Texas researchers to design oil spill response strategy for inlets
Texas researchers are developing plans to protect the state's bays and estuaries from offshore oil spills.
A surge of crude from a Gulf of Mexico offshore well into the Lone Star State's coastal inlets could harm marine species and disrupt shipping traffic, said Tony Wood, director of the National Spill Control School (NSCS) at Texas A&M University in Corpus Christi.
Karen fizzles, once again sparing Gulf drillers
HOUSTON -- A surprise storm has turned out to be much less of a threat for oil and gas operators than was feared.
Tropical Storm Karen formed in the southern Gulf of Mexico toward the end of last week and set itself on a path directly into hundreds of offshore installations.
Late entrant sends Gulf rig operators into emergency mode
HOUSTON -- Offshore oil and gas operations in the Gulf of Mexico are launching emergency measures ahead of a possible hurricane strike that could come this weekend.
The National Hurricane Center reported yesterday that a disturbance off the eastern shores of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula had grown to form Tropical Storm Karen with sustained winds measured at 65 mph. The storm was tracking northeast on a heading that would eventually place it directly over oil and gas platforms and rigs in the eastern Gulf region.
Scientists shed more light on Gulf damage ahead of BP spill trial
HOUSTON -- Ahead of the resumption of the trial over the 2010 BP Macondo oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, academics in Texas are publicizing new research that suggests the region will be feeling the aftermath of the spill for decades, not years.
Experts at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, say that deep-sea surveys near the site of the ill-fated Macondo offshore well encountered volumes of oil from the spill that settled on the seafloor. The lingering oil is believed to be negatively affecting the benthic zone, the ecological region at the bottom of the sea.