BP Oil Spill

Auburn Scientists Confirm Deadly Bacteria in BP Tar Balls

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By Glynn Wilson – The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, and the waves of tar balls deposited on the beaches shortly thereafter, prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to produce a tar ball fact sheet. Among the factoids was one stating that those sticky, coin-sized clumps of…

U.S. Forest Service Should Ban Fracking in All National Forests, Now

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The Big Picture: An Editorial – By Glynn Wilson – A proposal within the U.S. Forest Service to ban fracking in all national forests should be adopted by the Obama administration and codified into American law by Congress to make it permanent. After a plan to open up the Talladega National Forest to gas drilling…

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Extends Public Comment Period

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has extended the period for formal public comment on the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: “Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy” and accompanying “Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment” to July 8, 2013. The Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way…

Engulfed State Park: Enviro Presto Chango

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By David Underhill – The dermatologist moonlighting as Alabama’s governor, Robert Bentley, has shown that neither of these pursuits is his true talent. He is actually a master prestidigitator. Only an amateur magician distracts by elaborate maneuvers with one hand, while the other is slyly inserting the rabbit into the top hat, displayed as empty…

Gulf Coast Restoration Council Releases Draft Report

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released the a draft report with a plan for restoring the Gulf Coast’s ecosystem and economy this week, along with a draft environmental assessment now available for formal public comment. The plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way that restores, protects, and…

Mobile Bay Groups to Present Citizen’s Guide to Coastal Restoration

The Mobile Bay Sierra Club and the Mobile Baykeeper will present the Citizen’s Guide to Coastal Restoration at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center Tuesday, May 7 beginning at 7 p.m. This is a Citizen Education and Monitoring program developed to teach coastal residents and waterfront property owners about the importance of the coastal ecosystems…

Climate of Uncertainty: Planning for the Hoax Apocalypse

By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Deniers and doubters of global warming, frequent bedfellows with haters of the government, have the government to thank for opportunities to make money off global warming. The accursed feds concluded years ago that the earth really is running a temperature and that the main cause is human activity…

Transocean Pleads Guilty in Gulf Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Sentenced to Pay $400 Million in Criminal Penalties, the Second-Largest Criminal Clean Water Act Fine in U.S. History – BP’s oil still pollutes Gulf Shores beaches – By Glynn Wilson – Transocean Deepwater Inc. pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act Thursday for its illegal conduct leading to the BP Gulf Oil…

President Obama Names Sally Jewell to Head Interior Department

By Glynn Wilson – President Barack Obama nominated a former oil company engineer to head the Interior Department on Wednesday to replace Ken Salazar, who recently stepped down to return to Colorado. The choice is unusual in more ways than one. The post has historically gone to career politicians from the West, but Sally Jewell…

Salazar to Leave Obama’s Cabinet, Return Home to Colorado

By Glynn Wilson – Ken Salazar announced Wednesday that he will be leaving President Obama’s cabinet as Secretary of the Interior to return to his home state of Colorado. According to a press release from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Salazar informed President Obama that he intends to leave the department by the end…

Unsuitable Conduct: Separate Messages at Gulf Restoration Council Meeting

Don’t believe everything you see on Teevee – By David Underhill – MOBILE, Ala. – Feeding frenzy of suits. That could have been the caption on a picture from a downtown Mobile hotel where the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council staged its first meeting on December 11. Federal law created this council to preside over…

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council to Hold First Public Meeting in Mobile

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will hold its first public meeting at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel in Mobile, Alabama on Tuesday, Dec. 11. Established by the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourism, Opportunities Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2012 (a.k.a. the Restore Act), the council will develop and oversee implementation…