Workers Rush to Cleanup Oil Spill in Sandy Aftermath
Workers continue to clean up the nearly 350,000 gallons of diesel fuel that spilled into a New Jersey waterway Monday as a result of superstorm Sandy.
The spill happened after a tank ruptured at a storage facility owned by Motiva Enterprises LLC, a joint venture of Shell and Saudi Refining Inc. Diesel, according to the Associated Press. As the acidic stench filled the air, workers utilized a vacuum truck Wednesday night to suck up some of the diesel-and-water mixture next to a local park in Arthur Kill.
There have been requests from the US Coast Guard for three separate oil spills in the area for scientific support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. There are roughly 8,300 barrels, or 349,000 gallons, of diesel, bio-diesel and slop oil of concern, according to NOAA.
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Motiva has been under pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency before after a fire at a refinery resulted in an explosion and the release of over 1 million gallons of sulfuric acid in 2001. Sandy's wrath has added to more environmental contamination in Arthur Kill, which has suffered from other environmental contamination from industries for many years.
The spill is said to be significant—one that would take many months to cleanup.
Hydrostor receives $4m funding for A-CAES facility in Canada
Hydrostor has received $4m funding to develop a 300-500MW Advanced Compressed Air Energy Storage (A-CAES) facility in Canada.
The funding will be used to complete essential engineering and planning, and enable Hydrostor to plan construction.
The project will be modeled on Hydrostor’s commercially operating Goderich storage facility, providing up to 12 hours of energy storage.
Hydrostor’s A-CAES system supports Canada’s green economic transition by designing, building, and operating emissions-free energy storage facilities, and employing people, suppliers, and technologies from the oil and gas sector.
The Honorable Seamus O’Regan, Jr. Minister of Natural Resources, said: “Investing in clean technology will lower emissions and increase our competitiveness. This is how we get to net zero by 2050.”
A-CAES has the potential to lower greenhouse gas emissions by enabling the transition to a cleaner and more flexible electricity grid. Specifically, the low-impact and cost-effective technology will reduce the use of fossil fuels and will provide reliable and bankable energy storage solutions for utilities and regulators, while integrating renewable energy for sustainable growth.
Curtis VanWalleghem, Hydrostor’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are grateful for the federal government’s support of our long duration energy storage solution that is critical to enabling the clean energy transition. This made-in-Canada solution, with the support of NRCan and Sustainable Development Technology Canada, is ready to be widely deployed within Canada and globally to lower electricity rates and decarbonize the electricity sector."
The Rosamond A-CAES 500MW Project is under advanced development and targeting a 2024 launch. It is designed to turn California’s growing solar and wind resources into on-demand peak capacity while allowing for closure of fossil fuel generating stations.
Hydrostor closed US$37 million (C$49 million) in growth financing in September 2019.