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  • New Seafloor Map Reveals How Strange the Gulf of Mexico Is

    05/27/2017 6:13:31 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | 05/26/2017 | Betsy Mason
    The floor of the Gulf of Mexico is one of the most geologically interesting stretches of the Earth’s surface. The gulf’s peculiar history gave rise to a landscape riddled with domes, pockmarks, canyons, faults, and channels — all revealed in more detail than ever before by a new 1.4 billion-pixel map. This striking view of the ocean floor off the coasts of Louisiana and Texas was created by a government agency you’ve likely never heard of called the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM). The bureau’s job is to manage exploration and development of the country’s offshore mineral and energy...
  • Trump Opens ‘All Available’ Gulf Of Mexico Waters To Oil Drilling

    03/07/2017 12:32:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 124 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 7, 2017 | Michael Bastasch
    The Department of the Interior will include “all available” federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico that have not already been leased out for offshore oil drilling. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke announced Monday 73 million acres off the coast of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida would be offered at a lease sale in August as part of the Interior Department’s five-year leasing plan. “Opening more federal lands and waters to oil and gas drilling is a pillar of President Trump’s plan to make the United States energy independent,” Zinke said in a statement. Interior finalized its current five-year offshore...
  • Lake Sediments Record Climate Change At Cahokia

    02/15/2017 8:36:43 AM PST · by fishtank · 35 replies
    archaeology.org ^ | Monday, February 13 | archaeology.org
    Lake Sediments Record Climate Change At Cahokia INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA —National Public Radio reports that climatologist Broxton Bird of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and colleagues analyzed layers of calcite crystals interspersed with layers of mud on the bottom of Indiana’s Martin Lake in order to learn about historic rainfall levels at Cahokia. The study suggests that beginning in the 900s, the Central Mississippi Valley received more rain than usual. And carbon isotopes found in skeletons at Mississippian cities indicate that people ate a lot of corn. “That comes at right around 950, and that’s around the time the population at Cahokia...
  • Asteroid strike made 'instant Himalayas'

    11/18/2016 9:20:25 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | 18 Nov, 2916 | Jonathan Amos BBC Science Correspondent
    Scientists say they can now describe in detail how the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs produced its huge crater. The reconstruction of the event 66 million years ago was made possible by drilling into the remnant bowl and analysing its rocks. These show how the space impactor made the hard surface of the planet slosh back and forth like a fluid. At one stage, a mountain higher than Everest was thrown up before collapsing back into a smaller range of peaks. "And this all happens on the scale of minutes, which is quite amazing," Prof Joanna Morgan from Imperial...
  • Massive Fire Engulfs Pemex Oil Tanker in Gulf of Mexico

    09/25/2016 3:11:01 PM PDT · by rockinqsranch · 9 replies
    gcaptain/Reuters ^ | September 25, 2016 | Natalie Schachar and Noe Torres
    MEXICO CITY, Sept 24 (Reuters) – A fire broke out on an oil tanker of Mexican state oil company Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, forcing all the crew to be evacuated in the latest accident to plague the struggling firm.
  • Fire breaks out on Pemex tanker in Gulf of Mexico, crew safe

    09/25/2016 8:12:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Sun Sep 25, 2016 | 10:41am EDT | Natalie Schachar and Noe Torres
    A fire broke out on an oil tanker of Mexican state oil company Pemex in the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, forcing all the crew to be evacuated in the latest accident to plague the struggling firm. The blaze on the tanker “Burgos” occurred off the coast of Boca del Rio in Veracruz state and all the crew were safe, Pemex said in a tweet. Mexico’s Navy said there were 31 crew members and that all had returned to port. […] The tanker was carrying 80,000 barrels of diesel and 70,000 barrels of gasoline, Mexico’s Communications and Transport Ministry said....
  • New evidence about the Gulf of Mexico's past

    02/21/2016 12:39:48 PM PST · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 2/16/2016 | University of HoustoN
    Geologists studying a region in the Mexican state of Veracruz have discovered evidence to explain the origin of the Wilcox Formation, one of Mexico's most productive oil plays, as well as support for the theory that water levels in the Gulf of Mexico dropped dramatically as it was separated from the rest of the world's oceans and Earth entered a period of extreme warming. The drop in water levels and the warming, known as the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM), occurred around 55.8 million years ago. The Gulf refilled about 850,000 years later. Van Nieuwenhuise, director of professional geoscience programs at...
  • Wartime navy captain blamed for letting Nazi U-boat get away.... now hailed as a hero...

    05/07/2015 2:30:39 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 52 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8th May 2015 | Elaine O'Flynn
    The reputation of a disgraced wartime navy captain has been restored, thanks to the discoveries of a documentary featuring the finder of the Titanic. For more than 60 years, Captain Herbert G. Claudius was blamed for letting a Nazi U-boat ‘get away’, after it sank the Robert E. Lee passenger freighter in the Gulf of Mexico in 1942. But an undersea expedition – aided by Dr Robert Ballard who rediscovered the Titanic 30 years ago – has revealed the first published pictures of the submarine’s wreckage, showing how bombs dropped by Cpt Claudius’ crew successfully sunk the attacker U-166. ........
  • Tulane scientists say tiny 'pocket shark' reveals secrets in depths of Gulf of Mexico

    04/24/2015 6:12:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/24/15 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
    A rare, tiny "pocket shark" found about 190 miles off the Louisiana coast is only the second of its kind ever discovered, according to Tulane University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. The fish was caught five years ago during a Gulf of Mexico research expedition, frozen and then sent to Tulane researchers in 2013. They ultimately identified the species and compiled a study that was published this week in Zootaxa, the international journal of taxonomy. The 5 ˝-inch male juvenile is unique because of the twin pockets next to its front fins. Those pockets are believed to...
  • Statoil finds oil at new Gulf of Mexico discovery

    04/09/2015 1:00:50 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/9/15 | Jennifer Larino
    Statoil has hit oil at a well in the Gulf of Mexico about 220 miles south of New Orleans. The Norwegian company has not yet determined the size of the find. Statoil's discovery, known as Miocene Yeti, targets oil in the well-explored Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico. Statoil operates the Yeti prospect and owns a 50 percent interest. Partners Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Samson Offshore own 37.5 percent and 12.5 percent interests, respectively. In a statement, Jez Averty, Statoil senior vice president for exploration in North America, said the company is now "analyzing data to determine the...
  • Russia Boosts Arms, Training for Leftist Latin Militaries

    02/20/2015 6:54:15 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week to the region by Moscow’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, Pentagon officials said. Shoygu met with defense and military leaders in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua and signed several agreements on warship visits and military training during the visit, which ran from Feb. 11 to 14. It is not clear whether any new arms deals were completed during the visit. Defense officials said the Russian leader is seeking bases in the region for strategic bomber flights that Shoygu...
  • Opec's Wake Up Call

    12/08/2014 7:58:38 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy Intel ^ | December 2014 | Sadad al-Husseini
    The Opec meeting of Nov. 27 brought new strategic thinking to Opec's deliberations and redirected its fixation away from short-term oil pricing toward greater commercial transparency and market-based commodity pricing. This was due in no small measure to Saudi Arabia's determination to eliminate ill-advised oil price manipulations and restore Opec's credibility as the price setting leader of international oil markets. This reality check became inevitable when Opec finally focused on the stark facts of a weak global economy and soft oil demand at a time of abundant oil supplies and inflated prices. The kingdom was forceful in advocating the reality...
  • The Great Turnaround

    12/03/2014 2:18:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    And they say there's no good news in the paper. But when it comes to oil, oil prices, oil diplomacy and just about everything else connected to this country's shale-oil boom, there's little but good news to report either at home or abroad. From the gas pump to international conferences, it's all good. Unless you're a gigantic corporation that's exploited this country's addiction to petroleum for years at immense profits. Or a rapacious oil sheik or dictator who's exploited not only his own people but the rest of the world. In that case, it couldn't happen to a more deserving...
  • Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

    11/12/2014 7:25:31 AM PST · by McGruff · 41 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 12, 2014
    Russia's long-range bombers will range from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico on regular patrol missions, the military said Wednesday, a show of muscle reflecting tensions with the West over Ukraine.
  • A Boom & My House Shook

    05/07/2014 8:32:35 AM PDT · by Retired Chemist · 17 replies
    Vanity
    I was sitting at my Computer here in Pinellas County ,Florida this morning and there was a loud boom and my house shook. News reports said it's related to military exercises in the Gulf Of Mexico. Anyone else hear it?
  • Texas producing 36 percent of US crude

    04/02/2014 6:55:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Texas is producing about 36 percent of the country’s crude oil — three times more than any other state, according to the latest monthly figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Texas pumped nearly 2.9 million barrels of crude daily of the 7.9 million barrels produced nationwide in January, the latest month for which figures are available. The Gulf of Mexico produced about 17 percent, the second-largest portion, followed by North Dakota with about 12 percent of the U.S. crude. California and Alaska rounded out the top five crude-producing areas, each home to about 7 percent of the nation’s oil....
  • Nobel Wants To Pipe Gas For Domestic Use (Cyprus,Israel)

    10/11/2013 6:16:30 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Cyprus Gas News ^ | 11 October 2013 | Elias Hazou
    NOBLE Energy, operators of the Block 12 offshore licence, has reportedly renewed a proposal for piping gas from the Aphrodite well for the purpose of domestic electricity generation. Daily Politis writes that the Houston-based energy company has quoted a delivery price of $9 or $10 per million btus (mmbtu). That’s significantly lower than the price offered by Itera during the ‘interim gas’ tender procedure. Itera’s offer is understood to have been around $15.5 per mmbtu. Politis said the cost of electricity generation – and thus the price of electricity to end-consumers – could on paper drop by 15 to 20...
  • Environmentalists win dead zone round against EPA

    09/23/2013 10:00:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2013 7:21 PM EDT | Janet McConnaughey
    Environmental advocates in states along the Mississippi River have won a round toward a long-term goal of having federal standards created to regulate farmland runoff and other pollution blamed for the oxygen-depleted “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and problems in other bodies of water. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans gave the Environmental Protection Agency six months to decide whether to set Clean Water Act standards for nitrogen and phosphorous in all U.S. waterways or explain why they’re not needed. The EPA describes the nutrients on its website as “one of America’s...
  • Explorers of 19th century shipwreck in Gulf of Mexico find 2 others with mysterious pasts

    07/27/2013 6:45:40 AM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    GALVESTON, Texas -- Marine archaeologists made a thrilling discovery this week while examining a well-preserved shipwreck deep in the Gulf of Mexico -- two other sunken vessels that likely went down with it during an early 19th century storm.
  • Blown out well seals off gas leak by itself; operators ‘lucky’, experts say

    07/25/2013 6:32:14 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 25, 2013 | Emily Pickrell and Zain Shauk
    Natural gas stopped flowing from a runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico after sediment in the well blocked the uncontrolled flow, federal authorities reported Thursday. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the well “bridged over,” meaning small pieces of sediment and sand flowed into the well path, restricting the flow and countering the pressure. A fire that had engulfed a portion of the Hercules 265 jack-up rig was put out early Thursday morning, according to a Coast Guard report to Congress. “They are lucky,” said Bud Danenberger, a consultant and former chief of offshore regulatory programs at...