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 Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in The House’s Continued Assault on Endangered Species The House continues to turn its back on the Endangered Species Act by weakening and eliminating protection for imperiled wildlife. Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Fish and Wildlife Service Holds Public Meetings to Determine Fate of Mexican Gray Wolves; Six Mexican Gray Wolves Released in New Mexico; How Do People Form Their Opinions About Wolves? A Field Day with Gopher Tortoises Our Florida staff members spent a field day at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve to learn more about the reproductive and burrowing habits of gopher tortoises.