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2011-04-07 14:11:21

Dr. Howard Osofsky, Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans School of Medicine, is an author of a review article published in the April 7, 2011 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that urgently calls for the development of protocols to deal with the health effects of disasters "“ before the next one occurs. One year after the largest and most devastating oil spill in United States history, the magnitude of the impact of the Deepwater Horizon...

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2011-03-31 13:50:00

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reports that coral living at the site of the busted BP oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is 2,000-year-old. The federal scientists say that this is the first time they had determined the age of the black coral in the Gulf. Scientists had been studying the ancient slow-growing corals before BP's well blew out on April 20, 2010.  The corals were found about 21 miles northeast of the BP well living 1,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf. "They're...

2011-03-24 15:01:00

ST. JOHN'S, NL, Canada, March 24 /PRNewswire/ - Rutter Inc. (TSX: RUT), today is announcing an order for its Oil Spill Response Radar (OSSR) with a total value of just under $USD 1,000,000. This most recent purchase, expected to be delivered in spring 2011, builds upon the momentum of global interest in the Sigma S6 system. President and CEO, Fraser Edison, says "The Oil Spill Response Radar system continues to receive strong interest from all sectors of the offshore industry and is...

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2011-03-11 07:31:54

Scientists from the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science worked with National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) researchers to find two plumes of oil-based pollutants downwind of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In a study published in the journal Science this week, the team of researchers discovered a new mechanism by which the crude oil traveled from the sea surface to the atmosphere. Although the mechanism was predicted four years ago,...

2011-03-10 16:40:00

WASHINGTON, March 10, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of environmental, economic, and social equity organizations today celebrated the news that Reps. Kathy Castor (D-FL) and Steve Scalise (R-LA) have formed a bipartisan House Gulf Caucus to support restoration of the region's environment and economy following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The coalition of groups, working together as the Gulf Renewal Project, support the Oil Commission's recommendation that 80% of Clean...

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2011-03-04 19:15:00

Marine scientists are debating whether the 80-plus dead bottlenose dolphins that have washed up along the U.S. Gulf Coast since January died from last year's oil spill or of a winter cold snap. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) declared "an unusual mortality event" last week when the death toll of the dolphins that washed up in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida coasts reached nearly 60. Since then, the death toll has climbed to at least 82. The dolphins have...

2011-02-18 21:39:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- National Black Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Harry C. Alford commented on the latest report from the President's oil spill commission calling last April's oil spill "an entirely preventable disaster": "The gross mismanagement at all levels leading to the largest oil spill in U.S. history further implicates BP as a rogue operator in the U.S. offshore. The complete neglect by management for employee safety concerns revealed in...

2011-02-18 12:33:30

The psychological effects of the BP oil spill, the largest recorded environmental disaster in human history, extend far beyond people living around the areas of the Gulf of Mexico that were directly impacted by the spill, a new study finds. Writing in the online edition of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, a publication of the National Institutes of Health, the researchers reported that even in areas that did not have oil exposure, people still experienced elevated levels of...

2011-02-17 21:20:14

Is it true that microbes cleaned up the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? Can bacteria really "eat" oil, and if so, how? To help clear up the confusion the American Academy of Microbiology has brought together the nation's leading experts to consider and answer some of the most frequently asked questions regarding microbes and oil spills. "Long before the Gulf oil spill microbes evolved the ability to degrade the complex hydrocarbon mixture we call petroleum. They were already present in the...

2011-02-17 14:08:50

Spill caused significant psychological impact even to nearby communities not directly touched by oil The explosion and fire on a BP-licensed oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010 had huge environmental and economic effects, with millions of gallons of oil leaking into the water for more than five months. It also had significant psychological impact on people living in coastal communities, even in those areas that did not have direct oil exposure, according to researchers at the...


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