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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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2010-09-24 05:30:00

In the first independent and peer-reviewed analysis of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, scientists from Columbia University have determined that 4.4 million barrels of petroleum leaked into the water following the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig in late April. The study, which was the work of Columbia researchers Timothy J. Crone and Maya Tolstoy, was published online in the September 23 edition of the journal Science. As part of their work, Crone and Tolstoy analyzed underwater video...

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2010-09-23 10:10:51

Best known as the star and director of several Hollywood blockbusters, actor Kevin Costner found himself in a different role on Wednesday--testifying in front of Congress as the head of a company he claims can provide a "no-nonsense approach" to cleaning up oil spills. According to MSNBC.com, Costner, the founder of Blue Planet Solutions, told the House of Representatives committee on homeland security, "We can choose to enlist a fleet of 6,000 vessels that are hampered by their lack of...

2010-09-16 13:51:00

National Geographic Magazine Tackles Deep Water Drilling and Gulf's Oil Infrastructure in October 2010 Issue Special map supplement in magazine describes Gulf ecosystem and reveals region's complete oil infrastructure National Geographic networks investigate aftermath and continuing impact of oil spill with 3 specials, including 'Explorer: Can the Gulf Survive?' on Nat Geo Channel at 10 p.m. ET/PT Sept. 28 (http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/series/explorer/4835/Overview) Free...

2010-09-03 12:39:40

UC Santa Barbara researchers forecast where and when oil would wash ashore in the Gulf of Mexico Prompted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a UC Santa Barbara scientist has come up with a new way of predicting how contaminants like oil will spread. He was able to forecast several days in advance that oil from that spill would wash ashore in particular parts of the Gulf of Mexico. "We predicted where the oil was going to go," says Igor Mezic, a professor of mechanical engineering at UC Santa...

2010-08-12 05:08:00

NEW YORK, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- A new Financial Times/Harris Poll finds that the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has caused adults in the five largest European countries and the United States to be more concerned about certain environmental issues as well as oil dependency. Two-thirds of Americans (66%), just over three in five Spaniards (63%), three in five Italians (59%) and Germans (58%) and just under half of French (48%) and British (45%) adults who are aware of the oil spill...

2010-08-11 15:08:10

The environmental impact of millions of gallons of oil still in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon incident may depend on microscopic helpers: Bacteria that consume oil and other hydrocarbons and could break down the spilled crude, making it disappear. That's the topic of an article in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), ACS' weekly newsmagazine. It points out that the oil-eating bacteria are beneficial in helping to clear away the oil. Their...

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2010-08-08 17:25:00

Experts said Friday that fires sweeping across Russia are threatening to re-release nuclear contamination from the Chernobyl disaster into the air, but not in levels dangerous to human health. According to Philippe Renaud, head of the environmental radiation laboratory at France's IRSN nuclear safety institute, radioactive cesium 137 from the 1986 explosion of Chernobyl nuclear power plant is locked up in the trees and dead leaves in the forest in certain areas of Russia, Ukraine and...


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