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Gulf of Mexico News

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.
In the Media by Kev Hedges - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 8 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Leo Reyes

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 11 comments

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 5 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Elizabeth Batt - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 7 comments

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.
In the Media by Amanda Payne - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 6 comments

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.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 3 comments

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.
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 2 comments

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?"
In the Media by Kim I. Hartman - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann

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.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 2 comments

BP's first annual meeting since Gulf oil spill sparks protests

London - BP are facing the wrath of several angry protesters at its first annual general meeting since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico almost a year ago.
In the Media by Kev Hedges

Scientists confirm oil on dead dolphins came from BP oil spill

Biloxi - Scientists have confirmed the discovery of oil on dead dolphins that have been appearing along the US Gulf coast recently, with oil on some of the dead dolphins linked to the BP oil spill, according to a government agency.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 3 comments

‘Endangered species’ status sought for dwarf seahorse

New Orleans - The dwarf seahorse, a one-inch long seahorse facing increased pressures for survival due to last year’s BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, was petitioned for Endangered Species Act protection this week by a conservation group.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann

BP executives could face manslaughter charges

Washington - US prosecutors are assessing whether to pursue manslaughter charges against BP company managers over last year’s Gulf of Mexico fiasco that took the lives of 11 workers and created the largest environmental disaster in the country’s history.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 1 comment

BP blowout forensic exam ends, trapped pipe piece is culprit

New Orleans - A new report shows BP’s Gulf of Mexico disaster last year resulted from a trapped piece of drill pipe preventing the blowout preventer’s blind shear rams to close and seal the well properly, creating the greatest environmental disaster in US history.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 1 comment

ExxonMobile gets approval for Gulf's fourth deepwater permit

New Orleans - The fourth deepwater drilling permit allowed by the Obama administration since lifting the ban has been given to oil giant ExxonMobile to begin new well drilling operations in 6,941 feet of water, located approximately 240 miles off Louisiana’s coastlin
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann

Houston driller gets deepwater approval

Houston - As dead dolphins continue washing ashore in Alabama and Mississippi, a Houston-based driller won approval on Friday for resuming its deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and is “eager” to return to its operations there.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 1 comment

BP gets first dibs on drilling in Gulf of Mexico again

Washington - The US government’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced this week it issued a deepwater drilling permit to Noble Energy, a minor owner of a well that BP has a 46.5 percent stake in.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 1 comment

Gulf’s seabed organisms dead by oil ‘deposited on their heads’

Washington - A new report on last year’s BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, now called a hydrocarbon discharge by some leading scientists, reveals microbes consumed around 10 percent of the total discharge, discounting government statements to the contrary.
In the Media by Lynn Herrmann - 2 comments
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Map of oil and gas infrastructure co-located with hurricane paths in Gulf of Mexico.
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Map of oil and gas infrastructure co-located with hurricane paths in Gulf of Mexico.
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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
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GULF of MEXICO - A High Volume Offshore Skimming System (VOSS) skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico nea...
U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.
GULF of MEXICO - A High Volume Offshore Skimming System (VOSS) skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, La., April 28, 2010. Approximately 76 vessels are responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident oil spill.
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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
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NASA satellite image acquired May 9  2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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NASA satellite image acquired May 9, 2010 of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
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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
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screengrab of NOAA footage showing artifacts lying on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico from 19th cent...
CNN via NOAA
screengrab of NOAA footage showing artifacts lying on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico from 19th century shipwreck
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An sunset photograph of the Gulf of Mexico  showing oil rigs in the background and a ship in the for...
Chad Teer
An sunset photograph of the Gulf of Mexico, showing oil rigs in the background and a ship in the foreground.
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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
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screengrab of NOAA footage of recently discovered shipwreck
CNN via NOAA
screengrab of NOAA footage of recently discovered shipwreck
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Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
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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
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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.
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Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
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A photo by  Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
Courtesy the office of Edward Burtynsky
A photo by Edward Burtynsky of the BP oil spill
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Oil samples taken from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. Samantha Joye   University of Georgia ...
Dr. Samantha Joye
Oil samples taken from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. Samantha Joye, University of Georgia, September. 2010.
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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
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Edward Burtynsky s photo of the BP oil spill
Edward Burtynsky
Edward Burtynsky's photo of the BP oil spill
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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.
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BP s Deepwater Horizon platform.
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BP's Deepwater Horizon platform.
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