From Mother Jones in the USA:
Shell Oil Messes Off Two Coasts
By Julia Whitty
Thu Dec. 22, 2011 11:20 AM PST
Shell has admitted to spilling up to 40,000 barrels (1.4 million gallons) of crude oil into the ocean about 75 miles (120 km) off Nigeria on Wednesday. The spill occurred while it was transferring oil from a floating oil platform to a tanker.
The Guardian reports on skepticism of Shell’s estimates, based on its poor record in the region …
Shell also admitted to a spill in the Gulf of Mexico Sunday of some 13,400 barrels of drilling mud mixed with synthetic oil from the Deepwater Nautilus—a sister rig to the Deepwater Horizon.
The spill occurred at the Appomattox discovery, just 26 miles southeast of last year’s disastrous spill.
Oil Spill update from New Zealand: here.
Sunday was the last day for the International Bird Rescue response team here in New Zealand. 23 birds were released from a Coast Guard boat on the southwest part of Motiti Island. These are the last of the Motiti birds that can be released at this point. There are nearly 30 more that are ready to go, but they are being kept until more cleanup on their section of the island has been completed: here.
Why British Museums Should Reject BP’s £10 Million Gift: here.
BP employees may face criminal charges: here.