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Kayakers Scout for Spilled Oil In Montana

Gary Steele set out by kayak to survey the Yellowstone River and, in particular, the backwaters where power boats can't go.

On Saturday, Gary Steele and a few companions set out by kayak on the Yellowstone River in Montana—an unlikely site for outdoor adventure sports given that a nearby ExxonMobil pipeline broke early in June, spilling an estimated 1,000 barrels of oil. Steele and his companions were there to survey the damage.

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What Oil Dispersants, Ibuprofen, and Klondike Bars Have in Common

How bad is the stuff they sprayed into the Gulf to break up the oil?


One year ago, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, spewing oil into the Gulf. During the ensuing month, BP applied an unprecedented amount of chemical dispersants on the surface and under the ocean. From the air alone, they sprayed 972,880 gallons. Still, if the Superdome represented the Gulf, the total amount of dispersants would equal only one teaspoon; the oil itself would be three cans of beer.

Raffi Khatchadourian, a staff writer at The New Yorker, wrote a long, even-handed account of the spill last month that pointed out these figures, as well as examining the implications of the spill. When it comes to the toxicity of dispersants, he writes:

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Remembering the Deepwater Horizon Victims One Year Later

Take a long moment today to think of the eleven Deepwater Horizon workers who lost their lives a year ago today.

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Overload: New Gulf Oil Spill, Knut Is Dead, and More

A new Gulf oil spill, Knut the dead polar bear, and more of what we're reading at GOOD Environment HQ.


There appears to be a new oil spill in the Gulf, and it's already rolling up on beaches. Rocky Kistner is on top of it.

The "real cost of nuclear power" is hard-hitting, sober, and, according to some friends in the nuclear field, pretty damn spot-on.

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Grassroots Mapping: How You Can Create Aerial Cartography for Under $100, and Use It to Do Good

How to capture your own aerial imagery that's higher resolution than NASA's, for about $100.

Historically, aerial mapmaking has been handled by governments and businesses alone. Who else could afford to put satellites in orbit or hire planes for private flyovers?

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Washington Slams Oil Companies with Civil Lawsuit

Washington is suing BP, Transocean, and seven other companies under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution act for the Gulf oil spill.


Months after the largest oil spill history in U.S. history, Washington filed a civil lawsuit against BP, Transocean, and seven other companies Wednesday. The federal government's lawsuit joins dozens of others the oil giants are already facing over the spill in the Gulf of Mexico in April.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the companies failed to take the necessary precautions to prevent the spill and to adequately monitor it using the latest available technology. Though the companies have previously promised to pay for any cleanup costs, the complaint asks the court to hold them liable for "removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation," Holder Jr. said.

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