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AP journalist dives into Gulf, can only see oil

Some 40 miles out into the Gulf Of Mexico, I jump off the boat into the thickest patch of red oil I’ve ever seen. I open my eyes and realize my mask is already smeared. I can’t see anything and we’re just five seconds into the dive. Dropping beneath the…

Obama to reopen waters for shallow water drilling

Facing an angry tsunami from oil companies, oil company employees and oil company servicers in the Gulf Coast, the Obama Administration is set to quickly reopen drilling sites in the Gulf. The Administration will release new safety requirements in the wake of a massive BP oil spill. After a rig…

Black tide takes heavy toll among Louisiana pelicans

The animal rescuer opened the pelican’s beak and slipped his hand inside to remove stubborn blobs of oil coating the mandible, a seemingly small step in the desperate fight against a massive disaster. The rapidly spreading Gulf of Mexico oil slick has swallowed up as many birds in the past…

Grandson of explorer Jacques Cousteau slams ‘bullshit’ claim that oceans absorb pollution

Phillippe Cousteau, Jr., grandson of famed ocean explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau (pictured), has a unique position in today’s media when it comes to discussing British Petroleum’s massive Gulf of Mexico oil gusher. Unlike many others who’ve tried, he is capable of framing the massive and yet-unchecked disaster for the masses, placing…

1979 news reports on Mexican oil gusher may as well be from 2010: Maddow

From June 3, 1979 straight through March 23, 1980, an oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was spewing up to 30,000 barrels per day. In just 200 feet of water, the Mexican oil company Pemex scrambled to shut down the Ictoc I exploratory well, but to no avail. The…

Boy flings water bottle at Sarkozy

A schoolboy threw a plastic bottle at France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy during a visit to discuss violence in French schools on Tuesday, but missed his target. A bodyguard came between Sarkozy and the water bottle which was thrown as pupils crowded around the president, some of them seeking to shake…

Cleaning oil-soaked wetlands may be impossible

The gooey oil washing into the maze of marshes along the Gulf Coast could prove impossible to remove, leaving a toxic stew lethal to fish and wildlife, government officials and independent scientists said. Officials are considering some drastic and risky solutions: They could set the wetlands on fire or flood…

US may have to divert the Mississippi to fight oil slick’s spread

For the US Coast Guard, the mighty Mississippi River is its “best friend” in the fight against the oil spill. Trying to keep the spreading oil at bay, authorities have diverted the river into dozens of canals. But fishermen and ecologists are concerned an environmental disaster could be in the…

BP using toxic chemicals to ‘disperse’ spilled oil

Related: Chemical that drags oil to ocean floor being mass produced in Sugarland, Texas The chemicals BP is now relying on to break up the steady flow of leaking oil from deep below the Gulf of Mexico could create a new set of environmental problems. Even if the materials, called…

Gulf Coast oil spill could eclipse Exxon Valdez

Powered by Mochila An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control and drifted inexorably toward the Gulf Coast on Thursday as fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes. The spill was both bigger and closer than…

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