A federal study of sea otters in Prince William Sound, Alaska, where the Exxon Valdez supertanker spilled around 30,000,000 gallons of oil about 25 years ago has concluded that the otters have returned to pre-spill numbers.
After two years of pressing pipeline regulators to release inspection photos and videos of the 60-year-old Enbridge pipeline that carries tar sands oil through the Straits of Mackinac, NWF took it upon themselves to inspect the pipeline.
We made a bad very deal. That's the verdict of this informative, but frustrating story by Leah McGrath Goodman at Newsweek on the history of private oil and gas drilling on public lands owned by the US taxpayer.
More than 20,000 barrels of crude oil spilled, but thankfully because of a 40 foot thick layer of clay beneath the field, the oil has been relatively contained and is not believed to have reached a water source.
While the immense amount of rain and devastating floods that hit Colorado nearly two weeks ago were already tragic , they have also exposed a concern regarding the lax environmental regulations that allow the oil and gas industry to drill in flood zones.
In a shocking exclusive report, Marcus Stern and Sebastian Jones at InsideClimate News write that the top official of the agency that regulates oil and gas pipelines recently admitted that he's essentially powerless as a regulator.
According to experts in the failure of oil and gas pipelines, there are a handful of factors that can contribute to a pipeline rupture, like the one in Mayflower, Arkansas. A new report finds all were in play on the Pegasus pipeline.
Colorado communities are still reeling from deadly flooding. In addition to to the thousands of damaged homes, buildings and washed out roads and bridges, another major concern are the many oil and gas wells that were flooded.