Thursday, June 30, 2022

Play

The Supreme Court weakens Miranda rights protections, a campaign gathers signatures to start a consumer-owned utility in Maine, and the Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas former White House counsel Pat Cipollone.

Play

Immigration advocates criticize border policies after migrants die in a tractor-trailer, the U.S. opens a permanent headquarters for U.S. forces in Poland, and a House committee hears about growing housing inequity.

Play

From flying saucers to bologna: America's summer festivals kick off, rural hospitals warn they do not have the necessities to respond in the post-Roe scramble, advocates work to counter voter suppression, and campaigns encourage midterm voting in Indian Country.

Five Years after Oil Spill, Wildlife Still Struggling

Play

Friday, April 3, 2015   

AUSTIN, Texas - Five years after the Deepwater Horizon explosion killed 11 workers and released at least 134 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, scientists still are studying the environmental impacts.

BP said its data shows the waters are returning to normal, but a new report by the National Wildlife Federation tells a different story. Ryan Fikes, a scientist with the federation, said dolphins are dying and continue to be stranded along the Louisiana coast at four times the rate before the spill.

"There's increasing evidence that these ongoing deaths are connected to the 2010 oil disaster," he said, "which is precisely the opposite of what BP's report pinpoints."

The federation's report found that after the spill, 1,000 bottlenose dolphins have been found dead in an area stretching from the Florida Panhandle to the Texas-Louisiana border.

The Gulf is home to more than 15,000 species of wildlife. According to the report, fish, crabs, oysters, birds, sea turtles, coral reefs and even insects continue to show signs of trouble in connection with the spill. Fikes said sperm whales are feeding less in the area around the wellhead.

"These are critical feeding grounds for sperm whale," he said. "They feed on giant squid, which are known to occur in that area."

Much of the scientific data still has not been released to the public because of the federal government's ongoing case against BP and other companies for violations of the Oil Pollution Act. A decision by a federal judge on the company's Clean Water Act fines is expected soon.

The report is online at nwf.org.


get more stories like this via email

Proponents of a consumer-owned utility say as Maine works to improve the power grid, it is important to hold power companies in the state accountable. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

A campaign in Maine is gathering signatures to replace the state's investor-owned energy grid with a consumer-owned utility. Central Maine Power (…


Social Issues

Another important U.S. Supreme Court ruling this month has been overshadowed by the controversy about overturning abortion rights. Legal experts say …

Social Issues

By Sarah Melotte for The Daily Yonder.Broadcast version by Eric Galatas for Colorado News Connection for the Public News Service/Daily Yonder Collabor…


Some political experts are now describing the January 6th Congressional hearings as the biggest political scandal in American history. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

The nation still is dissecting revealing testimony from this week's committee hearing on the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol. A top White …

Social Issues

Students may be settled into their summer break - but in Minnesota, some remain focused on setting a peaceful tone ahead of their return to school …

The state is verifying signatures submitted by Nevada Voters First to get the ranked-choice-voting/open primary proposal on the ballot. (Cesar Marquez)

Social Issues

A proposal to change the way Nevada votes is one step closer to getting on the November ballot after the State Supreme Court rejected a legal challeng…

Social Issues

A new coalition of businesses and nonprofits in West Virginia is ready to create at least 3,000 new green industry jobs. They say they just need the …

Environment

As Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin pushes forward on plans to withdraw the Commonwealth from the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021