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A listing of news items pertaining to Oil.

This separate listing page was commenced June 2010.

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2012

  • Waste to Energy > Plastic > Oil > Blest >
    Small Device Turns Plastic into Oil (video) - [Belated update] A group in Japan has devised the technology to convert discarded plastics back into oil. One kilogram of plastics, if burned, produces around 3 kilograms of CO2. When reprocessed by the machine, that one kilogram of plastic can yield up to one liter of oil. (PESWiki; August 21, 2012)
  • Oil / Solar > Government and Politics >
    What if solar got the same subsidies as fossil fuels? - US solar subsidies: $1 billion, compared to $72 billion subsidies for fossil fuels over 5 years. If the US gave the same subsidies to solar that it does to fossil fuels, solar would be cheaper than grid power in 100% of the country, rather than 14%. Germany has 6x more solar than US, even though the US gets 3.9x more sun. (PESWiki; June 20, 2012)
  • Oil > Recycling & Recovering / Cavitation > Biokavitus >
    Oil-water separation, by Biokavitus - A video has been posted that shows the Biokavitus apparatus continually separating out a milk-like solution from an oil solution via a cavitation process. The separated fluids are combined, and added again to the input at the top, to be separated again, and again. (YouTube / armandodepara; April 27, 2012)

2011

  • Featured: Oil > Ecological Impact > Fracking >
    5.6 Fracking Earthquake Hits Oklahoma - Driven by profit at the expense of prudence, oil and gas operations around the world are jeopardizing the planet's ecosystem in some very far-reaching ways that could reach thousands of years in their impact. Last night's record-setting earthquake is the latest hit. How much will we let these criminals get away with? (PESN and BeforeItsNews; November 6, 2011)
  • PAC > U.S. Govt. and Energy > Oil > Subsidies >
    Tell U.S. Congress: End oil subsidies - As Americans continue to struggle with outrageous, unstable gas prices, oil companies continue to benefit from them, continuing to rake in huge profits. Why does the U.S. Govt. still rewards them with $4 billion/year with tax credits and subsidies. (CredoAction; April, 2011)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Fracking >
    The Horrors of Fracking (video) - Must-see 21-minute excerpt of Josh Fox' "Gasland" documentary gives a glimpse into the horrific world people face who live in vicinity of certain fracking operations, with water that catches fire; severe headaches and neurotoxicity; hair falling out; animal, fish and human deaths. Fracking imposes the most severe environmental degradation of any energy type; and is replete with criminal cover-ups of its dangers. (YouTube; February 4, 2011)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    New Oil Spill 100 By 10 Miles Reported in Gulf of Mexico - The U.S. Coast Guard is currently investigating reports of a potentially massive oil sheen about 20 miles away from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion last April. The Coast Guard said that it received a report of a three-mile-long rainbow sheen off the Louisiana coast at around 9:30 a.m. local time on March 26. (ZeroHedge; March 19, 2011) (Update; TheWeek; March 24)
  • Oil > Subsidies >
    Ask World Bank to stop funding dirty fuel projects - Global financial institutions such as the World Bank provide subsidies to oil, gas and coal companies. Your tax dollars may have helped the World Bank spend more than $6 billion last year on oil, gas and coal projects in developing countries. A fraction of that money could have put any one of many New Energy projects into the marketplace. (Changing Power; February 24, 2011)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Poisonous >
    Scientist Confirms Gulf "Oil Rain" Is Real - Leifer thinks this oil rain is an unprecedented oil spill phenomenon - a combination of the Gulf's high humidity and the columns of thick smoke from burning oil. "...They showed up as if they had almost a millimeter of oil in the cloud.. and ... when they reach land - would in fact rain oil. Air sampling that was conducted both on a boat and by NOAA in the atmosphere showed that this plume contained numerous toxic components." (BeforeItsNews; February 1, 2011)

2010

  • Oil > Conspiracy >
    Lindsey Williams: Crude Oil Price Targeted for $150-200 per Barrel - Longtime Alaska oil reserves expert Williams told Alex Jones that he’d learned recently from two of this longtime friends, both retired top executives of major oil producers, that the price of crude oil, now rising again, is slated to move to $150-200 per barrel soon. Also, the Euro is slated for collapse soon. Once this happens, the dollar will collapse two to three weeks thereafter. (Infowars; December 16, 2010)
  • Featured: Waste to Energy > Plastic > Oil >
    Blest Machine recycles plastic back into oil - A Japanese device converts certain plastics into oil -- and it is presently commercially available in sizes ranging from a tabletop version for a home to larger continuous feed versions for small industrial use. The plastic is boiled, not burnt, and the gaseous fumes are vented into a water bubbler, which cools the gas into oil. (PESWiki; December 17, 2010)
  • Oil >
    300 Years of Fossil-Fueled Addiction in Five Minutes - Fossil fuels have powered human growth and ingenuity for centuries. Now that we're reaching the end of cheap and abundant oil and coal supplies, we're in for an exciting ride. While there's a real risk that we'll fall off a cliff, there's still time to control our transition to a post-carbon future. (YouTube / PostCarbonInstitute; Nov. 8, 2010)
  • Oil > Abiotic >
    Deep bacteria provide scientific basis for magma oil - "This deep biosphere is a very important discovery," says Rolf Pedersen of the University of Bergen, Norway. He points out that the reactions that produce oil and gas abiotically inside the crust could happen in the mantle, meaning life may be thriving deeper yet. (New Scientist; November 18, 2010)
  • Non-Fossil Oil > Biomass / Waste to Energy >
    Bio-Oil Could Replace Petroleum in Asphalt - Researchers from Iowa State University have come up with a bio-oil made from corn stalks, wood waste, and other bio-mass that could one day replace oil in asphalt. The bio-oil is made when biomass is superheated in an oxygen-free area. It is also a money saver because it is easier to pave with bio-asphalt, and it doesn’t have to be heated as high to be used. (Gas 2.0; Oct. 8, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Cover-up >
    Gulf Oil Spill bound BP, feds together - For months, the U.S. government talked with a boot-on-the-neck toughness about BP. But privately, it worked hand-in-hand with the oil giant to cap the runaway Gulf well and chose to effectively be the company's banker. Now, with a new round of investigative hearings set to begin Monday on BP's home turf, there's worry BP PLC could get a slap on the wrist from its behind-the-scenes partner. (MSNBC; Aug. 22, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Scope >
    Report Finds 79% of Oil Remains In Gulf - Contrary to what the media is saying, a report from the Georgia Sea Grant and the University of Georgia released Monday says that a whopping 79% of the oil from the Gulf oil spill still remains in the waters there. The report concludes that the media is way off in their estimates — they are saying that a mere 25% of the oil remains — and that the effects of this spill will be following us for decades while the oil slowly dissipates. (Inhabitat; Aug. 17, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    Fracking for Natural Gas and Oil May Have Broken the Law - More than 25 conservation and community organizations from across the United States asked the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a congressional committee to investigate whether natural gas and oil companies broke the law by injecting diesel fuel underground in a controversial process known as hydraulic fracturing. (Distributed Energy; August 5, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Humor >
    BP's Live Hayward Cam - Fireworks not recommended for celebrating leak cap in the Gulf. After stoic CEO Tony Hayward refuses to take a pink slip from a robotic arm; then fails to respond to a barrage of golf balls, tennis shoes and other junk shot items; BP must strategically set parts of him on fire. (Colbert Nation; July 27, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Conspiracy >
    BP accused of trying to silence science on spill - The head of the American Association of Professors accused BP Friday of trying to buy the silence of scientists and academics to protect itself after the Gulf oil spill, in a BBC interview. A copy of a contract offered to scientists by BP, which the BBC said it had obtained, said scientists are not allowed to publish the research they do for the oil giant. (PhysOrg; July 23, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Clean-up Ideas >
    BP to trial underwater voraxial separator in Gulf - Mounted on a skimmer vessel, the machine takes oil-laden water from the sea and spins it at high speed in a central cylindrical chamber. The resulting centrifugal force pulls the water to the outer edges of the chamber, leaving the oil in the middle. Once separated, that oil is then captured and stored in onboard holding tanks, while the water flows back into the ocean. (GizMag; July 19, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Britain prepares for the collapse of BP - Amid mounting fears that the oil giant could be broken up or taken over in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, the British government is drawing up contingency plans for a possible collapse of BP. Besides employing thousands of Britains, BP also owns much of Britain's most critical energy infrastructure, and it controls vital strategic assets overseas. ( The Australian; July 7, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    27,000 Abandoned Gulf Oil Wells May Be Leaking - More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one - not industry, not government - is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows. (CBS News; July 7, 2010)
  • Conventional Renewable Energy >
    Ten PowerPoint Slides That Shook the Earth - If you attend enough cleantech events or are pitched by enough startups, you start to see the same few PowerPoint slides over and over again. Here is a collection of the best or at least the most notorious and historically significant slides in our industry. (GreenTechMedia; July 8, 2010)
  • Oil > Abiotic >
    The Origin of Oil -- Leroy Fletcher Prouty Jr. Colonel, USAF - In 1892, a scientific convention declared oil to be of organic origin because of its C, O, H composition. The resulting scarcity mentality tied into the idea of limited "fossil fuels" has served the industry well to drive up the price; even though they routinely harvest oil well below 16,000 feet, which is the deepest that fossils have ever been found. (YouTube; Apr. 20, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Raining Oil in Metro New Orleans - Someone posted a video to YouTube showing oil in the rain in the town of River Ridge, up river from New Orleans and near the city's airport. He said you can smell the oil in the air. What does this portend for the Gulf Coast region's human, animal, and marine inhabitants and plants? (Brasscheck; June 24, 2010) I would be relocating before it is mandated. -- Sterling
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    WTF? Is BP Burning Endangered Sea Turtles Alive? - According to Mike Ellis, BP has been keeping rescue teams from getting to the turtles and has even been burning them alive, along with other animals. Because Kemp's Ridleys are listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act, killing or harming them can bring civil liability and even criminal charges. Is BP trying to "destroy the evidence"? (TreeHugger; June 22, 2010) (Also Natural News)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Similar Gulf Oil Spill 31 Years Ago - On June 13, 1979, an oil rig fire and disaster occured that resulted in dumping 40,000 barrels per day into the Gulf of Mexico. They tried dispersants, booms, cones over the well, junk shot, etc.... The depth was only 200 feet, and the volume of oil was less than the BP disaster. They were finally able to stop it 9 months later using a relief well. (YouTube / MSNBC; May 26, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Deepwater Oil Spill - A Longer Term Problem - It’s the ultimate nightmare scenario: all of BP’s attempts to stanch the Gulf Oil disaster (including drilling relief wells) fail. Not only do the relief wells fail, but the broken pipe starts leaking in other places and the sea floor starts to collapse from growing instability. The result is a massive rift in the ocean floor that spews upwards of two billion gallons of oil into the Gulf before the reservoir is exhausted. (The Oil Drum; June 13, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact >
    F*&#ing Gas Fracking: How the Oil Industry Poisons Our Ground Water and Air - An HBO documentary, Gasland, coming June 21, addresses fracking, which involves blasting water, sand and chemicals, many of them toxic, into underground rock to extract oil or gas; made exempt from environmental laws -- through pressure from Cheney, Halliburton, and other oil and drilling companies -- creating a siege of hydrocarbons spewing from deep below ground, polluting water and air. (LA Times Blog; June 18, 2010)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster > Humor >
    B.P.'s Word - P.R.-mageddon - Colbert points out that as long as Tony Hayward stays the public face of BP, he'll draw the stink off the rest of the company. He also points out that given the recent developments, the BP logo more closely resembles a green and yellow sphinkter. (PESN; May 13, 2010)
  • Fuel Efficiency >
    Miles-Per-Gallon Is Just Stupid - Author argues that the U.S. should adopt the efficiency gauge of 'gallons per 100 miles' as a more accurate and helpful indicator of what car is the best choice, like they do in Europe, Canada, and elsewhere. (Green Car Reports; March 13, 2009)
  • Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Giant Plumes of Oil Found Forming Under Gulf of Mexico - NY Times reports that scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots. Scientists studying video of the gushing oil well have tentatively calculated that it could be flowing at a rate of 25,000 to 80,000 barrels of oil a day. (Slashdot; May 16, 2010)
  • Featured: Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    A volcano of oil erupting - New video showing largest hole from pipe 21 inches in diameter spewing oil and natural gas, along with analysis of the amount of oil on the surface, supports the estimates closer to 1 million barrels per day erupting from this hole BP popped in the ocean floor that contains trillions of barrels of oil and natural gas. (PESN; May 13, 2010) (Comment)
  • Featured: Oil > Ecological Impact > Gulf Oil Disaster >
    Mother gusher danger not passed - With BP applying several fixes to the leaking well and the spreading oil, people might tend to classify this spill as "just another spill" among so many, which will go away after a while. A blowout is still a very real possibility, and the repercussions of the oil spilt are far-reaching. (PESN; May 6, 2010)
  • Featured: Oil > Ecological Impact >
    Deepwater Horizon debacle pushes alt energy - In addition to devastating ecological despoiling, the oil slick could shut down Mississippi River transport, effecting nearly half of U.S. import/export commerce. The damage to the tourism industry in Alabama and Florida could top $25 Billion a year for several years. Faced with this disaster the Obama Administration has just stopped all off shore drilling. (PESN; May 1, 2010)
  • Solar Hydrogen / Hydrogen > Production / Storage >
    A Virus That Might Make Hydrogen - A team of scientists lead by material science professor Angela Belcher has genetically modified a virus that can exploit sunlight to split water into oxygen and hydrogen. If viable, the process could help solve the vexing problem of energy storage and the equally vexing problem of producing hydrogen in a reasonable and cost-effective way. (Green Tech Media; April 11, 2010)


Memo: Need to add in the news items going back in time beginning with News:Archive:2010:March

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