A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois. And the design won the company a rich award from the X Prize Foundation.
Oil is attracted to plastic. And water is not. That, in essence, is the basis of Elastec's new skimmer.
Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin (l) signed on to a letter drafted by Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill (r) to the Federal Trade Commission. The letter calls for an investigation of U.S. oil refiners in relation to price fixing.
Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill has drafted a letter to the Federal Trade Commission asking that an investigation be launched into recent allegations of price fixing of gasoline by U.S. oil refiners.