On April 20, 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded off off the coast of Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 crew members. The rig sank two days later. The oil rig is owned by Swiss company Transocean but was being operated by British company BP as it searched for oil about 40 miles off the Louisiana coast. The impacts of the spill on marine life, habitats and the economy in the area are already huge.
Read the latest news below - and you can also share news and your experiences here.
Latest News on the BP/Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Juvenile Tuna Impacted By Oil Spill
October 20, 2010
Research conducted by the Ocean Foundation has led researchers to estimate that juvenile bluefin tuna may have been reduced by as much as 20 percent due to the effects of the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill...read more.
Previous Oil Spill News
Oil Spill Could Be Disastrous For Whale Sharks
September 26, 2010
Whale sharks are the world's biggest fish. One location where you can find whale sharks is in the Gulf of Mexico, and unfortunately, 1/3 of the Gulf's whale sharks, a species listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List, live in the area affected by the oil spill that occurred starting in April 2010. Recent reports indicate the oil spill could be disastrous for the Gulf's whale shark population...read more.
Relief Well May Be Completed This Week
August 16, 2010
BP said in a press release that the leaking oil well has been capped, and no new oil has flowed into the Gulf of Mexico since July 15, 2010. However, the company is still drilling a relief well, and that is expected to be completed this week.
There is concern that about 1,000 barrels of oil may be trapped between the rock and the concrete blocking the top of the well, and drilling the relief well in the wrong place could release that oil into the ocean. But Thad W. Allen, the retired U.S. Coast Guard commander who is leading the response effort, said that the relief well would be completed and is necessary to complete the procedures to plug the leak.
Meanwhile, the efforts to collect oil at sea and clean up beaches continues, with over 5,000 vessels and dozens of aircraft involved in the effort...read more.
The Oil Spill's Toll On Wildlife
August 13, 2010
The site Treehugger posted an article about the BP oil spill, noting that 4,500 animals have been affected by the spill so far. The article refers to the Deepwater Horizon Response Consolidated Fish and Wildlife Collection Report, which lists the numbers of marine mammals, reptiles and birds collected and released since the Deepwater Horizon exploded in April 2010.
The report is disturbing, but must be read with a skeptical eye, as not all the animals may have died from the spill. What you can tell from the report, in black and white, is that 1,869 birds and 440 sea turtles were collected alive with visible oiling (meaning they must have experienced some effects of oil), and only 773 birds and 127 adult sea turtles have been released, so there is still a lot of work ahead for the rehab centers...read more.
Sea Turtle Nests Relocated
July 24, 2010
A Kemp's Ridley sea turtle nest at the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Florida has been dug up for relocation to an area less affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The eggs will be transported to a NASA incubation facility near Cape Canaveral...read more.
The Leak Has Stopped - For Now
July 15, 2010
Despite this good sign, BP and others working on the response were cautious....read more.
Big Week For Oil Spill Response?
July 12, 2010
BP is attaching a new, tighter cap onto the well, which will include funneling additional oil to the surface ship Helix Producer until a relief well can be drilled, which is estimated to be finished by mid-August...read more.
Federal Judge Blocks Moratorium on Drilling
June 22, 2010
Judge Martin Feldman blocked a 6-month ban on offshore drilling on June 22. The White House said it would appeal the decision.
Dead Sperm Whale Seen In Gulf of Mexico
June 17, 2010
NOAA reported this week that a dead sperm whale was seen 77 miles from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill site. Cause of death has not yet been determined. In addition, 45 dolphins have stranded, and two have evidence of external oil, but it's not known whether the oil was on them before they died. The total of sea turtles with evidence of external oiling is up to 82...read more.
Sea Turtles Affected By Oil Spill
June 10, 2010
According to the NOAA response web site, 7 sea turtle strandings were verified between June 7 and June 8, four in Mississippi, two in Louisiana, and one in Alabama, and all the turtles were dead. Only one (from Louisiana) had visible oil. Oil can affect sea turtles in several ways...read more.
BP Containment System Begins Siphoning Oil
June 6, 2010
Last last week, the cap containment system installed by BP began siphoning oil out of the leaking well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP is working to increase the amount of oil contained by the cap system, while continuing to drill two relief wells. It is expected to take another 3 months to complete the relief wells... read more.
'Top Kill' Procedure Unsuccessful
May 31, 2010
Oil Affecting Louisiana Marshes and Marine Life
May 24, 2010
Marine Life Affected By the Oil Spill
May 21, 2010
It's been difficult to determine exactly how many marine animals have been impacted by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. This will likely be a number that we never know, as the impacts may be far-reaching and undetectable in some cases. ...read more.
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