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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.

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.

200-year-old shipwreck discovered on Gulf of Mexico floor

A remarkable discovery has been made in the Gulf of Mexico. During a recent expedition, a shipwreck was uncovered at the depths of the Gulf's floor.

Gulf of Mexico coast closed to shrimping

Two years after the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, shrimp and fish are turning up deformed and with lesions. Shrimping has now been halted.

Oil slick spotted in Gulf of Mexico

A large area of oil sheen has been spotted in the Mississippi Canyon area of the Gulf of Mexico between two of Shell's oil platforms, Mars and Ursa. The company has begun immediate investigations.

Gulf coral death now 'definitively linked' to BP oil spill

New Orleans - Scientists have performed months of laboratory work and can now confirm that oil from BP's blown-out well is causing the slow death of the deep-sea coral community in the Gulf of Mexico.

Chevron and BP hit oil with new deepwater well in Gulf of Mexico

San Ramon - Situated in 6,759 feet of water and drilled to a depth of 31,545 feet, Chevron and BP have announced a new oil discovery in the “prolific” Lower Tertiary Trend, located in the Gulf of Mexico deepwaters 216 miles off the Louisiana coast.

Tropical Storm Lee to bring heavy rains, flooding to Gulf coast

New Orleans - Tropical storm warnings have been issued from Alabama to Lousiana, including the New Orleans area, with heavy flooding expected from Tropical Storm Lee. Lee is predicted to dump up to 20 inches of rain over the region throughout the Labor Day weekend.

Shark jumping over surfer caught on video

New Smyrna Beach - Sharks patrolling the waters off the Florida coast is not an uncommon sight but seeing a shark jump a surfer is a first for an Orlando photographer who was filming an action video of another surfer when he heard a voice exclaim "Dude, did you see that?"

New report calls for end to all new offshore drilling

Tucson - BP's catastrophe last year in the Gulf of Mexico that spilled more than 205 million gallons of oil into the ocean's waters, the result of fundamental dangers not being addressed, has led to a new report calling for an end to all new offshore drilling.

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.

Documents reveal BP’s attempt to influence Gulf spill research

Washington - A series of emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act reveal BP's attempts to influence work from a $500 million fund it pledged for independent scientific research into effects of last year' s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Florida, Louisiana residents’ perceptions differ on BP spill

Durham - One year after BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, new data reveals Louisiana residents differ from Florida residents in their perceptions of current and long-term effects of the oil spill, despite nearly equal economic compensation.
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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.
The new Biloxi Bay Bridge  built after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the old one on Hwy 90  this one n...
The new Biloxi Bay Bridge, built after Hurricane Katrina destroyed the old one on Hwy 90, this one now finished runs 1.7 miles from Ocean Springs, Mississippi to Biloxi, Mississippi.
Energy giant BP has installed a new cap atop a ruptured deep-sea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico  whi...
Energy giant BP has installed a new cap atop a ruptured deep-sea oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, which it is hoped will stop the flow of oil after almost three months.
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Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
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.
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Up to 15 000 pairs of birds came to Seahorse Key every year to nest.
Up to 15,000 pairs of birds came to Seahorse Key every year to nest.
Wochit News
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.
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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.
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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
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
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 satellite view of the oil spill as of May 1  2010.  NASA s Terra satellite flew over the Deepwater...
A satellite view of the oil spill as of May 1, 2010. NASA's Terra satellite flew over the Deepwater Horizon rig's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, May 1 and captured a natural-color image of the slick from space. The oil slick resulted from an accident at the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico.
NASA/Goddard/MODIS Rapid Response Team
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
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.
Gulf of Mexico dead zone in 2011.
Gulf of Mexico dead zone in 2011.
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The little shark does sort of look like a miniature whale.
The little shark does sort of look like a miniature whale.
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Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
An sunset photograph of the Gulf of Mexico  showing oil rigs in the background and a ship in the for...
An sunset photograph of the Gulf of Mexico, showing oil rigs in the background and a ship in the foreground.
Chad Teer
There has been a 11 percent increase in abandoned oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico  despite t...
There has been a 11 percent increase in abandoned oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico, despite the government's efforts to plug the wells.
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