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Maryland reports thousands of algae-related fish deaths

Jun. 2, 2020 10:24 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The Maryland Department of Environment is reporting that thousands of fish have died in some of the state's waterways. The Capital Gazette reported Monday that the large fish kills are related to this year’s particularly intense bloom of algae. Department spokesman Jay...

Report card: Chesapeake Bay health grade drops to C-minus

May. 19, 2020 11:52 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The health of the nation's largest estuary dropped from a C to a C-minus last year in an annual report card released Tuesday on the Chesapeake Bay. That is the lowest score and first C-minus since 2011. While several indicators of the bay's health improved last year, the report found...

Maryland, Virginia, D.C. intend to sue EPA on bay pollution

May. 18, 2020 5:36 PM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia filed a notice of intent to sue the Environmental Protection Agency for failing to require two other states to implement plans to cut pollution in the Chesapeake Bay, officials said Monday. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the...

Alabama reopening met with mix of relief, concern

May. 10, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

Alabama’s dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms prepped to reopen Monday as the state eases restrictions during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. The state is lifting restrictions on nonwork gatherings of 10 or more people beginning Monday. Businesses including restaurants, hair salons, bars,...

3 cruise ships carrying only crew to dock at Port of Oakland

May. 8, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Three cruise ships that have not carried passengers or crew members with the coronavirus will dock at the Port of Oakland for several months, officials said Friday. The Oakland-bound Norwegian Cruise Line vessels will arrive in the San Francisco Bay Area this weekend. Two will tie up...

FILE - In this June 26, 2010 file photo, Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Director P.J. Hahn rescues a heavily oiled bird from the waters of Barataria Bay, La., which are laden with oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  Ten years after the nation's biggest offshore oil spill fouled its waters, the Gulf of Mexico sparkles in the sunlight and its fish are safe to eat. But scientists who have spent $500 million dollars from BP researching the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster have found much to be concerned about. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Sparkling waters hide some lasting harm from 2010 oil spill

Apr. 20, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Ten years after a well blew wild under a BP platform in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men and touching off the nation’s worst offshore oil spill, gulf waters sparkle in the sunlight, its fish are safe to eat, and thick, black oil no longer visibly stains the beaches and...

In this March 13, 2020, photo, people walk on a pier with their fishing poles at dawn in Orange Beach, Ala. As oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from a blown-out BP well in 2010, residents wondered whether their home would ever be the same. The Deepwater Horizon disaster changed the region, with a flood of spending altering landscapes and attitudes. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Baseball to beaches: Coast is different 10 years after spill

Apr. 19, 2020 8:26 AM EDT

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — As millions of gallons of crude oil spewed into the blue water of the Gulf of Mexico from a blown-out BP well in 2010, coastal residents wondered whether their home would ever be the same. A decade later, it's not: The Deepwater Horizon disaster changed the five-state region...