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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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2011-02-03 05:45:00

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said it will reopen a 4,213-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico to deep water royal red shrimping on Thursday after federal scientists determined the fishing grounds were free of oil. The area includes federal waters near BP's blown out well off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. "Further fish and shrimp sampling and testing from the area showed no oil or dispersant contamination," NOAA said in a statement. "This...

2011-01-28 07:30:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in collaboration with the Ad Council today expanded efforts to continue to provide information, support and resources to individuals and families affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Emotional distress resulting from traumatic events can surface years after an incident occurs. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click:...

2011-01-27 13:22:00

House Democratic Amendment Similar to Recently Introduced Bill by GOP Congressman Scalise WASHINGTON, Jan. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Seven nonprofit advocacy groups praised an amendment in an updated oil spill response bill introduced last night by U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-Ma.) and other House Democrats that would implement a key recommendation by the bipartisan oil spill commission. The recommendation is for Congress to dedicate 80 percent of Clean Water Act penalties to be...

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2011-01-27 05:50:00

A new study released Wednesday finds that dispersants placed deep in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the BP oil spill seemed to keep some oil from contaminating the water's surface.  However, the chemicals in the dispersant lingered underwater, adding to growing concerns about the long-term consequences for the region. The study, which appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, was the first peer-reviewed research published on the fate of oil dispersants added...

2011-01-17 12:25:10

Developer demonstrates oil filtration technology tested in 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill Building upon research conducted during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, engineers have incorporated a swellable nano-structured glass called Osorb® into a system for extracting pollutants like dissolved petroleum from water--and collecting the petroleum for later use. During a webcast from the National Science Foundation, developer Paul Edmiston of the...

2011-01-15 00:00:43

The National Oil Spill Commission's Final Report contained a plethora of recommendations to prevent future oil spills. The report did not, however, call for enhanced technology solutions to assist in the prevention of similar accidents, which is key to mitigating the inherent risks associated with relying on management alone to oversee complex oil and gas production processes. A Dark Horse is emerging that will oust today's technology companies that are incapable of predicting the myriad of...

2011-01-12 07:05:00

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health (http://www.gulfcoastfund.org), along with leaders from communities most impacted by the drilling disaster, applaud the work of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and are united in the urgent need to implement reforms. Key recommendations supported by community leaders include: The formation of a Gulf of Mexico Regional Citizens Advisory...


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