Gulf of Mexico

A federal judge ruled that the Biden administration did not properly account for climate effects when it auctioned off millions of acres in the Gulf of Mexico.
Wednesday's offshore lease sale was the biggest ever of its kind — including those conducted during the Trump administration.
Environmentalists are accusing the president of breaking a campaign promise to ban new federal fossil fuel leasing. The administration says its hands are tied.
Aerial photos released last week showed a miles-wide oil slick on the surface of the Gulf about two miles off Louisiana's coastline.
The low-oyxgen area that can't support marine life is the result of urban and agricultural runoff, like fertilizer.
In the 1970s, the EPA allowed chemical companies to dump toxic waste into the deep sea. Now, oil giants are drilling right on top of it.
Beta was brewing in the Gulf of Mexico, 205 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning.
The National Hurricane Center projected that Laura will become a Category 3 hurricane before landfall late Wednesday or early Thursday.
It could be the first time two hurricanes form in the Gulf of Mexico simultaneously, according to records dating to at least 1900.
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Cole Condiff, 29, is presumed dead after an unplanned parachute jump off Florida’s Panhandle last week.
Moving off the eastern coast of Mexico, the low pressure system was expected to develop into a tropical or subtropical system on Friday.
New Orleans was spared the worst effects of the storm that weakened from hurricane status.
“There are three ways that Louisiana can flood: storm surge, high rivers and rain,” Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said. “We’re going to have all three.”
A slow-moving flood of polluted Mississippi River water is causing serious damage to Gulf species, and a major storm threatens to make it worse.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned that there could be “a considerable amount of overtopping” of levees.
“The old maps often showed serpents at the edge, with the warning ‘here be monsters.’ However, the ‘monsters’ are here, in our own backyard.”
The oxygen-starved area, which kills marine life and habitats, is expected to be the size of Massachusetts.
It was the most powerful hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in nearly 50 years and at least one death was reported during its passage.
Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency for 35 Florida counties.