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When Will the Little Guys Get Their Share of the BP Settlement?

Posted on · It's been six years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent spill, which devastated several state coastlines along the Gulf of Mexico. Last month, a federal judge approved a more than $20 billion settlement between BP and plaintiffs, including the federal government, Texas, four other Gulf Coast states and hundreds of local municipalities. That settlement […]

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The Environmental Effects of Deepwater Horizon Six Years Later

Posted on · It's been six years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Eleven crewmen were killed on the offshore oil rig, about 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana. That deadly incident was just the start of what became an all-out environmental catastrophe, as millions of barrels of crude oil spilled onto beaches and wetlands from here in […]

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Not Just Oil Rigs: Gulf of Mexico is Home to Pristine Coral Reefs

Posted on · About 100 miles off the coast of Galveston, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, lies the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a group of coral reefs that boasts manta rays, huge coral heads and hundreds of species of fish. The banks are managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and every […]

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What Does Rising Acidity in the Gulf of Mexico Mean for Sea Life and for Us?

Posted on · The Gulf of Mexico has been absorbing large amounts of carbon dioxide created by burning fossil fuels and other human endeavors. Both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have been observing the acidification of oceans for some time. So what does increasing acid in our oceans mean — both for sea life […]

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Rerouting Houston Buses and Ocean Acidification: Thursday’s Show (August 13, 2015)

Posted on · On Sunday (Aug. 16, 2015), METRO is launching a major redesign to its bus routes. The goal? To boost ridership and remove vehicles from already crowded roads. But for some riders, it could mean a longer walk to get on a bus and more time to get to their destinations. All this week on News […]

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What Kind of Hurricane Season Should We Expect and How Prepared is Greater Houston?

Posted on · It's officially Hurricane season, Houston. Starting now, and for the next six months, we Houstonians keep tabs on tropical storms developing in the Gulf and prepare for the possibility that any could make landfall. The last few years have been relatively quiet on the tropical storm front, which would normally leave public officials concerned about […]

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Could Some Good Come from the Deepwater Horizon Accident, Environmentally?

Posted on · This week, News 88.7 Energy and Environment reporter Dave Fehling is examining the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on its fifth anniversary. The first installment looked at whether drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is any safer today than it was when the accident happened in 2010. In the second and final installment, he looks at […]

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Not Just Oil Rigs: Gulf of Mexico is Home to Pristine Coral Reefs

Posted on · About 100 miles off the coast of Galveston, in the middle of the Gulf of Mexico, lies the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, a group of coral reefs that boasts manta rays, huge coral heads and hundreds of species of fish. The banks are managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and every […]