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Gulf's Dead Zone Is the Size of Connecticut

Activists sue EPA to get stricter regulations

(Newser) - A Connecticut-sized swath of oxygen-deprived waters off the Gulf Coast is a "poster child for how we are using and abusing our natural resources," says one researcher in Louisiana. In its 30th annual survey, the Louisiana Marine Consortium shows the dead zone has shrunk to about 5,000... More »

10% of US Beaches Teeming With Bacteria

Stormwater runoff major culprit in unsafe beaches

(Newser) - They may look pristine, but one in 10 US beaches is ripe with enough bacteria to make you sick. New research shows 10% of coastal and lakefront beaches fail to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's water-safety standards and swimmers could develop a stomach bug, conjunctivitis, pink eye, or even... More »

Deep South Braces for 'Paralyzing' Winter Storm

Schools closed; hundreds of flights canceled

(Newser) - The next big winter storm is reportedly on its way, and this time, it's the Deep South that will be feeling its effects. The Weather Channel sees 40 million people in the path of Winter Storm Leon, which an expert says could bring once-in-a-generation weather; another calls the storm... More »

Louisiana, Florida Under Hurricane Watch

Tropical Storm Karen forms in Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Karen has formed in the Gulf of Mexico, and the National Hurricane Center says it has a "near 100%" chance of turning into a hurricane or cyclone in the next two days, CNN reports. A hurricane watch is in effect from Grand Isle, La., to Indian Pass,... More »

'Life-Threatening' Hurricane Ingrid to Drench Mexico

2nd hurricane of the season expected to cause torrential rain and flooding

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Ingrid has a new name: Hurricane Ingrid. Its status was upgraded today, making it the second hurricane of the Atlantic season. Ingrid is currently off Mexico's Gulf Coast, packing winds of up to 75mph, reports the AP . Along with tropical storm Manuel—which is expected to reach... More »

Florida Manatees Dying in Scary Numbers

Deaths near Cape Canaveral remain a mystery

(Newser) - Already an endangered species, manatees are dying by the dozen off both coasts of Florida, Wired reports. Biologists say a red tide—an algal bloom that can be fatal to manatees, fish, and people—has killed 200 manatees in the Gulf of Mexico this year. But manatee deaths on the... More »

New Orleans Largely Spared Isaac's Wrath

But other parts of the Gulf Coast severely hit; 1M without power

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Isaac continues to weaken, and should be a tropical depression by tonight, the Times-Picayune reports. But the trouble isn't over for Gulf Coast residents, with flooding still occurring and tornadoes possible. In the particularly hard-hit Plaquemines Parish near New Orleans, some residents are still stranded and rescue... More »

Isaac Overruns 18 Miles of Levees in Louisiana

Slow-moving storm drenching Gulf Coast

(Newser) - Some 18 miles of levees have been overrun as a slow-moving Hurricane Isaac made landfall a second time in Louisiana, sending up to 12 feet of water through homes in Plaquemines Parish, which is located about 95 miles from New Orleans, reports NBC . Local officials are working to rescue people... More »

Obama Declares Emergency in Louisiana

New Orleans prepares to ride out Isaac

(Newser) - President Obama declared a state of emergency in Louisiana as Tropical Storm Isaac neared the Gulf Coast, where it's expected to make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane as early as tonight. The declaration makes federal funding available for storm-related emergency activities, reports AP . The storm is following Hurricane... More »

Bobby Jindal Declares State of Emergency in Louisiana

Gov. not planning to make GOP convention

(Newser) - With Tropical Storm Isaac headed for the Gulf Coast, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency today and said he has no plans to attend the GOP convention, CNN reports. "My priority is the safety of our people," Jindal said. "And certainly as this storm... More »

Fishing Haul Way Down in Estuary Near BP Spill

But overall in Louisiana, numbers were about the same

(Newser) - The seafood stats are in for the Gulf's 2011 harvest, and though the finger-pointing (at BP and the oil spill, of course) has begun, the numbers paint a complicated picture. Last year was the first full year of fishing since the spill, and some areas definitely saw a depressed... More »

1 Killed, 3 Missing in Coast Guard Chopper Crash

Officials resume search thwarted by fog in Mobile Bay

(Newser) - Rescuers are this morning again attempting to access the wreckage of an MH-65C Coast Guard helicopter that went down in Alabama's Mobile Bay last night, having been thwarted by foggy conditions in the search for three missing crew members. Divers overnight failed to gain entry to the wreckage, which... More »

Lee Becomes Tropical Storm as Gulf Coast Braces

Mississippi joins Louisiana in declaring an emergency in some areas

(Newser) - Lee has intensified as expected into a tropical storm and is expected to drench Louisiana and Mississippi over the weekend. Both states have declared states of emergency near the coast, with Lee expected to make landfall in the next 48 hours with 65mph winds, reports CNN . The real hazard is... More »

BP's Gulf Fund Confusing Everyone

Including the Journal and the Post

(Newser) - All is not well with BP’s inscrutable Gulf compensation fund, but the exact problems seem to be a matter of debate. The Wall Street Journal today runs a piece complaining that payments have been too slow and weirdly erratic. The Justice Department has called the pace of payments “... More »

In Louisiana, a Huge 'Fish Kill'

Residents fear it's related to oil spill, experts not sure

(Newser) - Near Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, there lies what looks like a gravel road. It's not: It's a waterway clogged with hundreds of thousands of dead fish, crabs, stingrays, and eel—so many that it appears solid. A dead whale was also found in the area, WWL-TV reports. "Fish kills" are... More »

Gulf Workers Not Buying Good News

Many distrust reports oil has dissipated

(Newser) - The Gulf leak appears to be permanently plugged and feds believe only a quarter of the oil remains but Gulf coast residents aren't ready to start cheering. Many—wary after earlier assurances proved false—are skeptical about reports the oil has been absorbed by Mother Nature and fear it could... More »

Oil Oozes Out of Louisiana Ground

Answers part of that where-did-it-go question

(Newser) - These days in Louisiana, even the hermit crabs are digging oil wells. Researchers on a barrier island off the southeastern Louisiana coast who were looking for oil offshore found it on land, too—oozing out of tiny holes dug by hermit crabs. One local official said that when he dug... More »

Obamas to Vacation on Gulf Coast

First family will practice what it preaches

(Newser) - The Obamas will do next month what they've been asking Americans to do all summer: vacation on the Gulf Coast. The first family will head to the region the weekend of Aug. 14, reports ABC . The Obamas took some flak when the first lady urged people to visit the region... More »

New Containment Cap Reaches Oil Well

Feds revise deepwater drilling ban

(Newser) - A new containment cap has just moved into position atop the ruptured oil well beneath the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, and officials are taking a wait-and-see attitude about the new equipment, MSNBC reports. "Until we have the cap on, securely fitted in place, and know it's operating... More »

Oil Cleanup Spoils Gulf's July 4th Parties

Tourism crisis, danger of fire dampen celebrations

(Newser) - Fourth of July celebrations will be scaled down in many Gulf Coast towns, where the BP oil spill and cleanup effort are taking a big bite out of holiday fun. Cash-strapped governments dealing with the tourism bust have canceled fireworks displays, and some have moved their pyrotechnics inland because of... More »

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