News tagged with oil spills

Detecting oil spills sandwiched in Arctic ice

Decreasing ice cover is currently spurring increased activity in hydrocarbon extraction and shipping in the Arctic. Motivated by the threat of future oil spills in this environmentally sensitive area, Woods Hole Oceanographic ...

May 13, 2014
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Exxon Valdez Runs Aground in 1989

Early on March 24, 1989, Dean Fosdick, the Alaska bureau chief of The Associated Press, was awakened around 5:30 a.m. by a phone call. The caller had a tip that a tanker had run aground outside Valdez.

Mar 24, 2014
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Exxon Valdez oil spill, 25 years later

In the early morning hours of March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker sliced into Prince William Sound's Bligh Reef, spilling hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil into pristine Alaskan waters. ...

Mar 24, 2014
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Researchers model Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Dr. Jason Jolliff is an oceanographer with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). "The emphasis here," he says, "is on developing models of the ocean environment to help the naval warfighter." His most ...

Mar 18, 2014
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Offshore dispersant data and decisions

Dispersants are often used in oil spill responses because they may mitigate the environmental impacts of the spill by moving the oil from the water surface into the water column enhancing its biodegradation. While this process ...

Mar 06, 2014
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