Gusher in the Gulf: June 2010 | Jackson Free Press | Jackson, MS

Gusher in the Gulf: June 2010

June 1: NOAA Fisheries Service revises the fishery closures to include more than 31 percent of the Gulf of Mexico.

June 3: Oceanographer Synte Peacock suggests once the oil becomes caught up in the Loop Current, it will funnel into the Atlantic within weeks.

June 5: The Audubon Society registers 5,000 volunteers and expects 13,000 more with the Volunteer Response Center in Mississippi opening.

June 7: NOAA launches the website to answer oil-spill questions.

June 8: In Mississippi, Horn and Petit Bois Islands see some oil.

June 10: The Florida Department of Environmental Protection reported a plume of oil 12 miles off the Perdido Pass.

June 11: U.S. scientists say the true leak rate is has been between 20,000 to 40,000 barrels per day.

June 15: President Obama accuses BP of "recklessness" and lays out a "battle plan" for oil clean up.

June 16: Of 45 stranded dolphins, 43 are found dead; of the two alive, however, one died on the beach and the other is euthanized.

June 17: BP CEO Tony Hayward appears before a special Senate hearing about the disaster.

June 21: Protesters gather and invade the New Orleans office building that houses the Deepwater Horizon command center.

June 22: A federal judge blocks a six-month federal moratorium on new deep-water drilling projects.

June 23: The Alabama Department of Public Health issues a swimming advisory.

June 25: A Taiwanese-owned ship billed as the world's largest skimming vessel prepares to sail to the Gulf of Mexico.

June 27: Gov. Barbour proclaims a Day of Prayer to remember those affected by the oil spill. Oil shows up on beaches near Pascagoula.

June 28: A total of 567 sea turtles (429 dead) and 1943 birds (1128 dead) have been collected

June 30: Thad Allen retires from the U.S. Coast Guard but continues duties as national incident commander of the oil disaster.
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