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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.

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?"
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Some marine creatures  like these giant mussels have adapted to the toxic mix in the Jacuzzi of Desp...
Some marine creatures, like these giant mussels have adapted to the toxic mix in the Jacuzzi of Despair.
The Oceanography Society
Explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico  November 16  2012.
Explosion at an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, November 16, 2012.
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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 showing distribution of bottom-water dissolved oxygen from July 28 to August 3  2015  west of th...
Map showing distribution of bottom-water dissolved oxygen from July 28 to August 3, 2015, west of the Mississippi River delta. Black lined areas — areas in red to deep red — have very little dissolved oxygen.
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GULF of MEXICO - A High Volume Offshore Skimming System (VOSS) skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico nea...
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.
U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.
Ship and oil rigs in the Gulf of Meico
Ship and oil rigs in the Gulf of Meico
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Steve Henne  of Marine Spill Response Corp.  heads back to the Premier Explorer after a controlled b...
Steve Henne, of Marine Spill Response Corp., heads back to the Premier Explorer after a controlled burn in the Gulf of Mexico.
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Justin Stumberg
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
Screengrab of NOAA footage of a  discovered shipwreck
Screengrab of NOAA footage of a discovered shipwreck
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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.
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A high volume skimming system (VOSS) skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico near Venice  La. April 28  20...
A high volume skimming system (VOSS) skims oil from the Gulf of Mexico near Venice, La. April 28, 2010.
Coast Guard
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.
Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire in the Gulf of Mexico.
Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling unit on fire 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
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
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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 oiled pelican along the Gulf coast.
An oiled pelican along the Gulf coast.
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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
Images from Biloxi  Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
Images from Biloxi, Mississippi before and after rebuilding from Hurricane Katrina
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.