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1:30 pm
Thu October 25, 2012

BP Says It Stopped Oil Leaks From Underwater Debris

BP says Macondo well leak has been stopped.

BP says it has successfully plugged underwater equipment oozing oil near its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard will monitor if the plugs hold.

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4:03 pm
Thu October 18, 2012

Coast Guard: Gulf oil slick comes from device used in 2010 spill

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An undersea camera confirms that an oil slick discovered in the Gulf of Mexico came from a 100-ton device on the seafloor that BP had used several weeks after the 2010 oil spill in a failed attempt to cap its runaway Macondo well, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.
An undersea camera confirms that an oil slick discovered in the Gulf of Mexico came from a 100-ton device on the seafloor that BP had used several weeks after the 2010 oil spill in a failed attempt to cap its runaway Macondo well, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.
Latest News
6:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Underwater Robots Checking BP's Macondo Well Site

The Coast Guard is leading an undersea effort to check the site of BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The well was sealed three months after the explosion in 2010, but a new oil slick has surfaced.

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It's All Politics
3:09 pm
Sun October 14, 2012

On The Campaign Trail, Regulations Dominate The Environmental Debate

Smoke rises from the stacks of the La Cygne Generating Station coal-fired power plant in La Cygne, Kan. President Obama's regulation of the coal industry has come under fire from his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney.
Charlie Riedel AP

Originally published on Sun October 14, 2012 4:02 pm

In previous elections, candidates from both parties have campaigned on pledges to be environmental presidents. This time, neither candidate is talking much about cleaning up the air or protecting scenic lands.

Instead, the debate has focused on whether and how much environmental regulations hurt businesses, especially the energy industry.

Mostly it's been GOP candidate Mitt Romney criticizing President Obama for what he sees as overzealous environmental regulations that strangle the economic recovery.

Environmental Rules

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Latest News
12:00 pm
Sat October 13, 2012

Coast Guard Approves Plan To ID Source Of Oil Sheen Near BP Well

The Coast Guard is overseeing efforts under way to find the source of an oil sheen near BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil company and federal scientists suspect it came from debris on the sea floor.

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BP Oil Spill
12:00 pm
Thu October 11, 2012

Oil Sheen Linked to BP Spill

The Coast Guard says an oil sheen in the Gulf of Mexico matches oil from the BP spill two years ago. The exact source is unclear.

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Science
2:28 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Software Calculates City-Specific Carbon Footprint

Bedrich Benes and Michel Abdul-Massih

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 2:58 pm

One way to measure greenhouse gases is simply to capture them at the source: You put an instrument on a smokestack, for example. Cities, however, are full of cars, buses, factories and homes that all use fuel or electricity. No one really knows how much carbon dioxide, the main greenhouse gas, comes from each.

Ecologist Kevin Gurney says he can find out.

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Coastal Erosion
10:07 am
Wed October 3, 2012

LSU faculty get $1.5M to study Louisiana's coast

LSU has been awarded $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to investigate whether southern coastal Louisiana has reached the tipping point, becoming too costly to sustain.

The interdisciplinary research project will investigate the sustainability of coastal communities that are especially vulnerable to natural resource loss and natural hazards. Nina Lam, professor of environmental science and principle investigator, said Tuesday it's the first study to look at both environmental factors and the human element.

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Environment
10:03 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Dead dolphin reported in river at Baton Rouge

A dead young dolphin washed ashore in an isolated area along the Mississippi River bank at Baton Rouge, state Wildlife and Fisheries personnel say.

Fisheries division biologist Mandy Tumlin says that in seven years with the department, she's never heard of a dolphin getting so far upriver. She says it might have done so by drafting along the bow of a ship headed upriver or by swimming up during Hurricane Isaac.

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Environment
6:00 am
Wed October 3, 2012

Wetlands Group Lobbies For Uniting Mississippi River Interests

The America's Wetland Foundation is working to unite Mississippi River interests.
America's Wetland Foundation

An environmental group that’s been studying Gulf Coast wetlands for the past decade is shifting its attention north. The America’s Wetland Foundation is focusing on the source of delta construction: the Mississippi River. The new project is called The Big River Works.

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