Exxon Mobil sends equipment, experts to help in Gulf spill

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Exxon Mobil is sending staff and equipment to help cleanup efforts in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company offered a drilling rig as a staging base, two supply vessels, an underwater vehicle and support vessel.
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Texas Land Office lends equipment for Gulf oil spill cleanup

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The Texas General Land Office has sent state-owned fire boom to Louisiana to help contain the oil spreading from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The office also has wildlife rehabilitation trailers ready to help as oil from the spill continues to hit land.

Coast Guard responds to overturned rig in Louisiana canal

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The Coast Guard today responded to an overturned rig in the Charenton navigational canal not far from Morgan City, La. The mobile inland drilling unit has a 20,000-gallon diesel fuel capacity, Coast Guard officials said. Pollution investigators said the rig is not leaking. No injuries were reported.
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EPA sets up website with public info on oil spill

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The EPA today launched a website dedicated to public information about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, as the BP oil spill reached the Louisiana shore. The EPA site will show the results of air monitoring in the affected area and other sampling by the federal agency.
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Californians investigate, too

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A spate of congressional hearings have been planned in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Now, state lawmakers are joining the fray.
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First oiled bird found in Gulf of Mexico

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The first bird found coated with oil from the sunken rig leak in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued and cleaned up today. Workers with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research used dishwashing soap to scrub the oil off the bird that was found offshore, NBC News said. The bird is a Northern Gannett.
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Halliburton responds to Deepwater Horizon cementing scrutiny

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The spotlight has panned to oil field services company Halliburton Co. after the oil-drilling procedure known as cementing has come under scrutiny as a possible cause of the rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Cementing is the process of installing casing to secure the walls of the well to prevent the escape of oil […]
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Dude, that’s a gnarly oil spill

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You know you’ve got a problem on your hands when even the surfers are against you. In the oily wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Surfrider Foundation has called on President Obama to scrap his plans to open more coastal areas to offshore drilling.
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Video: Crews load boom onto spill-response vessel

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In this Coast Guard video taken Thursday, crews in Venice, La., load a boom onto an oil spill response vessel that will be used to contain and clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
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Nat’l Institutes of Health create oil spill resource page

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While the Chronicle newsroom is busy covering the news out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the folks at the National Institutes of Health have put together a useful portal for info on how the United States handles oil spills and their aftermath.
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