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Coast Guard sues Ayala's AC Energy over Iloilo oil spill

Jul 11, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says the oil spill contaminated coastal areas of 23 communities, and displaced 400 people

Brazil's Bolsonaro says 'worst is yet to come' on oil spill

Nov 04, 2019 - 11:45 AM

Officials say it is not yet possible to quantify the environmental and economic damage from the oil slicks

CLEANING UP. A volunteer cleans oil from the sand on a beach near the resort of 'Porto of Busca Vida' in Lauro de Freitas, Bahia state, Brazil, on November 3, 2019. Photo by Antonello Veneri/AFP

Mystery oil spills blot more than 130 Brazilian beaches

Oct 09, 2019 - 10:01 AM

Tamar, a group dedicated to the protection of sea turtles, says the oil spills were 'the worst environmental tragedy' it has encountered since its formation in 1980.

Handout picture released by the Sergipe State Environment Administration (Ademas) on September 27, 2019, showing a barrel of oil spilled on a beach in Barra dos Coqueiros municipality, Sergipe state, Brazil. The appearance of over 100 beaches spilled with oil is being investigated in Brazil. HO / ADEMAS / AFP

LOOK: Oil spill in Davao del Norte river

Mar 08, 2019 - 4:11 PM

The Philippine Coast Guard says it will conduct an investigation to determine the liability of the company responsible for the oil spill

OIL SPILL. Half of the Ising River is tainted by the oil spill. Photo courtesy of Philippine Coast Guard

Oil slick off China coast triples in size – official

Jan 22, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Authorities spotted 3 oil slicks with a total surface area of 332 square kilometers (128 square miles) on January 21, compared to 101 square kilometers reported January 17

BURNING UP. This handout file picture from the Transport Ministry of China taken and released on January 14, 2018 shows smoke and flames coming from the burning oil tanker 'Sanchi' at sea off the coast of eastern China. Transport Ministry of China/Handout/AFP

Kuwait says most of Gulf oil spill cleaned up

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:50 PM

Experts quoted by Kuwaiti media estimate that as many as 35 000 barrels of crude may have leaked into the waters off Al Zour

A handout photo provided by the Kuwaiti news paper al-Anbaa on August 13, 2017, shows a general view of oil contaminated water in Kuwait's southern Ras Al-Zour area. Emergency workers are battling to contain an oil spill near a joint Kuwaiti-Saudi oilfield in the Gulf, an official said. There were no official reports on the source or size of the spill in the waters. / AFP PHOTO / AL-ANBAA / HO / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / HO / AL-ANBAA" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS

The week in photos: August 5-11, 2017

Aug 12, 2017 - 7:17 AM

This week s selection of photo highlights here and around the world

SAVING THE ELEPHANTS. An Indian volunteer for animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animal poses for a photograph wearing a costume depicting an elephant during a protest in New Delhi on August 9, 2017. Photo by Money Sharma/AFP

Beaches shut after palm oil spill in Hong Kong

Aug 06, 2017 - 11:20 PM

The leakage is caused by the crash between two vessels near the Pearl River estuary in southern China

In this photograph taken and released by the South China Morning Post newspaper on August 6, 2017, congealed palm oil washes up on the shoreline at Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong.  Ten beaches typically packed on a hot weekend have shut down in Hong Kong on August 6 due to a palm oil spillage from a ship collision in mainland waters. / AFP PHOTO / SCMP / Handout / - Hong Kong OUT - Taiwan OUT / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO / SCMP" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS - NO ARCHIVE

Oil spill tests on ice prove Arctic quests risky

Apr 03, 2016 - 11:10 PM

The tests reveal just how hazardous and challenging it would be if an oil spill hits the lucrative Arctic region

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY Anne KAURANEN (FILES) This file photo taken on February 5, 2016 shows Marine experts in Tornio, northern Finland, drilling holes in the sea-ice and inject dye into the water to study how it flows, to model how an oil spill would behave underneath the arctic ice.   As the world's superpowers eye the lucrative Arctic region with growing interest, unprecedented oil spill clean-up tests in icy Finnish conditions reveal just how hazardous and challenging an accident in the Arctic's pristine sea ice could be. / AFP / Sam Kingsley

Coast guard studies Chevron liability in Batangas Bay oil leak

Feb 03, 2016 - 6:37 PM

About 100 liters of fuel spills into the bay while the oil firm is loading bunker fuel into the Sunrise Sampaguita vessel at its oil depot in San Pascual Batangas

OIL SPILL. Some 100 liters of bunker fuel is spilled into Batangas Bay by Chevron is loading at the the oil depot in San Pascual town. File photo of Batangas Bay courtesy of Ramón Velasquez/ Wiki Commons

Gov't issues notice of violation to oil-spilling Rizal cement plant

Sep 11, 2015 - 3:40 PM

UPDATED If an ongoing investigation shows the plant s neglect led to the spill the company may have to pay a fine of up to P50 000

CLEAN UP. Volunteers help recover bunker fuel oil that had leaked into Rizal rivers from a Solid Cement plant in Teresa town. Photo courtesy of Solid Cement Corp

Coast Guard: Rizal oil spill 'contained'

Sep 11, 2015 - 12:27 PM

The cement plant responsible for the oil spill says it has recovered 70 of the bunker oil it had inadvertently released into Rizal s waterways

CLEAN-UP. Volunteers collect contaminated riverside grass from riverbeds in Rizal province. All photos from Solid Cement Corp

Oil spill leaves foul odor, stomach pains in Rizal villages

Sep 09, 2015 - 10:00 PM

Government and company officials rush to contain the spill from Solid Cement plant before it reaches Laguna Lake

LINGERING. Oil clings to riverside grass cut by Solid Cement company workers in Sitio Cabisig, Antipolo, Rizal. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

Cement plant spills 2,000 liters of bunker oil into Rizal river

Sep 09, 2015 - 4:57 PM

Traces of the oil spill have been found on Morong River the nearest tributary leading to Laguna Lake

OIL-SMEARED RIVERBANK. The banks of the river are smeared with bunker oil that leaked from a Solid Cement Corporation plant in Antipolo City. Photo by Pia Ranada/Rappler

California beach town cleans up after oil spill

May 23, 2015 - 11:49 PM

Authorities are monitoring closely how the spill will impact the area s rich wildlife which includes populations of sea lions pelicans dolphins and whales

CLEAN-UP. Workers continue to clean oil from Refugio State Beach on May 23, 2015 in Goleta, California. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images/AFP

California oil spill firm questioned over past leaks

May 22, 2015 - 1:28 PM

We will remain committed to doing the right thing says Plains All American Pipeline executive Patrick Hodgins

OIL SPILL. The oil sludge coated boots and shovels of a volunteer worker is shown as he cleans up an oil contaminated beach after an underwater oil pipe ruptured spilling an estimated 21 thousands gallons of oil into the Pacific Ocean near Refugio State Beach, 30 miles north of Santa Barbara, California, USA, May 20, 2015. Photo by Michael Nelson/EPA

UN sends team to clean up Bangladesh oil spill

Dec 18, 2014 - 10:15 PM

Thousands of liters of oil have spilt into the protected Sundarbans mangrove area after a tanker collided with another vessel last Tuesday

OIL SPILL. According to the forest officials, more than two-thirds of the 357,664 liters of furnace oil had already spread over an 80km-area in the Sundarbans, which is now a big threat for vegetataion, biodervity and livelihood. Photo by EPA

India on alert after Sundarbans oil spill

Dec 13, 2014 - 9:28 PM

As a precautionary measure Indian wildlife officials are deployed along the Sunderbans area to check if the spill is spreading

According to the forest officials, more than two-thirds of the 357,664 liters of furnace oil had already spread over an 80km-area in the Sundarbans, which is now a big threat for vegetataion, biodervity and livelihood. Photo by EPA

2 million barrels of oil on ocean floor after BP spill

Oct 28, 2014 - 7:48 PM

But BP takes issue with the method used and the latest findings on the 2010 accident on the US Gulf Coast saying the impacted area was overestimated

OIL SPILL. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and spilling millions of gallons of oil. File photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

Lego to drop Shell partnership bowing to Greenpeace pressure

Oct 09, 2014 - 9:47 PM

The Lego brand and everyone who enjoys creative play should never have become part of Greenpeace s dispute with Shell says Lego chief executive Joergen Vig Knudstorp

LEGO. A photo taken on July 24, 2014 shows Greenpeace activists hanging a banner in front of a Shell gas station in Santiago, Chile to protest against Shell's oil search in the Artic region, and also to demand that Lego remove Shell logos from their toys. Photo by Martin Bernetti/AFP

US judge finds BP 'grossly negligent' in 2010 oil spill

Sep 05, 2014 - 12:05 AM

The environmental disaster was the result of the British company s gross negligence and willful misconduct

OIL SPILL. The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded on April 20, 2010, killing 11 workers and spilling millions of gallons of oil. File photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images/AFP

Do's and don'ts when oil spill affects your area

Aug 11, 2014 - 7:37 PM

The Guimaras oil spill which happened 8 years ago on August 11 has been the worst such incident in the country Here s what you need to remember if your area is affected by an oil spill

Bitterness over Exxon Valdez lingers, 25 years on

Mar 22, 2014 - 1:52 PM

The 1989 Exxon Valdez grounding has since been replaced as the worst oil spill in US history but local communities in the formerly pristine Prince William Sound in Alaska are still suffering

OIL SPILL. A smaller vessel pulls a containment boom, lower left, as the tanker Exxon Baton Rouge continues to offload crude oil from the crippled oil tanker Exxon Valdez, background, which ran aground March 24, 1989 and spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Prince William Sound off Alaska. Photo by Chris Wilkins/AFP

US court upholds BP settlement for Gulf oil spill

Jan 11, 2014 - 11:47 AM

A US federal appeals court upholds multibillion dollar settlement between BP and coastal residents and businesses hit by the company s massive oil spill in 2010

2013 in green: Top 10 PH environmental news

Dec 27, 2013 - 9:00 AM

From devastated coral reefs to renewable energy 2013 was a rollercoaster ride for Mother Nature to say the least

Japan Coast Guard eases Iloilo oil spill cleanup

Dec 22, 2013 - 5:16 PM

Cleanup operations have sped up but workers appeal for additional protective gear – the overall suits last for only 3 days

Photo by Julie Ann Mae Silvederio

Fisherfolk ask DOJ to probe Napocor over Iloilo oil spill

Dec 18, 2013 - 9:53 PM

The failure of state run Napocor to undertake cleanup operations within reasonable time since November 8 is considered environmental negligence

Cleanup of Iloilo oil spill encounters delays

Dec 06, 2013 - 8:43 PM

The Napocor Power Barge 103 which contained 1 4 million liters of bunker fuel spills about 850 000 liters into the coastline of the town of Estancia

In Estancia, Yolanda came with an oil spill

Nov 24, 2013 - 1:19 PM

During the super storm s onslaught a Napocor barge rammed into a village destroying houses maybe killing residents and causing an oil spill

Cebu ferry collision toll now at 91

Aug 29, 2013 - 10:03 AM

46 still missing; 9 survivors remain in hospital

AFTERMATH. Life rafts from the sunken ferry St. Thomas Aquinas float in front of cargo ship Sulpicio Express 7 on August 17, 2013, whose bow was destroyed after a colliding with the ferry the night before off Talisay, Cebu. Photo by AFP/Ted Aljibe

Cebu oil spill damages mangroves, seaweed farms

Aug 22, 2013 - 11:00 AM

The leak also prevents some fisherfolk in Cordova town from venturing out into sea

Cebu ship collision toll rises to 71

Aug 21, 2013 - 10:12 AM

Out of the 71 dead 33 have been identified the National Risk Reduction Management Council said; 49 remain missing as of 7:30 am Wednesday

SEARCH & RETRIEVAL. Operatives of Philippine Navy on board a motorized rubber boat looking out toward waters off Cebu, 18 August 2013. Photo by EPA/ Dennis Sabangan

Death toll from Cebu ferry disaster rises to 64

Aug 20, 2013 - 8:02 PM

Boats searching nearby islands for survivors found only the dead while divers pulled out more bodies from the waters off Cebu

RETRIEVAL. Operations to search for the missing continue

Oil spill: Cebu under state of calamity

Aug 19, 2013 - 4:22 PM

The entire province of Cebu is under a state of calamity due to the oil spill coming from the sunken M V St Thomas Aquinas

OIL-COATED MANGROVES. A resident walks through a mangrove area affected by an oil slick near the site of a ferry and freighter collision in Cordoba town near Cebu City, August 18, 2013. Photo by AFP/Ted Aljibe

Ferry disaster: Death roll rises to 52

Aug 19, 2013 - 12:16 PM

Divers and patrol boats continue to search for 68 other people still missing after a ferry collided with a cargo ship Friday night

RETRIEVAL. Operations to search for the missing continue

Divers to search sunken ship Monday

Aug 18, 2013 - 4:01 PM

UPDATED An oil slick adds a new dimension to the disaster which now counts 38 people dead; Some Cebu LGUs report seeing oil near their coasts

Buyers shun Cavite fish after oil spill

Aug 14, 2013 - 11:46 PM

Cavite fishermen are forced to sell their catch at bottom prices

BFAR: 'No traces of oil, dead fishes' in Cavite waters

Aug 13, 2013 - 9:23 PM

The Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources says the quality of water in Rosario and Naic is conducive to fish survival

SEA-DEPENDENT. The fisherfolk communities in Rosario, Naic, Tanza and Ternate depend the sea for their livelihood. Photo from EPA

Rosario mayor files cease and desist order vs Petron

Aug 13, 2013 - 4:06 PM

Mayor Ricafrente says Petron s pipelines are no longer safe Governor Remulla says leak could have been a result of negligence sabotage or force majeure

NO LONGER SAFE. The underwater transfer of oil to the Petron oil depot in Rosario, Cavite poses risks to residents, says the mayor of Rosario. Photo from EPA

Petron on oil spill: Our fault, sorry

Aug 12, 2013 - 5:06 PM

Petron vows to clean up the areas affected by the oil spill and restore the livelihood of local communities in 3 coastal towns in Cavite

SOURCE OF SPILL. A pipeline leading to the Petron oil depot in Rosario, Cavite is the source of an oil spill that caused 500,000 liters of oil to stain Manila Bay. Photo from EPA/PCG

Aquino orders speedy oil spill clean-up

Aug 10, 2013 - 4:40 PM

The national government is ready to assist LGUs to ensure the safety of people and marine resources says deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte

ACCOUNTABILITY. The oil tanker suspected to be responsible for the leak delivers oil to the Petron oil depot in Rosario, Cavite. Photo from EPA/PCG

Rappler Newscast | August 9, 2013

Aug 09, 2013 - 9:31 PM

At least 500 000 liters of oil spill into Manila Bay 2 more whistleblowers surface against Napoles BIFF has Sheik Mohidin Animbang as new military commander

Dead fish after huge Manila Bay oil spill

Aug 09, 2013 - 6:34 PM

Locals fear for the immediate future of the bay s vibrant fish and shellfish industry which feeds millions of people in the capital and surrounding areas

STAINED RED. Oil sludge has been found on corals and fish. Photo from EPA

500,000 liters of oil stain Manila Bay

Aug 09, 2013 - 2:11 PM

2nd UPDATE An oil tanker commissioned by Petron and one of its pipelines are among those seen by the Philippine Coast Guard as the source of the spill Meanwhile the town of Rosario Cavite is put under a state of emergency

STAINED RED. Oil sludge has been found on corals and fish. Photo from EPA

Halliburton admits destroying Deepwater Horizon spill evidence

Jul 27, 2013 - 11:44 AM

A Justice Department statement released late Thursday July 25 said the company had agreed to plead guilty to criminal conduct that occurred when it was carrying out its own post accident investigation

DEEPWATER HORIZON DISASTER. A file picture released by the US Coast Guard on 22 April 2010 shows a fire aboard the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon, located in the Gulf of Mexico 52 miles southeast of Venice, Louisiana, USA. Photo by EPA/US Coast Guard/Handout

Photo wRap: The Supermoon and #LoveIsLove

Jun 30, 2013 - 12:51 PM

A lot of Instagram worthy both good and bad things happened this week and we ve rounded them up for you

Safe oil depots? Watchdog needed

Jun 28, 2013 - 5:47 PM

Policymakers have overlooked an equally important component in attaining security in energy supply: safety

Oil depot violates zoning, sanitary laws

Jun 25, 2013 - 5:44 PM

The Sta Ana oil depot does not have zoning and sanitary permits and violated electrical regulations

UNDER INVESTIGATION. Larraine's Marketing, which keeps tanks of bunker oil in its facility, violated zoning, environmental, sanitation and electrical regulations. All photos by Pia Ranada/Rappler

DENR: Depot source of oil spill to face charges

Jun 25, 2013 - 3:10 PM

Government is cleaning up the oil spill that contaminated the Pasig River over the weekend DENR suspended operations of the depot and vows to file charges

Oil depot breaks environmental laws; suspended

Jun 24, 2013 - 9:23 PM

Larraine Marketing the source of oil spill in Pasig River has been operating for years without environmental and business permits

CLEAN UP. The Coast Guard continues clean up of the Pasig river after the oil spill. Photo by Leanne Jazul/Rappler