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3 years 11 months ago

Scientists lower Gulf health grade

Scientists say that six months after the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, damage to the Gulf of Mexico is less dramatic than some had predicted. In an informal Associated Press survey, 35 researchers who study the Gulf lowered their rating of its ecological health by several points....

4 years 3 weeks ago

BP probe: plenty of blame for oil spill

Oil giant BP said in an internal report released Wednesday - before a key piece of evidence has been analyzed - that multiple companies and work teams contributed to the massive Gulf of Mexico spill that fouled waters and shorelines for months. In its 193-page report posted on its...

4 years 1 month ago

New microbe discovered eating Gulf oil spill

A newly discovered type of oil-eating microbe suddenly is flourishing in the Gulf of Mexico and gobbling up the BP spill at a much faster rate than expected, scientists reported Tuesday. Scientists discovered the new microbe while studying the underwater dispersion of millions of gallons of oil spilled since...

4 years 1 month ago

BP to begin forcing cement down well

BP officials say they plan to begin forcing cement down the blown-out Gulf oil well today. The announcement came last night shortly after their plan was approved by the federal official in charge of the oil spill. The company plans to shove cement down from pipes attached to ships...

4 years 1 month ago

BP could begin capping operation today

BP engineers in the Gulf of Mexico want to start sealing up the blown-out oil well today, but first they're running a test. They plan to probe the busted blowout preventer with an oil-like liquid to determine whether it can handle the sealing-up process, called a "static kill." If...

4 years 2 months ago

Testing delayed on oil well cap

BP is delaying critical tests on a new well cap designed to finally stop the flow of oil in the Gulf of Mexico after government officials said more analysis was needed on the plan. BP engineers were scheduled to start slowly shutting off valves on the 75-ton metal stack...

4 years 2 months ago

Spill could be contained soon?

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - It could be a different situation at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico a few days from now. Crews will be replacing a leaky containment cap on the blown-out well, and a ship that is supposed to collect oil from a different part of the...

4 years 2 months ago

Oil spill reaches Lake Pontchartrain

Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans is the latest site where oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is appeared. The lake was rescued from pollution in 1990s and had once again become a bountiful fishing ground and a popular spot for boating and swimming. ...

4 years 2 months ago

No sunbathers for July 4th on much of Gulf

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - The Fourth of July is looking uncharacteristically glum for much of the Gulf Coast. Rather than crowds of sunbathers, the white-sand beaches are dotted with cleanup workers, booms and sand-sifting equipment. Many businesses are fighting the misperception that every stretch of beach is coated...

4 years 2 months ago

Local shrimp sales slide

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing problems for a Pueblo County business, showing just how far reached the effects can be. Don Kehoe started a small business in Colorado City in southern Pueblo County in February selling tackle, bait, crab legs, shrimp and even firewood....

4 years 3 months ago

Spill now worst ever in gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - BP's massive oil spill has passed a sobering benchmark. Based on the highest of the federal government's estimates, it's now the largest ever in the Gulf of Mexico. The ruptured well has been gushing oil for two and a half months, hitting the 140.6 million...

4 years 3 months ago

Alex downgraded to tropical storm

MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) - The remains of Hurricane Alex are moving inland, after weakening to a tropical storm. Forecasters say the main threat now is likely to be heavy rainfall. Much of the Mexican border city of Matamoros has been flooded, and at least 2,500 people there are in...

4 years 3 months ago

Alex now a hurricane

MIAMI (AP) - Hurricane Alex strengthens to Category 2; winds at 100 mph, bearing down on the Mexican coast. Forecasters say Alex will slam into south Texas and northern Mexico tonight or early tomorrow with winds around 90 mph. Low-lying Mexican fishing villages have been evacuated. In Louisiana, the...

4 years 3 months ago

Biden to visit the gulf

WASHINGTON (AP) - A senior Obama administration official tells The Associated Press that Vice President Joe Biden will travel to the Gulf Coast on Tuesday to review the efforts to combat the massive oil spill. Biden is expected to visit the National Incident Command Center in New Orleans and the...

4 years 3 months ago

Gulf drilling can proceed

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says it is complying with a judge's ruling overturning a moratorium on new drilling in the Gulf - so a motion to enforce the order by opponents of the moratorium should be denied. The Justice Department says in court papers that Interior Secretary...

4 years 3 months ago

Fishing waters reopened in Gulf

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - More than 8,000 square miles of closed fishing waters have been reopened in the Gulf of Mexico because no oil has been observed there. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday said the most significant opening is an area south of Mississippi, which was...

4 years 3 months ago

BP on hot seat in Washington

A Democrat on the House panel that's grilling BP's chief executive says the oil company "cut corner after corner" and that led to the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Democrat Henry Waxman also says there's no evidence that BP's Tony Hayward and other company executives paid any...

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