23 June 2010 News Roundup Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | Leave a comment | Share: A federal judge blocked a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling, but the Obama administration has decided to appeal the judge’s decision, reports Voice of America News. Business Insider reports that the government is preparing a report on the midwater oil plumes. If the oil plumes continue to spread, they could cause a massive increase to the Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone, causing bacteria populations to explode and deplete the ecosystem of oxygen. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed an order renaming the Minerals Management Services (MMS) as the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, or the Bureau of Ocean Energy, reports Reuters. The new agency is being broken up into three separate divisions overseeing royalty collection, energy leasing and safety enforcement. The massive Gulf oil disaster made its presence felt along Alabama’s coastline again on Tuesday, reports the Press-Register. In the neighboring state of Florida, the Associated Press reports, tar balls have washed up on the shore of Pensacola beaches. Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap- Up California wavering on protection for gray wolves under state law; Defenders of Wildlife featured on the HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell show tonight; A close up look at the science: wolf breeding pairs in Idaho; bad bills for Mexican gray wolves in Arizona. The Votes Are In… You voted, and we listened – now the winners of Defenders’ 2014 Photo Contest are here! See if your favorite won, and take a look at some of the amazing runner-ups. We’ve Got to Protect What’s Left of the Sagebrush Sea New research shows that after a fire, the Sagebrush Sea (home to the imperiled greater sage-grouse) could take up to 20 years to fully recover. With other factors already threatening so much of this habitat, what does that mean for the species that call it home?