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 […]

BP’s $20bn oil spill settlement gets final approval

A federal judge in New Orleans has given final approval to around $20 billion (£13.8bn) settlement over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Six years ago an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig induced a spill which fouled 1,300 miles of coastline and dumped more than three million barrels of crude oil into […]

$38m to study oil effects in Gulf of Mexico

Almost $38 million (£24.32m) has been invested to study the effects of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 22 research projects will use a share of the grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), an independent 10-year programme established following the Deepwater Horizon incident. Five years ago BP’s oil rig explosion […]