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Two-Years Later, Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Still Having An Impact
2012-04-20 11:05:51

Lee Rannals for RedOrbit.com Two-years ago today, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig made the Gulf of Mexico shorelines a hotbed for headlines at the time, and even today. Leased by BP, the rig operators were drilling at a depth of a little over 4,000-ft of water southeast of Houston when an explosion on the rig killed 11 crewmen, and started a fire that would ultimately be the Deepwater Horizon's demise. A group of scientists appointed by the government to calculate the size of the oil...

2012-04-12 11:24:22

University of New Hampshire researchers have found that residents of Louisiana and Florida most acutely and directly affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster -- the largest marine oil spill in U.S. history -- said they have changed their views on other environmental issues as a result of the spill. "If disasters teach any lessons, then experience with the Gulf oil spill might be expected to alter opinions about the need for environmental protection. About one-fourth of our respondents...

2012-04-12 10:19:28

Understanding oil movement at depth, microbial action, and deep sea ecology will be essential for responding to future spills Inadequate knowledge about the effects of deepwater oil well blowouts such as the Deepwater Horizon event of 2010 threatens scientists' ability to help manage and assess comparable events in future, according to an article that a multi-author group of specialists will publish in the May issue of BioScience. Even federal "rapid response" grants awarded to study the...

2012-03-20 06:20:28

TAMPA, Fla., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Legal-Bay LLC, the lawsuit settlement funding company, announced today that they are beginning to aggressively fund victims of the BP Gulf Oil Spill so that many individuals and business can get the needed cash flow to get their lives and business back on track immediately. In what was the largest oil spill since the famous Exxon/Valdez spill, BP has estimated that $7.8BIL will be sufficient to pay most of the lawsuits. In fact, a judge has ordered...

2012-03-07 21:40:03

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new certified reference material to support the federal government's Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. The new Standard Reference Material, Gulf of Mexico Crude Oil" (SRM 2779), will be used as a quality control material for the ongoing environmental impact analyses for the NRDA effort. The Deepwater Horizon disaster...

2012-03-02 23:06:00

NEW ORLEANS, March, 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) spearheading the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill today announced that a settlement in principle has been reached with BP that will fully compensate hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy. The settlement is to be fully funded by BP, with no cap on the amount BP will pay. BP is obligated to fully satisfy all eligible claims under the terms of the Court supervised settlement,...

2012-02-27 13:07:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The upcoming Alabama and Mississippi Republican primaries (March 13) beg the most pressing environmental and corporate responsibility question of our time: If British Petroleum (BP) has to clean its oil spill along the Gulf Coast - and does anyone disagree it does? - why doesn't Chevron have to clean up its larger oil spills in Ecuador?, the conservative-oriented group You Break It You Fix It today said. Chevron's 16-18 billion-gallon oil spills inside...

2012-02-23 12:54:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The conservative-oriented organization "You Break It You Fix It" today asked Chevron CEO John Watson to answer one simple question: "Is British Petroleum (BP) responsible for cleaning its Gulf Coast oil spill?" You Break It You Fix It is working to educate conservative-minded Americans about Chevron's responsibility to clean up the 16-18 billion gallons of oil and pollutants it left behind after drilling in Ecuador, poisoning its streams and drinking...

2012-01-24 08:17:00

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new green, toxin free, cost efficient Oil Dispersant has been used to assist in the Oil Spill Remediation at a mid-Atlantic naval facility. FFT-SolutionTM an approved EPA registered chemical is now listed on the National Contingency Plan list for approved dispersants. EnviroSmart was tasked with responding to a release of number 6 fuel oil that spread on the sidewalls of a storage tank, the surrounding area, and some of...

Scientists Confirm Official Estimate Of Gulf Oil Spill Rate
2012-01-10 09:32:34

Scientists working for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have determined just how fast gas and oil were leaking into the deep ocean, the surface slick, and into the air during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Using detailed chemical measurements, the researchers estimate an average of 11,130 tons of gas and oil compounds were spilled every day during the disaster. That figure is close to the official average leak rate estimate of 11,350...