Suncor Spill update, December 7th News/Links

The Suncor facility in Commerce City, Colorado

Oil booms near the spill site.

It appears that Suncor might not be the only source of contaminants of the majestic and very, very shallow South Platte River.

“Aurora water officials say they see no reason for concern about local water quality because of a threat of toxic chemicals seeping from a refinery upstream from one city water source.

Federal officials say a trench dug to block toxic chemicals from seeping from a refinery into a creek northwest of Aurora is working.”

Resources for investigating biochar/charcoal for oil spill cleanup

Among the materials tested, coconut charcoal enhanced the biodegradation. On the contrary, the addition of an oil-decomposing bacterial mixture impeded the biodegradation. The effects of the other materials were very slight. The toxicity of the biodegraded compounds was estimated by the Ames test and the tea pollen tube growth test. Both of the hydrophobic (dichloromethane extracts) and hydrophilic (methanol extracts) fractions showed a very slight toxicity in the Ames test.

Occupy demonstrators target lobbyists

Thousands of demonstrators have shut down part of K Street in Washington DC, known as the home of lobbying in the nation’s capital.

400 dollar a barrel gas in Afganistan

“We’re going to burn a lot of gas to drop a lot of gas,” said Capt. Zack Albaugh, a California Air National Guard pilot deployed with the 774th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron. He spoke just before a recent mission to supply a remote base near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, scene of cross-border rocket attacks that have heightened regional tensions this fall.

Halliburton ‘destroyed’ Gulf of Mexico spill evidence

Oil giant BP has accused oilfields services firm Halliburton of destroying damaging evidence relating to last year’s oil well blast in the Gulf of Mexico in which 11 people were killed.

Punk Domestics

Can you live on less than 7,000 dollars a year? Soon, you might have to…

Right now, the global median income is $7,000 a year.  If you take out the currently high incomes of the 20% of workers in the developed world, the median income drops to $1,700 a year.  So, a good estimate is that the new, global median income we will soon arrive at will certainly be south of $7,000 a year (using today’s dollars).  How much further south depends on how long the current global depression lasts.


~ by farnaby on December 7, 2011.

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