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Californians investigate, too

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.  More »

First oiled bird found in Gulf of Mexico

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.  More »

Halliburton responds to Deepwater Horizon cementing scrutiny

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 […]  More »

Dude, that’s a gnarly oil spill

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.  More »

Video: Crews load boom onto spill-response vessel

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.  More »

Nat’l Institutes of Health create oil spill resource page

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.  More »

NASA satellite shows Gulf oil slick reaching Mississipi Delta

The following photos, taken Thursday by NASA’s Terra satellite, show oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster as it moves toward the Louisiana coast. The top image is a wide view of the Gulf. The bottom image shows a close-up of the area bordered by white in the wide view.  More »

Gulf spill may cost insurers billions

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may cost the insurance industry up to $1.5 billion in claims, Bloomberg reported.  More »

Cleanup crew works diesel spill in Puget Sound

Diesel that leaked from a 300 gallon, privately-owned tank in Washington state has flowed into the Puget Sound, Seattle’s KIRO 7 said. The spill at Dash Point State Park in Federal Way, Wash., was spotted Thursday night. Diesel used to fill work equipment was flowing across a parking lot and into a creek, the TV […]  More »

Oil spill lowers odds for climate and energy bill

Even before a key Republican senator withdrew his support for a broad climate change and energy bill last weekend, the measure faced long odds of being enacted this election year. Now, the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has made the “political hurdles” of passing the bill even higher, according to energy analyst […]  More »

White House halts all new domestic offshore drilling

There will be no no new exploration drilling off the U.S. coast until there is a full investigation into the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which has reached the Louisiana coastline, White House senior advisor David Axelrod announced this morning on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” “No additional drilling has been authorized and none […]  More »

Obama praises ethanol, some wonder about biodiesel subsidies

At his visit to ethanol producer Poet’s biorefining plant in Macon, Missouri this week, President Barack Obama said ethanol was a key part of his energy strategy. Obama said ethanol is part of a larger strategy that is a top priority for his administration and noted that it is time to end America’s reliance on […]  More »

Chron Energy Newslinks | 4.30.10 | Spill makes landfall; Graham feared gas-tax set up.

Gulf of Mexico oil spill links: • Deepwater Horizon disaster opens new chapter as oil slick reaches shore. • Another BP offshore operation comes under scrutiny; 19 members of Congress ask if corners were cut on the Atlantis platform. • Gulf oil spill may be toxic to BP’s image. • Obama administration awaiting Deepwater Horizon […]  More »

Gulf oil spill washes ashore

A week after the devastating Deepwater Horizon accident, the oil has reached the mouth of the Mississippi River.  More »

Texas oil and gas producers lobby Congress on taxes, regulation

Texas oil and gas producers fanned out across the Capitol on Wednesday and Thursday in a campaign to convince lawmakers from the Lone Star State that Obama administration proposals to hike industry taxes would curb domestic drilling. The latest effort, by the Texas Independent Producers and Royalty Owners Association, builds on previous lobbying pushes by […]  More »