May 25, 2010 |
In a sign of diminished confidence in BP's ability to manage the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, federal officials Monday said they intended to require the company to dramatically scale back its use of oil dispersants and would initiate their own tests on the chemicals' effect on sea life. With an oil spill of epic proportions looming offshore, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson — along with angry chorus of lawmakers — chided BP for its lack of transparency.
May 15, 2010 |
The oil swirling in the Gulf of Mexico — broken up by dispersants and churned by winds and currents — has become an elusive giant, increasingly difficult to clean up but presenting a smaller, scattered threat if it reaches shore, U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Thad Allen said Friday. "This spill is changing in its character," said Allen, President Obama's top commander in charge of responding to the spill. "I don't believe any longer that we have a large monolithic spill."
October 29, 2010 |
Recent chemical tests have shown no widespread contamination to seafood from dispersants used to break up oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico ? and that such food is safe for the public to eat. Officials from the federal Food and Drug Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported Friday that less than 1% of 1,735 seafood tissue samples tested came up positive for any trace chemicals. Those samples that tested positive contained levels of contaminants well below the safety threshold of 100 parts per million for fish and 500 parts per million for shrimp, crabs and oysters, federal officials said.
April 11, 1989 |
High winds Monday threatened to sweep down on Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska, complicating the task of workers struggling to hold back a black tide from the nation's largest oil spill. Winds of 20 knots were predicted for the sound and along the north gulf coast late Monday, which could push the slick closer to the pristine Kenai Fjords National Park. But while the storm threatened to undo much of the gains made during cleanup operations since the spill from the Exxon Valdez on March 24, it appeared that the oil slick was beginning to break up in the Gulf of Alaska--good news for Kodiak Island, one of the nation's most productive fisheries.
June 17, 2010 |
Here on the open ocean, 12 miles from ground zero of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the gulf is hovering between life and death. The large strands of sargassum seaweed atop the ocean are normally noisy with birds and thick with crustaceans, small fish and sea turtles. But now this is a silent panorama, heavy with the smell of oil. There are no birds. The seaweed is soaked in rust-colored crude and chemical dispersant. It is devoid of life except for the occasional juvenile sea turtle, speckled with oil and clinging to the only habitat it knows.
July 4, 2010 |
The sun was shining, the waves were inviting, and the sand was soft, but Cassie Cox gazed forlornly Saturday at row upon row of unrented, still-furled beach umbrellas on what is usually the busiest holiday weekend of the year. "This is the saddest thing I've ever seen," said Cox, who had rented only a dozen umbrellas to beachgoers all morning. "Last year at this time, we had more than 1,000 people here." Long known as a jewel of the Gulf Islands National Seashore, this three-mile barrier island was pristine until three days ago. Now, oily ribbons, tarlike pellets and sludge patties are spoiling the sugar-sand beach, marking another victim of the BP oil spill.