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  • Obama takes plunge, swims in Gulf
    By on August 15, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    The one really big question hanging over President Obama’s weekend vacation to Panama City, Florida, now has an answer.


  • New Batfish Species Found Under Gulf Oil Spill
    By on July 8, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    eDarwin writes “Researchers have discovered two previously unknown species of bottom-dwelling fish in the Gulf of Mexico, living right in the area affected by the BP oil spill. Researchers identified new species of pancake batfishes, a flat fish rarely seen because of the dark depths they favor. They are named for the clumsy way they ‘walk’ along the sea bottom, like a bat crawling.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.


  • Methane-Trapping Ice May Have Triggered Gulf Spill
    By on May 11, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    sciencehabit writes with an excerpt from Science that begins: “Methane-trapping ice of the kind that has frustrated the first attempt to contain oil gushing offshore of Louisiana may have been a root cause of the blowout that started the spill in the first place, according to [UC Berkeley] professor Robert Bea, who has extensive access to BP p.l.c. documents on the incident. If methane hydrates are eventually implicated, the US oil and gas industry (more…)

  • Methane Bubble Triggered Deadly Gulf Coast Oil Rig Explosion
    By on May 8, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    A Small bubble turned into a big trouble.The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column.


  • U.S. presses BP to stop gushing Gulf Coast oil leak
    By on May 3, 2010 | Comments Off  Comments

    A huge oil slick caused by an underwater leak continued to creep toward the U.S. Gulf Coast on Monday as the Obama administration pressed energy giant BP Plc to stem the oil gushing from its ruptured offshore well.