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2010-07-27 12:41:00

MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles, P.C. has filed a class action lawsuit in the Southern District of Alabama against British Petroleum and Nalco Company. The firm represents class representatives Glynis Wright and Janille Turner, who claim personal injuries and property damage related to BP's oil spill remediation activities on the Gulf Coast. The Plaintiffs claim that BP was negligent and reckless in dumping toxic dispersant...

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2010-07-19 06:50:00

The massive BP oil spill has scientists and experts fearing a decades-long "cascading" effect on marine life that could lead to alterations in the entire biological network in the Gulf of Mexico. With more than 400 species at risk in the Gulf -- from bacteria to shrimp and crabs, sea turtles, marine birds and sperm whales -- experts warn that the impact of oil and chemical dispersants on the food chain has already set in, and could grow exponentially. Ron Kendall, director of the Institute...

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2010-07-15 09:40:00

Could Have Applications to Gulf of Mexico Spill A team of chemists led by Dr. George John, Associate Professor at The City College of New York (CCNY), have developed a non-toxic, recyclable agent that can solidify oil on salt water so that it can be scooped up like the fat that forms on the top of a pot of chilled chicken soup. The agent could potentially be used to recover oil lost in the British Petroleum (BP) spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Professor John said. In the laboratory, Professor...

2010-06-29 09:00:00

NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- What if cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico wasn't a matter of choosing between harsh chemical dispersants, labor-intensive skimming and potentially dangerous burns? Dr. Richard Gross, professor of chemical and biological science and Herman F. Mark chair at the Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly), claims nature has already provided the ideal weapons in the fight against the millions of gallons of oil still spilling into the Gulf. (Logo:...

2010-06-16 22:25:27

The widespread belief that chemical dispersants will enhance the breakdown of oil from the Gulf of Mexico disaster is based on weak scientific data. That's among the topics in a comprehensive status report that is the cover story in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. C&EN Senior Correspondent Jeff Johnson and Assistant Editor Michael Torrice note in the article that government and industry officials continue to struggle with how to handle the massive oil...

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2010-06-08 07:30:00

Developed by Pitt engineering professor Di Gao in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil leak, the technique combines an ordinary cotton filter with a solution that repels oil while allowing water to pass through In response to the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, a University of Pittsburgh engineering professor has developed a technique for separating oil from water via a cotton filter coated in a chemical polymer that blocks oil while allowing water to pass through. The researcher...

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2010-06-07 09:05:00

While an out-of-control gusher deep in the Gulf of Mexico fouls beaches and chokes marshland habitat, another threat could be growing below the oil-slicked surface. The nation's worst oil spill could worsen and expand the oxygen-starved region of the Gulf labeled "the dead zone" for its inhospitability to marine life, suggests Michigan State University professor Nathaniel Ostrom. It could already be feeding microbes that thrive around natural undersea oil seeps, he says, tiny critters that...

2010-05-25 06:00:00

MUSKOGEE, Okla., May 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Organic Miracle, Inc. CEO Jerry Bakke, along with ABC Biotechnologies CEO Joseph Johnson, announced that they have developed a natural, non-toxic solution to the Gulf oil spill contamination and the remediation of the affected areas of the ocean and shore. Organic Miracle's product BBWG 701 (Building a Better World Green) is a super concentrated, high efficiency, low toxicity bio-surfactant for use in breaking down and dispersing fresh and...

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2010-05-24 06:59:11

Do manufactured dispersants interfere with microbes' natural oil-dispersing ability? To understand how the use of dispersants impacts the degradation of oil in the Gulf of Mexico, the National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a rapid response grant to scientist David Valentine of the University of California at Santa Barbara and colleagues. The massive release of oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident on April 20, 2010, has led to an unprecedented use of oil dispersants, which include a...

2010-05-21 17:17:00

GALLIANO, La., May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- As the EPA demands that BP find a "less toxic" dispersal agent for oil in the Gulf, Amira EET has scientists in place along the Gulf Coast preparing to supply BP with a super strain of naturally-occurring oxygen-producing microbes that quickly break down oil, do not introduce toxins into the water, and produce only food chain nutrients. The product, called Arch-Microbes, has already been proven as a viable alternative to toxic dispersants, cleaning...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'