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KBAL11: Oil leaks into water in Canton area
Published 12:25 PM EDT May 07, 2015
BALTIMORE —Oil leaked into the water in the Northwest Branch in Baltimore on Thursday morning. Fire, Coast Guard and environmental crews were called to the area where oil tanks are located in the Clinton Street area. SkyTeam 11 Capt. Roy Taylor reported that a boom containing residual oil in the ground became dislodged, causing oil to leak into the water. Crews have since secured the boom and are working on cleanup efforts. Taylor said the oil went as far as the Domino’s Sugar plant.
KOMO News: Tacoma refinery fire spews huge column of black smoke
Published: May 6, 2015 at 8:06 AM PDT
TACOMA, Wash. – A crude oil fire at the U.S. Oil and Refining Co. burned for almost two hours Wednesday, sending a plume of thick black smoke over the Port of Tacoma, but it didn’t cause any injuries. One witness described the scene as “reminiscent of a Mount St. Helens explosion.”
UPI: Oil company posts fourth spill in North Dakota
May 6, 2015 at 7:21 AM
BISMARCK, N.D., May 6 (UPI) — For at least the fourth time in less than a year, North Dakota’s government said it was notified by Oasis Petroleum of a spill of oil products near a lake.
The state Department of Health said it was notified by the company, which has headquarters in Texas, of a spill of so-called produced water in Burke County near the border with Canada.
“Although the exact size of the spill is not known at this time, it has impacted an unnamed tributary of Smishek Lake,” the department said in a statement Tuesday.
The report is at least the fourth such incident of its kind tied to operations led by Oasis in the state. About 500 barrels of produced water, or brine, was spilled by the company from a pipeline in Burke County in April.
About 1,000 barrels of brine were spilled from a corroded pipeline at a well site owned by Oasis in McKenzie County in October.
Casper Star Tribune: Explosion, fire at Chesapeake oil facility near Douglas injures 2 contract workers
May 01, 2015 4:00 pm
DOUGLAS — Two workers were injured in an explosion and fire at an oil facility in Converse County on Friday while working with fluid at a well head.
Times-Picayune: “BP oil spill: Medical claims count exceeds 37,500″
May 08, 2015 at 8:57 AM, updated May 08, 2015 at 9:58 AM
The claims administrator overseeing medical payments under the BP oil spill settlement has warned of longer wait times after a surge in claims filed earlier this year. More than 37,500 people have now filed medical claims under the settlement.
In a report filed in court Thursday (May 7), Matt Garretson, the Cincinnati lawyer appointed to oversee payments, said more than 25,000 new claims were filed this year ahead of the Feb. 12 deadline, well more than expected. The total number of claims is now 37,594.
WLOS ABC 13: Oil Spill Clean-Up Continues
Updated: Wednesday, May 6 2015, 08:30 PM EDT
BELTON, S.C. — The clean-up continues following the oil spill in Belton. South Carolina health officials tell News 13 nearly 180,000 gallons of petroleum have been recovered. Kinder Morgan, the company who uses the pipeline, said more than 360,000 gallons were spilled in total.
“The whole reason why we bought the house is we wanted to put in a fruit orchard,” Crystal Jameson, a resident living near the spill site, said.
Jameson and her family moved there about six months ago. They called it their dream house on a dream property.
“We wanted to put in a fruit orchard and a community garden for all of our family, because we eat nothing but organic,” said Jameson.
Those dreams died along with Jameson’s yard, when Kinder Morgan spilled petroleum on their lot last December.
“We’re not going to be able to do that [grow food] now, because the ground is contaminated,” said Jameson.
The family is feasting on ramen, Jameson said, so they have enough money to buy their two children organic food.
They’re now stuck in the middle of the mess.
“We can’t resell the house either, because nobody will buy it,” said Jameson.