Latest oil slick Stories

2012-05-11 12:02:25

When the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded April 20, 2010, residents feared that their Gulf of Mexico shores would be inundated with oil. And while many wetland habitats and wildlife were oiled during the three-month leak, the environmental damage to coastal Louisiana was less than many expected, in part because much of the crude never made it to the coast. Research by a trio of geoscientists, including the University of Pennsylvania´s Douglas Jerolmack, now offers an...

2011-08-02 07:24:57

More than a year after the largest oil spill in history, perhaps the dominant lingering question about the Deepwater Horizon spill is, "What happened to the oil?" Now, in the first published study to explain the role of microbes in breaking down the oil slick on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers have come up with answers that represent both surprisingly good news and a head-scratching mystery. In research scheduled to be published in...

2010-06-13 07:10:52

NASA's Aqua satellite flew over the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, June 10 at 19:05 UTC (3:05 p.m. EDT) and the satellite's Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument captured an image of the thickest part of the oil slick. In the image, the oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is positioned in sunglint. In the sunglint region"”where the mirror-like reflection of the Sun gets blurred into a wide, bright silvery-gray strip"”differences in the texture of the water...

2010-05-07 11:30:00

State and federal authorities are preparing to deal with a variety of hazards to human health as the oil sticks around in the Gulf of Mexico, according to an Associated Press special report. Threats range from runny noses and headaches to long-term risks like cancer if contaminated seafood ends up in the marketplace.  Public health agencies are monitoring air quality, drinking water supplies and seafood processing plants. "We don't know how long this spill will last or how much oil...

2010-05-03 06:15:00

Federal and state officials are scrambling to deal with the ever-growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, looking for a way to stop the leak and clean up the mass of crude as it moves ever closer to the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, threatening to ravage wildlife, the environment, and local industry. According to USA Today, "Gusty winds Sunday prevented many boats in Venice, La., near the mouth of the Mississippi River, from leaving port to lay down inflatable booms to protect the...

2010-05-02 06:30:00

Strong winds and rough seas hampered efforts to contain a vast spreading oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday. The explosion that sunk the Deepwater Horizons rig and claimed the lives of 11 workers has now evolved into a significant environmental crisis that is on the verge of threatening the Gulf fishing industry and already fragile marshlands that are home to numerous wildlife species. President Obama plans on visiting the Gulf region on Sunday after officials from his...

2010-05-01 14:15:00

NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites are helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) keep tabs on the extent of the recent Gulf oil spill with satellite images from time to time. NOAA is the lead agency on oil spills and uses airplane fly-overs to assess oil spill extent. A semisubmersible drilling platform called the Deepwater Horizon located about 50 miles southeast of the Mississippi Delta experienced a fire and explosion at approximately 11 p.m. CDT on April 20....

2010-04-30 07:50:00

The oil slick that resulted from a sunken rig has now reached the shores of Louisiana, and with as much as 200,000 gallons of crude being added to the Gulf of Mexico daily, the accident could wind up becoming the worst such disaster in United States history. According to Allen Johnson of the AFP, "Strong southeast winds blew the first oily strands of the 600-mile- (1,550-kilometer-) circumference slick directly onto the coastal wetlands of South Pass near the mouth of the Mississippi river...

2008-07-16 15:01:02

CONTRACTORS at Scotland's only refinery who caused an oil slick that ran for almost 10 miles up an "internationally important" ecological site were fined GBP3000 yesterday. Ondeo Industrial Solutions UK Ltd, which operates a waste water treatment plant at the Grangemouth oil refinery, could have faced a fine of up to GBP40,000 under environmental legislation. Falkirk Sheriff Court heard that Ondeo was carrying out maintenance work on a tank and pipes n July last year when heavy...

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  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
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