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Deepwater spill survey: Still waters run deep

Deepwater, Texas A&M, oil

Editor’s Note: A team of researchers led by John Kessler, Texas A&M College of Geosciences chief scientist and assistant oceanography professor, has traveled to the Deepwater Horizon disaster area to study the methane leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (along with tens thousands of barrels of crude oil) daily at the site of the damaged [...]

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Deepwater spill survey: Sampling water columns under a night sky lit up by a large jet of burning methane

Texas A&M, Deepwater, BP,Valentine

Editor’s Note: A team of researchers led by John Kessler, Texas A&M College of Geosciences chief scientist and assistant oceanography professor, has traveled to the Deepwater Horizon disaster area to study the methane leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (along with tens thousands of barrels of crude oil) daily at the site of the damaged [...]

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Deepwater spill survey: Contaminated Gulf kills thousands of sea cucumbers

Texas A&M, sea cucumber, Deepwater

Editor’s Note: A team of researchers led by John Kessler, Texas A&M College of Geosciences chief scientist and assistant oceanography professor, has traveled to the Deepwater Horizon disaster site to study the methane leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (along with tens thousands of barrels of crude oil) daily at the site of the damaged [...]

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Deepwater spill survey: Scientists embark on methane-examining mission

Texas A&M, Deepwater, oil, environment

Editor’s Note: A team of researchers led by John Kessler, Texas A&M College of Geosciences chief scientist and assistant oceanography professor, has traveled to the Deepwater Horizon disaster site to study the methane leaking into the Gulf of Mexico (along with tens thousands of barrels of crude oil) daily at the site of the damaged [...]

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Oil Habit Unchanged on 2-Year Anniversary of BP’s Gulf of Mexico Spill

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Two years ago, 11 men lost their lives as a backlash of gas exploded into the night from the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. In the ensuing months, roughly 5 million barrels of oil and more than 6 billion cubic feet of natural gas spewed into the ocean from the Macondo [...]

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How Going with the Flow Helped Microbes Eat BP’s Oil Spill

Microbes kept the oil and gas spewing from the Macondo well from becoming even more of a disaster, preventing the Deepwater Horizon blowout from deeply befouling the Gulf coast. But these hydrocarbon-chompers got an assist from the Gulf of Mexico—the prevailing tides and currents helped keep hydrocarbon-eating microbes on the job, according to the results [...]

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BP test could lead to an interim fix of 85-day leak at the Deepwater site

BP, Deepwater, oil

BP is a few hours away from beginning an integrity test of its leaking Macondo well Tuesday afternoon that will determine whether it’s still feasible to shut off the flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico from the top of the well, or if all hopes for stopping the gusher should continue to be [...]

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BP’s relief well moment of truth on collision course with Gulf storm season

BP, Deepwater, oil

As the first of the Deepwater relief wells sinks to within a few hundred meters of intersecting the leaking Macondo oil well deep below the Gulf of Mexico’s seafloor, BP’s moment of truth is coming. Unfortunately, so is tropical storm Alex and its 95 kilometer-per-hour winds. The National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center forecasts that [...]

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Does the EPA know what it’s doing when it comes to dispersants?

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has struggled in the past two months to come to grips with dispersants, the chemical cocktails being used to break up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill into tiny droplets that are easier for microbes to eat. It now appears that the EPA failed to require adequate controls for [...]

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Congress Hammers BP CEO for Dodging Deepwater Spill Responsibility

BP, Deepwater, Hayward

BP CEO Tony Hayward sat alone before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Thursday to answer for his company’s questionable decision to continue drilling this spring at the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well despite safety concerns and that decision’s catastrophic consequences. The hours of grilling turned up very little new information, [...]

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A vortex of fire erupts at the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Take a good look at the intense power of the oil spill.     That’s right. Setting a small patch of it ablaze was enough to create a vortex of fire—a tornado of flame that makes the ships fighting the slick look like toy boats. Nor is that the only way this spill boggles in [...]

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No relief in sight for BP’s Deepwater oil containment operations as hurricane season arrives

BP, Deepwater, robot

BP et al. have burned through more than five weeks and at least as many failed attempts to get control of the Mississippi Canyon 252 well spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Now the arrival of hurricane season—officially June 1 to November 30—threatens to make the difficulties worse. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [...]

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“Top kill” fails to stop flow of oil in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA-spill-map-May-28-2010

Despite golf balls, tires, 30,000 horsepower of pumps and 30,000 barrels of dense drilling mud chock full of barite, BP’s so-called "top kill" operation failed to stop the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and was abandoned on the afternoon of May 29. The idea was to muscle the oil back into the [...]

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“Top kill” goes on into the night [update]

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After a 16-hour pause to evaluate the effects of the "top kill" operation, BP plans to start pumping mud again this evening in an attempt to staunch the flow of oil from the MC 252 well in the Gulf of Mexico. In the meantime, "the well continues to flow," said BP chief operating officer Doug [...]

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