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3 years 11 months ago

D-38 Schools in session tomorrow

The hazardous materials clean-up is on track right now in Monument so school leaders in District 38 say schools will be in session tomorrow. If that changes we'll update you here and on News First 5.

3 years 11 months ago

Magnetic seal contains leak

All plans for Monument residents center on a damaged tanker car containing hydrochloric acid. The leak has been stopped using a magnetic seal, but hundreds of homes are under evacuation orders. The train sits directly east of Mitchell and Synthes. It awaits the arrival of a specially trained crew...

3 years 11 months ago

Leak has been contained

The leak in a tanker car in Monument has been contained. A specially trained crew is on the way from Fort Worth to move the remaining hydrochloric acid to another container. The crew is expected around 1 p.m. Once that crew arrives the work will take four to five...

3 years 11 months ago

250 homes to be evacuated

Calls are going out to residents in Monument due to a leaking tanker car on a train. The train is stopped in Monument and hazardous materials crews will have to unload the hydrochloric acid that is inside. The leaking tanker is near Wagon Gap Trail and Elk Valley Trail. ...

4 years 5 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 7 months 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 7 months ago

Testing almost finished on BP top kill

Sometime later today, officials are expected to deliver the verdict on whether BP's problem oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is permanently plugged. Test results will determine if the BP gusher has been sealed well enough to declare the operation complete. National Incident Commander Thad Allen says the...

4 years 7 months ago

Oil crews watch stormy weather over Fla.

Officials working on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are watching a cluster of storms over Florida that could develop into a tropical disturbance. The government point man on the oil spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, said Monday he is not currently planning to suspend...

4 years 7 months 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 9 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 9 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...

4 years 9 months ago

Exxon-Mobil CEO blames BP for oil spill

The chief executive of Exxon Mobil Corp. is telling Congress that the Gulf oil spill wouldn't have happened if BP had properly designed its deepwater well, followed procedures, trained its employees and conducted adequate tests. Exxon's Rex Tillerson was testifying Tuesday on Capitol Hill with other oil company executives...

4 years 9 months ago

White House and BP negotiate compensation fund

The White House says BP appears willing to establish a multibillion-dollar compensation fund for people and companies damaged by the Gulf oil spill. President Barack Obama demanded that the oil company set up a independent compensation fund. And presidential spokesman Bill Burton told reporters the White House and BP...

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