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Deepwater Horizon an Ongoing Disaster
It should not come as a surprise that the effects of the Deepwater Horizon spill are still being felt in the Gulf, five years on; oil from the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska is still being found, over a quarter-century after the incident. Still, it’s important to be mindful of the nature of the impacts to the environment, even as BP tries to dodge the financial consequences. The Smithsonian offers a rather gentle take on the matter: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/gulf-oil-spill-isnt-really-over-even-five-years-later-180955034/

Al Jazeera America provides a harder-edged account of the initial catastrophe, as well as the consequences being felt today: http://america.aljazeera.com/blogs/scrutineer/2015/4/20/today-marks-5-years-since-the-start-of-the-bp-deepwater-horizon-disaster.html

NOAA Proposes De-listing Some Humpback Populations
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has filed a proposal aimed at removing endangered species protections from two populations of humpback whales. The whales represent about two-thirds of the world population of the animals, which have been protected since 1970. NOAA is touting the proposal as evidence that the whales are a Endangered Species Act success. Time has the details: http://time.com/3829391/humpback-whales-not-endangered/

Groups accuse State Dept. of Sidestepping to Approve Keystone XL
The Sierra Club and other environmental groups have filed legal arguments alleging that the U.S. State Department has avoided legally required steps in the review of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline project. Al Jazeera America covers the news: http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/4/20/Enbridge-Canada-oil-pipeline.html