A number of advanced response mechanisms are available for controlling oil spills and minimizing their impacts on human health and the environment. The key to effectively combating spills is careful selection and proper use of the equipment and materials best suited to the type of oil and the conditions at the spill site. Most spill response equipment and materials are greatly affected by such factors as conditions at sea, water currents, and wind. Damage to spill-contaminated shorelines and dangers to other threatened areas can be reduced by timely and proper use of containment and recovery equipment
Date of Video: Jun. 3, 2010
LSU professors and wetland ecologists, Dr. Irving Mendelssohn and Dr. Karen McKee, answer questions about possible oil spill effects on wetlands,...
United States Fish and Wildlife ServiceLast Updated on 2014-06-13 16:14:56
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS or FWS) is a federal bureau within the Department of the Interior. FWS implements and enforces numerous federal environmental laws in order to "conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people ."
FWS serves a variety of functions to fulfill its overall responsibilities. The Service monitors and manages endangered species as well as migratory birds, lists endangered species under the Endangered Species Act, restores wildlife habitats and commercial fisheries, manages the National Wildlife Refuge System, exacts revenue through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Recreation Program , oversees the distribution of conservation funds to the states, and participates in international conservation efforts.
The current director of FWS is Rowan W. Gould, who... More »
Arctic offshore oil exploration spill response planningLast Updated on 2012-05-11 00:00:00
Worldwide, oil and gas companies are being forced by resource declines to drill in less accessible areas, and the Arctic is their newest frontier.
This article, written by Charles W. Schmidt*, appeared first in Environmental Health Perspectives—the peer-reviewed, open access journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
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Offshore Exploration in the Arctic:
Can Shell’s Oil-Spill Response Plans Keep Up?
All around the world, oil and gas companies are being forced by resource declines to drill in less accessible areas, and the Arctic is their newest frontier. The geology above the Arctic... More »
Olivia's birds and the oil spillLast Updated on 2012-01-03 19:19:57Taken from Young Voices for the Planet, "Olivia's Birds and the Oil Spill" documents 11-year old Olivia Bouler's deep connection with the natural world, in particular, with the Gulf of Mexico, and how her love of birds drove her to create 500 bird paintings to raise $200,000 for Audubon's efforts to rescue birds after the BP Oil spill.
Olivia goes further and visits congressmen and the Secretary of the Interior with her message: no offshore oil drilling, get off fossil fuels and invest in renewable energy. Her message resonates with the media and reaches millions of people around the world. She receives many fan letters including one from Bill Clinton. More »
BP oil spill cleanup technology ideas video seriesLast Updated on 2011-06-12 00:00:00Part 1
The Science & Technology Subcommittee on Energy & Environment starts its 2 panel discussion with scientists and federal officials about new technologies to clean up the BP oil spill. Representitives Baird, Hall, and Gordon, give their opening remarks.
Speakers: Rep. Brian Baird, D-Washington, Science & Technology Subcommittee on Energy & Environment- Chairman; Rep. Ralph Hall R-Texas, 4th District; Rep. Bart Gordon, D-Tennessee, 6th District, Chairman of the Full Committee.
Douglas Helton, NOAA Incident Operations Coordinator, discusses the role of NOAA in oil spill response situations and specifically about the NOAA's current needs regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill... More »
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