Gulf of Mexico http://apr.org en BP Making 31 Bids in Gulf Oil Lease Sale http://apr.org/post/bp-making-31-bids-gulf-oil-lease-sale In the first federal oil lease sale since the government said BP PLC can again get federal contracts, BP has bids on 31 tracts in the central Gulf of Mexico. The sale is also the first since 2008 offering tracts in the eastern gulf, but nobody bid on any of those tracts. A total of 42 companies bid on 326 blocks in the central gulf, and one company — Exxon Mobil Corp. — bid on three blocks in the western gulf. The bids will be opened and read out starting at 9 a.m. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 14:03:43 +0000 Associated Press 48678 at http://apr.org BP Making 31 Bids in Gulf Oil Lease Sale Scientists Says Lionfish Population Exploding in Gulf http://apr.org/post/scientists-says-lionfish-population-exploding-gulf <p align="left"><font face="Arial">Scientists say there&rsquo;s an exploding population of lionfish off Alabama&rsquo;s coast and are concerned how it could affect the ecosystem. The spiky, brown-and-white striped fish are native to the Pacific Ocean, but not the Gulf or Atlantic. Scientists believe the invasive species was first introduced about 20 years ago in the wake of Hurricane Andrew.&nbsp;Karon<span lang="EN"> Aplin is with Alabama&rsquo;s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. </span></font></p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 22:15:44 +0000 Chris Kowalski 15055 at http://apr.org Scientists Says Lionfish Population Exploding in Gulf Study says Gulf oil spill might have lasting impact http://apr.org/post/study-says-gulf-oil-spill-might-have-lasting-impact <p><b><font face="Arial">New research by an Auburn University professor and other scientists suggests that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could have significant impacts on microscopic life that might not become apparent for years.</font></b></p><p><b><font face="Arial">Auburn professor Ken Halanych and scientists from the University of New Hampshire, the University of California Davis Genome Center, and the University of Texas at San Antonio, published their work last month in the scientific journal PLoS ONE.</font></b></p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 21:55:20 +0000 Associated Press 14368 at http://apr.org Study says Gulf oil spill might have lasting impact