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Accidents and Spills
How Scientists are Using Drones to Fight the Next Big Oil Spilltheatlantic.com | 05 Dec 2013
More than three-and-half years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed millions of gallons of petroleum into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists are launching drones and ocean-going sensor arrays off the Florida coast in an effort to map the path of future oil spills before they devastate beaches and coastal ecosystems.
Editorial: Rena response should leave us more secure (opinion)New Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
One of the immediate impulses following the grounding of the Rena on the Astrolabe Reef off Tauranga was to wonder if this country should have marine disaster equipment and expertise of its own. Then there would be no need to wait, for example, for a sea crane to arrive from Singapore.
Rena probe report seen to fall shortNew Zealand Herald | 04 Dec 2013
A newly released independent review into Maritime New Zealand's handling of the Rena disaster has been described by the agency's first director as "housekeeping" which fails to tackle the root causes of the grounding.
Rena disaster: Report highlights shortcomingsNew Zealand Herald | 03 Dec 2013
An independent review into Maritime New Zealand's response to the Rena disaster, released today, has highlighted shortcomings in the agency's initial response. It has called for better resourcing and communication with other agencies in dealing with a future oil spill, as the Government announces that $2 million will be invested to improve New Zealand's maritime response capability.
Oil man: I understand the protestsNew Zealand Herald | 25 Nov 2013
Veteran New Zealand oilman Rob Jager says he can understand concern over deep water drilling off New Zealand's coast. Jager, Shell New Zealand's chairman, said the protest at Anadarko's exploration off the North Island west coast was part of "fair and reasonable" questioning of drilling after the Deepwater Horizon explosion at the Macondo prospect in the Gulf of Mexico three years ago.
Advice on oil-drilling risks misleading, says ministerNew Zealand Herald | 22 Nov 2013
Official advice that appeared to show the risk of an oil spill off Kaikoura was far greater than first thought is deeply misleading, Environment Minister Amy Adams says. Labour leader David Cunliffe claimed that documents obtained under the Official Information Act undermined the National-led Government's assurance that deep sea oil exploration off New Zealand's coast was low-risk.
Anadarko Oil spill risk kept secret - LabourNew Zealand Herald | 21 Nov 2013
Labour claims the Government has kept secret the real risk of a major oil spill at Anadarko's proposed Kaikoura drilling site. Labour Leader David Cunliffe says documents obtained under the Official Information Act show Environment Minister Amy Adams had international research 13 months ago that shows there would be a 70 per cent probability of a `reportable incident' at the 1500m-deep Kaikoura well within a year of it opening.
Rena salvage job continuesNew Zealand Herald | 21 Nov 2013
One of the most lengthy, tricky and costly ship salvage jobs in history is dragging in the Bay of Plenty, as the team working on the wrecked container ship Rena prepare to cut and remove the vessel's submerged accommodation block next month.
Award-winning Kiwi filmmaker exposes New Caledonian mine disasterNew Zealand Herald | 07 Nov 2013
Entertainment: Film maker Jim Marbrook's new documentary, set to grace our screens next year, will examine the impacts of a mining disaster in New Caledonia. The documentary, Cap Bocage, follows indigenous Kanak socialist and environmental activist, Florent Eurisouke as he, and environmental organisation Mee Rhaari, bring a private New Caledonian mining company to justice for a marine accident which poisoned a customary fishing area in 2008.
New research illustrates Mississippi River's roleEurekAlert | 24 Oct 2013
A new study led by scientists at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science showed that the complex circulation from the Mississippi River plume played a substantial role in the transport and fate of the oil following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident.These findings provide new information on the transport of oil and other pollutants in the Gulf of Mexico.
Blow-up over oil blowout studyNew Zealand Herald | 23 Oct 2013
New oil spill models have depicted the dramatic impact deep-sea blowouts would have on New Zealand, spreading across our most important fishing ground and hitting Auckland's iconic west coast beaches.
Coast watch for chemical containersNew Zealand Herald | 08 Oct 2013
Fumigant chemical lost overboard from a ship about 200km offshore from Opotiki last week might wash ashore in the Gisborne or Bay of Plenty districts and should not be touched. The metal canisters contained a dangerous fumigant.
Worker error causes Fukushima leakBBC | 03 Oct 2013
Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant has a new leak of radioactive water after workers overfilled a storage tank, its operator says.
Memorial to Rena's small casualtiesNew Zealand Herald | 28 Sep 2013
The container ship grounding on October 5, 2011 that became our worst maritime environmental disaster will be commemorated with a sculpture depicting some of its tiniest victims.
Deep sea ecosystem may take decades to recover from Deepwater Horizon spillEurekAlert | 26 Sep 2013
(University of Nevada, Reno) The deep-sea soft-sediment ecosystem in the immediate area of the 2010's Deepwater Horizon well head blowout and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will likely take decades to recover from the spill's impacts, according to a scientific paper reported in the online scientific journal PLoS One.
PACPLAN response to marine oil spills endorsed at 24th SPREP MeetingSecretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme | 26 Sep 2013
It's the Pacific Islands Marine Spill Contingency Plan aka PACPLAN and it acts as the guide for countries to put in action when there is an oil, hazardous or noxious substance spill requiring urgent reaction. It outlines the cooperation between countries to respond as well as explaining preparation needed at the national level to prepare countries to act efficiently in case of emergency.
Fukushima fishing resumesWorld Fishing | 25 Sep 2013
The Soma Futaba fisheries cooperative is continuing with fishing trials off the coast of Fukushima, following tests that conclude that the radioactive levels of the fish are safe.