Oil Spill News

Japanese Bulk Carrier Splits Apart as Mauritian Authorities Work to Contain Oil Spill

A Japanese bulk carrier that ran aground on a reef in Mauritius last month threatening a marine ecological disaster around the Indian Ocean island has broken apart, authorities said on Saturday. The condition of the MV Wakashio was worsening early …

Explainer: Assessing Liabilities from Massive Mauritius Oil Spill

A Japanese bulk carrier struck a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius on July 25, spilling about 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil and triggering a state of “environmental emergency.” Scientists say the spill is the country’s …

Mauritius Seeks Compensation from Owners of Cargo Vessel After Massive Oil Spill

Mauritius is seeking compensation from the owners of the cargo carrier that run aground and spilled oil off its coast, causing the island nation’s worst ever ecological disaster. More than half of about 1,000 tons of fuel that leaked from …

Oil Leak from Cargo Ship Pollutes Mauritius Beaches as Insurers Assess Liability

The oil cleanup from a leaking cargo ship that ran aground off the coast of Mauritius continues while the government and insurance firms begin probing liability for the accident. The incident has befouled the white-sand beaches of the Mauritian coast …

Overturned Tanker Yields Large Oil Spill Near California Dam, Cleanup Needed

A tanker truck overturned down an embankment, spilling up to 6,000 gallons of crude oil into a river that flows into a dam and reservoir near the city of Santa Maria, authorities said. The driver was no injured and the …

Pipeline Owner Agrees to Pay $60M in 2015 California Spill

The owner of an oil pipeline that spewed thousands of barrels of crude oil onto Southern California beaches in 2015 will pay $60 million to to settle allegations that it violated safety laws, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced. Texas-based …

Greek Tanker Manager Denies Connection to Oil Leak Tarring Brazil’s Beaches

The manager of an oil tanker being probed by Brazilian authorities in connection with an oil spill off the country’s coast has found “no proof” of the vessel conducting activities that may have led to leaks on a journey between …

Shell Units Sued in U.K. over Massive Nigerian Oil Spill in 2011

Two Royal Dutch Shell Plc units were sued over their involvement in one of the largest oil spills in Nigeria’s history. Shell Nigeria Exploration & Production Co. and Shell International Trading & Shipping Co. allegedly undermined the emergency response to …

Norway’s Equinor Still Gauging Extent of Oil Spill at Bahamas Terminal After Dorian

Norway’s Equinor is still assessing the devastation and level of pollution at its oil terminal in the Bahamas, one month after a massive hurricane swept through the region, the company told Reuters on Friday [Sept. 4]. “We have collected over …

Wind Could Spread Oil Leak from Pertamina’s Undersea Well in Indonesia

Wind is threatening to spread a growing 52-mile (84-kilometer) oil sheen in Indonesia from an undersea well that began leaking about two weeks ago into the Java Sea. State crude producer PT Pertamina plans to install more booms in the …