U.S. EPA Fines Shell for Arctic Air Pollution Violations

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has fined units of Royal Dutch Shell more than $1 million over violations of the company's Clean Air Act permits related to their Arctic drilling program in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, off the North Slope of Alaska. The EPA said that based on their inspections and Shell’s excess emission reports, EPA documented numerous air … [Read more...]

Ship Scrapping Duo Plead Guilty to Environmental Crimes in Virginia

A Virginia ship scrapping company and two of its owners have plead guilty to various environmental crimes stemming from their activities in the ship scrapping business. According to court documents, Steven Avery, 56, of Bohannon, VA, and Billy Avery, 81, of Virginia Beach, VA, operated Sea Solutions, Inc., a VA-based ship scrapping business, and in February 2010 purchased … [Read more...]

EPA unveils Great Lakes restoration plan

By Jim Tankersley - February 22, 2010 - The Los Angeles Times Reporting from Washington - The Environmental Protection Agency on Sunday unveiled a five-year, $475-million plan to revitalize the Great Lakes, including cleaning up polluted water and beaches, restoring wetlands and fighting invasive species such as Asian carp. Federal and state officials call the Great Lakes … [Read more...]

Nautical Institute on MARPOL Prevention

We rarely reproduce press releases... but it's Sunday and not your usual release. Seaways, the Nautical Institute's monthly magazine, has a story this month on ideas to prevent oil discharges aboard ships. They point some fingers and expose some truths while, in some mariner's opinions, over analyzing others. Here's the summary; The NI has identified a number of potential … [Read more...]