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Interior, Coast Guard forge agreement on oil spill planning and response

April 6, 2012

The Interior Department and U.S. Coast Guard have inked a formal agreement that lays out their roles and collaboration in offshore oil spill preparation and response, a step that comes ahead of the two-year anniversary of the BP disaster.

The “memorandum of agreement” signed April 3 between Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and the Coast Guard addresses inspections, training, response to accidents and other matters.

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Ghana moves to become hub for Rapid Oil Spill Response

April 6, 2012

Even as Ghanaians wonder about the level of the country’s preparedness in responding to oil and oil-related spillage, environmental experts are already looking at Ghana becoming the hub for rapidly responding to such incidents in the West African sub-region.

Disclosing this to participants on the second day of the three-day Ghana Summit on oil and gas held at the Accra International Conference Centre (AICC) last week, Mr. Kojo Agbenor-Efunam, Principal Programme Officer (Oil and Gas) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), said recent industry activities and discoveries in other West African countries such as Liberia and Sierra Leone, have increased risk levels and therefore stakeholders have been discussing the need to pool resources together to effectively respond to any spillages.

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Wave Power Generation – US Navy Hawaiian Project

April 5, 2012

The Navy hopes to expand its testing for ocean wave energy power generation in Hawaii, having been testing an energy buoy in about 100 feet of water off Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay for about 10 years.
The Navy now hopes to put two more buoys in water more than 200 feet deep, and the greater depth will allow it to test larger devices closer to the size it needed to generate energy for customers.
Bob Frederickson of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command said the new buoys are the next step toward commercializing wave energy.
The buoys would be installed only after the Navy obtains required environmental permits.
The Navy hopes to provide wave-produced energy to the Marine base in 2014.
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Indiana Tops List Of Waterway Polluting States

April 5, 2012

Indiana puts more toxic waste into waterways than any other state.

A recently published study by Washington, D.C.-based Environment America says Indiana industries put 27.4 million pounds of toxic discharge into waterways in 2010.

Indiana was followed by Virginia, Nebraska, Texas, and Georgia, all of which accounted for nearly 40 percent of the total amount of pollution dumped into U.S. waterways. The numbers are based off the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxics Release Inventory for 2010, the most recent data available.

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Cargo ship that ran aground on North Wales coast 'spills 10,000 litres of fuel into sea'

April 4, 2012

Rescue workers are urgently trying to pump fuel from a stricken ship that crashed into the shore of North Wales last night.

Fuel has started to leak from the cargo ship 'Carrier', which was carrying 40,000 litres of 'gas oil' when it hit rocks, with seven crew-members aboard, in the Colwyn Bay area at around 8.15pm.

This afternoon, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency confirmed a 'quantity' of gas oil has begun leaking from the boat - with one source suggesting up to 10,000 litres of fuel has left the ship since the incident.

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