Latest news: September 27, 2011

Gulf oil spill could cause lasting damage to fish populations, study finds

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post. September 26, 2011.

“Fish living in Gulf of Mexico marshes exposed to last year’s oil spill have undergone cellular changes that could lead to developmental and reproductive problems, a group of researchers reported Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…”

Oil Spill Affected Gulf Fish’s Cell Function, Study Finds

By Leslie Kaufman, The New York Times. September 26, 2011.

“A minnowlike fish that is a major source of food in wetland marshes along the Gulf of Mexico is showing early signs of biological damage from the BP oil spill, a peer-reviewed study published on Monday found…”

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By Nicholas Jackson, The Atlantic. September 26, 2011.

“On August 29, 2005, when Katrina, one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded in the Atlantic, moved across the Gulf of Mexico and slammed into the coast, more than 50 levees and flood walls built to protect New Orleans failed. With the protection down, tens of billions of gallons of water spilled into the Louisiana city, flooding over 100,000 businesses and homes and causing tens of billions of dollars in damage…”

Oil Still Threatens a Cajun Paradise

By Rocky Kistner (NRDC), Huffington Post. September 24, 2011.

“P.J. Hahn has rescued his share of oil-soaked pelicans. As coastal restoration director for Plaquemines Parish, he’s seen the worst of the Louisiana crude that belched uncontrollably from BP’s well a mile below the sea…”