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2010-12-07 13:25:00

Commission Staff Recommendation Echoes Mabus Report to President WASHINGTON, Dec. 7, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Senate should heed the recommendation by the staff of the bipartisan National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling that "Congress should direct 80 percent of civil and criminal Clean Water Act penalties" to Gulf Coast restoration, according to eight non-profit groups. While the full commission report is expected in January, the...

2010-12-07 15:33:15

Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) recently co-sponsored a roundtable discussion on new ways to use biological solutions to assist in environment clean-up after manmade or natural disasters. "Gulf Oil Spill: Using Modern-day Biology to Assess the Environmental Impact and to Help in Remediation" was also sponsored by the Venture Development Center (VDC) at The University of Massachusetts Boston, where the discussions took place. Part I of the roundtable appears on the Video...

2010-12-01 17:22:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Marilyn Heiman, director of the Pew Environment Group's U.S. Arctic Program, issued the following statement in response to the Obama administration's announcement today on offshore oil and gas leasing. "We appreciate the leadership from President Obama on the importance of looking carefully at the nation's energy program to balance exploration with environmental concerns. We are, however, concerned about the pressure this decision puts...

2010-11-17 17:39:00

Report Justifies September Interior Dept. Drilling, Workplace Safety Rules WASHINGTON, Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An interim engineering report of preliminary findings about the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico reinforces the need for stronger deepwater drilling safety standards, according to Environmental Defense Fund (EDF). (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100202/EDFLOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20100202/EDFLOGO) The numerous technical...

2010-11-17 07:20:00

ROCHESTER, N.Y., Nov. 17, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Building upon his original technology, Thomas Wicker, a well-known entrepreneur, patent-holder and inventor, has refined and proved the effectiveness of his OsmoSorb Type A Oil Remediation Filter Cartridge. The OsmoSorb Type A cartridge is an innovative solution that performs two mission-critical functions: 1. It separates oil from water. 2. It provides an ecologically safe way to dispose of the collected oil from spills and other disasters....

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2010-11-16 12:43:10

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Monday that almost all of U.S. federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico are now open to fishing after the BP oil spill closed down waters. The NOAA said it reopened 8,403 square miles of Gulf waters to commercial and recreational fishing, extending from the Louisiana state water line to due south of the Alabama and Florida state line.  The move has now opened 99.6 percent of federal waters. NOAA said that it was the 11th...

2010-11-10 13:23:00

Pew Calls for Plugging Gaps in Spill Response Planning WASHINGTON, Nov. 10, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Darkness, extreme weather and shifting sea ice could delay efforts to stop an oil well blowout in the U.S. Arctic Ocean for six months or more, trapping spewed oil in ice for up to a decade according to a report released today by the Pew Environment Group. The study, "Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the U.S. Arctic Ocean: Unexamined Risks, Unacceptable Consequences," is the...

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2010-10-31 08:15:00

U.S. officials said on Friday that testing has helped confirm that chemicals used to disperse oil from the BP spill have not made their way into fish, crabs, shrimp or oysters from the Gulf of Mexico. The officials from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that tests of over 1,700 samples show that less than 1 percent had any trace of chemicals at all, and the ones that did had very low levels. "This additional round of...

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2010-10-22 09:25:00

The first expedition to investigate the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on deep sea life in the Gulf of Mexico is currently underway, and thus far, the news is mostly positive. "Just 20 miles north of where BP's blown-out well spewed millions of gallons of oil into the sea, life appears bountiful despite initial fears that crude could have wiped out many of these delicate deepwater habitats," Associated Press (AP) writer Brian Skoloff reported on Friday. "Plankton, tiny suspended...

2010-09-30 17:02:08

The Department of the Interior, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the co-trustees for natural resources affected by the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill announced today they have started the injury assessment and restoration planning phase of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, a legal process to determine the type and amount of restoration needed to compensate the public for harm to natural resources and their human uses as a result of the spill. This is the second...


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