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In the aftermath of the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, a dispersed oil plume  was formed at a depth between 3,600 and 4,000 feet and extending some 10 miles out from the wellhead. An intensive study by scientists with the Lawrence Berkeley National Labor...
A team of Berkeley Lab researchers led by microbial ecologist Terry Hazen (seated in middle) determined the physical, chemical and microbiological properties of the BP deepwater oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico and found faster than expected biodegradation rates. (Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, Berkeley Lab Public Affairs)
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It now looks like BP’s blown well in the Gulf of Mexico won’t be completely killed until September. BP engineers are conducting a series of tests in preparation for a procedure called a bottom kill to ensure the well can withstand the pressure from the operation. No oil has leaked from the well sin...
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Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have detected a plume of hydrocarbons that is at least 22 miles long and more than 3,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, reports a study published in Science. The 1....
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  President Obama declared Gulf Coast beaches clean, safe and open for business Saturday as he brought his family to the Florida Panhandle and promised residents that the government wouldn't forget them once efforts to stop the leak are finished. On a warm and muggy day, Obama pledged to "k...
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Wildlife experts in the United States have announced an ambitious plan to rescue hundreds of turtle nests and eggs from the potential impacts of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Using a strategy never tested before on such a massive scale, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will coordinate the ...
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Since BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded into one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in history, one big question has remained unanswered: Just how big of a mess is it? While BP asserts there's no way to know, marine experts say that if the oil giant would but release more video from its su...
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Since BP's Deepwater Horizon rig exploded into one of the worst man-made ecological disasters in history, one big question has remained unanswered: Just how big of a mess is it? While BP asserts there's no way to know, marine experts say that if the oil giant would but release more video from its su...
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BP Plc's newly named chief executive on Tuesday called the Gulf oil spill a "wake-up call" for the entire industry as the company tallied up its losses and disclosed two U.S. investigations. Bob Dudley, who will replace gaffe-prone Tony Hayward as chief executive on October 1, said safety would be ...
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Some positive news from the oil spill. Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nevada) today introduced a Clean Energy jobs and Oil Spill Accountability Plan. The following is a statement by Sarah Chasis, Director of the Oceans Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council: “The BP disaster in the Gulf is a sober...
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  Interior Department Failed to Analyze Oil-Spill Risk The Center for Biological Diversity today filed a lawsuit against Interior Secretary Ken Salazar for failing to assess possible impacts on the Gulf of Mexico's endangered whales and sea turtles of a large oil spill resulting from drilling...
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While BP struggles to finally seal the leaking Gulf of Mexico oil well, an equally desperate battle has been enjoined on the surface to save endangered sea turtles from meeting an oily grave. Jane Lubchenco, head of the US government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), said Tu...
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  Two new fish species — with pancake-flat bodies, wiggling lures on their faces, and elbowed fins for “walking” on the seafloor — have been discovered in the path of spewing Gulf of Mexico oil. Picture Courtesy of AMNH One of these pancake batfishes lives in the northern Gulf wh...
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On the rocky beaches of Alaska, scientists plunged shovels and picks into the ground and dug 6,775 holes, repeatedly striking oil — still pungent and dangerous a dozen years after the Exxon Valdez infamously spilled its cargo. More than an ocean away, on the Breton coast of France, scientists surve...
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BP Plc extended for another 24 hours a critical test of its blown-out Gulf of Mexico well that so far has shut off the huge oil leak, the top U.S. official overseeing the spill response said on Saturday. The British energy giant, which cut off the flow of oil from the deep-sea well on Thursday when...
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Oil Spill Cleanup Methods   The devastating oil spill in the Gulf started way back on April 20th of 2010, after the DeepWater Horizon Oil rig exploded killing 11 workers. Since then, crude oil has been pouring in to the Gulf of Mexico with estimates somewhere between 1 to 2 million gallons...
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BP was running a crucial test on Thursday on its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well that could stanch the flow of crude that has polluted the ocean and shoreline since April. BP began the process on Wednesday night, which could stretch up to 48 hours. The British energy giant began the tests after get...
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  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP finally choked off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday — 85 days and up to 184 million gallons after the crisis unfolded — then began a tense 48 hours of watching to see whether the capped-off well would hold or blow a new leak. To the relief of million...
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  WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Obama administration is issuing a new moratorium on deep-water offshore drilling and it's no longer based on water depth. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar made the announcement Monday, arguing that a pause is still needed to ensure that oil and gas companies implement s...
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  The Gulf oil spill appeared momentarily to have been stopped by the latest containment cap, PBS Newshour and CNN reported. "There does not appear to be oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico," reported PBS based on its live feed of the spill. "Details of the new containment cap will be confirm...
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BP has confirmed a new sealing cap has been successfully placed over the oil well in the Gulf of Mexico but as oil continues to pour into the ocean it says the relief wells remain the sole means to permanently seal and isolate the well. BP also cautioned the sealing cap system has never before has b...
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