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‘Dead zone’ reduced by Hurricane Barry but still 8th largest

Scientists say this year’s Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” is the eighth largest on record. Every summer, a large underwater area with too little oxygen to sustain marine life forms off Louisiana. Scientists had predicted a near-record 7,800 square miles (20,200 square kilometers) this year because of nitrogen and other nutrients carried by Midwestern flooding. However, this year’s research cruise ...

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Hurricane center says tropical depression likely in Gulf

The Hurricane Center says a tropical depression is likely to form in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the week. Forecasters in Miami said Monday that a trough of low pressure over central Georgia is forecast to move southward toward the northeastern Gulf where a broad area of low pressure will form in a couple of days. The ...

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Near-record ‘dead zone’ predicted in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists are predicting a near-record Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” — an area where the water holds too little oxygen to sustain marine life. Widespread downpours around the Mississippi River Basin have led to record amounts of water, carrying large amounts of fertilizer and other nutrients downriver. The nutrients feed algae, which die and then decompose on the sea floor, ...

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BP approves expansion of Gulf oil project

BP has approved a $1.3 billion expansion at one of its oil projects in the Gulf of Mexico and discovered an additional 1.4 billion barrels at two of them. “BP’s Gulf of Mexico business is key to our strategy of growing production of advantaged high-margin oil. We are building on our world-class position, upgrading the resources at our fields through ...

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Rain already hitting Gulf Coast as tropical storm advances

Coastal residents are feeling the effects of a severe storm system that’s churning in the Gulf of Mexico. Police say flooding already is being reported on Dauphin Island south of Mobile, Alabama. The main road leading to the island’s narrow western end is partially covered with water, and the city is moving vehicles and equipment to higher ground. Red flags ...

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Trump cheers Exxon plan to spend $20B on Gulf Coast projects

President Donald Trump and Exxon Mobil Corp. exchanged praise for each other on Monday as the company announced plans to create thousands of jobs by spending $20 billion over 10 years on plants along the Gulf Coast. Exxon’s plan started long before Trump entered the White House, however. It includes investments that began in 2013. Exxon said Monday the work ...

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Settlement reached in lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental groups and a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit over the slow-motion spill. Taylor Energy Company said Thursday it has agreed under the settlement to spend $400,000 to foster coastal research and will host a public forum and ...

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Biloxi council negotiating over BP legal fees

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi hasn’t yet received its $5.9 million settlement from BP from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill but city officials are trying to get attorneys to reduce the 20 percent contingency fee. The Sun Herald reports a special meeting was called Thursday to discuss the 2012 contract with Biloxi law firm Page, Mannino, Peresich and McDermott. ...

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Gulf states reach $18.7 billion settlement with BP over 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — BP and five Gulf states announced a record $18.7 billion settlement Thursday that resolves years of legal fighting over the environmental and economic damage done by the energy giant’s oil spill in 2010. The settlement, if accepted by a federal judge, would end a yearslong battle between BP and the U.S. government over Clean Water Act penalties after ...

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Midnight deadline approaches for oil spill settlement claims

NEW ORLEANS — With a midnight Monday deadline approaching to file claims under a 2012 settlement over the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the claims administrator said he expected a last-minute rush of filers. “There’s always a rush, for myriad reasons,” Patrick Juneau said in a telephone interview last week. Juneau said more than 328,000 claims had been filed ...

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