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Obama establishes commission to investigate Gulf oil gusher

President Barack Obama announced on Saturday the establishment of an independent presidential commission to probe a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that has already shut down a popular tourist beach in Louisiana. As Grand Isle, Louisiana, closed its seven-mile beach to clean up an orange-liquidy slick washing…

A month in, outrage over Gulf oil spill grows

Thick, sticky oil crept deeper into delicate marshes of the Mississippi Delta, an arrival dreaded for a month since the crude started spewing into the Gulf, as anger and frustration mounted over efforts to plug the gusher from a blown-out well and contain the spill. Up to now, only tar…

Coast Guard may burn polluted areas to clean up spilled oil

The thick globs of oil now coating delicate grasses along Louisiana’s fragile coast threaten a slow and painful death for countless waterfowl, wildlife and their wetland habitat. Cleaning up the maze of marshes, where there’s nothing to stand on and shallow-bottomed boats are needed to navigated the narrow channels, is…

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