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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...

2011-02-14 07:54:00

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Feb. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Enviro Voraxial Technology, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: EVTN) announced today that it has been invited to be a guest speaker at the "Fourth Biennial Technology Workshop for Oil Spill Response in the Marine Environment." The Conference, co-sponsored by Chevron Corp and OSPR, will be held at Chevron Headquarters in San Ramon, CA on February 15-17. At the Conference EVTN will both present and demonstrate a Voraxial®...

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2011-02-07 10:55:33

The Coast Guard admiral who led the US response to the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill said today that the US is ill-equipped to respond to a possible major oil spill event in the Arctic. Retired admiral Thad Allen told reporters this week that only one of the US Coast Guard's three ice breakers is operational and would be available to respond to a disaster off Alaska's northern coast, which is icebound for much of the year. Fran Ulmer, former Alaska lieutenant governor said that before...

2011-02-04 01:03:09

Scientists are having a difficult time gauging the recovery of marine species from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico because they lack sufficient data about historical population size and the distribution, growth rates and reproduction rates of many species. In a forum paper published this week in the journal Science, they call for a new research agenda that prioritizes systematic acquisition of baseline data for marine species. "It is impossible to diagnose whether a...

2011-02-04 01:01:32

Twenty years after biologists attempted to determine the ecological damages to marine life from the Exxon Valdez oil spill, scientists dealing with the BP disaster find themselves with the same problem: the lack of critical data to determine the ecological consequences of human-induced environmental disasters, a University of Florida researcher said. Writing in the Feb. 4 issue of the journal Science, Karen A. Bjorndal, a University of Florida biology professor and director of the Archie Carr...


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