Photograph: SAF – Coastal Care
A survey of Gulf Coast seafood consumption habits released today by the Natural Resources Defense Council reveals that many Gulf residents are eating far more seafood, far more often, than the federal government has acknowledged, bringing seafood safety standards under renewed scrutiny.
Significant discrepancies between estimates by the Food and Drug Administration and reported consumption rates were found, in particular, with regard to shrimp consumption: on the low-end FDA’s estimates were 3.6 times too low, and on the high-end, actual consumption exceeded FDA estimates by more than 12-fold…
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Federal inspectors charged with ensuring the safety of offshore oil drilling are overwhelmed, insufficiently trained, work without official procedures for some of their most crucial decisions and sometimes have insufficient support from their supervisors for resisting industry influence, according to a report released Tuesday by the Interior Department’s inspector general…
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Inspectors Adrift in Rig-Safety Push, Outgunned by Industry and Outmatched by Job, WSJ
Located in northeastern Alaska, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is the most northern and one of the largest refuges within America’s National Wildlife Refuge System. (ANWR). Image Source: USGS
The US President is being urged to bestow national monument status on the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge for its 50th anniversary in what supporters say would finally put the refuge’s coastal plain beyond the reach of oil companies.
Seafood. Photo source: ©© Tashland
US authorities Wednesday closed to shrimping a section of the Gulf of Mexico near the area of a massive oil spill this year as a precautionary measure after a commercial shrimper found tar balls in his net.
The National Oceanographic and Oceanic Administration said the area closed to royal red shrimping is 4,213 square miles (10,000 square kilometers) of Gulf of Mexico federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
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Shrimp catch covered in oil by the only vessel that has ventured to an area reopened November 15, WMBF News
Oil platform. Photograph: © SAF — Coastal Care
In the 24-hour news cycle era, the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico already feels like an event from yesteryear, an event that had its 15 minutes of news domination during the summer of 2010 then made room for the next big story once the wellhead was capped…
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Marine plankton. Photo source: ©© Chris Moody
A new study by scientists with Alabama’s Dauphin Island Sea Lab provides more evidence that the 200 million gallons of oil released from the BP Macondo well disaster were quickly turned into food by bacteria in the Gulf of Mexico.
In a research paper published Monday morning in IOP Publishing’s Environmental Research Letters, the scientists found that larger animal plankton organisms contained a greater percentage of a lighter isotope of carbon than of a heavier isotope of carbon, an indicator that the smaller organisms they were feeding on contained carbon from oil…
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Oil carbon entered the coastal planktonic food web during the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Study Published by the Environmental Research Letters
The large areas of darkened coral and other damaged marine organisms were almost certainly dying from exposure to toxic substances, scientists said.
Image Source: Lophelia II 2010, NOAA OER and BOEMRE.
For the first time, federal scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life on the ocean floor several miles from the blown-out BP well, a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged.
The corals were discovered by scientists aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration research vessel using a submersible robot equipped with cameras and sampling tools…
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Oil from the Deepwater Horizon sits on the bank of the the breakwater in the mouth of the Mississippi River where it meets the Gulf of Mexico in Louisiana. Captions and Photo source: © Greenpeace
Despite 11,000 people still at work cleaning up the crude mess, delicate marshlands remain coated with oil and tarballs continue to wash up on beaches that have been previously cleaned. A CNN reporter recently discovered that thick layers of tar linger underneath the sand, well below the level at which beaches are being cleaned.
Below are new photos from the Gulf of Mexico, confirming that BP’s disaster is far from cleaned up…
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Apollonia site, Lybia. Photo source: ©©MM DecArch
Plans by the energy giant BP to sink an oil well off the Libyan coast could have disastrous consequences for the region’s rich heritage of coastal ancient city sites and shipwrecks, already under threat from oil tankers, coastal erosion and tourist developments, archaeologists from around the world have warned…
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