Posts Tagged ‘Gulf of Mexico’

Journey into the Jungle: Part 2 – The Coconut

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

My roommate, Jacob “the Dude” Westman, coined the term “Costa Rica, the new west” on our trip to Cahuita National Park.  (more…)

Journey into the Jungle: Part 1 – The Sloth

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Photo: Jonah Kruvant (All Rights Reserved)


5% of the world’s biodiversity (animal and plant life) is in Costa Rica, more than Europe and the United States combined, all in an area of the size of West Virginia. (more…)

The Other Gulf Stain

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

This year’s flush of nutrients from midwestern fields into the Gulf of Mexico has created a particularly large “dead zone.”

Scientists Confirm Underwater Plumes Are From Spill

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

The conclusion was announced by University of South Florida researchers, although federal scientists had acknowledged there were clues tying plumes to BP’s well.

A Brighter Day for Gulf Fisheries

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

“We feel very confident that the seafood is completely safe to eat,” a federal official says of newly reopened gulf waters.

Pet Owners, Squeezed by Oil Spill, Turn to Shelters

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Pet drop-offs at some animal shelters along Louisiana’s coast are up fivefold since last year.

BP’s Partners in Well Try to Distance Themselves

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Anadarko Petroleum Corporation and MOEX Offshore 2007 said that common procedure calls for the operating partner to pay for cleanup and other costs up front and then seek contributions from the non-operating partners.

Stop the Sand Berms, Scientists Plead

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010

“Please understand that this kind of brute force engineering would cause drastic changes to the coast,” scientists tell the Coast Guard.

For Oysters, a ‘Remedy’ Turned Catastrophe

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

Diversions of freshwater from the Mississippi are said to have killed as much of 80 percent of the oysters in some Louisiana fisheries.

Optimistic BP Hopeful That Damaged Well Can Stay Closed

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

BP said that it hoped to leave its well in the Gulf of Mexico closed down until it is permanently plugged, meaning that little or no more oil should spew into the gulf.

With Well Shut for Two Days, BP Sees No Signs of Damage

Saturday, July 17th, 2010

Officials extended a test of BP’s blown-out well for an additional 24 hours, after two days of testing showed no signs of damage in the 13,000-foot-deep hole in the Gulf of Mexico.

This Land: From Gulf Oyster, a Domino Effect of Lives Touched

Friday, July 16th, 2010

The oil spill’s economic fallout has had a sneaky domino effect, touching the lives of everyone in the Gulf.

BP Says Oil Flow Has Stopped as Cap Is Tested

Friday, July 16th, 2010

Oil stopped gushing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time in nearly three months, as BP began testing the cap atop its well.

BP Begins Test That Could Halt Oil Spill

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010

BP began a critical pressure test of the runaway well that could finally stop oil from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico.

Connector Pipe for New Cap Installed on BP Well

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

BP reported progress in an effort to install a cap that could contain all the oil spewing from its out-of-control well in the Gulf of Mexico.

BP Begins Effort to Contain All Oil From Leaking Well

Sunday, July 11th, 2010

Engineers removed a cap that had been diverting about 15,000 barrels of oil a day, planning to replace it with a new one to collect more oil.

BP Is Ready to Put Tighter Cap on Runaway Well

Friday, July 9th, 2010

The replacement of the containment cap could begin as early as Saturday, said Adm. Thad W. Allen.

Officials and Scientists Spar Over Plan to Block Oil’s Approach

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

Local officials say the government’s plan to build rock dams to capture oil in the Gulf of Mexico is too risky.

BP Aims for a Bull’s-Eye Under the Gulf of Mexico

Monday, July 5th, 2010

The platform for a relief well, which will have to connect with the existing well’s steel casing pipe.Precision drilling has been improved and expanded over the years, aided by advances in sensors and processing.

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