oil spill http://wrkf.org en Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf http://wrkf.org/post/telltale-rainbow-sheens-show-thousands-spills-across-gulf Jonathan Henderson of New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network is flying Louisiana's coast looking for oil. As usual, he's found some.<p>"I just noticed something out of the corner of my eye that looks like a sheen that had some form to it," he says. "We're going to go take a closer look and see if there's a rainbow sheen."<p>It's a target-rich environment for Henderson, because more than 54,000 wells were planted in and off this coast — part of the 300,000 wells in the state. They're connected by thousands of miles of pipelines, all vulnerable to leaks.<p>And leak they do. Sat, 19 Apr 2014 15:40:00 +0000 editor 25431 at http://wrkf.org Telltale Rainbow Sheens Show Thousands Of Spills Across The Gulf Gulf Health: 4 Years After The Oil Spill http://wrkf.org/post/gulf-health-4-years-after-oil-spill <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper inset" data-caption="Oiled beaches in coastal Jefferson Parish after the BP oil spill." data-attribution="Credit Jason Saul / WWNO" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/wwno/files/styles/card_280/public/201306/boom.JPG" alt="" /><a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2014/04/FlemingNWFWEB.mp3" class="asset-audio">National Wildlife Federation experts warn Gulf species are still suffering from oil spill effects.</a><p><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>This story has been updated with a response from BP.</strong></em><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, a leading environmental group is warning that the event is far from over. Increased deaths of dolphins, sea turtles and other injured species are signs of continuing contamination.</span><p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 15:24:18 +0000 Eileen Fleming 24943 at http://wrkf.org Gulf Health: 4 Years After The Oil Spill After Oil Spill, Ships Start Moving — But Cleanup Has Just Begun http://wrkf.org/post/after-oil-spill-ships-start-moving-cleanup-has-just-begun Transcript <p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Vessels are moving once again in the Houston ship channel. The waterway was closed after a barge crash over the weekend spilled thousands of gallons of oil. The Coast Guard now says the channel on the Gulf of Mexico had been cleared enough to allow barge traffic to enter and exit. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 20:16:00 +0000 editor 24268 at http://wrkf.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez http://wrkf.org/post/why-oil-drilling-both-safer-and-riskier-exxon-valdez A lot has changed for the energy industry since the Exxon Valdez hit a reef in 1989 and began spilling oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound. The outcry over images of oil-soaked wildlife and a once-pristine shoreline dirtied by crude ushered in greater scrutiny of oil operations and increased interest in research on how to clean up oil spills.<p>But while regulation may be tighter and spill response more robust today, companies are working in more challenging environments than they were 25 years ago. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 07:20:00 +0000 Jeff Brady 24231 at http://wrkf.org Why Oil Drilling Is Both Safer And Riskier Since Exxon Valdez 25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone' http://wrkf.org/post/25-years-after-spill-alaska-town-struggles-back-dead-zone <em>On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 09:07:00 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 24174 at http://wrkf.org 25 Years After Spill, Alaska Town Struggles Back From 'Dead Zone' BP Loses Appeal Of Payment Process http://wrkf.org/post/bp-loses-appeal-payment-process <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2014/03/FlemingBPAppealWEBMarch4.mp3" class="asset-audio">Federal appeals panel backs lower court ruling.</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">BP has lost an appeal of how much it has to pay in damages caused by its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A split decision by a three-judge panel could restart a payment process that has been on hold while the appeal was pending.</span><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:12:26 +0000 Eileen Fleming 23341 at http://wrkf.org BP Loses Appeal Of Payment Process Coast Guard Reopens Mississippi River After Spill http://wrkf.org/post/coast-guard-reopens-mississippi-river-after-spill <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2014/02/FlemingRiverOpenWEB.mp3" class="asset-audio">Coast Guard overseeing oil cleanup.</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Mississippi River in Louisiana has reopened to vessel traffic after an oil spill. Mariners are asked to report any oil spotted along the river.</span><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Coast Guard says more than 31,000 gallons of crude oil spilled from a barge that collided with a towboat Saturday. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 11:23:11 +0000 Eileen Fleming 23016 at http://wrkf.org Coast Guard Reopens Mississippi River After Spill For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk http://wrkf.org/post/bp-cleanup-2013-meant-46-million-pounds-oily-gunk <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. They're numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we live in. </em><p>On a breezy December morning, a work crew is scouring the surf line on Grand Isle, La., scooping up tiny tar balls and collecting them in a basket.<p>Foreman LeRoy Irving keeps track of what the 14-person team has collected in a half-day. Sat, 21 Dec 2013 15:15:00 +0000 Debbie Elliott 20373 at http://wrkf.org For BP Cleanup, 2013 Meant 4.6 Million Pounds Of Oily Gunk Ex-BP Engineer Found Guilty Of Obstructing Justice http://wrkf.org/post/ex-bp-engineer-found-guilty-obstructing-justice The first of four current or former BP employees charged with crimes related to the <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=127868273" target="_blank">2010 Gulf oil spill</a> has been found guilty of obstructing justice because he deleted text messages from his cellphone that contained information about the worst offshore spill in the nation's history.<p>NPR's Debbie Elliott tells our Newscast Desk that a federal jury in New Orleans convicted 52-year-old Kurt Mix on Wednesday.<p>Mix, she says, was involved in BP's failed attempt to stop the out-of-control well after Wed, 18 Dec 2013 17:23:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 20237 at http://wrkf.org Ex-BP Engineer Found Guilty Of Obstructing Justice BP Claims Settlement Heads To Appellate Court http://wrkf.org/post/bp-claims-settlement-heads-appellate-court <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wwno/audio/2013/11/FlemingBPAppealNov4WEB.mp3" class="asset-audio">BP says claims system is allowing fraud.</a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The BP oil spill claims agreement is heading back to a courtroom in New Orleans on Monday. The oil company says fraudulent claims are being paid.</span><p> Mon, 04 Nov 2013 21:10:34 +0000 Eileen Fleming 18360 at http://wrkf.org