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2012-03-08 15:48:00

Vote Follows Recent House Approval of Similar Amendment WASHINGTON, March 8, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A coalition of six Gulf Coast restoration advocacy groups praised the Senate today for its strong bipartisan approval of legislation that would dedicate 80 percent of the Clean Water Act (CWA) fines for the gulf oil disaster to restoring the gulf ecosystem and economy. The RESTORE the Gulf Coast States Act was originally introduced by nine of the 10 gulf state senators,...

2012-03-08 15:10:46

Study showed recovery was possible for arthropods within a year if their host plants remained healthy Crabs, insects and spiders living in coastal salt marshes affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster were damaged by the massive oil spill but were able to recover within a year if their host plants remained healthy, according to a University of Houston study published Wednesday (March 7) in the open access journal PLoS ONE. In one of the first studies to look at how oil spills...

2012-03-08 10:52:29

Crabs, insects, and spiders in coastal salt marshes affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010 were both quite vulnerable to oil exposure, but also resilient enough to recover within a year if their host plants remained healthy, according to a study published Mar. 7 in the open access journal PLoS ONE. The researchers, graduate student Brittany McCall and her advisor Steven Pennings at the University of Houston, sampled communities of terrestrial arthropods and marine...

2012-03-07 21:40:03

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has released a new certified reference material to support the federal government's Natural Resources Damage Assessment (NRDA) in the wake of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. The new Standard Reference Material, Gulf of Mexico Crude Oil" (SRM 2779), will be used as a quality control material for the ongoing environmental impact analyses for the NRDA effort. The Deepwater Horizon disaster...

2012-03-02 23:06:00

NEW ORLEANS, March, 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Plaintiffs' Steering Committee (PSC) spearheading the litigation surrounding the 2010 BP Gulf Oil Spill today announced that a settlement in principle has been reached with BP that will fully compensate hundreds of thousands of victims of the tragedy. The settlement is to be fully funded by BP, with no cap on the amount BP will pay. BP is obligated to fully satisfy all eligible claims under the terms of the Court supervised settlement,...

2012-02-27 13:07:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The upcoming Alabama and Mississippi Republican primaries (March 13) beg the most pressing environmental and corporate responsibility question of our time: If British Petroleum (BP) has to clean its oil spill along the Gulf Coast - and does anyone disagree it does? - why doesn't Chevron have to clean up its larger oil spills in Ecuador?, the conservative-oriented group You Break It You Fix It today said. Chevron's 16-18 billion-gallon oil spills inside...

2012-02-23 12:54:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The conservative-oriented organization "You Break It You Fix It" today asked Chevron CEO John Watson to answer one simple question: "Is British Petroleum (BP) responsible for cleaning its Gulf Coast oil spill?" You Break It You Fix It is working to educate conservative-minded Americans about Chevron's responsibility to clean up the 16-18 billion gallons of oil and pollutants it left behind after drilling in Ecuador, poisoning its streams and drinking...

2012-01-26 09:33:00

Voters Urged to Support Candidates Who Support Popular RESTORE Act TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Jan. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Environmental Defense Action Fund launched a two-day, $30,000 radio ad blitz in Florida today to highlight strong congressional, editorial and voter support across the political spectrum for a multi-billion dollar Gulf Coast restoration bill funded by BP oil spill fines. Last week, Reuters reported that BP is likely to agree next month to pay $20-$25...

2012-01-24 11:04:17

After the huge 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the chairman of BP referred to the victims of the spill as the “small people.” He explained it as awkward word choice by a non-native speaker of English, but the authors of a new paper published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, wondered if there was something real behind it. In their study, they found that people who feel powerful tend to overestimate their own height–they...

2012-01-24 08:17:00

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C., Jan. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new green, toxin free, cost efficient Oil Dispersant has been used to assist in the Oil Spill Remediation at a mid-Atlantic naval facility. FFT-SolutionTM an approved EPA registered chemical is now listed on the National Contingency Plan list for approved dispersants. EnviroSmart was tasked with responding to a release of number 6 fuel oil that spread on the sidewalls of a storage tank, the surrounding area, and some of...