday, The Washington Post reportedly obtained a memo from within the Trump administration about proposed funding for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The memo outlined steep cuts to several divisions, including the elimination of the $73 million Sea Grant research program, cuts to climate research divisions, and more.

But the biggest cut The Post reported was to the agency's National Environmental Satellite, Data and Information Service—NOAA’s satellite division—which would see its budget cut by 22 percent, or $513 million. The operates 16 satellites that orbit the Earth at a wide variety of altitudes and positions, gathering data that researchers in both the public and private sector rely on to do their jobs.

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Emergency response crews get hands-on training with Lamor Arctic Skimmer tool in Straits of Mackinac


It’s purpose-built, it’s designed for extreme cold and ice, and it’s now part of Enbridge’s emergency response arsenal in the Straits of Mackinac.

Last week, crews from Enbridge and our network of oil spill response organizations (OSROs) were out on the water in Cheboygan, Michigan, for a two-day training session with a Lamor Arctic Skimmer—the most advanced cold-weather oil recovery system on the market.

While Enbridge focuses primarily on prevention methods to keep our pipeline network healthy—including 24/7 monitoring, regular inspections and maintenance, and remotely controlled isolation valves—we also invest heavily in the tools, technologies and systems that ensure a safe, quick and effective response in the event of a spill.

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Ambassador Bridge owner files lawsuit to allow transport of hazardous materials


Ambassador Bridge owner Matty Moroun says the Michigan Department of Transportation and its director have no right to prevent hazardous materials from being transported across his privately owned border crossing, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday.

The 15-page action filed in U.S. District Court criticizes MDOT director Kirk Steudle, claiming decisions to prevent materials that include corrosives, flammable liquids and explosive materials from being shipped by truck over the bridge has cost Moroun millions of dollars in lost truck tolls.

Trucks carrying hazmat — short for hazardous material — must instead use Sarnia’s Bluewater Bridge or the Detroit-Windsor truck ferry, which have proper equipment and permits in place to deal with a spill or an accident.

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