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Longshoremen Strike Averted
 Strike Averted 

Longshoremen Strike Averted

Mediator says talks will continue for 30 days

(Newser) - At least we avoided the longshoremen cliff, for now. A federal mediator says 14,500 workers at ports along the East Coast and Gulf of Mexico will not be striking on Sunday as feared , reports AP . The International Association of Longshoremen still hasn't agreed to a new contract with...

Obama on Isaac: Don't 'Tempt Fate'

Tells Gulf residents 'you need to take this seriously'

(Newser) - President Obama kept his advice for Gulf residents short and sweet in a press conference today , which came complete with one line that nearly all media outlets are seizing on: "Now is not the time to tempt fate." He made that along with a few other comments at...

Salt Water Oozes Into Not-So-Mighty Mississippi

New Orleans' water supply at risk

(Newser) - The drought isn't just stranding boats on the Mississippi , it's turning the river salty. The low outflow is allowing saltwater from the Gulf of Mexico to creep upstream at a rate of around a mile day, NPR reports. Some Louisiana cities have already been forced to buy water...

Debby Changes Track, Stays Close to Florida

Forecast to hit panhandle on Thursday, disrupting oil production

(Newser) - Tropical Storm Debby slowly closed in on Florida last night, leaving one person dead in tornadoes spawned by its winds, and one man missing and presumed drowned at an Alabama beach, reports Reuters . The National Hurricane Center reported significant changes for Debby's predicted path. No longer expected to grow...

Oil Workers Flee; Tropical Storm Brewing in Gulf

Florida could see storm warnings, localized flooding

(Newser) - High winds are whipping up a 90%-chance tropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico today and causing oil companies to evacuate rig workers, MSNBC reports. If Tropical Storm Debby does form, the northern Gulf Coast may see tropical storm warnings, and localized flooding and heavy rain could strike Mexico, Cuba,...

US Drones' New Mission: Caribbean Drug Traffic

Homeland Security will increase surveillance flights

(Newser) - No wonder the US has so many drone bases scattered about the country: The drones keep getting extra duties. In the latest development, the US plans to ramp up flights over the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico to catch drug smugglers, reports the Los Angeles Times . The move will "...

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...

Exxon Mopping Up New Oil Spill
 Exxon Mopping Up New Oil Spill 

Exxon Mopping Up New Oil Spill

80K gallons spilled from Louisiana pipeline over weekend

(Newser) - Amid reports of eyeless shrimp in the Gulf of Mexico, some good news for BP: There's a new oil spill, and it's not theirs. Rather, Exxon Mobil is cleaning up about 80,000 gallons of oil that spilled from a pipeline in rural Louisiana. The company says the...

Small Plane Sinks into Gulf; No Sign of Pilot

Windshield was iced over, and he was flying in circles

(Newser) - Coast Guard crews saw no signs today that the pilot of a small plane survived when it went down in the Gulf of Mexico about three hours after two F-15 fighter jets tried to make contact with him. The plane landed right-side up on the ocean surface and had been...

Eyeless Shrimp? Report Raises Concerns in Gulf

Mutant creatures showing up after BP spill, says Al Jazeera English

(Newser) - Shrimp missing their eyeballs (and even eye sockets), fish covered in lesions, deformed crabs, and other mutated sea creatures are showing up in unsettling numbers in the Gulf of Mexico two years after the giant BP oil spill, according to an investigation by Al Jazeera English . "The fishermen have...

Ailing Dolphins May Be Linked to BP Spill

Many turning up in Gulf with variety of diseases, say researchers

(Newser) - Another sign that the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is taking a serious toll on the local dolphin population: Researchers conducted physicals on 32 of them last summer in a particularly hard-hit bay and discovered that many suffered from anemia, low blood sugar, low weight,...

Deepwater Drilling to Pass Pre-Spill Heights

Oil demand keeps drills humming in Gulf of Mexico

(Newser) - It's been almost two years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion, and deepwater drilling is back. With a year-long moratorium over, BP and other companies are intensifying their operations in the Gulf of Mexico, and production there will soon exceed its pre-accident highs, the New York Times reports. The practice...

BP Reaches $7.8B Settlement in Gulf Oil Spill

Deal does not include biggest plaintiff of all: US government

(Newser) - BP has agreed to pay about $7.8 billion to thousands of individuals and businesses around the Gulf of Mexico in economic and medical compensation for the massive 2010 oil spill, reports the Washington Post . About $2.3 billion will go to compensation to the seafood industry alone. BP also...

Oil Appearing Around BP Well Again

Sheen reaches across a quarter mile

(Newser) - A year after BP capped its ill-fated Macondo well, oil is once again appearing on the surface overhead. Oil blobs climbed to the surface and spread into patches 4 and 5 feet wide, the Press-Register reports. The thin sheen covered an area some 50 yards wide and a quarter-mile long....

Exxon Discovers Huge Oil Field in the Gulf

Company expects to get 700M barrels

(Newser) - Exxon announced the discovery of two oil wells and a natural gas deposit in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico that could collectively contain 700 million barrels. Two of the finds had been made in 2009 and 2010, but the company waited until today to unveil the amount...

Coming: Biggest Ever Dead Zone in Gulf of Mexico

Due to chemical runoff from farms along the Mississippi

(Newser) - Chemical runoff from farms along the Mississippi create “dead zones” each year in the Gulf of Mexico—areas where nitrogen, phosphorus, and animal manure settle, feeding the algae that steals the oxygen from all other living things. This year’s record flooding will likely lead to the biggest dead...

Obama OKs More Drilling in Alaska, Offshore

Orders annual lease sales in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve

(Newser) - With both gas prises and anger on the rise, President Obama has decided to allow new drilling in Alaska's national petroleum reserve. Lease sales in the 23.5 million-acre reserve—which serves as home to millions of migratory birds, two caribou herds, gray wolves, and other wildlife—have been...

Gulf Oysters' Fate Illustrates 'Tyranny of Oil' Risks

True harm of BP spill may not be known for years: Paul Greenberg

(Newser) - Tomorrow is the one-year anniversary of the BP oil rig explosion in the Gulf, and Paul Greenberg is worried enough about the consquences that he's putting an oyster on his Seder plate. It's a reminder to him that the most devastating effects of the spill happened below the...

Gulf's Real Dolphin Toll: 50 Times What Washes Up

Dead dolphins, whales found on shore the 'tip of the iceberg'

(Newser) - More than 130 bottlenose dolphins have washed ashore in the Gulf of Mexico's mysterious die-off, but the deeper question for many has been, how many more go unrecorded? Marine animal corpses that wash ashore are widely regarded as the "tip of the iceberg," notes the NRDC, and new...

Feds: Big Oil Not Using the Leases They Have

Interior Department issues report to push back against complaints

(Newser) - With oil companies and Republicans criticizing the Obama administration for being too slow to issue new offshore drilling permits in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the Interior Department hit back with a report yesterday revealing that the industry isn’t using the majority of the leases it already...

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