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US OKs BP Drilling Permit For Deepwater US Gulf: US offshore regulators have granted BP a permit to drill a new well in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico, the first such approval the company has received since the Macondo oil spill.
BP Gets First Gulf Drilling Permit Since Spill: BP proclaimed the permit came "after several months of hard work developing and implementing our new drilling standards and sharing those standards with industry partners and regulators."
Coast Guard Cites Transocean Lapses In Gulf Spill: Serious safety lapses by oil rig owner and operator Transocean Ltd contributed to the massive blowout and spill at a BP Plc well in the Gulf of Mexico. The Coast Guard's investigation revealed "numerous systems deficiencies, and acts and omissions by Transocean and its Deepwater Horizon crew, that had an adverse impact on the ability to prevent or limit the magnitude of the disaster."
One Year After BP Oil Spill, At Least 1.1 Million Barrels Still Missing: "There's a lot of water out there for the oil to be in," notes toxicologist Scott Miles of Louisiana State University, who has researched the fate of the oil from last year's spill. Where is it? "Your guess is as good as mine."
Gulf Suffered A Gas Surge: A new scientific paper reports that so much natural gas flowed into the Gulf of Mexico during last summer’s oil spill that, in spots, the amount in the ocean reached 75,000 times the normal background amount.
Presidential Commission Urges Sweeping New Regulations For Offshore Oil Operations: The commission warned that unless industry practices and government regulation improve, another such accident is inevitable.
Blunders Abounded Before Gulf Spill: The Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an avoidable accident caused by a series of failures and blunders by the companies involved in drilling the well and the government regulators assigned to police them, the presidential panel named to study the accident has concluded.
Errors Multiplied Before Gulf Spill: In the latest chapter of its pending report on the causes of the gulf oil spill, a presidential panel has concluded that the disaster was avoidable. It cites a chain of errors and miscommunication by BP and other companies that suggest that the problems were systemic.
Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours: Interviews, sworn testimony and statements from crew members show that the oil rig should have weathered the well blowout, but it didn’t because every one of its defenses failed.
BP Spill Inquiry Criticized by Chemical Safety Board: A federal board monitoring tests of an important piece of evidence from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the blowout preventer, has demanded that the analysis stop, saying representatives of the companies that made and maintained the device have had preferential access to it.
Politics Buried Science In Louisiana Sand Berms: A new report from a presidential commission investigating the spill now reveals how intense political pressure overrode experts' concerns that the berms would be ineffective - which ultimately proved correct.
Final Settlement Phase Starts For BP Oil Spill: Anyone accepting the final settlement will give up the right to file future claims against BP or any other company involved in the disaster.
U.S. Halts Plan To Drill In Eastern Gulf: The Obama administration announces it has rescinded its decision to expand offshore oil exploration into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic Coast because of weaknesses in federal regulation revealed by the BP oil spill.
Report Faults BP And Contractors For Rig Explosion And Spill: Scientific experts report that inadequate training and supervision of key personnel aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig and a lack of focus on safety were among the factors that contributed to the explosion that killed 11 workers and sent millions of barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
BP And Minerals Agency Faulted In Gulf Spill: A preliminary report by a team of scientific experts places responsibility for the Deepwater Horizon spill on BP’s management system and a failure to strongly consider risk - compounded by the Minerals Management Service's failure exercise the oversight that could have helped prevent the blast.
A Culture Of Carelessness: The Deepwater Horizon blowout was the result of a series of bad decisions by companies less concerned about safety than about finishing a project that was over budget and 38 days behind schedule.
Dead Coral Found Near Site Of Oil Spill: The coral sites lie seven miles southwest of the well, at a depth of about 4,500 feet, in an area where large plumes of dispersed oil were discovered drifting through the deep ocean last spring in the weeks after the spill.
The Latest Gulf Outrage: We have known for some time that a flaw in the cement used on BP’s Macondo well contributed to the disastrous April 20 explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. What we did not know, until now, was that both BP and Halliburton, the company BP hired to cement the well, appear to have been aware that the mixture was prone to failure - and went ahead anyway.
Halliburton Knew of Cement Flaws Before Spill: In the first official finding of responsibility for the blowout, which killed 11 workers and led to the biggest offshore oil spill in American history, the presidential commission determined that Halliburton had conducted three laboratory tests that indicated that the cement mixture did not meet industry standards.
BP Chief Says Rivals Fanned Public Fears Over Gulf Spill: BP’s new chief executive maintains that its rivals and the media had helped cause a climate of fear during the summer when the oil giant’s blown-out Gulf of Mexico well caused the worst ever oil spill in the United States.
BP Sells Assets To TNK-BP To Pay for Gulf Spill: BP has raised \$1.8 billion to help pay for the cost of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico by selling assets in Venezuela and Vietnam to its own joint venture in Russia.
White House Lifts Ban On Deepwater Drilling: The Obama administration has lifted the moratorium on deepwater oil and gas drilling, but it will be weeks or months before drilling resumes while industry and government regulators scramble to meet strict new rules intended to prevent another disaster like the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill.
Hard Truths On The Spill: President Obama asked for frank talk on the BP oil spill. With the release of four staff reports, he’s getting it.
Report Slams Administration For Underestimating Gulf Spill: The Obama administration failed to act upon or fully inform the public of its own worst-case estimates of the amount of oil gushing from the blown-out BP well, slowing response efforts and keeping the American people in the dark for weeks about the size of the disaster.
The BP-Spill Baby-Turtle Brigade: How a vast and well-organized group of amateur enthusiasts helped save their beloved creatures.
Drilling Plans Off Cuba Stir Fears of Impact on Gulf: Ocean scientists warn that a well blowout similar to the BP disaster could send oil spewing onto Cuban beaches and then the Florida Keys in as little as three days. If the oil reached the Gulf Stream, a powerful ocean current that passes through the region, oil could flow up the coast to Miami and beyond.
In Russia, BP Sees A Second Act: BP seems doomed to years of hostile regulation and lawsuits in the United States. But in Russia, the second-most important country for the company’s operations, BP’s fortunes are brighter than ever.
Panel Wants BP Fines To Pay For Gulf Restoration: A large share of the penalties collected from BP for its Gulf of Mexico oil spill should be dedicated to repairing the ecological, economic, public health and psychological damage from the spill.
Obama Officials Minimized Oil-Spill Estimates, Suit Says: An environmental whistle-blower group charges in a lawsuit that the Obama administration is withholding documents that would reveal why it issued an estimate on the gravity of the Gulf of Mexico oil-well blowout that later was proved to be far too low.
Gases Dominate Gulf's Subsea Plumes: Scientists estimate the plumes of oil that spewed into the Gulf of Mexico’s depths this spring and summer in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout were actually only about one-third oil, with the remainder consisting of natural gas.
BP Says Oil Spill Compensation Payout Rate Soars: BP said payouts to people affected by its Gulf of Mexico oil spill had dramatically increased since it surrendered authority for dispensing funds to an independent administrator.
Feds Declare British Petroleum's Well 'Dead': The U.S. government declared BP’s Macondo oil well dead on September 19th, nearly five months after the environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began.
BP Relief Well Intercepts Ruptured Gulf Well: Efforts to permanently plug the world's largest offshore oil spill reached a milestone when BP's crucial relief well reached its target - the blown-out Macondo well that began spewing oil almost five months ago.
Hayward Defends BP’s Safety Record: The chief executive of BP, Tony Hayward, told a parliamentary committee there was no evidence that the accident in the Gulf of Mexico was partly the result of cost-cutting measures.
Deepwater Horizon Oil Remains Below Surface: An expert disagrees with published estimates that more than 75 percent of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident has disappeared and predicts it will come ashore in pulses.
Regret, Apology Not Part Of BP's Oil Spill Report: BP's long-awaited internal report on what it believes went wrong when a rig exploded and started the massive Gulf oil spill never mentions the words blame, regret, apology, mistake or pollution. The word fault shows up 20 times, but only once in the same sentence as the company's name.
BP Report Places Much Blame For Spill On Others: BP has released the results of an internal investigation that heaped some of the blame on itself, but mostly pointed at other companies.
British Petroleum Says Limits on Drilling Imperil Spill Payouts: BP is warning Congress that if lawmakers pass legislation that bars the company from getting new offshore drilling permits, it may not have the money to pay for all the damages caused by its oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Rules Tighten For Oil Regulators: Years after revelations of bribery, favoritism and a spinning door between the oil industry and its regulators, the federal agency charged with policing offshore oil drillers is moving to end some of its most egregious past practices.
Risk-Taking Rises As Oil Rigs In Gulf Drill Deeper: Even as regulators investigate the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the broader dangers posed by the industry’s push into deeper waters have gone largely unscrutinized.
Behind Scenes Of Oil Spill: There were close calls, the details of which were not released to the public.
Who Was In Charge?: Even after dozens of witnesses, a hundred hours of testimony and three months of investigation, a chairman of a federal panel exploring the Deepwater Horizon disaster admitted that he still lacked a simple fact: Who was the top authority on the oil rig when it exploded?
An Oil Plume At Depth: Debate continues over how much oil remains in the Gulf from last April's spill - but one thing we do know is that in addition to the oil visible at the surface, the leaking well produced a subsurface plume of oil 1,100 meters deep.
How Fast Can Microbes Clean Up the Gulf Oil Spill?: New research suggests bacteria in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico may be eating oil plumes quickly.
Bits Of Good News From The Gulf: Among the bits of good news is that so far chemical testing on seafood hasn't yet turned up any samples from fish, shrimp, or oysters with dangerous levels of contamination.
Bacteria Are Gobbling Gulf Oil: A new study finds that oil-eating bacteria are flocking to the spill in droves, though it's not clear how quickly they're digesting it.
Deep-sea Oil Plume Goes Missing: Controversy arises over whether bacteria have completely gobbled it up.
Job Losses Over Drilling Ban Fail to Materialize: When the Obama administration called a halt to virtually all deepwater drilling activity in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon blowout, oil executives, economists and local officials complained that the six-month moratorium would cost thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in lost revenue.
A Gulf Science Blackout: Those working for BP or the federal government’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment program are being given the bulk of the resources, while independent researchers are shoved aside.
Halliburton Adviser Testifies Against BP: In the days before the rig exploded, the adviser had raised concerns to BP about its plan for executing a drilling procedure, but was ignored.
Details Faulted In Plan To Pay Oil Spill Claims: The details of exactly how the $20 billion fund set up by BP will be distributed to those affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico did little to allay worries and suspicions, drawing instead sharp criticism from several quarters.
BP Settlements Likely to Shield Top Defendants: People and businesses seeking a lump-sum settlement from British Petroleum's $20 billion oil spill compensation fund will most likely have to waive their right to sue not only BP, but also all the other major defendants involved with the spill.
Looking for Trouble on Manatee Highway: Researchers who model the oil spill’s progress expect subsurface oil to collect in a shipping channel that manatees use on their migration from Florida to Alabama.
Well To Be Sealed After Labor Day: Officials announce the final sealing of BP’s stricken well in the Gulf of Mexico will be delayed until after Labor Day so that the company can replace equipment that contributed to the well’s failure.
Oil Plume Is Not Breaking Down Fast, Study Says: New research confirms the existence of a huge plume of dispersed oil deep in the Gulf of Mexico and suggests that it has not broken down rapidly, raising the possibility that it might pose a threat to wildlife for months or even years.
Restoring The Gulf: Is the crisis in the Gulf over? In a word, no.
Questions Linger As Shrimp Season Opens In Gulf: Louisiana has asked BP for $450 million to pay for continued testing of seafood and a marketing campaign over two decades, and requested that the federal and local agencies that have been testing fish, shrimp, crabs and oysters report the results in one central location.
Drilling Permits For Deep Waters Face New Review: The Obama administration announced that it would require significantly more environmental review before approving new offshore drilling permits, ending a practice in which government regulators essentially rubber-stamped potentially hazardous deepwater projects like BP's out-of-control well.
Relief Well Nears Point Of Intercept: The drilling of the relief well began on May 2 and has reached nearly 18,000 feet. Officials for BP have emphasized that intercepting the Macondo well on the first try will be difficult. After a spill off the coast of Australia last August, crews needed five attempts to hit their target.
Minerals Management Service Had Mandate To Produce Results: The causes of the spill remain unclear, but a number of the agency’s actions have drawn fire: it shortened safety and environmental reviews\; overlooked flaws in the spill response plan\; and ignored warnings that crucial pieces of emergency equipment, blowout preventers, were prone to fail.
Mexican Guest Workers, Laid Off, Want BP’s Help: While thousands have lost their jobs as a result of the oil spill, the layoffs present special hardships for guest workers, mostly hotel workers and those working in shellfish processing.
Officials Say 'Static Kill' Of the Well Is Working: BP says that pumping heavy drilling mud into its stricken well in the Gulf seemed to stabilize pressure. The static kill may plug only the center of the well pipe, and not the portion of the well called the annulus between the inner piping and the outer casing.
British Petroleum Readies Killer Punch For World's Worst Oil Spill: BP fine-tunes its equipment to deliver the first of two planned killer punches to permanently plug its ruptured Gulf of Mexico oil well that caused the world's worst accidental oil spill.
British Petroleum's Gulf Spill Is The Largest Ever: At 4.9 million barrels, that means that the total fine could be $5.4 billion - and, if gross negligence led to the spill, $21 billion. If BP successfully argues that the 800,000 barrels it has recovered should mitigate the penalty, then the figure drops to $4.5 billion and $17.6 billion, respectively.
U.S. Puts Oil Spill Total At Nearly 5 Million Barrels: Nearly five million barrels of oil have gushed from the BP’s well since the Deepwater Horizon spill began on April 20, making this spill far bigger than the 3.3 million barrels spilled by the Mexican rig Ixtoc I in 1979, previously believed to be the world’s largest accidental release of oil.
Slow Start to an Oil-Delayed Shrimping Season: Gary Skinner did not expect much when the shrimping season opened more than a month late in Alabama’s Mobile Bay. And he got even less.
Despite EPA Rule, British Petroleum Used Dispersant: The Coast Guard approved dozens of requests by BP to spread hundreds of thousands of gallons of surface oil dispersants in the Gulf of Mexico despite the Environmental Protection Agency’s directive on May 26 that they should be used only rarely. In some cases, the Coast Guard approved BP’s requests even though the company did not set an upper limit on the amount of dispersant it planned to use.
BP Expected To Replace Chief With American: BP’s board is expected to name an American, Robert Dudley, as its chief executive, replacing Tony Hayward, whose repeated stumbles during the company’s three-month oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico alienated federal and state officials as well as residents of the Gulf Coast.
Want the Good News First?: Who poses a greater long-term threat to America’s Gulf Coast ecosystem: the U.S. Senate or British Petroleum?
British Petroleum Bets On More Deep Water Wells: In their quest for new supplies, oil companies have gone after oil and gas reserves in ever-deeper waters since the 1990s. But no company has invested as much in deepwater exploration over the last decade as BP.
After Oil Spills, Hidden Damage Can Last For Years: Because the Deepwater Horizon spill is emerging a mile under the surface and many of the toxic components of the oil are dissolving into deep water and spreading far and wide, scientists simply do not know what the effects in the deep ocean are likely to be.
Scientists Confirm Underwater Plumes Are From BP Spill: Florida researchers reported they have conclusively linked vast plumes of microscopic oil droplets drifting in the Gulf of Mexico to the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Their findings are the first direct confirmation that the plumes were linked to the spill, although federal scientists have said there was overwhelming circumstantial evidence tying them to BP’s well.
Deepwater Horizon's Emergency Siren Was Disabled: The rig’s chief electronics technician reported the general safety alarm was habitually set to "inhibited" to avoid waking up the crew with late-night sirens and emergency lights. Consequently, the alarm did not sound during the emergency.
British Petroleum Tries to Limit Release of Oil Spill Research: Faced with hundreds of lawsuits and a deep need for experts, BP has been offering some Gulf Coast scientists lucrative consulting contracts that bar them from releasing their findings on the company's massive oil spill for three years.
Liability At Issue In Oil Flow Rate in Gulf: A disagreement over the number of barrels spilled each day could amount to enormous sums: a 10,000-barrel-a-day difference over the three months of the spill could mean $3.7 billion in fines.
BP Hopes To Keep Well Closed, But Seep Is Detected: The discovery of a seep and the unspecified "anomalies" suggest that the well could be damaged and that it may have to be reopened soon to avoid making the situation worse.
British Petroleum Caps the Leak (For Now) - But the Hard Part is Just Beginning: Just because BP has capped the well - and only temporarily, with a stopgap process that could end at any time - doesn't mean the crisis is over.
Oil Spill Capped For A Second Day, Offering Some Hope: The hemorrhaging well that has spilled millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has remained capped for a second day, providing some hope of a long-term solution to the environmental disaster.
British Petroleum Says Oil Flow Has Stopped As Cap Is Tested: BP says it has capped its hemorrhaging well, at least temporarily, marking the first time in 86 days that oil was not gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.
British Petroleum Begins Test That Could Halt Oil Spill: BP has stopped collecting oil from its runaway well, beginning a critical test that could halt the rush of oil into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since the disaster began three months ago.
Oil Spill’s Impact On Gulf Seafood Remains Uncertain: The oil from the broken well 40 miles off the Louisiana coast keeps getting closer to the plate.
Oil Spill Probe Now Includes Abandoned Wells: A lead congressional committee investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has broadened its inquiry, now checking if tens of thousands of abandoned oil and gas wells are leaking or even being monitored for leaks.
Hitting A Tiny Bull's-Eye Miles Under The Gulf: As BP gets closer to finishing the first of two relief wells intended to plug the well leaking in the Gulf of Mexico, engineers are using special equipment that allows them to drill with more precision.
Louisiana And Scientists Spar Over How To Stop Oil: As the gulf oil spill enters its third month, Louisiana officials have grown increasingly enamored of large-scale engineering projects, like sand berms and rock walls, to keep the oil off their coast. An experienced and highly vocal community of local coastal scientists oppose them.
Feds To Take Control Of British Petoleum Spill Website: The Department of Homeland Security has announced the government will assume control of the joint website between BP and various organizations in charge of providing information about the BP oil spill and recovery.
Homeland Security Seizes Control Over BP Oil Spill Website: The Department of Homeland Security has seized control over a joint BP oil spill website, previously managed by several US Government agencies and BP and intended to inform the public about the progress made in the cleanup effort.
British Petroleum Wants Partners to Help Shoulder Spill Cost: BP has said repeatedly that it will pay for the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. But its actions show that it does not intend to go it alone.
British Petroleum's Point Man Tries To Polish Tarnished Image: Meet BP's Bob Dudley, the human relief well.
Gulf Spill A Familiar Story In Oil-soaked Nigeria: While the world is transfixed by the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, oil spills have become a part of everyday life during the 50 years that foreign firms have been pumping out Nigeria's easily refined fuel.
Determining Oil Spill's Environmental Damage Is Difficult: So far, even the simplest-sounding attempts to measure the spill's impact have turned out to be complex.
Should British Petroleum Nuke Its Leaking Well?: As the series of efforts to plug the 60,000 barrels of oil a day gushing from the sea floor fail one after another, talk of an extreme solution refuses to die.
Oil Invades More Wetlands As Surf Pounds Gulf Coast: Tropical storm Alex slowed oil spill clean-up and containment work in the Gulf of Mexico and drove more petroleum into fragile Gulf wetlands and beaches.
Oil Spills Raise Arsenic Levels In The Ocean: Arsenic can disrupt the photosynthesis process in marine plants and increase the chances of genetic alterations that can cause birth defects and behavioural changes in aquatic life. It can also kill animals such as birds that feed on sea creatures affected by arsenic.
Oil Contamination Of Crab Larvae Could Be Widespread: Researchers have found droplets of oil inside crab larvae in the Gulf of Mexico. Although preliminary, the findings represent the first sign of hydrocarbons from the Deepwater Horizon well entering the food web.
British Petroleum Spill Fund Tax Break Could Bite Back: BP will probably be able to write off some or all of a new $20 billion oil spill escrow fund from its taxes. The American public should be outraged to realize it is subsidizing this horror show.
Oil's Hidden Costs Visible, But Will It Matter?: America is seeing the usually hidden costs of fossil fuels - an oil spill's potential for huge environmental and economic damage, and deaths in coal and oil industry accidents. But don't expect much to change. America and the world crave more oil and coal, no matter the all-too-risky ways needed to extract those fuels.
The True Cost Of The Oil Spill: How much does a gallon of gasoline cost? A whole lot more than you think...
US Congressman Joe Barton Likes British Petroleum: And BP likes him back with $27,350 in cash.
British Petroleum CEO Tony Hayward Stonewalls Congress: After putting off his appearance before Congress for a week, supposedly to be have more time to prepare, Hayward brought nothing new to the hearing.
British Petroleum OKs $20 Billion Escrow Fund, Halts Dividend: President Barack Obama wrested a $20 billion compensation guarantee and an apology to the nation from British oil giant BP, announcing the company would set up a major claims fund for shrimpers, restaurateurs and others whose lives and livelihoods are being wrecked by the oil flooding into the Gulf of Mexico.
Sea Creatures Flee Spill, Gather Near Shore: Dolphins and sharks are showing up in surprisingly shallow water just off the Florida coast. Mullets, crabs, rays and small fish congregate by the thousands off an Alabama pier. Birds covered in oil are crawling deep into marshes, never to be seen again.
Oil-Spill Flow Rate Estimate Surges To 35,000 To 60,000 Barrels A Day: The rising estimate has become a central feature of the oil spill narrative. Originally the government pegged the spill at 1,000 barrels a day, then soon raised that to 5,000 barrels, then 12,000 to 19,000 barrels, and then to 20,000 to 40,000 barrels.
British Petroleum's Gulf Gusher Is Far And Away Biggest U.S. Spill: Now research vessels are tracking a more stealthy threat: huge clouds of diffuse, nearly invisible oil droplets hovering deep below the surface. These clouds could substantially increase estimates of the total amount of oil spilled and could poison deep-dwelling critters that provide the base of the marine food web.
Who Decides if a BP Spill Claim Is Legitimate?: "Legitimate". It's the word that could come to define the extremely expensive, extremely litigious aftermath of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. What constitutes "legitimate" is still an open question...
Official Oil Spill Estimate Doubles to 20,000-40,000 Barrels Per Day: This 4th major adjustment to the estimate represents a 100-fold to 200-fold increase over the original "estimate" of 200 barrels per day, and is now equivalent to an Exxon-Valdez disaster every 8-10 days.
President Obama Setting Sights On 'Whose Ass To Kick': Frustrated over British Petroleum's inability to stop their deepwater gusher and fed up with criticism that he hasn't seemed to be mad as hell, Obama turned as salty the Gulf of Mexico and warned that he better not catch BP "nickel-and-diming these businesses that are having a very tough time."
A Nuclear Option?: An exploding atom bomb generates temperatures hotter than the surface of the sun and, detonated underground, can turn acres of porous rock into a glassy plug, much like a huge stopper in a leaky bottle...
Killer Undersea Oil Plumes Lurk In Gulf of Mexico: Scientists maintain that oil could have become trapped in the water due to British Petroleum's unprecedented application of chemical dispersants, natural phenomenon, or a combination of the two. BP has applied more than a million gallons of dispersant to its spill.
Scientists Will Monitor Deepwater Horizon Methane Plumes For Gulf Oil Spill Answers: The size of the spill has been cause for much speculation, with estimates ranging anywhere from 1,000 to 100,000 barrels per day. Quantifying the amount of leaked methane gas dissolved into the waters holds the key to calculating the spill's actual size.
British Petroleum Cuts Ruptured Oil Pipe With Shears: BP has cleared the way for an attempt to cap its runaway Gulf of Mexico oil spill and funnel crude to the surface in a high-stakes effort to slow its 45-day gusher.
'Furious' Obama Heading To Gulf For Spill Update: Determined to project both command and compassion, President Barack Obama returns to the Louisiana coast for a fresh reality check on work to stanch the oil spewing into the Gulf of Mexico and the spiraling effects of the nation's worst environmental disaster.
BP Oil Slick Could Hit East Coast In Weeks: Under the model released by the National Center for Atmospheric Research, the oil will spread along hundreds of miles of the Atlantic coast as the summer rolls on.
Paradise Lost: British Petroleum's oil slick reaches Pensacola beaches, putting summer tourist season in doubt.
British Petroleum Prepares More Backup Spill Plans: While robotic roustabouts saw on a leaking pipe a mile deep in the Gulf of Mexico in BP's latest attempt to control its catastrophic oil spill, engineers are developing plans for what to try next. Further attempts to seal the blown-out well permanently before relief wells are completed sometime in August are no longer on the table.
Criminal Investigation Of Deepwater Horizon Spill Opens: British Petroleum's stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it on June 1st as the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations into the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
BP, the Emperor, Has No Clothes! Obama, Take Charge!: Round after round of failed attempts to stop the leak have come to remind us more of a bunch of blundering boobs than professionals in an industry worth many billions of dollars a year. Their scientists seem more like children with an erector set than anyone capable of a Worst Case Solution.
British Petroleum Says It Will Pay All 'Legitimate Claims': What does that really mean?
British Petroleum Reveals 'Fundamental Mistake': Oil giant British Petroleum told congressional investigators that a decision to continue work on its blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico after a test warned that something was wrong may have been a "fundamental mistake."
Minerals Management Service Director Took The Hit: It's an unofficial rule of official Washington: When something goes wrong with an arm of the government, someone you have never heard of must be sacrificed to show the press corps that "Action Is Being Taken".
The Minerals Management Service: Skeet Shooting, Pencils And Porn: The technical term is "regulatory capture." It happens when industry interests overtake the broader public interest in federal agencies charged with protecting the nation.
Minerals Management Service's Troubled Past: President Obama describes the Minerals Management Service as "a culture in which oil companies were able to get what they wanted without sufficient oversight and regulation".
British Petroleum Used Riskier Method To Seal Well Before Blast: Several days before the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, BP officials chose, partly for financial reasons, to use a type of casing for the well that the company knew was the riskier of two options.
Scientists Find Evidence Of Large Underwater Oil Plume In Gulf: This discovery seems to confirm the fears of some scientists that - because of the depth of the leak and the heavy use of chemical "dispersants" - this spill was behaving differently than others. Instead of floating on top of the water, it may be moving beneath it.
Worry About Corexit Dispersant Rises As Men In Clean Up Crew Complain Of Health Problems: Suspicions have been fanned by the refusal of Nalco, the company that makes the dispersant, to publicly disclose the chemical formula for Corexit, which it calls proprietary.
BP Trying To Hide Millions Of Gallons Of Toxic Oil?: Oil is toxic at 11 parts per million while Corexit 9500 is toxic at only 2.61 parts per million\; Corexit 9500 is four times as toxic as the oil itself.
"Top Kill" Fails To Stop Flow Of Oil In Gulf Of Mexico: Despite golf balls, tires, 30,000 horsepower of pumps and 30,000 barrels of dense drilling mud chock full of barite, British Petroleum's so-called "top kill" operation failed to stop the disastrous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico and was abandoned on the afternoon of May 29.
British Petroleum's Spill Eclipses Exxon Valdez: The amount of oil spilled by British Petroleum's blown-out Gulf of Mexico well has eclipsed the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster, and could be flowing at a rate nearly four times BP's recent estimates, according to findings of a U.S. government expert panel.
British Petroleum's Accident Record Dismal: British Petroleum, the global oil giant responsible for the fast-spreading spill in the Gulf of Mexico that will soon make landfall, is no stranger to major accidents. The company has found itself at the center of several of our nation's worst oil and gas related disasters in the last five years.
Deepwater Horizon Was Exempted From Environmental Analysis: Instead of protecting the public interest by conducting environmental reviews, the Minerals Management Service of the U.S. Interior Department granted a "categorical exclusion" for British Petroleum's drilling plan, just as it does hundreds of others every year in the Gulf of Mexico.
Less Toxic Dispersants Lose Out In British Petroleum Oil Spill Cleanup: BP PLC continues to stockpile and deploy oil-dispersing chemicals manufactured by a company with which it shares close ties, even though other U.S. EPA-approved alternatives have been shown to be far less toxic and, in some cases, nearly twice as effective.
Deepwater Horizon Spill Cleanup Chemicals Cause New Environmental Concerns: The dispersants contain harmful toxins of their own and can concentrate leftover oil toxins in the water, where they can kill fish and migrate great distances. They include 2-butoxyethanol, a compound associated with headaches, vomiting and reproductive problems.
Deepwater Horizon May Become The Worst Environmental Disaster In US History: Deepwater Horizon oil spill solutions uncertain, slick spreads west...
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill A Slow-Motion Hurricane: No one knows when this most recent threat to the marshes and estuaries of the Gulf Coast will end. Oil continues to gush unchecked from the seafloor site of the wrecked rig, some 40 miles off the Louisiana coast.

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