Energy Sources, Glaciers, Impacts, Mass Media, Oceans, Politics

Environmental Headlines, Week of July 17, 2010

The continued impacts and actions revolving around the BP oil spill continued to command the majority of headlines this week with BP becoming cautiously optimistic after finally capping the leak that has spilled tens of millions of gallons of oil over the last 4 1/2 months since its Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico. However, the damage from one of the worst environmental disasters in history will be ongoing for years, with this week finding the oil reaching Louisiana’s largest seabird nesting area.

Meanwhile the Obama administration continued pursuing a controversial offshore drilling moratorium for the second time, this time focused more on the technologies being used rather than the depth of the drilling which had been the focal point of the initial moratorium attempt that was rejected by the federal courts. Concurrently, Democrat members of the U.S. Senate began ramping up efforts to bring a stripped down energy bill to the floor by the end of the month, expecting a difficult battle for passage.

A few other notable environmental headlines from this week…..



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