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Cheese Whey Spill: $80,000 Fine
Posted on 2 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

By Meredith James Even seemingly innocuous substances, like human food and drink, can be hazardous to the natural environment. And spills of food and drink must be reported. Silani Sweet Cheese Limited manufactures a cheese at a facility in Bradford... Read More

Oil Spills At Sea: Better Prevention and Cleanup
Posted on 5 Oct 2015 by Dianne Saxe

Some rare good news. Oil tanker spills into world oceans: there aren’t as many as there used to be, and they do not do as much damage as they used to do. According to the excellent newsletter of the International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation... Read More

Farms and the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA)
Posted on 16 Jun 2015 by Williams Mullen

By Jessica J.O. King Pursuant to the Clean Water Act’s Oil Spill Pollution, Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Rule (SPCC Rule) 1 , farmers and other oil storage and handling facilities are required to have an SPCC Plan to prevent oil... Read More

Kawartha Oil Spill Cost Recovery Litigation Drags On
Posted on 15 Apr 2015 by Dianne Saxe

City of Kawartha Lakes taxpayers continue to pay heavily for the Ministry of the Environment’s 2009 order, which required the City to cleanup an oil spill that it did not cause. While everyone agreed that the City was an innocent victim of the spill... Read More

Enbridge Kalamazoo Oil Spill: State Consent Order
Posted on 15 Jul 2015 by Dianne Saxe

How are major oil spill claims handled in the US? For a fascinating glimpse across the border, Enbridge-consent-judgment is a copy of the multimillion dollar consent order between the State of Michigan and Enbridge over the billion dollar, three-million... Read More

Oil from Gulf of Mexico spill may still be present, particularly on the Gulf floor
Posted on 9 Apr 2011 by Thomas H. Clarke, Jr.

Prior posts have noted that the dispersants used in the BP spill had a longer than anticipated life in the Gulf. Additionally, prior posts have noted the evidence supporting the thesis that the oil was consumed by microbes unusually fast. Recently published... Read More