Posts tagged as: Gulf of Mexico

Tar balls from oil spill found on Texas coastline (video)

Tar balls from oil spill found on Texas coastline (video)

On Monday, about a dozen tar balls that washed ashore on Crystal Beach were identified as oil from the BP well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the first evidence that oil from the spill has reached the Texas coastline. But it was unclear whether the oil from the blowout dropped off a passing ship [...]

World’s largest skimming vessel continues testing in Gulf (video)

World’s largest skimming vessel continues testing in Gulf (video)

On Sunday, a ship billed as the world’s largest skimming vessel will continue testing its abilities in the Gulf of Mexico. The A Whale could play a key role in oil cleanup efforts if the massive ship’s tests in a 5-by-5-mile area north of the underwater gusher are successful. The boat, which swallows water with [...]

US Coast Guard, BP resumes skimming of oil spill

US Coast Guard, BP resumes skimming of oil spill

After the first hurricane of the Atlantic season forced the US Coast Guard and BP to halt oil cleanup efforts for two days, skimming of spilled crude resumed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. Rough seas and high winds from Hurricane Alex brought all surface skimming, controlled burns of oil patches on the water [...]

Senators back congressional oil spill inquiry to counter ‘environmental bias’ of Obama commission

Senators back congressional oil spill inquiry to counter ‘environmental bias’ of Obama commission

On Wednesday, US senate Republicans advanced legislation that would create a congressionally appointed panel to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill based on complaints that a competing presidential commission has an environmentalist tilt. In a 15-8 vote, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee added the congressional commission proposal to a broader offshore drilling [...]

Hurricane Alex gains strength (video)

Hurricane Alex gains strength (video)

The US National Hurricane Center reported that Hurricane Alex gained strength early Wednesday as the storm began to take aim on the western Gulf of Mexico. By late Wednesday or early Thursday, the Category 1 storm—which became the first June hurricane on the Atlantic side of the United States since 1995—is expected to make landfall [...]

Tropical storm moves into Gulf of Mexico

Tropical storm moves into Gulf of Mexico

On Sunday, Tropical Storm Alex moved into the Gulf of Mexico after weakening to a depression as it swirled across Belize and Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, dumping rains that left at least four people dead across the region. The US National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Alex is expected to regain strength in the coming [...]

Area of oil spill could be hit by tropical storm

Area of oil spill could be hit by tropical storm

The latest bad news for crews trying to contain and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an effort plagued by setbacks for more than two months, is a tropical storm churning in the Caribbean. Packing 65-m.p.h. winds, tropical Storm Alex was lashing Belize late Saturday and is expected to cross [...]

Celebrity telethon rakes in $1.8 million for oil spill aid

“Everyone’s really pissed off,” said Jenny McCarthy to Ryan Seacrest, as they hosted last night’s Gulf Coast relief telethon on CNN. McCarthy was monitoring tweets about BP’s oil spill disaster. On the other hand, Larry King’s star-studded telethon, which was also held to help the people gravely affected by the oil spill in the Gulf [...]