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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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What Was in the Oil Spilled during BP’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster?

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Despite common parlance, oil is not a singular substance but rather a toxic stew of many different hydrocarbons that comes out of the ground mixed with natural gas. The oil that spewed from BP’s Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico last year was no different—and now a precise measurement of its chemical composition has [...]

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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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Mud beats oil (so far) to stop Deepwater Horizon spill

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BP’s “top kill” effort has halted the flow of oil from the Mississippi Canyon 252 well, according to U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, national incident commander for the oil spill response. BP has yet to comment, however, noting only that “there are no significant events to report at this time,” according to a statement [...]

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BP prepares for “top kill” of Deepwater Horizon oil spill

How do you stop a leaking oil well nearly two kilometers beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico? The latest effort, following the insert that siphoned some fraction of the gushing petroleum, will be to pump a mixture of thick drilling mud into the well in an attempt to stop it up like clogging [...]

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