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Sanctions on Russia to Freeze ExxonMobil’s Arctic Drilling Efforts

Last week the U.S. Treasury Dept. issued new sanctions that are expected to force ExxonMobil to halt its current Arctic drilling operations, a $700 million dollar partnership with Russian energy company Rosneft. Earlier sanctions only applied to new financial transactions and therefore did not stop the energy giants from moving the West Alpha drilling rig hundreds […]

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Best of 2012: Top 10 Most-Viewed Posts

As we look forward to all that 2013 has in store, we also look back fondly on all that we have accomplished in 2012. So as we dive right into the new year, here are our “Top 10” most viewed blog posts from 2012.   #10: Gas Drilling Time Series Analysis in Pennsylvania   August […]

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Bilge Dumping? Busted Using Satellite Images and AIS Data

Remember that 92-mile-long bilge dump off Congo and Angola that caught our attention back in April? Envisat ASAR satellite radar image showing bilge-dump slick (long dark streak) off Angola on April 6, 2012. Image courtesy European Space Agency. The bright spot at the left end of the slick is likely the vessel that caused it.  […]

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Drilling off Cuba, Drilling in the Arctic – And No Monitoring Capability. Really?!

Soapbox time! Here at SkyTruth we’ve been concerned about the loss of the world’s premier tool for offshore monitoring with the demise of the European Space Agency’s excellent Envisat satellite in early April.  The successor, Sentinel, won’t be launched until sometime next year at the earliest.  Meanwhile, we do have alternatives:  RADARSAT, Cosmo-SkyMed, and TerraSAR-X.  […]

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Bad News for Pollution Monitoring – US Needs a Radar Satellite, Stat!

It appears that we’ve lost one of the most important tools in the field of Earth observation:  on April 8, the Envisat satellite stopped communicating with its handlers at the European Space Agency.  While this is not happy news, the satellite was a real workhorse well beyond its expected lifespan and was an outstanding success […]

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Extreme Bilge Dumping, Angola

UPDATE: We figured out who the culprit was! Read all about how we identified the guilty party- FROM SPACE: June 22, 2012: Bilge Dumping? Busted using Satellite Images Original Story: We’ve been collecting quite a number of images showing the ongoing problem of bilge dumping across the globe and here is one that really catches the eye. This […]