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Study shows more extensive coral damage related to BP spill

NEW ORLEANS — Gulf coral damage from the massive BP oil spill is more extensive than previously thought, according to a new study that revealed sick and dying corals in the rich, deep-water environment off the coasts of Alabama and Mississippi known as the Pinnacles. Using remotely operated submarines, researchers explored the Pinnacle Reef in September 2011 and found more ...

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Number of dolphin deaths leveling off after oil spill

TAMPA, Fla. — Scientists say the number of dead dolphins washing shore is declining five years after the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the National Marine Fisheries Service, the number of dolphins and whales killed by exposure to the oil was 1,433. About 87 percent were bottlenose dolphins. Some washed ashore dead, other were stillborn ...

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Well blowout spills oil and brine in Mountrail County

Oil and brine spilled at a well site in Mountrail County has impacted the White Earth River, reports the North Dakota Department of Health. The spill occurred at an Oasis Petroleum operated well at around 11 p.m. on Saturday. Located approximately 15 miles south of White Earth, the personnel on site lost control of the well. Oasis is currently working ...

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Problems unlikely from breathing oil spill chemicals in 2010

LANSING, Mich. — State officials say people living near the site of an oil spill that fouled the Kalamazoo River in July 2010 probably won’t have long-term health problems from breathing chemicals released into the air. In an analysis released Wednesday, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services says some residents who inhaled oil-related chemicals after the spill reported ...

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A readiness test: What if oil spewed into Great Lakes?

ST. IGNACE — Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge, the U.S. Coast Guard and several other federal, state and local agencies took to the waters of the Great Lakes Thursday in boats big and small, testing their preparedness and capabilities to contain what many consider as the worst of nightmare scenarios for the Great Lakes: a leak in Enbridge’s Line 5 ...

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Dane County gives up on requiring oil spill cleanup fund

MADISON, Wis. — Dane County officials have given up on trying to force Enbridge Energy to provide stronger financial assurances for a proper cleanup of a spill from the company’s crude oil pipeline across Wisconsin. County zoning administrator Roger Lane tells the Wisconsin State Journal it’s fruitless because of opposition from state lawmakers. Environmentalists want Dane County to require Canada-based ...

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Fracking boom on UT’s West Texas lands linked to spills, air pollution

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The hydraulic fracturing boom on University of Texas System lands in West Texas has polluted soil, groundwater and air, according to a report to be released Tuesday by an environmental group and a think tank. At least 1.6 million gallons of oil, saltwater and other pollutants have spilled from wells and associated equipment on UT System-owned land since 2008, said ...

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Oil-covered beach near Santa Barbara, California, closed

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SUMMERLAND, Calif.— Santa Barbara County, California, officials say a popular beach remains closed as officials try to determine the source of smelly oil and tar balls that have washed ashore. The Public Health Department’s Susan Klein-Rothschild said Sunday that strong petroleum odors and oily substances on Summerland Beach have persisted. She says officials will reevaluate on Monday whether it’s safe ...

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