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GULF OF MEXICO:

Review shows ongoing species decline due to spill -- NWF

Scientists from the National Wildlife Federation during a trip to the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month documented a 25,000-pound tar mat, a barrier island devoid of its usual mangroves and a mother dolphin trying to resuscitate her dead infant.

The group aimed to counter BP PLC's claim that the Gulf and its coastal ecosystems are largely recovered five years after the massive 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

OFFSHORE DRILLING:

Stung by oil's fall, bidders barely show up for latest federal lease sale

A huge offshore drilling lease sale held in New Orleans yesterday drew far less interest than hoped as crude oil prices seem to have severely dampened the industry's enthusiasm for participation.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management reported weak interest for one of its largest lease auctions to date, Sale 235, covering the Central Planning Area of the Gulf of Mexico. Just a small fraction of the blocks up on offer received bids, covering a much smaller geographic area than might have otherwise been the case with higher oil prices.

INTERIOR:

House Dems, GOP slam administration's offshore energy plan

House lawmakers from both parties yesterday criticized the Obama administration's five-year offshore energy leasing plan, with Republicans arguing for more drilling and Democrats saying production should be limited to avoid potential oil and gas spills.

The criticism from both sides of the aisle underscored the challenges facing the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management as the agency moves forward with its 2017-2022 leasing plan.

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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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