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Dolphin deaths on Gulf Coast linked to BP oil spill

Unusually high numbers of dolphins have been washing ashore in Alabama and other Gulf states since BP’s offshore rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico a year ago, creating the biggest oil spill and environmental catastrophe the United States has ever seen. Now, despite a government order to keep their findings confidential, scientists examining the dolphins have linked many of their deaths to the massive oil spill. Estimates of the number of dolphins killed by the spill have varied wildly since BP’s blown-out well started gushing oil between April 20-22 last year, but scientists have focused primarily on ... Read More

New oil spill blankets Louisiana coast, source is found

The oily substance that has been spotted floating off the Louisiana coastline and washing up onto beaches is indeed oil, not silt from a dredging operation at the mouth of the Mississippi River as the U.S. Coast Guard said it likely was. Tests conducted over the weekend confirmed that the substance is actually Louisiana sweet crude. According to witnesses, the oily plume stretches from about six miles off the Louisiana coast to roughly 100 miles offshore. It continued to contaminate beaches all day Monday, including the state wildlife refuge of Elmer’s Island, while on Tuesday river water appeared to be ... Read More

Most BP oil lingering on Gulf floor, new research finds

Marine biologists have found that oil from BP’s blown-out Macondo oil well continues to linger on and near the Gulf floor, degrading at a much slower pace than BP-affiliated scientists have claimed. Speaking at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science on Saturday, University of Georgia marine scientist Dr. Samantha Joye described how vast areas of the Gulf and its marine ecosystems lay decimated under blankets of toxic oil from the BP oil spill that erupted last April. Dr. Joye’s report is at odds with a report commissioned by Kenneth Feinberg, the oil compensation fund ... Read More

Federal report says BP and Halliburton knowingly used bad cement before oil rig blowout

Weeks before the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and creating the country’s worst offshore oil spill, BP and Halliburton knew the cement they were using to plug the exploratory well was unstable but went ahead and used it anyway. The presidential commission investigating the causes of the spill announced its first official finding today after weeks of probing the disaster. Commission investigators found that Halliburton had conducted three separate laboratory tests on the cement and each one found that it failed to meet industry standards. On March 8, the results of ... Read More

BP says it has finally killed its blown-out Gulf oil well

BP announced yesterday that its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico has been permanently sealed, five months after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded killing 11 workers and causing the largest oil spill in history. BP engineers have been drilling relief wells since May in an effort to kill the flow of oil at its source. The job involved drilling several thousands of feet below ground and intersecting the oil near the base of the damaged well with tons of mud and cement, a process that some scientists likened to capping a Coke bottle from 2 miles away. The oil ... Read More

BP may start permanently sealing oil well tomorrow

BP says that it has begun testing procedures for permanently plugging its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico today. The tests will determine whether the company can effectively inject heavy drilling mud into the blown-out well to create a seal that will stop the oil flow at its source. If the tests are successful, BP will begin the initial stages of plugging the well tomorrow. BP senior vice president Kent Wells said in a press conference that BP wasn’t anticipating a problem with the “injectivity” tests. The company’s “static kill” of the well, in which mud is forced into ... Read More