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Scientists Can't Predict Barry's Lasting Damage

Region faces rare confluence of events

(Newser) - Hurricane Barry could affect the environment of the Gulf coast and Lower Mississippi Valley in numerous ways, from accelerating runoff of farmland nutrients to toppling trees and damaging wildlife habitat and fisheries, scientists say. But the extent of the damage—and whether it will be at least partially offset by... More »

The Oil Started Spilling in 2004. The Feds Finally Studied It

And their estimate of seeping oil is a lot higher than Taylor Energy's

(Newser) - Two NOAA scientists were asked why the federal government waited 14 years to conduct a study of an oil spill that started in the Gulf of Mexico in 2004. They didn't know, reports the Washington Post , but as the ones asked to do the study they could put a... More »

Dolphins Dying in Unusually High Numbers in US

More than 260, three times the normal amount in states bordering Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - It is, in the jargon of the NOAA , an "unusual mortality event" (UME). The government-ese refers to the deaths of more than 260 bottlenose dolphins since February in states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. While stranding deaths occur every year, the numbers this year are three times higher than... More »

Cruise Ship Rescues 23 Adrift for Days in Gulf of Mexico

22 left Cuba in a wooden boat

(Newser) - The US Coast Guard says it worked with a cruise ship to rescue 23 people adrift for days in the Gulf of Mexico. A Coast Guard statement issued Sunday says 22 Cubans started traveling on a wooden boat from Cuba to Mexico before losing power and drifting three days. A... More »

A Huge BP Find: 1B Barrels of Crude

Besides the oil find, company is also investing $1.3B in a new expansion process

(Newser) - BP is investing a lot more money into the Gulf of Mexico, and into cutting-edge technology overall—and it looks like that investment is already paying off. CNBC and Reuters report the company just discovered two new oil fields, plus 1 billion barrels of crude oil at its existing Thunder... More »

Coast Guard Says No More to 14-Year-Old Oil Leak in Gulf

Taylor Energy has to start cleaning up mess that started in 2004 or risk fine of up to $40K per day

(Newser) - A massive cleanup effort has been ordered on a quietly devastating oil spill that's been contaminating the Gulf of Mexico for 14 years. The Washington Post reports the US Coast Guard has mandated Taylor Energy "institute a … system to capture, contain, or remove oil" from the affected... More »

This Quiet Oil Spill May Become Biggest Ever in US

A 14-year-old continuous leak in Gulf could overtake Deepwater Horizon

(Newser) - You've heard of the Deepwater Horizon and the Exxon Valdez oil spills. But how about a 2004 spill involving Taylor Energy? As it turns out, the latter has been quietly leaking oil off the coast of Louisiana so steadily for 14 years—with no end in sight—that it... More »

Couple Sells Everything, Buys Boat That Then Sinks

$11K raised so far for pair who admit they're new to sailing

(Newser) - Tanner Broadwell and Nikki Walsh sold most of their possessions, bought a sailboat, and moved from Colorado to Florida with plans to explore the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. It was a longtime dream dashed—at least temporarily—just a day after they set sail. While navigating through John's... More »

Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone Is Now Bigger Than Ever

Heavy rains in Midwest increased agricultural runoff this year

(Newser) - In 2014, the "dead zone" in the Gulf of Mexico was found to have shrunk to the size of Connecticut. To the ire of environmentalists, it has since ballooned to its largest size since mapping began in 1985, says NOAA . Covering 8,776 square miles—that's the size... More »

Fisherman's $500K Catch Could Get Him Life in Prison

Thomas Breeding chose to sell cocaine bale

(Newser) - When commercial fisherman Thomas Breeding found 45 pounds of cocaine floating in the Gulf of Mexico last January, he says he knew the right thing was to turn it over to police. The Florida man instead opted to sell it, a decision that could land him in prison for life.... More »

Going Swimming This Summer? Beware Seabather's Eruption

Experts say tiny sea lice are headed straight for your swimsuit area

(Newser) - The bathing suit areas of Florida swimmers are under attack by an invisible enemy: sea lice. ABC News reports experts expect to see widespread outbreaks of sea lice this summer, especially in the Gulf of Mexico. Sea lice are incredibly tiny jellyfish larvae that are invisible in the water. They... More »

Mom Who Fell Off Cruise Ship Was Sitting on Railing

Coast Guard ends search for Samantha Broberg

(Newser) - After days of searching a 4,300-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico, the Coast Guard halted its search early Monday for a Texas woman who fell off a cruise ship . The search was unable to find any trace of Samantha Broberg, who was a stay-at-home mother of four children,... More »

Often Overlooked: 11 Died on Deepwater Horizon

The AP compiles snapshots

(Newser) - Monday marks the fifth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion , and the AP provides snapshots of the 11 men who died aboard the rig but often get overlooked in coverage. A sample:
  • Jason Anderson, 35, Midfield, Texas. He was transferring to another rig and wasn't even supposed to be
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Explorers to Canoe for 9 Months— Upstream

Gulf-to-Arctic canoe journey has never been undertaken before

(Newser) - Paddling a canoe for up to 12 hours a day, sometimes while covered in ice, may not be every person's idea of a good time, but for six outdoor adventurers, that's exactly what they'll be doing until September. Iowans Luke Kimmes and Jarrad Moore, along with four... More »

BP May Have to Pony Up $14B for Oil Spill

New Orleans judge assessing fine for Deepwater Horizon disaster

(Newser) - The $4.5 billion criminal penalty that BP had to pay for the catastrophic Deepwater Horizon oil spill was pretty hefty, but a New Orleans judge may be about to triple that fine. Nearly five years after the disaster that dumped hundreds of millions of gallons of oil into the... More »

18K Tons of Concrete Head for Bottom of Gulf of Mexico

To create largest artificial reef in Western Hemisphere

(Newser) - Workers are planning to dump 18,000 tons of concrete into the Gulf of Mexico—for a good reason. Hurricanes and changing currents have destroyed the reef system in Gulf waters around Florida's Collier County, according to the Community Foundation of Collier County , so the county, along with the... More »

Louisiana Falling Into Gulf of Mexico Quickly

New Orleans could be stranded on sliver of land if coastline fixes aren't made

(Newser) - Over the past 80 years, at least 2,000 square miles of southeastern Louisiana's coastline have dropped off into the Gulf of Mexico—the equivalent of a football field-sized plot of land being swept away each hour, Scientific American reports. Unless the state takes action, 1,750 more square... More »

BP Spill Left Huge, Oily 'Bathtub Ring'

Millions of gallons ended up on seafloor

(Newser) - The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill left oily residue on the seafloor that scientists liken to a "bathtub ring"—if the tub were big enough to fit Rhode Island. Researchers who tested thousands of sediment samples from more than 500 locations in the Gulf of Mexico believe around 84... More »

This Could Be World's Most Endangered Animal

Newly identified Gulf whale species lives in single canyon

(Newser) - A new species of whale has been identified in an underwater canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, but scientists fear they won't have long to get to know it: There are only about 50 of the unique species of Bryde's whale left in waters off the Florida Panhandle,... More »

BP Ruled 'Reckless' in Gulf Spill; Could Owe Billions

Judge's finding could quadruple civil penalties owed by BP

(Newser) - A federal judge has ruled that BP's reckless conduct resulted in the nation's worst offshore oil spill, leaving the company open to billions of dollars in penalties. US District Judge Carl Barbier's ruling today could nearly quadruple the amount of civil penalties BP could face for polluting... More »

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