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Giant box being loaded on barge, headed for Gulf

PORT FORCHOUN, La. — A 100-ton contraption to help funnel out oil spewing from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico was loaded onto a barge Wednesday so it could begin its journey to the leak site about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. The giant-concrete-and-steel box is the best short-term solution to bottling up the disastrous oil spill that ...

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Oil's hidden costs visible, but will it matter?

HOUSTON — America is seeing the usually hidden costs of fossil fuels – an oil spill’s potential for huge environmental and economic damage, and deaths in coal and oil industry accidents. But don’t expect much to change. America and the world crave more oil and coal, no matter the all-too-risky ways needed to extract those fuels. "We are absolutely addicted ...

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Giant dome for Gulf oil leak is next best solution

NEW ORLEANS — The best short-term solution to bottling up a disastrous oil spill threatening sealife and livelihoods along the Gulf Coast should be arriving on Wednesday in the form of a specially built giant concrete-and-steel box designed to siphon the oil away. Crews for contractor Wild Well Control were putting the finishing touches Tuesday on the 100-ton containment dome. ...

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Energy industry eyeing Gulf leases

GULF OF MEXICO — With oil prices up $30 per barrel in the past year, the energy industry is showing more interest in Wednesday’s auction of federal leases off the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The Minerals Management Service says 67 companies submitted 642 bids on 468 tracts in the central Gulf of Mexico. Crude oil closed Tuesday at ...

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