Entries by John Amos

Why Isn’t the Administration Doing a Better Job on Pipeline Safety?

[With the recent massive oil spill in North Dakota from a pipeline carrying Bakken Shale crude oil liberated by hydraulic fracturing, we thought it was time to take a look at pipeline oversight.  And for this topic, we need an expert.  Say hello to today’s guest columnist:  Lois N. Epstein, P.E. is a licensed civil […]

Damage from Gold Mining in the Amazon – Madre de Dios, Peru

We used to think only big commercial mining operations could have a significant environmental impact.  These images gave us a schooling.  The cumulative impact from many small, artisanal mining operations can result in just as big a mess as a conventional open-pit mine.  As reported in The Guardian and captured on video by the Carnegie […]

National Response Center – Down, But Not Out

We’ve been getting questions about the status of the National Response Center, mostly wondering if public safety is being impacted by the Federal government shutdown.  The major oil spill from a ruptured pipeline in North Dakota, discovered by a farmer on September 29 but not made widely public until October 8, is driving some of […]

Oil Slicks off Mumbai, India

[UPDATE October 9, 2013 – This news article indicates the reported pipeline spill actually occurred on the coast, not offshore. So now we’re not sure what was the source of the extensive slicks on the MODIS satellite images.] This morning we saw a brief news report noting that Indian authorities reported a “small” oil spill […]