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SCIENCE
May 25, 2010 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
As early as Wednesday, BP will begin its first attempt to seal the deep ocean well that is spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, using a series of high-risk maneuvers that has never been attempted at such depths. The so-called top kill effort is increasingly crucial for BP, which has come under attack in recent days from Obama administration officials and Gulf Coast states frustrated with the company's inability to cap the well and stop the worsening environmental disaster. BP officials were running diagnostics Tuesday on the blowout preventer above the leaking well, a final step before the effort gets underway.
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SCIENCE
September 16, 2010 | By Eryn Brown, Los Angeles Times
Bacteria that attacked the plumes of oil and gas resulting from the Deepwater Horizon gusher in the Gulf of Mexico mainly digested natural gas spewing from the wellhead — propane, ethane and butane — rather than oil, according to a study published in the journal Science. The paper doesn't rule out the possibility that bacteria also are consuming oil from the spill, the authors said. Instead, it suggests that natural gas primed the growth of bacteria that may have gone on to digest "more complex hydrocarbons" — oil — as the spill aged and propane and ethane were depleted.
OPINION
October 25, 2002
The cheapest and best way to defeat terrorism is to become independent of oil. Harry Levin Woodland Hills
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 20, 1986
I disagree with your editorial. Let's get gasoline cheaper. Let's cap all of our domestic oil wells, and conserve oil, and buy gasoline at the cheapest service stations, and drive the price down to 40 cents a gallon. Let's drain other countries dry of their oil and save ours for the future. The trade deficits will be an academic question when we have oil in the next century, while no other nation does. BARRY KRAUSE Santa Monica
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 1992
Who are we kidding? California will get tens of thousands of jobs from the destruction of the last really wild area on the continent? Maybe. Maybe there's oil. Chances are a lot longer that there's neither oil nor jobs. If you believe this claim about jobs from slick oil Gov. Hickel, we have the Golden Gate bridge for sale, cheap. SALLY M. REID Sierra Club National Alaska Task Force Pine Mountain, Calif.
TRAVEL
August 6, 1995
While reading with the greatest pleasure the Taste of Travel piece ("Home Grown"), I noted the reference to macadamia nut oil. This oil, which is excellent for salads and cooking, is more widely available than the writer thought. Mrs. Gooch's Natural Foods Markets carry it. ZITA CARNO West Hills
NATIONAL
June 3, 2010 | By Bettina Boxall and Margot Roosevelt, Los Angeles Times
BP engineers lowered a cap over the top of the company's blown-out well Thursday night, an important step in efforts to contain the thousands of barrels of oil spewing daily into the Gulf of Mexico. "The placement of the containment cap is another positive development in BP's most recent attempt to contain the leak; however, it will be some time before we can confirm that this method will work and to what extent it will mitigate the release of oil into the environment," Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the national incident commander for the spill, said in a written statement.
NATIONAL
July 11, 2010 | By Nicole Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times
In another subsea attempt to control its gushing well, BP began a risky procedure Saturday that could contain all of the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico within a week. But the around-the-clock procedure comes with a price: Millions of gallons of oil will flow into the gulf for at least two days until a new cap is mounted. Although it's the latest in a series of attempts to contain the gusher, it's not a final fix. By Saturday afternoon, robots had removed a containment cap from the leaking well, a move that caused oil to freely gush into the ocean.
BUSINESS
February 24, 2012 | Bloomberg
Oil extended the longest rally in two years as tensions with Iran threatened supplies while signs of economic growth boosted the outlook for demand. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index closed at the highest level since June 2008. Crude for April delivery rose for a seventh day, increasing 1.8% to $109.77 a barrel, the highest settlement since May 3. The Standard & Poor's 500 Index increased 0.2% to 1,365.74 after earlier rallying as much as 0.4%. The Dow Jones Industrial Average slipped 1.74 points to 12,982.95, retreating from an almost four-year high.
WORLD
March 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexican officials said state oil monopoly Pemex is in "critical" condition, as the country's proven reserves fell from the equivalent of 9.7 years of production to 9.3, and daily oil output declined by 2.3% to about 3.2 million barrels in 2006. In an unusually critical assessment, officials said the company had to become more efficient, increase exploration and open itself to outside expertise and investment. Mexico is the No. 2 supplier of oil to the United States.
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