Category Archives: fuel spills

ORV battle on Cape Hatteras National Seashore

Earth to beach buckaroos: Get your machines off the beach please.

http://www.audubonmagazine.org/articles/conservation/battle-over-north-carolina-beach-continues

New gas-mileage standards saving oil, cutting emissions?

Higher fuel efficiency standards will cut oil use and greenhouse gas emissions. That’s the gist of this article. But it is what is beneath the headline that really makes a difference  as far as the health and well-being of fish and wildlife populations: The presence of roads and their fragmenting effect on the landscape everywhere. How about we start shutting some roads and restoring some migratory corridors and making protected areas “whole” again in the process.

Conservation groups sue over Arctic drilling

Ten environmental advocacy groups filed suit in federal court in Alaska to try to force Shell and the Interior Department to take additional steps to protect the Arctic Ocean from oil spills. This article has the details.

Addicted to oil in Maine – for heating the house

While federal officials try to wean the country from messy and expensive heating oil, Maine remains addicted. The housing stock is old, most communities are rural, and many residents cannot afford to switch to a cleaner heat source. So the tankers pull into, say, the Portland port, the trucks load up, and the likes of Ike Libby, co-owner of Hometown Energy,  sidle up to house after house to fill oil tanks. I have dim memories of my family’s first house in Pocatello, Idaho, which was heated by an oil-burning furnace. I also remember my father’s bitching at the beast every now and then, and having to deal with a dirty air filter. Today’s NY Times offers this look at the state of Maine, where many folks still heat their place by burning oil.

Exxon, Salazar in setttlement talks on offshore drilling

What’s to settle? You either stick with your guns (no drilling whatsoever) o you don’t. To all the laypeople driving around (often when they could be walking instead): The sooner you have to stop buying petroleum products like gasoline and motor oil the quicker we can clean up the mess we’ve been making now for many decades. And stop polluting. The NY Times has this piece on the “talks.”

Natural gas industry turns to, what else, money to get its way

In time-honored fashion, the industry is throwing zillions into tee vee advertising, etc., all in a bid to win favor for hydrofracturing with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Nothing changes when it comes to campaign cntributions, especially when it comes to results. No corporate giver gives just to be nice. Nosireebob. They esxpect results. Read about the money bonanza.M

The military’s new campaign: Cutting its energy costs

This renewed look at saving whee the electricity and motor fuel gauges run is hardly a new initiative. I recall, with fond memories, my boss, the commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing (now just 8th Fighter Wing) one day dispatching a base photo lab cameraman to spend a day traveling around Kunsan Air Base, South Korea, for a day in late 985, with instructions to find and photograph every outside light he found burning bright in the bright Korea sun. A few days later, the photographer’s work of several dozen shots was shown during a a wing staff meeting. The offending units knew who they were without further elaboration. That day, and continuing into the next, those dozens upon dozens of outside lights shining over parking lots, alleyways, wash-racks, etc., had been extinguished and the base’s electricity bill fell substantially. This article, from the Norfolk, Va., Virginian Pilot paper, takes a new and refreshing look at the whole energy conservation activity across each of the four military services. And don’t tell U.S. Sen. James Inhofe this, but the article in a paper serving a huge active-duty and retired military audience mentions “greenhouse gases.”