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Two rescued from Louisiana oil platform fire

HOUSTON (Reuters) – An oil production platform caught fire in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and two people on board were rescued, but the fire was extinguished, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Firefighting vessels are on scene, making sure the fire does not reignite, the Coast Guard said. The…

Rescuing oiled birds can do ‘more harm than good’

GRAND ISLE, Louisiana — Michael Seymour peers at the oiled pelican floating near an island of mangrove trees and winces in frustration because — once again — there’s absolutely nothing he can do to help. An amber sheen has stained the pelican’s white head and brown chest and wings. But…

Louisiana beach remains closed as BP accused of hiding oil gusher’s true size

A popular tourist beach in Louisiana remained closed due to oil contamination Saturday as BP officials denied botching the month-long clean-up and deliberately hiding the true extent of the spill. As Grand Isle, Louisiana, closed its seven-mile beach to clean up an orange-liquidy slick washing ashore, the British energy giant…

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