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La. Republicans say Obama admin. ‘denying’ state oil spill recovery funds

Louisiana Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of denying their state recovery funds related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In the wake of the spill, Congress passed the RESTORE Act to send 80 percent of the civil fines related to the disaster to the five Gulf states. The law stipulated how the dollars are to be distributed, but it tasked the Treasury Department with developing procedures for how the money was to be handled. Under the act, those rules were due January 2, 2013.

GULF OF MEXICO:

Wildlife, ecosystems still feeling impacts of Deepwater Horizon spill -- report

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, killing 11 workers and spewing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, dolphins, sea turtles, birds and other species are still feeling the effects, according to a summary report released by the National Wildlife Federation today.

Federal scientists have been collecting troves of data about the oil spill and its impacts on Gulf of Mexico ecosystems, but most of that information is being closely held while the government pursues its case against BP PLC.

GULF OF MEXICO:

Oil spill likely harmed tuna, other fish -- study

Crude oil spilled during the Deepwater Horizon disaster likely harmed fish growing in the Gulf of Mexico, including Atlantic bluefin tuna, according to a study published today.

The study, released online this afternoon by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, followed the development of three fish species -- bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna and amberjack -- after exposure to oil samples taken from the Gulf following the 2010 spill. A team of researchers led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that fish embryos are sensitive to the hydrocarbons found in crude oil, which result in "adverse" changes to the fish's heart physiology.

OFFSHORE DRILLING:

Gulf sales net $872M, including return of BP

The Interior Department today announced it received $851 million in high bids for oil and gas leases in the central Gulf of Mexico, including $42 million in winning bids from BP PLC one week after U.S. EPA lifted a federal contracting ban on the British oil giant.

The sale also included $21 million in noncompetitive bids from Exxon Mobil Corp. for three blocks in a 1.5-million-acre area of the western Gulf made available after Congress last December approved a U.S.-Mexico transboundary agreement.

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The sunken oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico is the worst oil spill in U.S. history. E&E examines the response to the spill, the politics of offshore drilling, and the aftermath for Gulf species and industries.

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