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Filipino Captain Charged in New Zealand Oil Spill

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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The captain of a cargo ship grounded on a reef off New Zealand’s coast has appeared in court in connection with environmental damage caused by the fuel oil leaking from the ship. The Filipino national appeared in a court Wednesday in New Zealand’s port city of Tauranga and was charged with operating a vessel in […]

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Oil Spill Worsens off New Zealand Coast

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:10 pm (UTC-5)
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The captain of a ship that is leaking heavy fuel oil, while caught on a reef off New Zealand’s coast, has been arrested and will appear in court Wednesday. The Liberian-flagged cargo ship Rena, loaded with about 700 tons of oil hit the reef off New Zealand’s North Island on October 5. Maritime officials say […]

Oil Spill Worsens off New Zealand Coast

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 5:30 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand says an oil spill from a grounded cargo ship off its northern coast is now the worst environmental maritime disaster it its history. The Liberian-flagged Rena has been leaking fuel oil since striking a reef on Wednesday in the Bay of Plenty. Maritime New Zealand says between 130 and 350 tons of oil […]

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Oil Spill Worsens off New Zealand Coast

Posted October 11th, 2011 at 4:00 am (UTC-5)
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New Zealand says an oil spill from a grounded cargo ship off its eastern coast is now the worst environmental maritime disaster it its history. The Liberian-flagged Rena has been leaking fuel oil since striking a reef on Wednesday in the Bay of Plenty. Maritime New Zealand says between 130 and 350 tons of oil […]

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Oil from Grounded Ship Hits New Zealand Beach

Posted October 10th, 2011 at 3:35 am (UTC-5)
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Clumps of fuel oil from a grounded cargo ship began washing up on the shore of New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty Monday as salvage crews prepared for a storm bearing down on the area. Workers installed covers to seal the ship’s fuel tanks in case the container vessel breaks apart in heavy seas and sinks […]

Storm Threatens New Zealand Oil Spill Site

Posted October 9th, 2011 at 9:10 pm (UTC-5)
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Salvage crews are scrambling to avert an environmental disaster in New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty, as a storm threatens to hit the area where a cargo ship ran aground on a reef Wednesday. Salvage teams have installed covers designed to seal the ship’s fuel tanks in case the container vessel breaks apart in heavy […]

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New Zealand Starts Oil Slick Clean-up

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 9:40 pm (UTC-5)
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New Zealand has begun a clean-up effort to remove an oil slick created by a cargo ship that struck a reef off the country’s North Island. Oil recovery teams began scooping up oil that has leaked from the ship and salvage crews arrived Sunday to perform the sensitive task of pumping fuel from a crippled […]

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Bomb Blasts Target Iraq Oil Pipeline

Posted October 8th, 2011 at 5:50 am (UTC-5)
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Two bombs have struck an oil pipeline in southern Iraq sparking a fire and temporarily halting production. The attack occurred late Friday evening at the Rumaila oil field near the southern port city of Basra. Officials say the blast damaged the pipeline, temporarily cutting production. Rumaila is being developed by Britain’s BP and China’s CNPC.

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South Sudan: 22 Million Barrels of Oil Sold Since Independence

Posted October 6th, 2011 at 9:00 am (UTC-5)
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The new nation of South Sudan says it has sold 22 million barrels of crude oil for export since its split from the north three months ago. The country’s petroleum and mining ministry says the value of the exports totals more than $2.1 billion. A ministry statement says the oil is being transported to buyers […]

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Watchdog Warns of Oil Corruption in Liberia

Posted September 27th, 2011 at 3:00 am (UTC-5)
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An international watchdog is warning that corruption is already rampant in Liberia’s oil sector — even before any oil has been discovered. Global Witness said Monday government officials and at least one company have paid bribes to get contracts approved. The report also accuses the government of giving oil concessions to companies with little or […]

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