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Keystone XL Owner TransCanada Wins Bid For Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf of Mexico

By Steve Horn / Desmog TransCanada, owner of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline currently being contested in federal court and in front of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) legal panel, has won a $2.1 billion joint venture bid with Sempra Energy for a pipeline to shuttle gas obtained from hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) in Texas’ Eagle Ford Shale … Continue reading Keystone XL Owner TransCanada Wins Bid For Underwater Gas Pipeline Across Gulf of Mexico

Lierre Keith: The Oil Spill

By Lierre Keith / Deep Green Resistance Editor’s note: This first appeared in Mother Earth News on July 28, 2010.  We are republishing it on the sixth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Everything that’s wrong with this culture is in the story now pouring out of a broken … Continue reading Lierre Keith: The Oil Spill

2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill “clean up” 52 times more toxic than spill itself

By Georgia Institute of Technology If the 4.9 million barrels of oil that spilled into the Gulf of Mexico during the 2010 Deep Water Horizon spill was a ecological disaster, the two million gallons of dispersant used to clean it up apparently made it even worse – 52-times more toxic. That’s according to new research … Continue reading 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill “clean up” 52 times more toxic than spill itself

Study finds that BP oil spill is killing dolphins at six times normal rate

By University of Central Florida The largest oil spill on open water to date and other environmental factors led to the historically high number of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico, concludes a two-year scientific study released today. A team of biologists from several Gulf of Mexico institutions and the University of Central Florida … Continue reading Study finds that BP oil spill is killing dolphins at six times normal rate

White House sells another 2.4 million acres of Gulf to oil corporations

By Agence France-Presse The US government offered up new areas of the central Gulf of Mexico for drilling for the first time since the 2010 BP oil spill and received $1.7 billion in winning bids, officials said Wednesday. Environmental groups tried to block the long-awaited sale by filing a lawsuit Tuesday arguing that it will … Continue reading White House sells another 2.4 million acres of Gulf to oil corporations

Oceans suffering from dead zones and massive patches of garbage

By Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera A drumbeat of recent scientific studies emphasises an increasingly alarming convergence of crises for Earth’s oceans. The amount of plastic floating in the Pacific Gyre – a massive swirling vortex of rubbish – has increased 100-fold in the past four decades, phytoplankton counts are dropping, over-fishing is causing dramatic … Continue reading Oceans suffering from dead zones and massive patches of garbage

BP preparing to launch three new oil rigs in Gulf of Mexico

By Rupert Neate / The Guardian BP is planning to start three new oil drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico this year. The launch of the new rigs will bring the number of BP rigs in the Gulf to eight – more than the oil giant had before the devastating Deepwater Horizon disaster three … Continue reading BP preparing to launch three new oil rigs in Gulf of Mexico

BP oil spill pollution producing mutated fish, shrimp without eyes, and crabs with soft shells

By Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera “The fishermen have never seen anything like this,” Dr Jim Cowan told Al Jazeera. “And in my 20 years working on red snapper, looking at somewhere between 20 and 30,000 fish, I’ve never seen anything like this either.” Dr Cowan, with Louisiana State University’s Department of Oceanography and Coastal … Continue reading BP oil spill pollution producing mutated fish, shrimp without eyes, and crabs with soft shells

Diseased dolphins, contaminated zooplankton, and dead coral: the legacies of the BP oil spill

By Peter Beaumont / The Guardian A new study of dolphins living close to the site of North America’s worst ever oil spill – the BP Deepwater Horizon catastrophe two years ago – has established serious health problems afflicting the marine mammals. The report, commissioned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [NOAA], found that … Continue reading Diseased dolphins, contaminated zooplankton, and dead coral: the legacies of the BP oil spill

In aftermath of BP oil spill, Gulf fisheries continue to decline

By Dahr Jamail / Al Jazeera Hundreds of thousands of people living along the US Gulf Coast have hung their economic lives on lawsuits against BP. Fishermen, in particular, are seeing their way of life threatened with extinction – both from lack of an adequate legal settlement and collapsing fisheries. One of these people, Greg … Continue reading In aftermath of BP oil spill, Gulf fisheries continue to decline