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oil soaked bird struggles to swim Oil-soaked bird struggles to swim in the Gulf of Mexico.(Gerald Herbert/AP)

Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Scholastic News Online is tracking the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is a collection of news stories, video, and other resources that will grow as the events of this environmental disaster unfold.

Activities

Oil-spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: What Do Kids Think?
Oil-spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico: What Do Kids Think?
Scholastic News Online | Hey kids, are you concerned about the oil spill in the Gulf Of Mexico? Voice your opinion in this poll!
Oil-spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, May 2010
Oil-spill Disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, May 2010
Scholastic News Online | Watch this video to learn more about how the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico unfolded.

Articles

The Gulf Oil Spill: One Year Later
The Gulf Oil Spill: One Year Later
by Laura Modigliani
Scholastic News Online | April20,2011
A year later, many residents along the Coast are still feeling the impact of the spill.
Oil Leak Sealed for Good
Oil Leak Sealed for Good
by Zach Jones
Scholastic News Online | September21,2010
Late last week, the leaking oil well that poured oil into the Gulf of Mexico for five months was finally permanently closed.
Goodbye Gusher?
Goodbye Gusher?
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | August5,2010
Another barrier has been put between the Gulf of Mexico and the busted oil well that has been polluting its waters, threatening its wildlife, and hurting the economy of surrounding coastal communities.
Gulf Wildlife Still at Risk
Gulf Wildlife Still at Risk
Scholastic News Online | July30,2010
The oil has stopped gushing from the well in the Gulf of Mexico and appears to be dissolving from the surface. However, experts say they must still pay close attention to the wildlife that depends on the ecosystem in the Gulf for their survival.
Steady Progress in the Gulf
Steady Progress in the Gulf
Scholastic News Online | July22,2010
After more than three months of uncertainty, experts are seeing progress in the Gulf of Mexico. If all goes as expected, the gushing oil could be stopped sometime in August.
Oil Keeps Gushing With New Delay
Oil Keeps Gushing With New Delay
by Audra Wallace
Scholastic News Online | July14,2010
Experts at BP Oil Company had announced that a new cap designed to stop oil from leaking into the Gulf of Mexico would be ready for testing on Tuesday. But company officials decided to delay the test for an additional 24 to 48 hours.
Fifth-Grade Artist Paints to Help the Gulf
Fifth-Grade Artist Paints to Help the Gulf
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | July8,2010
Eleven-year-old Olivia Bouler's watercolor bird paintings raise more than $150,000 to help animals affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Oil Spill Addressed From the Oval Office
Oil Spill Addressed From the Oval Office
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | June16,2010
Oval Office speeches are rare events. President Obama dedicated his first one to the Gulf of Mexico oil-spill disaster. He described efforts to stop the eight-week-old spill like a commander-in-chief illustrates the conflicts of a war.
Finally, Some Progress in Tragic Oil Spill
Finally, Some Progress in Tragic Oil Spill
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | June7,2010
There has finally been some success in containing the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Yet the effects of the spill continue to devastate the wildlife of the delicate marshlands of Louisiana.
The Oil Spill Nightmare Continues
The Oil Spill Nightmare Continues
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | June2,2010
The latest effort to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill stalls. Meanwhile, Florida prepares for the arrival of oil on their white sand beaches.
Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Worst in U.S. History
Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Worst in U.S. History
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | May25,2010
A month after an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded, the company that operated the destroyed rig tries another method to stop the oil spill at its source. New government estimates say this oil-spill disaster is now the worst in US history.
Animals in Danger as Huge Oil Spill Spreads
Animals in Danger as Huge Oil Spill Spreads
by Karen Kellaher and Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | May17,2010
The giant oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico is continuing to spread, and animal rescue workers have begun finding and treating area wildlife injured by the sticky, smelly substance that has invaded their natural habitats.
Gulf Coast Oil-Spill Disaster
Gulf Coast Oil-Spill Disaster
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | May3,2010
A massive oil slick from an offshore oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has made its way to the shores of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Workers are trying to contain the rust-colored oil that is harming wildlife and the economy of the area.

Resources

What Is an Oil Spill?
What Is an Oil Spill?
Scholastic News Online | An article from Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia about oil spills. (Lexile 1530)
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