New NOAA report examines national oil pollution threat from shipwrecks 05/20/2013
NOAA presented to the U.S. Coast Guard a new report that finds that 36 sunken vessels scattered across the U.S. seafloor could pose an oil pollution threat to the nation's coastal marine resources. Of those, 17 were recommended for further assessment and potential removal of both fuel oil and oil cargo.
Low-grade cotton offers more ecologically-friendly way to clean oil spills 05/16/2013
When it comes to cleaning up the next massive crude oil spill, one of the best and most eco-friendly solutions for the job may be low-grade cotton from West Texas.
Cotton offers a new ecologically friendly way to clean up oil spills 05/15/2013
With the Deepwater Horizon disaster emphasizing the need for better ways of cleaning up oil spills, scientists are reporting that unprocessed, raw cotton may be an ideal, ecologically friendly answer, with an amazing ability to sop up oil.
Health defects found in fish exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill, three years later 05/01/2013
Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, crude oil toxicity continues to sicken a sentinel Gulf Coast fish species, according to new findings.
Special E. coli bacteria produce diesel on demand 04/22/2013
It sounds like science fiction but scientists have developed a method to make bacteria produce diesel on demand. While the technology still faces many significant commercialization challenges, the diesel, produced by special strains of E. coli bacteria, is almost identical to conventional diesel fuel and so does not need to be blended with petroleum products as is often required by biodiesels derived from plant oils.
Gulf of Mexico has greater-than-believed ability to self-cleanse oil spills 04/08/2013
The Gulf of Mexico may have a much greater natural ability to self-clean oil spills than previously believed, an expert in bioremediation has said.
Natural soil bacteria pump new life into exhausted oil wells 04/08/2013
Technology that enlists natural soil bacteria as 21st century roughnecks now is commercially available and poised to recover precious oil remaining in thousands of exhausted oil wells. The process has been termed microbially enhanced oil recovery (MEOR).
Promising oil-drilling tool 04/05/2013
An innovative new oil-drilling tool concept has seen the light of day.