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Study: Unusual Dolphin Deaths Linked to Gulf Oil Spill

7/27/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

A new study in the journal PLoS ONE suggests that a “perfect storm” of events contributed to the unusual numbers of dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf of Mexico. This study looks specifically at the strandings between January and April of 2011–a […] Read more >

American White Pelicans in Louisiana's Barataria Bay, March 2012 (NWF staff photo)

BP Connection? Oil Traces Found in Pelican Eggs Far from Gulf

5/18/2012 // By Miles Grant

Could pollutants from the BP oil spill be persisting in pelicans more than a thousand miles from the Gulf of Mexico? The evidence is still preliminary, but Minnesota Public Radio reports researchers were alarmed to find traces of oil and […] Read more >

Tar mat coats marsh in Bay Jimmy off Louisiana's Barataria Bay, March 2012 (NWF staff photo)

Two Years into BP Oil Spill, “Our Whole Life is Upside-Down”

4/24/2012 // By Miles Grant

It wasn’t until several years after the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill that the full ecological impacts on Alaska’s ecosystems revealed themselves, and two years into the Gulf oil disaster, troubling signs continue to emerge: Ryan Lambert has been a […] Read more >

Dolphins are dying in unprecedented numbers

Two Years Later, Dolphins Dying at Unprecedented Rates

4/20/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

Today marks two years since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and ultimately sending more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Since the start of the spill, more than 500 dolphins have […] Read more >

Striped dolphins swim through BP oil, April 2012 (NOAA's National Ocean Service)

Gulf Dolphins Still Struggling to Recover from BP Oil Spill

3/26/2012 // By Miles Grant

With the Gulf oil disaster approaching the two-year mark, a new assessment from NOAA scientists says bottlenose dolphins are still feeling the BP oil spill’s ill effects - and some may not survive: Based on comprehensive physicals of 32 live dolphins […] Read more >

Oiled White Pelican on Bay Jimmy in Louisiana

NWF Tour Finds BP Oil Still Soaking Louisiana Marshes, Menacing Wildlife

3/22/2012 // By Miles Grant

The National Wildlife Federation this week led a boat trip to Louisiana marshes hit hard by the Gulf oil disaster. The trip made depressingly clear that while national attention has moved on and Congress still hasn’t passed legislation to restore […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup – March 9, 2012

3/9/2012 // By Aislinn Maestas

Want to know what National Wildlife Federation was up to this week? Here is a recap of the week’s NWF news: RESTORE Act a Victory for Gulf’s Ecosystems and Economy March 8 – The U.S. Senate today passed an amendment […] Read more >

An oiled brown pelican floats in the Gulf during the height of the 2010 oil spill. Photo credit:  Louisiana Governor's office.

Another Step Forward for Gulf Restoration

3/8/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

This afternoon, the Senate passed the RESTORE Act amendment with an overwhelming show of support—76 to 22. This legislation would dedicate 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from the oil disaster to restoring the Gulf’s economies and ecosystems. Today’s […] Read more >

Settle the BP Oil Spill Litigation? Maybe, But Let’s Not Let BP Shortchange the Gulf Yet Again

2/28/2012 // By John Kostyack

Next week, the long-awaited trial begins to decide the liability of BP, Transocean, Halliburton and other companies involved with the April 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The trial was set to begin this week, but it was postponed […] Read more >

Jeff Phillips, Environmental Contaminants Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, rescues a brown pelican from Barataria Bay in Grand Isle, La June 4, 2010.

All Eyes on the Senate

2/23/2012 // By Lacey McCormick

Last week, pelicans and other wildlife in the Gulf got some promising news when the House of Representatives passed an amendment dedicating 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines from the BP oil spill to Gulf restoration. The amendment, introduced […] Read more >