Gulf of Mexico


A federal judge has been ordered to review his decision on the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.

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A report published last month found that an unusually high number of bottlenose dolphins have been dying all along the Gulf Coast since February 2010. This unusual mortality event, or UME, began two months before the 2010 BP oil spill, but groups including the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say the spill is responsible for the continued die-off of this species.

One person has been killed and three injured in an explosion on an offshore oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials say the platform is 12 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says it appears there’s no oil spilled in the Gulf, and damage was limited to the platform, which was not in production.

Officials says Fieldwood Energy — based in Houston — reported the explosion on its Echo Platform just before 3 p.m. yesterday.

No statement yet from the company.

Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium

A scientist who has studied the low-oxygen dead zone off the Louisiana coast for 30 years says it’s still about the size of Connecticut.

Nancy Rabalais of Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium says it covers just over 5,000 square miles.

That’s triple the goal set by federal officials for next year. 

“The average size is now three times larger than the goal," she said. "And the goal was to reach that size by 2015, and it’s 2014. So that should tell us something about progress.”  

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Scientists are getting a crystal-clear look at two historic vessels almost a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico.

Pictures were taken from a pair of mini-subs tethered to explorer Robert Ballard’s vessel — the Nautilus.

They show small holes in a lifeboat that may have gone down with a passenger ship sunk in 1942 by a Nazi submarine. Or, it may have been scuttled after passengers and crew were rescued.

Interpretations differ.

Researchers are expecting the low-oxygen “dead zone” that forms every year in the Gulf of Mexico to remain about the same size.

The Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium forecast calls for the dead zone to be about 5,700 square miles.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the dead zone could be smaller — possibly as low as 4,600 square miles this summer.

Natural gas is no longer escaping from a blown-out oil rig off the Louisiana coast. Only a small flame is burning off residual gas in the pipeline.

A natural gas well off the coast of Louisiana was on fire Wednesday, one day after a blowout forced 44 workers to evacuate. There were no injuries reported.

The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says the mishap at Well A-3 below a "Hercules 265 jack-up rig," about 55 miles off the Louisiana coast, was first reported around 9:45 a.m. ET Tuesday.

Natural Gas Well Leaking In Gulf

Jul 9, 2013

The Coast Guard says natural gas is leaking from a well at a production platform in the Gulf of Mexico 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, La.

Chief Petty Officer Bobby Nash says the well is not spewing, but a rainbow sheen four miles wide and three-quarters of a mile long was spotted in an aerial survey Tuesday.

The platform owner was identified as Energy Resources Technology Gulf of Mexico LLC. The company could not immediately be reached for comment.

This year's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico may be as large as the state of New Jersey, National Geographic is reporting. The publication quotes scientists who say that would make it the biggest dead zone ever recorded.