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Gulf operations still unsafe despite reforms -- CSB probe
Monday, 16 June 2014 14:02

Nathanial Gronewold – E & E Publishing – June 5, 2014

Four years after the deadly Macondo offshore well blowout and explosion, oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico remains unsafe despite scores of reform efforts, an independent federal investigative team warns in a report released here today. The accident at the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed 11 workers and seriously injured 17 sparked a wide-reaching reform initiative for offshore drilling regulations with authorities dissolving one federal agency and creating three new ones in its place. And a chastened industry responded by creating two offshore-blowout response teams and promising to double down on safety and assurance systems. But in a new investigation of the 2010 oil spill that could spark fresh debate over offshore oil and gas exploration in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board concludes that all these changes aren't enough. For full story, click here.

Study estimates BP spill killed more than 800,000 birds
Monday, 02 June 2014 13:18

By Christina Steube – Sun Herald – May 28, 2014

Between 600,000 and 800,000 birds have died along the Gulf Coast as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, according to a study to be released this summer by the Marine Ecology Progress Series. Pascagoula River Audubon Center Director Mark LaSalle believes the total is in the seven-figure range. Whatever the number, LaSalle said the massive loss is a "major blow" to the ecosystem. For full article, click here.

BP oil spill: scientists struggling to understand effects four years later
Monday, 28 April 2014 13:00

By Mark Schleifstein –NOLA.com - The Times-Picayune – April 18, 2014

Four years after the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout and the uncontrolled release of as much as 200 million gallons of crude oil, scientists are still struggling to understand how the oil and the dispersant chemicals used to break it down into tiny droplets have affected the environment of the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and the Louisiana shoreline and wetlands where a large amount of oil was deposited. For full story, click here.

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.

Post-BP Oil Spill Gulf Restoration Projects So Far Lack Basis in Science
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:00

By Melissa Gaskill – Scientific American – May 12, 2014 Slide Show

Some 160 kilometers of oyster reefs are being built along the Alabama coast to help mitigate effects of the 2010 BP oil spill. In front of one barrier island, concrete reef balls and bags filled with oyster shells now absorb wave action that had chewed a foot-high edge on the island’s marshy shoreline. Accumulating sediment is extending the marsh, and scientists report oyster recruitment and increased bird and fish activity around the sites. For full article and to view slide show, click here.

BP, Coast Guard end spill cleanup on Gulf shoreline
Monday, 21 April 2014 00:00

By Collin Eaton – Fuel Fix – April 15, 2014

Nearly four years after the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday declared an end to cleanup operations that cost the company $14 billion and once covered 778 miles of shoreline on the Gulf Coast.

The Coast Guard has finished its last patrols of the three remaining miles of beach that had been soaked in oil after a blowout at BP’s Macondo well sent millions of barrels of crude into the ocean on April 20, 2010. The explosion killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon rig and the spill lasted more than 85 days. For full blog post, 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.

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