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Crews try to contain oil spill in Galveston Bay
Monday, 24 March 2014 13:25

By Christopher Sherman – SF Gate – March 23, 2014

A barge carrying nearly a million gallons of especially thick, sticky oil collided with a ship in Galveston Bay on Saturday, leaking an unknown amount of the fuel into the popular bird habitat as the peak of the migratory shorebird season was approaching. The ship collided with a barge carrying 924,000 gallons of marine fuel oil, also known as special bunker, that was being towed by the vessel Miss Susan, the Coast Guard said. It didn't give an estimate of how much fuel had spilled into the bay, but there was a visible sheen of oil at the scene. For full story, click here.

 
Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science
Monday, 24 March 2014 13:13

By Elizabeth Shogren – npr – March 22, 2014

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it. Twenty-five years of research following the Exxon Valdez disaster has led to some startling conclusions about the persistent effects of spilled oil. To read or listen to the full story, click here.

 
Judge rules against BP in spill-settlement dispute
Monday, 30 December 2013 16:08

By Michael Kunzelman – SF Gate – December 25, 2013

A federal judge on Tuesday rejected BP's argument that a multibillion-dollar settlement over the company's massive 2010 Gulf oil spill shouldn't compensate businesses if they can't directly trace their losses to the spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said in his ruling that the settlement was designed to avoid the delays that would result from a "claim-by claim analysis" of whether each claim can be traced to the spill. For full story, click here.

 
NOAA asks for public comment on proposed Deepwater Horizon oil spill early restoration plan and projects
Monday, 09 December 2013 00:00

NOAA – December 6, 2013

NOAA and its federal and state trustee partners today urged the public to provide comments on a draft plan to restore the Gulf after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan outlines and describes 44 proposed restoration projects, totaling approximately $627 million. The plan was released by the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, nine federal and state agencies that act on behalf of the public to restore resources directly or indirectly harmed by oil released into the environment following the spill. For full story, click here. To submit a comment, click here.

 
Half of bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay: ill or dying in 2011
Monday, 06 January 2014 00:05

By Mark Schleifstein – Nola.com The Times-Picayune – December 27, 2013

Nearly half the bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay tested in mid-2011 to assess natural resources' damage in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill were in “guarded or worse” condition, including 17 percent that were not expected to survive, according to a peer-reviewed study released Wednesday morning. The study by a team of government, academic and non-governmental researchers found that the marine mammals had lung damage and abnormally low amounts of hormones produced by their adrenal glands at levels not previously seen in other dolphin populations. Researchers examined dolphins in the heavily oiled Barataria Bay, including the area around Grand Isle. For full story, click here.

 
First Gulf oil spill study: damage in shoreline, deepwater habitats
Monday, 16 December 2013 00:04

By Mark Schleifstein NOLA.com - The Times-Picayune – December 6, 2013 – Video

The extensive damage caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the ensuing cleanup efforts to natural resources along the shoreline and in deepwater habitats of the Gulf of Mexico were outlined for the first time Friday (Dec. 6) in a comprehensive environmental assessment. The assessment, released by federal and state oil spill trustees, accompanies a plan for spending $627 million on 44 projects aimed at restoring some of the damage outlined in the report, or compensating the public for lost resources. That plan is the third batch of projects to be paid for with $1 billion set aside in 2011 by BP to build "early restoration" projects under the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process required by the federal Oil Pollution Act of 1990. For full story, click here.

 
NFWF Announces More Than $100 Million for Restoration Projects on the Gulf Coast
Friday, 15 November 2013 00:00

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation – November 14, 2013

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced today the award of more than $100 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (Gulf Fund) to 22 projects in the states of Alabam, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas The projects, developed in consultation with state and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Today’s announcement represents the initial obligation of funds available to support projects in each state from the first payments received by the Gulf Fund. For full story, click here.

 
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