A burning chemical plant may be just the tip of Hurricane Laura's damage in this area of oil fields and industry

A storm-driven chlorine gas release in a vulnerable community is the type of worst-case scenario that scientists and engineers have warned about for decades.

John Pardue, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Louisiana State University • conversation
Aug. 28, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: hurricanes chemicals fossil-fuels oil-industry extreme-weather natural-disasters gulf-of-mexico

Carbon dioxide threatens life in the Gulf of Mexico

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Gulf of Mexico are putting commercial fishing and marine life at risk, researchers warn.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation water fish carbon-dioxide fishing oceans gulf-of-mexico earth-and-environment

BP paid a steep price for the Gulf oil spill but for the US a decade later, it's business as usual

The Deepwater Horizon disaster set new records for holding polluters to account. But it had much less impact on laws regulating offshore drilling or US oil dependence.

David M. Uhlmann, Jeffrey F. Liss Professor from Practice and Director, Environmental Law and Policy Program, University of Michigan • conversation
April 23, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: regulation trump-administration deepwater-horizon gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill us-energy-policy gulf-of-mexico offshore-drilling bp-oil-spill oil-spills environmental-law liability

Coastal fish populations didn't crash after the Deepwater Horizon spill – why not?

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill caused widespread damage in the Gulf of Mexico, but some parts of this complex ecosystem fared better than others.

F. Joel Fodrie, Associate Professor of Marine Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill • conversation
April 16, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: ecology fisheries oil deepwater-horizon gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill gulf-of-mexico offshore-drilling marshes estuaries oil-spills

Offshore oil platforms spew lots of methane

Sampling the air over offshore oil and gas platforms in the Gulf of Mexico suggests the federal government's calculations of methane emissions are too low.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
April 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: methane oil oceans gulf-of-mexico earth-and-environment

Scientists have found oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in fishes' livers and on the deep ocean floor

The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster catalyzed a decade of research on oil contamination in the Gulf of Mexico, from surface waters to the seabed, with surprising findings.

Sherryl Gilbert, Assistant Director, C-IMAGE Consortium, University of South Florida • conversation
April 13, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: fisheries water-pollution marine-biology deepwater-horizon gulf-of-mexico bp-oil-spill marine-science marine-snow hydrocarbons

A decade after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, offshore drilling is still unsafe

The BP Deepwater Horizon blowout on April 20, 2010 triggered the largest offshore oil spill in history. Ten years later, post-spill reforms are being undone and the Gulf of Mexico remains vulnerable.

Donald Boesch, Professor of Marine Science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science • conversation
April 10, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: oil-industry oil trump-administration oil-prices deepwater-horizon gulf-of-mexico-oil-spill us-energy-policy energy-dominance gulf-of-mexico offshore-drilling

Things are looking dire for Gulf Coast coral reefs

"The best-case scenario is that we have rapid and widespread reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the near term, the next 20 years. The corals in the Gulf of Mexico are hardy."

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Dec. 12, 2019 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change conservation oceans gulf-of-mexico earth-and-environment corals

Geology drove decisions that led to Deepwater Horizon explosion

"The bottom line is that geological conditions led to a decision to use a specialized cement that failed. This... was a root cause of the ultimate blowout."

Anton Caputo-UT Austin • futurity
May 13, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: geology pollution oceans gulf-of-mexico oil-spills earth-and-environment disaster-management

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