Waterkeeper Updates

Shell Says Sheen Dissipating

(Kristen Hays-Reuters) - Royal Dutch Shell said an oil sheen near two of its offshore Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas platforms was dissipating Thursday, and it was "very confident" its installations were not to blame.

The Hague-based company said the "orphan spill," estimated to be about six barrels of oil, was breaking up. Shell said it would continue to monitor the sea floor with a pair of underwater robots.

"Shell's subsea surveillance today and tomorrow will continue to determine if there is a connection between natural seeps and this orphan sheen," the company said.

Lessons of the BP accident for improving offshore drilling safety around the world

By Najmedin Meshkati

As the second anniversary of the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore platform accident approaches on April 20, the sky rocketing gasoline prices at the pumps have fueled calls of “drill, baby, drill” to increase domestic oil production. The prospect of extensive deepwater oil and gas drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, the Arctic waters, and elsewhere is now stronger than ever.

Update- Shell Oil Slick in Gulf

* Shell says 'light' sheen 10 square miles in size on water

* Sheen spotted near Shell's Mars and Ursa oil platforms

* Shell says to issue update after sunrise

* Shell shares down 5 percent in London

HOUSTON/LONDON, April 12 (Reuters) - Shares in Royal Dutch Shell fell on Thursday as the company stepped up efforts to monitor an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in a market still jittery after BP's 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Texas spends Gulf oil spill cash on conservation

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Wetlands Continue to Suffer- BP disaster

Report: FL Wetlands Continue to Suffer from BP Spill
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It's been two years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, but its effects on the wildlife and shoreline are seen daily by people in the area.

Make a Difference this Earth Month

April 22nd is Earth day, so we're making April Earth month! Here are some ideas to help protect our Earth's precious resources:

1. Use only the water you need, turn off that faucet!
2. Help keep water clean by using biodegradable and environmentally friendly cleaning products. We all live downstream
3. Dispose of solid and liquid wastes and medications safely
4. Protect your local water source from pollutants, excess pesticides and garbage


Whales' Signals Reveal Retreat from Ill-fated Oil Rig

By Peter Gwynne, ISNS Contributor
Inside Science News Service

A technique that monitors whales through the sounds they emit has answered a key issue raised by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico two years ago this month.

The sound-monitoring technique revealed that sperm whales retreated from the immediate area around the spill caused by the explosion.

"There's obvious evidence of relocation," said team member Azmy Ackleh, professor and head of mathematics at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Louisiana Oystermen Still Struggling Two Years After Oil Spill

Almost two years ago an explosion on an offshore drilling rig killed 11 men and sent 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The result was the worst environmental disaster in United States history. Of all the local businesses affected by the spill, Louisiana's once-flourishing oyster industry is probably in the worst condition. Oysters are still scarce and consumers are still afraid to eat them.

Scientists say BP oil spill the culprit for heavy toll on corals

The damaged corals were discovered in October 2010 by academic and government scientists, but it’s taken until now for them to declare a definite link to the oil spill.

Most of the Gulf’s bottom is muddy, but coral colonies that pop up every once in a while are vital oases for marine life in the chilly ocean depths. The injured and dying coral today has bare skeleton, loose tissue and is covered in heavy mucous and brown fluffy material, the paper said.

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