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Big Oozy Blues Redux


It’s starting to feel like Spring 2010 in Louisiana. And, not in that positive, Saints-championship-afterglow way. Skimmers have been dispatched to the Gulf. Underwater robots are probing oil leaks. On Friday (5.13), new details continued to emerge about a nearly 90,000 gallon oil spill from a Shell pipeline.


Platform for Prosecution: Charges Announced For 2012 Rig Disaster


Cleaning up oil spills in the Gulf takes some serious time. Apparently, the Department of Justice (DOJ) also moves at a protracted pace when it comes to leveling criminal charges in relation to these disasters. Still, there ultimately is some action. On Thursday (11.20), the DOJ charged three companies and three individuals in connection with a November 2012 oil rig accident that resulted in the deaths of three men and a spill in the Gulf.


Oil Money: BP Settles for 20B


On Monday (10.05) morning, a consent decree was filed in federal court to outlining the final details of the 20 billion dollar BP settlement. A joint announcement from the Department of Justice, Environmental Protection Agency, as well as Commerce Agriculture and Interior departments explained that the historical deal was matter of dotting the i’s and crossing the t’s on a deal hashed out in July.


Half Shelled

P&J's Sal Sunseri Talks Oyster Issues Ahead of Fest



This weekend, New Orleanians will gather to celebrate the annual Oyster Festival, but in the unofficial “Oyster Capital of America,” all is not right. Five years after the explosion of BP’s oil rig, Deepwater Horizon, New Orleanians are still reporting problems caused by the oil that flooded the Gulf of Mexico. Sal Sunseri, co-owner of P&J Oyster Co. and co-founder of the New Orleans Oyster Festival talked with NoDef about the lingering effects.


Brine Crime: Judge Sentences Breton Sound Platform Polluters


Even corporations must answer to the law. X-Plor Energy SPV-1, Inc. an Oklahoma company based in Texas dumped waste product into the Breton Sound area for two years. On Wednesday (3.05), the company was handed a stiff penalty for polluting the Gulf.


Weekly Weather & Tropical Outlook: 9.29-10.03


Scattered afternoon and evening showers this afternoon through tonight  are a distinct possiblity with highs near 80, and lows overnight in the low 70's. Not much change is expected through Thursday with a 30 percent chance of rain each day. Come Friday, the first real Fall Cold Front will push through into the Gulf and bring overnight lows in the mid 50's to North Shore and low 60's to the South Shore this weekend.


Hello, Dolly: Tropical Storm Predicted to Make Landfall in Mexico


Now upgraded from a Depression to a Tropical Storm, Dolly continues to head for the coast of Mexico. The National Weather Service predicts that Dolly will make landfall later today or early tomorrow.


Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone is Size of Connecticut


Updated 2:20 p.m.

As predicted, the Gulf of Mexico's Dead Zone could fit a Connecticut inside. According to data released by federal agencies on Monday, the area of oxygen-starved water near the end of the Mississippi River is 5,052 square miles. 


Dead Zone 2014 Predicted to Equal Size of Connecticut


The Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone will be about the size of Connecticut, but that's normal, researchers announced this week. The massive, oxygen-deprived area that forms every summer in the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana's coast is expected to measure between 4,600 and 5,700 square miles, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. 


Study: BP Oil Slowed Fast Fish


Big Oozy oil slowed down one of the fastest fish in the Gulf, a new study shows. According to University of Miami researchers, oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster cut the ability of mahi mahi to swim by up to 37 percent. Along with impairing one of mahi mahi's key survival skills, a new study published in the journal of Environmental Science and Technology shows oil could have slowed other species of fish, as well.


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