Uganda, Tanzania agree to build long heated oil pipeline

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The leaders of Uganda and Tanzania have signed an agreement for the construction of what they say will be the world’s longest heated oil pipeline, linking Uganda’s planned oil fields in the country’s west to the Indian Ocean port of Tanga. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni and President John Magufuli of Tanzania […]

Hurricane hit oil storage site, but no shortages expected

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Hurricane Laura caused significant damage at a site holding about 30% of the nation’s store of emergency crude oil, but three other sites still have plenty of petroleum, U.S. Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette said Wednesday. The damaged Strategic Petroleum Reserve site in West Hackberry, Louisiana, holds nearly 8.2 billion gallons (31 […]

Thousands march in Mauritius to protest disastrous oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of people protested in Mauritius again Saturday over the government’s handling of an offshore oil spill that has become the Indian Ocean island nation’s worst environmental disaster in years. New details indicate the Japanese ship that struck a coral reef in late July and leaked some 1,000 tons of fuel oil […]

Damaged Venezuelan oil tanker drawing international concern

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The sight of a huge oil tanker that has taken on water and is leaning to one side off a remote stretch of Venezuela’s coast has triggered international calls for action. After years of neglect, the FSO Nabarima, a rusting hulk full of thick crude, is in a dangerous state of […]

Ships, aircraft fight new fire on oil tanker off Sri Lanka

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Ships and aircraft from Sri Lanka and India intensified efforts to extinguish a new fire on oil tanker off Sri Lanka’s coast on Tuesday, two days after the previous three-day blaze was doused, the navy said. The MT New Diamond is carrying nearly 2 million barrels of crude oil and […]

Oil companies accused of wanting to dump plastics in Africa

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The oil industry has asked the United States to pressure Kenya to change its world-leading stance against the plastic waste that litters Africa, according to environmentalists who fear the continent will be used as a dumping ground. The request from the American Chemistry Council, whose members include major oil companies, to […]

Tug responding to Mauritius oil spill sinks; 3 sailors dead

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The oil spill disaster off Mauritius turned deadly this week when a tugboat leaving the shipwreck collided with a barge and sank, killing at least three sailors, police said Tuesday. The tug was towing the empty barge from the stranded hull of the Japanese ship, the MV Wakashio, on Monday night when […]

Thousands march in Mauritius over dead dolphins, oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Honking and drumming, tens of thousands of people protested Saturday in Mauritius over the government’s slow response to an oil spill from a grounded Japanese ship and the alarming discovery of dozens of dead dolphins in recent days. Outraged over the Indian Ocean island nation’s worst environmental disaster in years, protesters displayed […]

39 dolphins, 3 whales wash up on Mauritius after oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The number of dead dolphins that have washed ashore on the Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius after an oil spill has risen to 39, the government said Friday, ahead of protests this weekend against authorities’ handling of the disaster at sea. Three whales also were found dead Friday, an environmental expert […]

14 dolphins die in Mauritius near Japanese ship’s oil spill

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — At least 14 dead dolphins have washed up on the coast of the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius, where a Japanese ship ran aground last month and spilled more than 1,000 tons of fuel, environmental groups and experts said Wednesday. Other dolphins stranded on shore and appeared seriously ill, environmental consultant Sunil […]

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