GOMAEEN News Archive

These stories reflect Gulf news from June 2009 forward.

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FLORIDA DEEPWATER HORIZON RESPONSE MAY 17, 2010

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.
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MS STATE AGENCIES UPDATE: OIL SPILL RESPONSE ACTIONS

Sixty tar balls have been recovered along the Mississippi coastline by the Department
of Environmental Quality. The latest reports indicate that the tar balls were located in Harrison
and Hancock counties but none found in Jackson County. According to MDEQ, there is no
apparent public health risk related to the recovered tar balls or the oil spill at this time. Teams
reported no oil or sheen in Mississippi waters, and reported no fish kills. The National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration satellite imagery indicated that the main oil slick from the BP
Deepwater Horizon oil leak is approximately 57 miles from Mississippi beaches.
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Worry that Gulf of Mexico oil spreading into major current

Meanwhile, scientists warned of the effects of the oil that has already leaked into the Gulf. Researchers said miles-long underwater plumes of oil discovered in recent days could poison and suffocate sea life across the food chain, with damage that could endure for a decade or more.
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Signs of oil spill pollution might be hiding underwater

Even as the spill breaks into separate strands, a nasty environmental storm is brewing below the surface, in deep columns of water teeming with life, from shrimp and fish eggs to dolphins and whales.

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President Obama on the Ongoing Response to the Deepwater BP Oil Spill

The President speaks about the Administration’s commitment to help protect the Gulf Coast and the livelihoods of the people who live and work there from the effects of the Deepwater BP Oil Spill and calls on the companies involved to stop pointing fingers and take responsibility. Public Domain
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Where's the oil? Model suggests much may be gone

About 35 percent of a spill the size of the one in the Gulf, consisting of the same light Louisiana crude, released in weather conditions and water temperatures similar to those found in the Gulf now would simply evaporate, according to data that The Associated Press entered into the program.
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Major US fishery takes a beating after oil spill

One of the biggest victims of the huge oil spill slamming Louisiana's economy is the region's largest fishery, which has seen its catch drop 50 percent at a critical time in the season.

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State releases photos of oiled brown pelican, tar balls on Fourchon beach

The Governor's Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) released its most recent photos documenting the encroaching oil spill this morning. Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Teams inspecting Fourchon beach yesterday found it littered with tar balls, some up to eight inches in diameter, according to the press release. SCAT teams are made up of representatives of federal and state agencies, including Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and Department of Environmental Quality. LDWF biologists documented approximately 25 nickel sized tar balls per square foot from the southwestern end of Fourchon beach to the midpoint of the beach. One biologist documented more than a dozen tar balls on the far western end of Elmer's Island.

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La. wildlife spokesman: 13 oiled bird deaths

Louisiana's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries says at least 13 oiled birds have died since the start of the Gulf of Mexico spill. Seven others that were recovered are still alive.

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600 Species Of Animals And 20 Wildlife Refuges Threatened By Gulf Of Mexico Oil Spill

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have issued verbal concerns for the fragile wildlife of the Gulf coast. As many as 20 National Wildlife refuges threatened by the oil spill, and rare and endangered species such as sea turtles, manatee, sea birds and Gulf sturgeon all in danger. The dangers to the birds of the area are so great because they are now nesting and turtles are starting to come ashore to lay eggs.

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Louisiana wildlife authorities hope to reopen some fishing areas east of Mississippi River soon

DHH officials have said early closings are necessary to protect both human health and the seafood industry because of the five-day lag time between sample collections and lab results. If closing were ordered only after a positive result, contaminated seafood could have been consumed for four days.
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Oil spill threatens birds throughout the Gulf

You've likely seen the heartbreaking pictures of birds covered in oil from the calamitous April 20 rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. But as the oil threatens coastal marshes, the long-term effect could be more devastating.
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The Call in the Middle of the Night

As I reported in Friday’s paper, serious questions are being raised about the government’s estimate of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The estimate of 5,000 barrels per day has not changed since April 28, and many scientists and environmental groups argue that it cannot be right, given the seemingly rapid flow from the undersea well, as seen in this video of the gushing fluid released on Wednesday.
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Students Get First Hand Look at Oil Spill's Impact On Nature

Close to 70 students from Maplewood-Richmond Heights Middle School were right in the middle of the disaster response in the Gulf of Mexico Tuesday. Fox 2 connected with the students through YouTube Tuesday night. They were on the their long-awaited "Expedition" trip: a tradition at their school.
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The science of dispersants

Massive use of surfactant chemicals turns Gulf of Mexico into a giant experiment.
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On the Gulf Coast, Waiting for a Hurricane


The last few days on the Gulf of Mexico's coast have been waiting for a hurricane's arrival. Take it from the mayor of Dauphin Island, Alabama, Jeff Collier. Usually at this time of year, the high-rise condos, hotels and docks that line Collier's island, are bracing for the arrival of summer eco-tourists. Last week, however, tar the dimension of golf balls — possibly products of the oil spill — appeared on the island's white-sand beaches. Now, Dauphin Island (pop. 1,300) reflects the region's angst. Everyone, it seems, is worried about when the oil will make "landfall," a term typically reserved for hurricanes. "You're watching the oil's progression, keeping your fingers crossed that it won't come," Collier says.

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Oil spill science: Where’s the oil?

This morning, while still several kilometres out from the spill site, we saw the largest concentrations of oil we've yet come across. Most of the water had an oily sheen, and there were large bands of dispersed oil thick enough that you could smell them as we passed through.
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Middle-schoolers get up-close lessons on spill

Amid one of the nation's worst oil spills, eighth-graders at Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School are off the coast of Alabama this week studying ecology near the Gulf of Mexico.
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Oil Spill preparations continue with focus on resource assessments

The Superintendent for Gulf Islands National Seashore and Refuge Manager for Bonsecour National Wildlife Refuge were also on hand to answer questions. The press conference focused on the role of the Department of the Interior in responding to the oil spill by providing expertise to the unified command in evaluating public health risks, planning shoreline cleanup and wildlife recovery. As outlined in the May 10th Examiner article, Director Jarvis is now acting as incident commander for the DOI.


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The Gulf Oil Spill Wildlife Edition

All along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, rescue and rehabilitation groups are working to search for and clean wildlife fouled by oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, and to prepare for additional animals that may be rescued in the coming days, weeks, and months.
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National Wildlife Refuge system, National Park Service responding to oil spill

The Deepwater Horizon rig accident and ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico happened during peak bird breeding and nesting season on coastal National Wildlife Refuges, some of which are on barrier islands. Oil was confirmed on the Chandeleur Islands chain off Louisiana, home to Breton National Wildlife Refuge, which has been closed to the public.

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ASMS students star in film for Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

The 20-minute film was produced with a grant from the Environmental Protection Agency and the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. It will be distributed as an educational film on nutrient loading and pollution.
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Louisiana Oil Spill 2010 PHOTOS: Gulf Of Mexico Leak Reaches Land

Here are the first photos of the preparations for the oil hitting coastlines, which pose a serious threat to fishermen's livelihoods, marine habitats, beaches, wildlife and human health.
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Hundreds comb Alabama beaches for tar balls

Hundreds of people are combing Alabama's primary tourist beaches for tar balls after the discovery of a few dozen of them in Baldwin County.
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Tuttle Elementary 'Turtles' launch Save the Animals Oil Spill Relief project

The students and staff of Tuttle Elementary School want to save turtles and other sea life from the possible effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Photographs document early damage done by Gulf oil spill

Thanks to a few lucky breaks on the weather and currents, most of the oil spilled from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy has yet to make its way to shore. Mankind, the cause of the calamity, is also responding. NOAA reports that an estimated 10,000 people are already working to disperse the oil, halt its spread or mitigate the harm it does.
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Texas braces for 'tar ball event' from gulf oil spill

With a broken well spewing thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico — and with no immediate relief in sight, state officials say it now seems almost inevitable that residue will begin reaching Texas waters, probably in the form of tar balls or a frothy substance resembling chocolate mousse.
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Gulf oil spill: Where things stand, what comes next

The undersea oil well, following a drilling rig's April 20 explosion 50 miles off Louisiana's coast, is spewing up to 210,000 gallons of light sweet crude a day into the Gulf, officials say, and so far there's no answer in sight on how to fix it.
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UN fears 'irreversible' damage to natural environment

The third "Global Biodiversity Outlook" found that deforestation, pollution or overexploitation were damaging the productive capacity of the most vulnerable environments, including the Amazon rainforest, lakes and coral reefs.
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Oil Spill Threatens Louisiana's Fragile Wetlands

The oil spill is a tense day-by-day waiting game for environmentalists in Louisiana tracking how badly the state's wetlands and a small set of barrier islands, the first line of defense against hurricanes, are affected. Their continued erosion is considered just as catastrophic as the spill.
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