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Cuts at Environment Canada mean fewer left to clean up oil-spill mess

April 16, 2012
The unit at Environment Canada that responds to oil-spill emergencies will be dramatically scaled back and most of its regional offices will be closed to meet the cost-cutting demands of the federal government.

“My entire program, which is about 60 people nationwide, got notices” saying their jobs could be eliminated, one of the employees who works for the Environmental Emergencies Program said Friday. “Everybody in the program is going to be vying for positions because the organization is being cut in half.”

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EPA files pollution ruling, Michigan residents to weigh new power plant standards

April 16, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officially filed its industrial carbon pollution rule with the Federal Register Friday, kicking off a 60-day window for Michigan residents to weigh in on the standard for new power plants.

Michigan members of Health Care Without Harm, National Wildlife Federation, Clean Water Action, Sierra Club and other Michigan residents support the industrial carbon rule standard because it will curb pollution, which in turn will improve public health.

According to the EPA, millions of metric tons of carbon dioxide are emitted into Michigan’s air every year.

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Gulf Oil Drilling To See Busiest Year Since 2010 BP Spill

April 13, 2012

Gulf of Mexico oil drillers will be busier this year than at any point since the BP oil spill in 2010 that upended their industry and soiled their reputation along with parts of the marshy Louisiana coast.
Eight more deepwater rigs are expected in the Gulf this year, based on what oil companies tell contractors including Transocean, Ensco and Seadrill. Such an influx would bring the active deepwater count to 29, just short of the level before the well blowout two years ago this month that killed 11 people and destroyed a Transocean rig.
The rebound can not come soon enough for companies that rely on the drilling business. While the increasingly varied economy of southern Louisiana may be recovering, no sector pays like oil and gas. Energy has been part of the state's commercial fabric since the first offshore boom during the 1970s oil crisis, when crude was much cheaper than it is now.

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IMO Reflects on Titanic Tragedy, Traces Roots of Safety of Life at Sea [VIDEO]

IMO Reflects on Titanic Tragedy, Traces Roots of Safety of Life at Sea [VIDEO]

Coast Guard tests oil spill response plans

April 12, 2012

KEY WEST, Fla. -- The Coast Guard is practicing its response to a future oil spill off the Florida Keys.

Coast Guard officials say Thursday's exercise will test updates to their regional plan for responding to oil spills off Florida's island chain.

In the exercise, oil from a fictitious drilling platform in the Florida Straits threatens to reach the Keys.

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