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Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill 2010   Tags: deepwater_horizon, environment, oil_spill  

This guide will provide help with research on the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Gulf Oil Spill 2010

 

Paul Haeder's Blog

SFCC's own Paul Haeder takes on the BP oil spil and other environmental issues in his blog for Down to Earth.

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Background

Here are some websites that provide background to Gulf Oil Spill of 2010.  Note: Some of the materials on this site are only available off campus to students, faculty and staff of Spokane Falls Community College.  Please contact a librarian (509-533-3834) for more information.

  • UPDATE:Gulf seafood deformities alarm scientists
    Eyeless shrimp and fish with lesions are becoming common, with BP oil pollution believed to be the likely cause.
  • Congressional Digest: Gulf Oil Spill 2010
    Congressional Digest reports on pros and cons, background and verbatim arguments of legislation before Congress, each issue dealing with one law under consideration.
  • GREENR web portal for the Gulf Oil Spill
    From the GREENR database (note: requires login off campus).
  • "Oil spills" in Encyclopaedia Britannica Online  
      
    "[T]housands of minor and several major oil spills related to well discharges and tanker operations are reported each year, with the total quantity of oil released annually into the world's oceans exceeding 1 million tons."
  • Bill McKibben on oil in the ocean
    McKibben highlights the damage done by the "oil slick you can't see," the rising acidity in our oceans.
  • BP blamed in 8,000 spill reports, federal data shows
    The Sunlight Foundation uses cutting-edge technology and ideas to make government transparent and accountable. Underlying all of our efforts is a fundamental belief that increased transparency will improve the public's confidence in government.
  • BP's Response Site to the Spill
    BP's page on the Gulf of Mexico spill.
  • Burning Fuel
    The Average Car vs. the Average Human.
  • Crude Awakening
    "An infographic to help you understand the oil spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and the incredible costs that will affect us all."
  • Deepwater Horizon Incident, Gulf of Mexico
    As the nation’s leading scientific resource for oil spills, NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has been on the scene of the Deepwater Horizon spill from the start, providing coordinated scientific weather and biological response services to federal, state and local organizations.
  • The Difference between the Exxon and BP Oil Spills?
    Jennifer Jacquet is a postdoctoral research fellow working with Dr. Daniel Pauly and the Sea Around Us Project at the UBC Fisheries Centre. In this blog post, she discusses the similarities and differences between the two most notorious US oil spills.
  • Dispatches from a Disaster  
      
    In mid-May, Marc Gauthier, Evergreen State College graduate in natural resources management, former owner of Natural Start Bakery, and creator of “From Controversy to Common Ground: The Colville National Forest Story,” headed southeast from Spokane. His goal was to try and make sense of the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster that’s spewing 210,000 gallons a day.
  • EPA Response to the BP Spill
    EPA is monitoring the air for any chemicals or compounds that may be in the air as a result of the oil spill or from the controlled burn to manage the spill. We are monitoring the air in real time for particulate matter as well as taking more specific chemical measurements for volatile organic compounds that require lab analysis.
  • General Facts about the Gulf of Mexico
    The Gulf of Mexico, the ninth largest body of water in the world and referred to as the "Mediterranean of the Americas," is located at the southeastern corner of North America. The Gulf is bordered by the United States to the north (Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas), five Mexican states to the west (Tamaulipas, Veracruz, Tabasco, Campeche, Yucatan), and the island of Cuba to the southeast.
  • The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill: An Accident Waiting to Happen
    The oil slick spreading across the Gulf of Mexico has shattered the notion that offshore drilling had become safe. A close look at the accident shows that lax federal oversight, complacency by BP and the other companies involved, and the complexities of drilling a mile deep all combined to create the perfect environmental storm.
    by John McQuaid for Environment 360
  • Map of Where Oil Has Made Landfall on the Gulf Coast - Map - NYTimes.com
    Interactive map of the oil spill and landfall of the oil.
  • Oil Spills in U.S. Coastal Waters: Background, Governance, and Issues for Congress
    From OpenCRS, Congressional Research Reports for the People.
  • PBS NewsHour Facts & Figures
    Informational graphic published by PBS.org from May 3, 2010 giving the rundown of the oil spill's statistics.
  • The Perfect Spill: Solutions for Averting the Next Deepwater Horizon | Solutions
    As efforts to plug the leak and clean up the damages continue, it is not too soon to begin to draw lessons from this disaster. We need to learn from this experience so we can prevent future oil spills, reevaluate society’s current trajectory, and set a better course.
  • Relief Well Diagram
    A diagram of BP's attempts to drill a relief well.
  • Gulf Oil Spill Infographic
    "Devastating comparisons and facts."
  • White House Fact Sheet on BP Escrow Fund | iMarketNews.com
    The following is a White House fact sheet released Wednesday regarding the BP escrow funds to pay claims to workers and businesses impacted by the Gulf oil spill.
  • BBC News BP: Capping the crisis
    Jon Sopel presents the BBC News special - BP: Capping the crisis, which will have the latest political and market reaction in a special live programme.
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