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What We Know About the Galveston Bay Oil Spill

By Alex Dropkin More than 150,000 gallons of heavy fuel oil spilled into the Houston Ship Channel on March 22, 2014 after a collision between an oil barge and a ship. The spill released an estimated 168,000 gallons of bunker fuel, a thick bottom-of-the-barrel, cheap fuel oil for powering big ships. Because of both the air […]

Texas Oil Spill Tracked With New High-tech Buoy

There are over 500 clean-up crew members working in boats and on beaches near where the oil spilled near Texas City on Galveston Bay. But determining where some of the oil might still go is being done by experts who aren’t nearby. They’re over 2,000 miles away. Doug Helton is in Seattle, Washington. He’s in […]

Galveston Bay Spill Will Take Economic, Ecological Toll

From the Texas Tribune: With no end in sight to containing a spill that may have dumped 150,000 gallons of fuel oil into Galveston Bay on Saturday, the hit to Texas’ economy and environment is already huge — and sure to grow. The 50-mile Houston Ship Channel, one of the world’s biggest waterways for the […]

Texas Seeks BP Settlement Money to Build Artificial Reefs

Texas has announced five projects it hopes to fund with money from a settlement from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Three of them would aid in building artificial reefs along the Texas Gulf Coast — something that could prove a boon to the fishing industry and tourism. While Texas was not hit […]

Another Record Settlement for Gulf Oil Spill

Less than two months after BP announced a record settlement over criminal charges for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the company that owned the rig has announced a civil and criminal settlement for a total of $1.4 billion. While BP leased the Deepwater Horizon rig and owned rights to the Macondo well, a crew […]

‘No Oil For You!’ BP Suspended From New Drilling Contracts

Just a few weeks after pleading guilty to felony criminal charges and agreeing to a record settlement of $4.5 billion dollars for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, BP has been “temporarily suspended” from new contracts with the federal government, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced today. The spill was the […]

BP’s New Ad Has Surprising Cameo

A new television ad from oil giant BP is getting some extra attention this week after viewers noticed an unexpected cameo. As part of a campaign to promote the company’s work to clean up areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010, which released nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf, […]

Getting to the Bottom of the Leaks at BP’s Texas City Refinery

There were reports earlier this week of leaks of at the BP refinery in Texas City, the site of a 2005 explosion that killed fifteen and injured 140 more. The gases that were reportedly leaked were sulfur dioxide, a pollutant regulated by the EPA and linked to respiratory issues, and methyl mercaptan, a smelly gas — think […]