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New Zealand Prime Minister demands oil slick answers

Salvage crews were scrambling to off-load oil from a stranded container ship in New Zealand’s pristine Bay of Plenty Sunday, as Prime Minister John Key demanded to know why the vessel hit a reef in calm waters. With the official Metservice forecasting deteriorating conditions, including possible gale-force winds, from Monday…

Obama visits Gulf as BP pushes on with ‘top kill’

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – President Barack Obama was due back in Louisiana Friday to assess disaster relief efforts for the record oil spill hitting the Gulf coast, as BP pressed on with a risky bid to plug the leak. On what is planned to be a just over three-hour…

Scientists: Newly discovered Gulf oil plume is 22-miles long, six-miles wide

Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles (35 kilometers) from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science’s Weatherbird…

Oil spill clean-up boats recalled after crews fall ill

Update at bottom: 7 in hospital receiving treatment for contact with dispersant NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – All 125 commercial fishing boats helping oil recovery efforts off Louisiana’s Breton Sound area have been recalled after four workers reported health problems, officials said. The crew members aboard three separate vessels “reported…

US oil leak cap operation on track: BP

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – BP said Thursday its bid to cap the Gulf of Mexico oil leak with cement was on track as submarines toiled round the clock while fumes forced boats involved in the clean-up back to port. “The job has been proceeding according to plan,” BP Chief…

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