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Russia Oil Spills Wreak Devastation


Environment  (tags: ecosystems, environment, energy, oil spills, world, destruction, habitatdestruction, habitat, nature, politics, wildlife, protection )

Cal
- 1093 days ago - mercurynews.com
Environmentalists estimate at least 1 percent of Russia's annual oil production, or 5 million tons, is spilled every year. That is equivalent to one Deepwater Horizon-scale leak about every two months. Crumbling infrastructure and a harsh climate combine



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JM A. (176)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:05 pm
THE UNDISCLOSED ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS WE NEVER FIND OUT ABOUT ARE PROBABLY ENORMOUSLY DEVASTATING!!! THE UNCONSCIOUSNESS AROUND THEM IS ALSO HUGE & UNFORGIVABLE!! ALL PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY THOSE IN POSITIONS OF POWER NEED TO WAKE THE
BLANK UP!!!
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:24 pm
horrible
 

Cheryl B. (64)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:24 pm
thanks for telling the world
 

Monica D. (580)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:46 pm
We need to move away from fossil fuel.
 

Monica D. (580)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 8:46 pm
Drive less, eat less meat - this can help.
 

William K. (308)
Tuesday December 20, 2011, 9:16 pm
Let this be a cautionary tale for those trying to cram the Keystone XL down everyone's throats.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 5:55 am
Noted.
 

Daniel Partlow (189)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 11:45 am
And with all this, they still keep saying the oil drilling and transporting thru pipes is minimally impacting the environment. It may not be affecting the back yard of the white house, but it is very negatively affecting our environment. And the environment belongs to everyone regardless of race, creed, or origin! So they need to be held accountable and be forced to prevent it from happening and clean up what has happened.
 

David Menard (43)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 12:26 pm
And the repugs want their keystone pipleine at all costs somw costs are to high as the story proves.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 12:48 pm
Very disturbing to read.
 

Nancy Roussy (79)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:17 pm
How is the Earth still standing with all the disgusting sickening evil awful things we have done to her? Miracles have to be real because I don't see any other reason other than it being a miracle!
 

Allan Yorkowitz (448)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:35 pm
These statistics are incredible. The fact that these are even made public is more incredible. This just proves how antiquated Russia's oil production system is.
 

Danica Mirkovic (107)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 2:57 pm
Noted, thank you
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 3:01 pm
The Soviets engineered Chornobyl, losses during the moon race approaching 50% of their cosmonauts, a large ocean fleet including the 'K19 Widowmaker' submarine mothballed in the Arctic until their ruptured nuclear systems cool down, millions of miles of leaky petrochemical pipelines and facilities, and other disasters, leaving the whole show for the Russians, Kazaks, and other nations resulting from the breakup of the Stalinist empire. This is the legacy of the 'Communist workers' paradise'. Socialism sucks! At least capitalist incentives have a chance of taking a long view and doing it right the first time. It's not always, but it's better than the socialist alternatives.
 

Leanne B. (28)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 4:03 pm
Great post thanks so much.
 

Eternal Gardener (761)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 4:24 pm
Wean us off fossil fuels... END ALL ECOCIDE!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 4:43 pm
Thanks for sharing!
 

Bob Algeron (47)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 5:04 pm
Cal, after reading this I can only laugh when some people protest against our clean and ethical tar sands, bringing new life to our natives.
 

Ann Breeden (65)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 5:48 pm
This shows what happens when the pipes are not cared for. Considering that, every energy company has had major oil spills and will continue to do so. Fight the XL Pipeline!
 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 6:04 pm
sick....just one more reason to get society/humanity off of liquid pollution energy....and to say NO to tar sands and keystone xl....
 

anne barusta (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 10:08 pm
This is why Russia has the most billionaires and millionaires, everything else does not count.
 

anne barusta (0)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 10:18 pm
Bob, tar-sands are not clean (lakes of black slush-chemicals pollute vast areas) neither are they ethical.
 

Sue H. (7)
Wednesday December 21, 2011, 11:23 pm
That photo is heartbreaking. How can they not care that they are killing the environment ?
 

WAYNE LEMARBLE HM3 (7)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 1:54 am
INDUSTRY WITH NO REGULATION OR RESPONSIBILITIES-OR ETHICS-SOUNDS REPUBLICAN-
 

Quanta Kiran (65)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 2:20 am
Thanks.
 

Michael L. (1)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 12:15 pm
Noted and thanks
 

Bonnie B. (103)
Thursday December 22, 2011, 1:21 pm
Noted, thanks, Cal. and unfortunately, this is merely one that happened to get in the news. There is a French tanker run aground by a storm leaking oil...off the coast of Africa I think, and many others around the world that hardly get blips in the news or are not heard of at all. Whether the company is Russian, Dutch, French, English, Canadian or American they are wrecking havoc all over the world, proving that safely is either impossible or just not part of their business model. And now by adding fracking and tar sands, and let's not forget blasting off mountain tops for coal and dumping mining waste in vital water suppies, they are truly committing ecocide on an epic scale. If they will not take responsibility and behave ethically we must force them to do so and fight with everything we can to promote clean renewable energy and stop fossil fuel!

Bob, if tar sands are bringing new life to native peoples, why are they so against it? Perhaps because it is decimating native lands? Funny, I've seen pictures of that area and they look a lot like the picture on this article. And Fred, have you forgotten the spill in the Gulf, and the pipeline spill in the Yellowstone River (the company was warned 26 times about maintenance problems,) and the tar sands pipeline spill in the Kalamazoo River in Michigan? Were those "socialist" companies or countries? You want to know how they cleaned up the spill around the Kalamazoo? The company put down ground cloth and planted grass on it to hide the spill, The people there are still getting very sick, as are the people along the Gulf.
 

Yvonne F. (176)
Sunday December 25, 2011, 10:37 am
Outrageous! And the oliarks only get richer and richer, but they don't have expenses on the oil spills of course! I wonder where Russia will land in the end! Don't look good though! Thanks for posting!
 

Kelly N. (0)
Wednesday December 28, 2011, 11:10 am
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