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Deepwater horizon oil spill News

Where did all that BP oil go? Scientists find out

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill lasted 83 days before the well-head was sealed off, and in that time, 172 million gallons of oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico. But one question has plagued officials for years. Where did all the oil go?

Judge tells BP lawyers, 'This is not a college term paper'

Though a federal judge found British Petroleum not only negligent, but reckless in the operation of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion earlier this month, the oil giant's legal team is still having a hard time playing by the rules.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill aftermath: Deadly toxins still remain

On April 20, 2010, the petroleum industry experienced its largest marine oil spill ever with the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The oil gusher flowed for 87 days before being capped, releasing 4.9 million barrels of oil.

U.S. federal court rejects BP efforts to end oil spill pay-outs

A federal court in the U.S. has rejected BP requests to halt payments over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The oil company said many claims filed were fictitious.

British Petroleum's $7.8 billion payout approved by judge

Just recently, a US District Judge approved a settlement in which British Petroleum is paying out $7.8 billion dollars to anybody that agreed to settle.

EPA to BP: No new contracts with the federal government

Asides from having to pay out $4.5 billion, BP has something else to deal with: a ban from the EPA from pursuing new contracts with the federal government.

BP exhibited 'willful misconduct' claims Dept. of Justice

New Orleans - The US Department of Justice filed a brief in United States District Court in New Orleans claiming BP showed "gross negligence", "willful misconduct" and exhibited a "culture of corporate recklessness" in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.

Report suggests multiple stressors impacted Gulf region dolphins

A new report published in the journal PLoS One, suggests that a 'perfect storm' of events contributed to the deaths of dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico.

Bottlenose dolphins in the Gulf region under major pressure Special

Fishing gear entanglements, harassment, strandings and feedings are costing Gulf region dolphins their lives. Digital Journal spoke with NOAA Fisheries Service and the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, to find out more.

Op-Ed: Hands across the sand – to save the planet Special

An interview with an environmentalist and anti-deep sea drilling campaigner in the run-up to the second Hands Across The Sand on June 25.

New report on Gulf ecosystem gives mixed review

Washington - A new study on the Gulf of Mexico's coastal wetlands and wildlife a year after BP's Deepwater Horizon debacle suggests some wildlife species are recovering while others are in an imperiled state, with recoveries dependent on decisive action.

Volunteer group trying to bail out beached historic ship Special

Pascagoula - Thrown into the Mary Walker Bayou by Hurricane Georges in 1998, a historic schooner that once sailed for the German Navy is at risk of being lost forever.

Watchdog says EPA covering up toxicity of Gulf oil dispersants

Hugh Kaufman, senior policy analyst at the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response at the US Environmental Protection Agency, says the EPA is covering up the toxic effects of the dispersant used to help combat the oil spill.
 

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Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
Platform supply vessels battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon.
US Coast Guard
A new study by NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) fou...
A new study by NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) found that controlled burns released more than one million pounds of sooty black carbon into the atmosphere.
U.S. Coast Guard photo
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster.
NOAA
Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico  Ma...
Dark clouds of smoke and fire emerge as oil burns during a controlled fire in the Gulf of Mexico, May 6, 2010. The U.S. Coast Guard, working with BP, local residents and other federal agencies, conducted the burn to help prevent the spread of oil following the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Stumberg/USN
100504-N-6268N-027 PENSACOLA  Fla. (May 4  2010) Members of the Naval Air Station Pensacola Pollutio...
100504-N-6268N-027 PENSACOLA, Fla. (May 4, 2010) Members of the Naval Air Station Pensacola Pollution Response unit deploy an oil containment boom at Sherman Cove on the base to protect environmentally sensitive grass beds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Deepwater Horizon was an ultra-deepwater oil rig that sank April 22, causing a massive oil spill threatening the U.S. Gulf Coast.
U.S. Navy photo by Patrick Nichols/Released