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Advocacy

LA - Audubon Nature Institute working to improve ocean health and protect marine life

Audubon Nature Institute is taking steps to help address the damage being done to the Gulf of Mexico and the world’s oceans because of climate change and pollution.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - Louisiana could lose 5,000 square miles of wetlands within 78 years. How do we stop it?

Louisiana could lose 66% of its coastal wetlands by the end of the century under a moderate climate change and land conservation scenario, according to a peer-reviewed paper published in the journal of Environmental Research Communications.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

FL - Popular Blind Pass Beach Park in Sanibel deemed dangerously eroded and closed indefinitely

Blind Pass Beach Park on Sanibel is closed, after sudden erosion over the past month made it unsafe, Sanibel officials decided.

Gulf of Mexico
Property

LA - In Louisiana, Native Americans struggle to recover from Ida

ALONG BAYOU POINTE-AU-CHIEN, La. (AP) — Driving through her village along the southeastern Louisiana bayou, tribal official Cherie Matherne points out remnants of house after house — including her own — wrecked nine months ago when Hurricane Ida roared through the Pointe-au-Chien Indian Tribe community.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - Matagorda Bay turtle hatching surprises scientists

About 45 endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtles hatched on the shore of Magnolia Beach on Monday, surprising scientists.

Gulf of Mexico
Waterways

LA - Navigation or restoration? New Mississippi River cut renews questions over management

Fifty-five miles south of New Orleans, geologist Alex Kolker and surveyor Dallon Weathers tinkered with their computer while floating near the marshes on Plaquemines Parish’s east bank.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

USA - 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident did not harm BP's long-term stock market returns

A new analysis of the aftermath of the deadly 2010 Deepwater Horizon accident suggests that, while the reputation of BP—the oil and gas company responsible for the event—declined through 2017, its stock market returns were not significantly affected in the mid- to long-term.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Governor Edwards Nominates Atchafalaya Basin for Consideration in NOAA’s National Estuarine Research Reserve

Gov. John Bel Edwards officially selected the Atchafalaya Coastal Basin as the preferred site in Louisiana to be added to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) System.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Lawsuit argues Texas can’t close public beach for SpaceX launches

McALLEN, Texas (Border Report) — Environmentalists allege that the closure of public beaches for SpaceX test launches violates the Texas Constitution.

Gulf of Mexico
Recreation

LA - Shrinking wetlands, rising seas threaten generations of tradition for Louisiana duck hunters

Ryan Lambert and his crew had their eyes glued to the radar as rain poured relentlessly in the early hours of the morning. They waited in his Buras lodge, searching for a break. Finally, the storm moved on, though the dim, overcast skies loomed overhead.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

LA - Kennedy announces $14.8M for coastal restoration works

Louisiana Senator John Kennedy has announced $14.8 million in grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for coastal restoration projects in Louisiana.

Gulf of Mexico
Federal

TX - FAA requires SpaceX to make environmental adjustments to move forward with its Starship program in Texas

The Federal Aviation Administration on Monday concluded a long-awaited assessment of SpaceX’s Starship rocket program in Texas. In a press release, the FAA noted SpaceX will be required to take more than 75 actions to mitigate environmental impacts before the company can receive a launch license.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - What SpaceX’s final Starbase permits could mean for Texas wildlife

The FAA is expected to decide by June 13 on whether the Starship can launch from Boca Chica.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

TX - After 10 Year Absence, World’s Most Endangered Sea Turtle Nests on Texas Beach, With a Little Help From Friends

In Galveston Island State Park, a routine survey has uncovered a nest of 107 extremely precious turtle eggs belonging to a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle’ a species listed as Critically Endangered, it is the most at-risk sea turtle on the globe.

Gulf of Mexico
Engineering

TX - U.S. House approves massive $31 billion “Ike Dike” project to protect Texas coast from hurricanes

The U.S. House voted to authorize the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning for the massive coastal barrier project in Galveston Bay, but funding is not yet secured. The largest civil engineering project in U.S. history would permanently alter the Texas coast.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GOM - Methane emissions detected over offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico

A team of scientists have used satellite data to detect methane plumes from an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first time that individual methane plumes from offshore platforms are mapped from space.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

USA - Well above-average 2022 Atlantic hurricane season forecast by CSU

Colorado State University’s tropical meteorology team led by Phil Klotzbach has increased its forecast for activity in the 2022 Atlantic hurricane season, saying they now anticipate a “well above-average” hurricane season ahead also raising its landfall probability forecasts.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

LA - U.S. LNG surge may have a flood problem

CAMERON, La. — Almost two years ago, Hurricane Laura pushed a 17-foot-high wall of water onto the Louisiana coastline. Hundreds of houses and businesses in this coastal town were simply washed away. The storm tide surged nearly 30 miles up the Calcasieu River and flooded large swaths of Lake Charles. It took weeks to restore the city’s electricity. Two months later, Hurricane Delta hit the same stretch of coastline.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GOM - The Gulf Of Mexico Is Gearing Up For A Wind Energy Boom

The Biden Administration is considering a giant offshore wind project in the Gulf of Mexico, an area with plenty of potential and a long history of energy production.

Gulf of Mexico
Tourism

FL - Sargassum seaweed piles up on Okaloosa County Beaches

While its brown color makes it stand out more on sugar-white sand and it stinks while it's decomposing under the baking sun, sargassum seaweed that began lining area beaches several weeks ago poses no health threat to beachgoers, according to Okaloosa County Coastal Resource Manager Alex Fogg.

Gulf of Mexico
Advocacy

TX - Environmental Concerns Challenge States' Space Ambitions

As companies such as SpaceX drive the growing commercial space industry, states and counties across the country are touting themselves as great places to launch satellites and other cargo into space.

Gulf of Mexico
Energy

GOM - Taylor Energy Oil Spill: Stanching the longest-running oil spill you've likely never heard of - 60 Minutes

The hurricanes keep coming –with increased force and increased frequency. Even before hitting land, they're often wreaking havoc. Katrina, Sandy, Ida —name a tropical storm and odds are good it's caused an off-shore oil spill. And these messes aren't easily cleaned up.

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