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An Excuse to do Nothing

2/3/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

How did 300 tons of rusted metal halt federal legislation in its tracks?  That’s the question looming over the Deepwater Horizon’s blowout preventer (BOP), a “fail-safe” mechanism designed as the last line of defense against oil spills. During last week’s …

Oil Spill Commission on Trial

2/1/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

The federal Oil Spill Commission meets a daunting roadblock: Congress.

Pensacola Beach sample showing oil below clean surface.

Uncovering the Secret in the Sand – Buried Oil Remains After Cleanup

1/20/2011 // By Bob Serata

Many of the oil-fouled beaches along the Gulf coast and barrier islands have been scoured, scraped, raked and filtered clean. Tourist beaches and beaches in front of high-rise condominiums along the Florida panhandle and eastern shores of Alabama are spectacularly white …

Blue-winged teal by David Heritsch

Gulf Coast Birds–And Ours–Doing Alright (for now)

1/3/2011 // By Laura Tangley

On a recent chilly morning in southwestern Louisiana’s White Lake Wetland Conservation Area, Kim Trahan, a rice farmer who leases land in the state-owned area, surveyed the scene around him with satisfaction. To the south, a flock of several thousand …

Entire Habitats Wiped Out by Oil, Dispersant and Fires

12/29/2010 // By Bob Serata

Hyperbole? If you’re visualizing an entire ocean, marshland, bay or miles-long beachfront destroyed, perhaps. But if you consider pelagic sargassum, that yellowish-brown seaweed that forms up into floating mats, clumps and weed lines (scientists call them “weedrows”), you will find …

[VIDEO] Gulf Seafood Still in Question

12/22/2010 // By Craig Guillot

Since the day oil first started hitting the Gulf Coast, the safety of Gulf seafood has been in question. Authorities say that fish, shrimp, crab and oysters from the region are safe for consumption but some still remain skeptical.

Are Red Crabs the Latest Victims of the Gulf Oil Disaster?

12/14/2010 // By Bob Serata

Life under 3,000 feet of sea water is tough enough. More than 1,300 pounds per square inch of pressure squeeze you. Water temperatures of 41°-45° F keep you freshly chilled. Hunting for food means scratching and scraping through the sand …

Giant Ships Invade Mississippi Gulf Coast Island

12/14/2010 // By Bob Serata

There’s an industrial-strength landing site at the west end of Horn. Large crew boats, tugs and barges are anchored in the shallows next to channels between the islands that provide deep water access.

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“Sand Sharks” Take on Gulf Coast’s Oiled Beaches

11/24/2010 // By Miles Grant

NWF’s John Hammond visited Orange Beach, AL to get a first-hand look at cleaning operations. Watch what he found:

Migratory waterfowl in Louisiana

Update: Migratory Birds in the Gulf of Mexico

11/1/2010 // By Laura Tangley

Just over six months into the worst oil disaster in U.S. history, federal officials finally have some good news for those of us concerned about birds in the Gulf of Mexico. At a recent press conference, U.S. Department of Agriculture …

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