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4 years 1 week ago

Experts: Gulf of Mexico far from cured

More than a month after oil stopped spewing into the Gulf of Mexico, big questions remain about where it is. Scientists who've just finished a cursory examination of the Gulf are disputing government claims that half the leaked oil is completely gone from the ecosystem. They've been looking...

4 years 2 months ago

BP: Oil capture halted in Gulf

BP says a fire believed caused by lightning has shut down a system capturing oil from a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP PLC said the fire was spotted around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday on a drill ship called the Discoverer Enterprise. The fire was quickly extinguished....

4 years 2 months ago

'Drilling moratorium causes economic harm'

Despite the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu is reiterating her call to end the Obama administration's moratorium on deepwater drilling, saying it will cause economic hardship in the region. Speaking Thursday on ABC's "Good Morning America," Landrieu said the moratorium was issued...

4 years 3 months ago

Changes coming in offshore drilling

Experts say the petroleum industry's loose regulation and failure to plan for the worst is likely to change given the focus of attention on BP's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Regulators are likely to make permitting, inspections and equipment requirements for rigs more stringent. Lawmakers want...

4 years 3 months ago

Leaking oil in siphon tube cut by half

The amount of oil siphoned by the mile-long tube inserted into the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico has dropped dramatically. BP spokesman John Curry said that the tube collected 47,000 gallons of oil on Sunday. That's down from 57,000 gallons on Saturday and 92,000 gallons on Friday....

4 years 3 months ago

Scientists try to predict gulf spill movement

Scientists are anxiously awaiting signals about where a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico may be heading next. And federal officials acknowledge the government could have been more aggressive in overseeing the drilling, while efforts to contain the spill are proving increasingly difficult. The House Transportation and...

4 years 3 months ago

Icy crystals foil attempt to cap oil leak

A novel but risky attempt to use a 100-ton steel-and-concrete box to cover a deepwater oil well gushing toxic crude into the Gulf of Mexico was aborted Saturday after ice crystals encased it, an ominous development as thick blobs of tar began washing up on Alabama's white sand beaches. ...

4 years 3 months ago

Govt. investigates shrimpers in Gulf turtle deaths

A federal fisheries official says the government is investigating whether aggressive shrimp boats are causing turtle deaths in the Gulf of Mexico. Sheryan Epperly, sea turtle team leader for the National Marine Fisheries Service, said Wednesday that officials are looking into whether some of the boats have removed devices from...

4 years 3 months ago

Oil spill reaches Louisiana coast

Fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes as a faint glaze of oil started to wash ashore along the Gulf Coast from a sunken rig. The oil slick could become the nation's worst environmental disaster in decades, threatening hundreds of species of fish,...

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