BP hit with £400k fine after oil spill in Shetland

Around 3.8 tonnes of ‘extremely flammable, unstabilised crude oil’ spilled on to the ground at Sullom Voe Terminal in December 2012

Equinor mobilises to clean up oil spill in Bahamas

The energy giant is working to clean up oil leaking from its South Riding Point terminal after it was damaged in Hurricane Dorian

Canada invests in oil spill cleanup tech

The Canadian Government has invested nearly CAD$1.4 million (£820,000) across two new projects working to develop oil spill cleanup technologies. Through the national Oil Spill Response Science (OSRS) programme, it has provided CAD$991,500 (£578,000) to research and development firm C-CORE, which is working to increase the efficiency of existing mechanical oil recovery systems in the […]

Oil spill forces closure of Athens beaches

An oil spill from a sunken tanker has led to the closure of beaches in Athens. The vessel, Agia Zoni II, was carrying 2,500 tonnes of fuel when it sank while at anchor in the early hours of Sunday. Thick tar and oil pollution drifted towards residential coastal areas. The European Commission has helped mobilise […]

Finnish-Russian firms to develop oil spill response tech

A Russian energy firm has teamed up with a Finnish company to develop response equipment for oil spills. Rosneft and Lamor Corporation have agreed to set up a joint venture in Russia to evaluate prospects of localising production of the technology for the Arctic region. The equipment will be manufactured at a Rosneft ship building […]

New solution for cleaning up oil spills? A sponge!

Scientists have invented a new sponge that could potentially help clean up oil spills. Called Oleo Sponge, the material looks like an outdoor seat cushion, can be wrung out to be reused and the oil recovered, according to the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. At tests at a giant seawater tank at […]

Deepwater Horizon research group offers final $65m

The research initiative that sprung up in the wake of the BP disaster is offering $65 million (£51m) of funding to help understand the effects of oil on the environment and reduce its damaging effects. The announcement comes as the blockbuster movie about the tragic demise of the Deepwater Horizon accident hits the cinemas. The Gulf of Mexico […]

Oil spill technology takes a leaf out of nature’s book

A troublesome aquatic fern may hold the key to cleaning up oil spills. More commonly known for choking waterways with leaves and damaging ecosystems, Salvinia molesta could now prove useful by soaking up petroleum without absorbing surrounding water and thus cutting disposal costs. Claudia Zeiger, Researcher at Germany’s Karlsruhe Institute of Microstructure Technology (IMT), said: “We […]

Gulf oil spill cost BP $61.6bn

BP has announced the final price tag for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident will be $61.6 billion (£45.6bn). The incident in the Gulf of Mexico caused an oil spill and killed 11 workers. BP expects to take an after tax non-operating charge of around $2.5 billion (£1.86bn) in the second quarter of 2016. This charge […]

BP to pay investors $175m over oil spill claims

BP has agreed to pay out $175 million (£121.5m) to its shareholders over claims the oil giant misled them about the severity of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. The Deepwater Horizon rig explosion spewed millions of barrels of oil onto the shorelines of several states and killed 11 workers. The settlement relates […]