Oily Mess for New Zealand

By LISA GOODMAN An oil covered penguin at a rehabilitation facility in New Zealand, following the October 5 oil spill. Photo: flickr.com/Jeremycg On October 5, New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty was the site of the worst oil spill in the country’s history. After...

Little Blue Penguins Need Sweaters

By ROBERT IVKO, Kid Reporter, age 12 Little Blue Penguins looking for materials to build a nest.  Photo: flickr.com/Mkuhn Penguins don’t normally rely on warm clothing, but now in New Zealand they might need to cover up. After the Tauranga oil spill, many little blue...

Shelling out Environmental Justice in Nigeria

Dead trees dot the landscape of the Ogoni people of Nigeria. They have had their environment contaminated by oil companies for over 50 years. Photo credit: Flickr/Socialist Youth League of Norway By ELAINE MATTHEWS Ogoniland is the home of the Ogoni people in Nigeria,...

Oily Disaster

By INDYKIDS STAFF Aftermath of World’s Largest Oil Spill On April 20, an explosion at an oil and gas well of the oil company BP (formerly British Petroleum) caused millions of gallons of oil to pour into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The leak was finally stopped...

Oily Math

Match each question with one of the answers below: 1. For how many months did oil gush from the damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico? 2. When the oil and gas well first exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, estimates about how much oil was coming out differed widely. How...