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August 21 2013

South African seabirds affected by Kiana Satu oil spill

More than 275 African penguins and Cape gannets were rescued in South Africa after a spill near Port Elizabeth, South Africa. A bulk carrier,  the Kiani Satu, ran aground on 9 August 2013 off Buffels Bay carrying 330 tonnes of heavy fuel.

August 6 2013

Tar Sands Spill/Seep Affects Wildlife in Canada

The Canadian government is investigating a series of four oil spills, or seeps, in areas around the Alberta tar sands extraction operations. Alberta's Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development reports that waterfowl, beavers, tadpoles, frogs, muskrats and shrews have been affected.

June 24 2013

Oiled swans rescued from River Thames in England

More than 100 oiled mute swans were found along the River Thames on Friday June 21, 2013. Initial reports suggest that engine oil, illegally dumped into storm drains, may have been the source of this oiled wildlife incident.


Swan Lifeline, a UK charity, rescued and washed the birds. The Environment Agency is continuing to investigate the situation but it is unlikely a point source will be identified. No other wildlife has been reported to the agency as affected by the spill. Although it is not the first time swans have been oiled on the river, this is the largest number of birds rescued and treated from a single incident.

May 23 2013

Ducks in Canada oiled by ship that sank in 1985

In April of 2013, a number of oiled eider ducks were reported and fishermen noted oil slicks between Change and Bacalhau Islands off the east coast of Newfoundland, triggering a Canadian Coast Guard investigation into the source. That source turned out to be the Manolis L, a bulk carrier that sank in 1985.

May 21 2013

US shipwrecks may pose oiled wildlife threat

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) surveys of US coastal waters have determined that at least 17 shipwrecks, most located in the Atlantic Ocean, may pose a hazard from leaking oil

April 2 2013

Wildlife impacted by Arkansas oil pipeline break

In the first week after an oil pipeline break in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, about a dozen animals have been brought into care. A variety of ducks and one muskrat were admitted to HAWK wildlife rehabilitation center over the last few days

March 26 2013

Beaver dam protects reservoir and refuge from oil spill

A 27,500 gallon diesel fuel spill from a ruptured pipeline, first reported on March 18, 2013, could have been really bad news for Willard Bay State Park in the US. But a beaver dam prevented the fuel from traveling very far, protecting much of Willard Bay and the nearby Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge.

March 12 2013

New European Directive brings stricter offshore drilling regulations

With the Deepwater Horizon disaster on everyone’s minds, the European Parliament and the Member States have agreed new legislation, with stricter authorisation procedures and financial requirements for offshore drilling within EU waters.

March 12 2013

Breaking News: Mystery spill hits North Yorkshire Coast

Oil began appearing on beaches at Scarborough South Bay, Cornelian Bay, Cayton Bay and at Filey in North Yorkshire beginning Friday 8 March. The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is reporting at least 50 birds affected near Scarborough as thousands of puffins, guillemonts, razorbils and shags begin to return to the area for the breeding season. Strong easterly winds and heavy seas are driving the oil ashore. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency are working to determine where the oil is coming from.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust's Living Seas Centre at Flamborough is on high alert and asks anyone finding an oiled seabird to contact them on 01262 422103 for advice.

Sources:  The Northern Echo and The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

November 14 2011

The ITOPF R&D Award

ITOPF has launched a new new oil spill response R&D initiative, funded by the world’s shipowners and their P&I insurers. The ITOPF R&D Award will provide some £50,000 each year to encourage innovative thinking and provide realistic solutions to some of the challenges faced when responding to accidental oil and chemical spills and undertaking environmental monitoring.