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Oil spill commission calls for stronger science role

Oil spill commission calls for stronger science role

In its final report, the presidential commission investigating the Gulf Oil Spill called for scientists to play a more important role in the federal government’s decisions about where to allow offshore oil production and also in how the government responds to spills.

White House interference: bad science or poor communication?

White House interference: bad science or poor communication?

It certainly doesn’t look good. Federal investigators have confirmed that the White House altered a peer-reviewed report last May to expand a six-month drilling moratorium following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The decision sparked complaints from the peer-reviewers themselves, who said they never signed off on such a recommendation.  Read more

Got Oil?

Got Oil?

A late-breaking session was added to Monday’s schedule at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado, to discuss the status of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The talk, titled “An Update on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Where is the Oil Now?” aimed to provide an update on how much oil is left in the environment, where it all went, what scientists are doing to find it, and what long-term impacts can be expected.

Bat fellatio and slime molds take 2010 IgNobels

It’s that time of year, when a few elite scientists are recognized for years of hard work tackling the great problems of the day. Yes, IgNobel season is upon us.

Sizing up the spill

When the government began releasing estimates of the size of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil well leak, scientists and environmental groups questioned the figures, certain the leak was larger. New research supports that notion. According to the study, published in Science, some 4.4 million barrels of oil has escaped into the ocean. It is the first independent, peer-reviewed paper on the size of the leak. (doi: 10.1126/science.1195840)

Oil spill science: A Month Searching for Oil

Oil spill science: A Month Searching for Oil

After 27 days at sea and 80-plus data collection stops, the Cape Hatteras pulled into Gulfport , Mississippi yesterday. Her complement of scientists from the University of Texas Marine Science Institute and the University of Georgia, Athens, broke down the on-board lab, carting instruments and equipment off the ship and into waiting U-Hauls.

NOAA attempts to clean up oil spill research efforts

NOAA attempts to clean up oil spill research efforts

Is there an extensive oil plume in the Gulf of Mexico or no oil plume? Are oil-eating bacteria making quick work of the spill or chomping slowly? In the nearly two months since BP capped the well and stopped the flow, conflicting reports have surfaced about the amount of lingering oil.  Read more