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Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall

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Hurricane Isaac made landfall in Louisiana on Tuesday evening as a Category 1 storm, bringing with it wind gusts that reached speeds of up to 106 miles per hour off the state's southeast coast. It then headed back out into the Gulf and is now barreling toward New Orleans on the eve of the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

Judge Puts Deepwater Horizon Trial on Hold

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U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who will ultimately put a price tag on the worst oil spill in American history if the many lawsuits against BP go to trial, has given the oil giant and its many, many plaintiffs another week to reach a settlement.

Gulf Oil Workers Evacuate Rigs Ahead of Storm

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Oil-rig operators in the Gulf of Mexico announced Thursday that they would evacuate workers, and a flash-flood watch was issued for New Orleans ahead of a slow-moving storm system that could develop into a cyclone or even a hurricane. (more)

BP Points to Thriving Tourism to Reduce Settlement Payments

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Just over one year out from the BP oil spill that wreaked havoc up and down the Gulf Coast, the tourism industry there is so far having one of its best summers in years BP is latching on to the good news, using it to argue in a court filing recently (more) .

What Oil Spill? Transocean Hands Out Bonuses for Best Safety Year Ever

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Even Wall Street executives have to be smacking their heads over this one The company that ran the Deepwater Horizon oil rig (before it exploded, killing 11 and filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil) has decided to give its executives bonuses for achieving "the best year in safety performance in our company's history" There are no words .

Baby Dolphins Are Washing Up Dead Along the Gulf

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Scientists at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies are investigating unusually high numbers of stillborn and aborted dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico region. Seventeen infant dolphins have washed up on shore so far this year, compared to an average of one or two a month, says one scientist. (more)

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