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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 15, 2010
Sierra Nevada Corp., a defense contractor operating in Washington County, is sending a plane to the Gulf of Mexico to help map the oil spill. The plane, a Beechcraft King Air turboprop, has a special satellite dish unit and a camera system that can distinguish between oil and water, said Hal Lucas, the director of Sierra Nevada's Integrated Aviation Systems division north of Hagerstown. The plane was being tested Thursday at Sierra Nevada's local facility and is expected to leave for the New Orleans area over the weekend, Lucas said.
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April 22, 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An oil platform that burned for more than day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Crews searched by air and water for 11 workers still missing from the Deepwater Horizon, though one relative said family members have been told it's unlikely anyone survived Tuesday night's blast. Supply vessels had been shooting water into the rig try to control the flames enough to keep it afloat, but couldn't, Coast Guard Petty Officer Katherine McNamara said.
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May 27, 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science's Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume recorded since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20. The thick plume was detected just beneath the surface down to about 3,300 feet, and is more than 6 miles wide, said David Hollander, associate professor of chemical oceanography at the school.
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May 27, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Escalating his administration's response to the disastrous Gulf oil spill, President Barack Obama plans to announce Thursday that a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling permits will be continued for six months while a presidential commission investigates, a White House aide said. Controversial lease sales off the coast of Alaska will be delayed pending the results of the commission's investigation, and lease sales planned in the Western Gulf and off the coast of Virginia will be canceled, the aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a midday Obama news conference.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 2, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- As David Donohue spoke Thursday morning, he wasn't yet aware his comrades from the U.S. Coast Guard were racing to an offshore petroleum platform that exploded off the coast of Louisiana. Donohue, Franklin County's director of emergency services, was telling the Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners about his recently completed 60-day deployment to the Gulf Coast as reports started developing regarding the latest explosion. The commissioners thanked Donohue for his response and talents as well as keeping in contact with his Franklin County staff this summer.
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April 30, 2010
MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) -- Oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico oozed into Louisiana's ecologically rich wetlands Friday as storms threatened to frustrate desperate protection efforts. The White House put a hold on any new offshore oil projects until the rig disaster that caused the spill is explained. Crews in boats patrolled coastal marshes early Friday looking for areas where the oil has flowed in, the Coast Guard said. The National Weather Service predicted winds, high tides and waves through Sunday that could push oil deep into the inlets, ponds and lakes that line the boot of southeast Louisiana.
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May 27, 2010
COVINGTON, La. (AP) -- The Gulf oil spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history, according to new estimates released Thursday, but the Coast Guard and BP said an untested procedure to stop it seemed to be working. A team of scientists trying to determine how much oil has been flowing since the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20 and sank two days later found the rate was more than twice and possibly up to five times as high as previously thought.
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May 20, 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP conceded Thursday that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill. Mark Proegler, a spokesman for oil giant BP PLC, said a mile-long tube inserted into a leaking pipe over the weekend is capturing 210,000 gallons a day -- the total amount the company and the Coast Guard have estimated is gushing into the sea -- but some is still escaping.
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May 7, 2010
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) -- Underwater robots positioned a giant 100-ton concrete-and-steel box over a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico on Friday as workers prepared to drop the device to the seafloor in a first-of-its-kind attempt to stop oil gushing into the sea. A spokesman for oil giant BP PLC, which is in charge of the cleanup, said the box was suspended over the main leak just after noon EDT Friday and was being moved...
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May 4, 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The sea calmed Tuesday, helping efforts to fight a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico but providing scant comfort for people along beaches and bayous waiting anxiously to find out when and where the mess might come ashore. So far only sheens have reached into some coastal waters, and the oil's slow movement despite an uncapped seafloor gusher has given crews and volunteers time to lay boom in front of shorelines. That effort was stymied by choppy seas into the weekend, but officials were optimistic Tuesday as the sun came out and winds eased.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | September 2, 2010
CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. -- As David Donohue spoke Thursday morning, he wasn't yet aware his comrades from the U.S. Coast Guard were racing to an offshore petroleum platform that exploded off the coast of Louisiana. Donohue, Franklin County's director of emergency services, was telling the Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioners about his recently completed 60-day deployment to the Gulf Coast as reports started developing regarding the latest explosion. The commissioners thanked Donohue for his response and talents as well as keeping in contact with his Franklin County staff this summer.
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By ANDREW SCHOTZ | July 15, 2010
Sierra Nevada Corp., a defense contractor operating in Washington County, is sending a plane to the Gulf of Mexico to help map the oil spill. The plane, a Beechcraft King Air turboprop, has a special satellite dish unit and a camera system that can distinguish between oil and water, said Hal Lucas, the director of Sierra Nevada's Integrated Aviation Systems division north of Hagerstown. The plane was being tested Thursday at Sierra Nevada's local facility and is expected to leave for the New Orleans area over the weekend, Lucas said.
NEWS
May 27, 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Marine scientists have discovered a massive new plume of what they believe to be oil deep beneath the Gulf of Mexico, stretching 22 miles from the leaking wellhead northeast toward Mobile Bay, Alabama. The discovery by researchers on the University of South Florida College of Marine Science's Weatherbird II vessel is the second significant undersea plume recorded since the Deepwater Horizon exploded on April 20. The thick plume was detected just beneath the surface down to about 3,300 feet, and is more than 6 miles wide, said David Hollander, associate professor of chemical oceanography at the school.
NEWS
May 27, 2010
COVINGTON, La. (AP) -- The Gulf oil spill has surpassed the Exxon Valdez as the worst in U.S. history, according to new estimates released Thursday, but the Coast Guard and BP said an untested procedure to stop it seemed to be working. A team of scientists trying to determine how much oil has been flowing since the offshore rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20 and sank two days later found the rate was more than twice and possibly up to five times as high as previously thought.
NEWS
May 27, 2010
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Escalating his administration's response to the disastrous Gulf oil spill, President Barack Obama plans to announce Thursday that a moratorium on new deepwater oil drilling permits will be continued for six months while a presidential commission investigates, a White House aide said. Controversial lease sales off the coast of Alaska will be delayed pending the results of the commission's investigation, and lease sales planned in the Western Gulf and off the coast of Virginia will be canceled, the aide said, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a midday Obama news conference.
NEWS
May 20, 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- BP conceded Thursday that more oil than it estimated is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico as heavy crude washed into Louisiana's wetlands for the first time, feeding worries and uncertainty about the massive monthlong spill. Mark Proegler, a spokesman for oil giant BP PLC, said a mile-long tube inserted into a leaking pipe over the weekend is capturing 210,000 gallons a day -- the total amount the company and the Coast Guard have estimated is gushing into the sea -- but some is still escaping.
NEWS
May 7, 2010
ON THE GULF OF MEXICO (AP) -- Underwater robots positioned a giant 100-ton concrete-and-steel box over a blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico on Friday as workers prepared to drop the device to the seafloor in a first-of-its-kind attempt to stop oil gushing into the sea. A spokesman for oil giant BP PLC, which is in charge of the cleanup, said the box was suspended over the main leak just after noon EDT Friday and was being moved...
NEWS
May 4, 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The sea calmed Tuesday, helping efforts to fight a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico but providing scant comfort for people along beaches and bayous waiting anxiously to find out when and where the mess might come ashore. So far only sheens have reached into some coastal waters, and the oil's slow movement despite an uncapped seafloor gusher has given crews and volunteers time to lay boom in front of shorelines. That effort was stymied by choppy seas into the weekend, but officials were optimistic Tuesday as the sun came out and winds eased.
NEWS
April 30, 2010
MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) -- Oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico oozed into Louisiana's ecologically rich wetlands Friday as storms threatened to frustrate desperate protection efforts. The White House put a hold on any new offshore oil projects until the rig disaster that caused the spill is explained. Crews in boats patrolled coastal marshes early Friday looking for areas where the oil has flowed in, the Coast Guard said. The National Weather Service predicted winds, high tides and waves through Sunday that could push oil deep into the inlets, ponds and lakes that line the boot of southeast Louisiana.
NEWS
April 22, 2010
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- An oil platform that burned for more than day after a massive explosion sank into the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Crews searched by air and water for 11 workers still missing from the Deepwater Horizon, though one relative said family members have been told it's unlikely anyone survived Tuesday night's blast. Supply vessels had been shooting water into the rig try to control the flames enough to keep it afloat, but couldn't, Coast Guard Petty Officer Katherine McNamara said.
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