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NASA Astronauts prepare for 19-hour journey back to Earth

NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley are preparing to leave the International Space Station (ISS) this evening and begin their 19-hour journey home, capping off their historic mission aboard SpaceX's Crew Dragon spacecraft.

Tropics heating up with three storm systems threatening U.S.

Hurricane Douglas in the Pacific Ocean threatens the Hawaiian Islands. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Eight is spinning about 415 miles from Port O'Connor, Texas. And in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Gonzalo is expected to become a hurricane by Friday.

New Tropical disturbance being followed could impact Gulf Coast

The National Hurricane Center on Wednesday was tracking three disturbances, including one heading for the Gulf of Mexico. It has a 60 percent chance of development within five days.

Feds announce huge Gulf of Mexico oil and gas lease sale

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) is set to hold a Gulf of Mexico-wide oil and gas lease sale, which is scheduled for August 21 this year, and would include all available unleased areas in federal waters covering a total of 77.8 million acres.

Near-record Gulf of Mexico 'dead zone' forecast for this summer

NOAA scientists are forecasting this summer’s Gulf of Mexico hypoxic zone or ‘dead zone’ – an area of low to no oxygen that can kill fish and other marine life – to be approximately 7,829 square miles or roughly the size of Massachusetts.

Explosion from illegal pipeline tap kills 66 people in Mexico

A massive fireball that engulfed people scooping up fuel spilling from a pipeline ruptured by thieves in Tlahuelilpan, Mexico, on Friday. The body count has reached 66 people with at least 78 left badly burned.

Rain and coastal flooding expected over Labor Day weekend

A tropical wave creating thunderstorms from Hispaniola to the Turks and Caicos Islands is forecast to hit the Bahamas over the Labor Day weekend then move across Florida into the Gulf of Mexico.

Latest offshore oil drilling tract auction another bust for Trump

While being hailed as a great success by the Interior Department, the Trump administration's offshore Lease Sale 251 in the Gulf of Mexico made another "belly flop" with less than one percent of the tracts being sold on Wednesday.

Subtropical Storm Alberto reforms over Gulf of Mexico

Subtropical Storm Alberto has reformed over the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, according to the Saturday 2 p.m. EDT update from the National Hurricane Center. Bands of heavy rains are impacting western Cuba and southern Florida.

Tropical system in Gulf of Mexico to dampen Memorial Day weekend

Concerns are growing that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season may start early with the formation of Tropical Storm Alberto this Memorial Day holiday weekend.

Administration selling Gulf of Mexico oil and gas leases today

The Trump administration has called Wednesday's Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas lease sale as the "largest in US history" and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke has called it a "bellwether" for America's offshore energy future.

NHC: Tropical depression to become hurricane in Gulf by Sunday

The National Hurricane Center is tracking Tropical Depression 16, which has formed in the southwestern Caribbean and could form into a hurricane as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf of Mexico's 'dead zone' to be biggest on record this year

The oxygen-poor dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico is expected to be the third largest ever this year, doubling in size to cover an area of the northern Gulf roughly the size of the state of New Jersey.

Exxon announces $20 billion plan for Gulf Coast projects

On Monday afternoon, Exxon Mobil Corp. announced its plans to spend $20 billion over a period of 10 years on refineries and chemical and liquefied natural gas plants along the gulf Coast.

Scientists explore deadly underwater lake in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists have posted photographs and a video on the Internet of a mysterious and deadly lake 3,300 feet under the Gulf of Mexico. The lake, dubbed the "Jacuzzi of Despair" is a pool of certain death to any sea creatures that end up in its briny depths.

Op-Ed: Billions of gallons of oil-waste being dumped in Gulf of Mexico

While the spotlight has been on offshore oil drilling, fracking has been quietly going on behind our backs in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 1,200 permits were issued between 2010 and 2014, with billions of gallons of oil-waste water being dumped in the Gulf.

Shell oil spill dumps thousands of barrels of crude into Gulf

A leak in a pipeline released almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico Thursday, about 97 miles off the Louisiana coast. The leak forced the shut off of all wells leading into Shell's Brutus platform.

Op-Ed: Investigation of Gulf's abandoned oil wells yields surprises

Five years ago, the Obama administration promised the American people it would move swiftly to permanently plug unused oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico. But an investigation by the Associated Press reveals that little has been done.

BP agrees to settle claims from 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill

New Orleans - Oil giant BP Plc has agreed to pay nearly $19 billion in penalties to U.S. and state agencies to resolve claims still outstanding from a 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 and ravaged the southern U.S. coastline.

Millions of gallons of BP oil found on ocean's floor

While Gulf Coast residents are feeling pretty good about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, thinking it's now less harmful than originally thought, scientists have found almost 10 million gallons of BP's oil, sitting on the bottom of the Gulf.

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.

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.

Fishermen 'catch' $2.5 million worth of cocaine off Florida coast

Destin - A group of fishermen working a couple of miles off of a Florida coastline recently snagged a large amount of cocaine. Officials estimate the catch is worth about $2.5 million.

Three major oil spills in just one week

Last Friday, Shell Pipeline shut down their West Columbia Texas pipeline after it was found that 700 barrels had been lost, which amounts to almost 30,000 gallons of crude oil. A train derailed in Canada, and then there was that Mayflower, AR incident.

400-year-old treasure found at shipwreck site in Gulf of Mexico

Tampa - A 400-year-old treasure found off the Florida coast in the Gulf of Mexico has been recovered. The Spanish vessel was on its way back east when it succumbed to a hurricane.

Oil spills are often bigger than reported

New research suggests that many ocean oil spills, classed as 'minor', are actually bigger than official reports indicate.

Filipino worker killed, 9 more injured in Gulf oil platform fire

A Filipino worker at the oil platform that caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico located about 25 miles southeast of Grand Isle, Louisiana, has been found dead Saturday, according to the US Coast Guard.

Oil rig explosion and fire in Gulf of Mexico (updated)

Reports have surfaced that an explosion has occurred at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Two people have died from the fire, eleven are injured and two are currently missing.

Wildlife, Gulf Coast area once again at risk due to BP oil leak

BP is once again making headlines in the Gulf of Mexico, this time due to oil seeping from the abandoned containment dome used to help stop the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

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.
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The Oceanography Society
Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wikimedia Commons
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
The pools are four to five times saltier than the surrounding seawater.
The pools are four to five times saltier than the surrounding seawater.
The Oceanography Society
An oil sheen can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico on September 21  2012
An oil sheen can be seen in the Gulf of Mexico on September 21, 2012
NOAA
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists are perplexed about the abandoned nests on Seahorse Key.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists are perplexed about the abandoned nests on Seahorse Key.
Wochit News
Hurricane Camille memorial side by side of April 2006 showing the devastation and debris left by Hur...
Hurricane Camille memorial side by side of April 2006 showing the devastation and debris left by Hurricane Katrina in Aug. 2005 and the June 2013 view of it repaired and restored.
Map of oil and gas infrastructure co-located with hurricane paths in Gulf of Mexico.
Map of oil and gas infrastructure co-located with hurricane paths in Gulf of Mexico.
Map courtesy National Wildlife Federation
A brine pool in the  jacuzzi of despair   with walls made up of barite.
A brine pool in the 'jacuzzi of despair', with walls made up of barite.
The Oceanography Society
Looking west along Biloxi Beach at its current  2013  emptiness with few buildings since Biloxi was ...
Looking west along Biloxi Beach at its current, 2013, emptiness with few buildings since Biloxi was devastated by Hurricane Katrina's storm surge in 2005.
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Ship and oil rigs in the Gulf of Meico
Ship and oil rigs in the Gulf of Meico
Chad Teer from Coquitlam, Canada
The first high resolution map of the  jacuzzi of despair  that kills almost anything that swims into...
The first high resolution map of the 'jacuzzi of despair' that kills almost anything that swims into it. The circular pool - about 100 feet in circumference and about 12 feet deep - lies nearly 3,300 feet below the surface of the Gulf. This image was created from 2,000 stills taken by a robosub.
The Oceanography Society
These sediment samples were collected out of Cocodrie  La in the Gulf of Mexico. EPA is collecting b...
These sediment samples were collected out of Cocodrie, La in the Gulf of Mexico. EPA is collecting both sediment and water samples to assess potential oil spill impacts on aquatic life near shore and are analyzing sediment for 29 chemicals that are components of oil.
usaepagov
Shrimp boat in Biloxi channel with nets out shrimping while pelicans and sea gulls chase it down the...
Shrimp boat in Biloxi channel with nets out shrimping while pelicans and sea gulls chase it down the channel.
Condos in Biloxi  MS shown after Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the bottom floors beside the same...
Condos in Biloxi, MS shown after Hurricane Katrina heavily damaged the bottom floors beside the same condos in June 2013, repaired and restored.
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
DISASTER: Boats equipped with water cannons fight the devastating fire at the Deepwater Horizon dril...
DISASTER: Boats equipped with water cannons fight the devastating fire at the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
U.S. Coast Guard/Wikimedia Commons

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