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Deepwater Horizon oil spill was bigger than previously thought, study finds

Deepwater Horizon oil spill was bigger than previously thought, study finds

Science
Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster spread well beyond the spill footprint established by satellites, according to new analysis by scientists at the University of Miami. To determine the true size of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers supplied oil-transport models with water sampling results and remote sensing data. The simulations confirmed that a portion of the oil spilled in the wake of the deadly explosion remained invisible to satellites, but proved toxic to marine wildlife. "We found that there was a substantial fraction of oil invisible to satellites and aerial imaging," Igal Berenshtein, lead author of the new study and a postdoctoral researcher at Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, said in a news release. "The spill w...
BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

Technology
QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. -- A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and a devastating offshore oil spill 10 years ago. Gov. John Bel Edwards visited the island Monday, unveiling a sign dedicating it as a wildlife refuge. “The walk we just made wouldn't have been possible a few weeks ago,” the governor said after crossing an expanse of sand bearing tread marks from heavy equipment used to create and grade new land. He spoke at a podium set up before waist-high mangroves, which contractors left untouched for pelicans to nest on. About 6,500 brown pelicans and 3,000 smaller seabirds cram their nests every summer onto Queen Bess Island, which shrank from 45 acres (18 h
American Airlines admits ‘soap spill’ did not divert flight

American Airlines admits ‘soap spill’ did not divert flight

Business
American Airlines now says a spilled cleaning product did not cause an odour that led to a flight being diverted when two cabin crew members passed out. The airline initially made the claim after a flight from London Heathrow was diverted to Dublin on 21 October. However, the aircraft's maintenance records and other evidence, obtained by BBC News, cast doubt on that theory. Now American Airlines says its maintenance team has established that a cleaning solution was not the cause. The odour was so serious that a passenger and both of the crew members who fell unconscious were taken to hospital when the plane landed in Dublin. Did a 'soap spill' really divert a flight? Records show part of the aircraft had been leaking oil prior to...