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Here Come the (Commercial) Drones, America

The Federal Aviation Administration has given BP energy corporation permission to use drones in Alaska, marking the first time the government agency has allowed commercial drones to fly over American land.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



Lap Dancers, the CIA, Payoffs and BP’s Deepwater Horizon

Four years ago this Sunday, the Deepwater Horizon blowout incinerated 11 men and poisoned 600 miles of Gulf coastline. What political fairy dust allows BP to remain virtually immune from the consequences?

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Death Came by Water, Then by Oil

It was Good Friday, 50 years ago on March 27, 1964, when an earthquake-spurred tsunami wiped out the Chugach village in Chenega, Alaska. Twenty-five years later, as villagers celebrated the rebuilding of their home, a wave of oil from the Exxon Valdez began to move their way.

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25 Years After Exxon Valdez, BP Was the Hidden Culprit

Two decades ago I was the investigator for the legal team that sold you the bullshit on the crackup of the Exxon Valdez. Now, on the 25th anniversary of that disaster, and four years after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, the Obama administration has authorized BP to resume drilling in the Gulf of Mexico—and it’s all set to happen again.

Posted on Mar 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Terracide and the Terrarists: Destroying the Planet for Record Profits

We have a word for the conscious slaughter of a racial or ethnic group, and one for the conscious destruction of aspects of the environment. But we don’t have one for the conscious act of destroying the planet we live on. “Terracide,” from the Latin word for earth, has the right ring, given its similarity to the commonplace danger word of our era: terrorist.

Posted on May 23, 2013 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

Latest Sanction Against BP Goes Beyond Gulf Spill

When the Obama administration temporarily banned BP from federal contracts Wednesday, it pointed to BP’s “lack of business integrity” and conduct relating to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill. The sanction, however, has been years in the making.

Posted on Nov 29, 2012 READ MORE



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The Public Cost of BP’s ‘Pathetic’ Fine

BP’s record settlement of $4.5 billion for damages caused by the explosion and spill of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in 2010 is the largest criminal fine in U.S. history, but at a fifth of the company’s 2011 profits, to be paid over a span of five years, it amounts to a “pathetic” slap on the wrist, says Public Citizen’s Tyler Slocum.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Why BP Isn’t a Criminal

The Justice Department just entered into the largest criminal settlement in U.S. history with BP. The oil giant pleaded guilty to 14 criminal counts, including manslaughter, and agreed to pay $4 billion over the next five years. This is loony.

Posted on Nov 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Great Carbon Bubble

If we could see the world with a particularly illuminating set of spectacles, one of its most prominent features at the moment would be a giant carbon bubble, whose bursting someday will make the housing bubble of 2007 look like a lark.

Posted on Feb 8, 2012 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

BP Accuses Halliburton of Destroying Gulf Spill Evidence

Halliburton just seems to pop up wherever trouble can be found, such as the Bush White House (through Dick Cheney’s chummy history with the company) and also in the ecopocalypse that was the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in April 2010.

Posted on Dec 6, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Charlie Riedel

BP Plans a Comeback in Gulf of Mexico

One might think that after the ecological apocalypse that British Petroleum visited upon the Gulf of Mexico and surrounding environs with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in April 2010, BP might harbor a healthy sense of shame about returning to that scarred region. Yeah, no.

Posted on Oct 27, 2011 READ MORE



The Disastrous Cost of Oil Addiction

“The 2010 Gulf of Mexico blowout brought more than oil to the surface,” writes Carl Safina in his new book investigating the impact of the BP Deepwater Horizon blowout.

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum

The Year in Bad Corporate Choices

The BBC gets the ball rolling in this article about four big companies’ sub-stellar performance in 2010, and it should come as no surprise that BP figures in among that unfortunate set. But, dear readers, this list is focused on the UK and Asia—can you think of more from this side of the globe?

Posted on Dec 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

Oil Spill Investigators Spot Corporate ‘Culture of Complacency’

A government commission looking into last spring’s eco-pocalypse in the Gulf of Mexico has detected a certain “culture of complacency” afoot at the trio of big companies implicated in the spill. Sounds about right.

Posted on Nov 9, 2010 READ MORE


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BP’s Hayward Says Oil Spill Was Personally ‘Devastating’

His tenure as BP’s chief executive is almost up, and outgoing CEO Tony Hayward has changed his tune about the effect that last spring’s cataclysmic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico had on him personally, making public statements on Wednesday that sounded ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

BP Passes the Buck

That whole Gulf of Mexico oil spill thing? It wasn’t just BP’s fault—or so says BP. The oily megacorp released an internal report Wednesday that pointed to “multiple companies and work teams” that also, in BP’s humble estimation, shoulder some of the blame for the disaster.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE



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And Now for Another Offshore Rig Explosion

Just when we all had heard quite enough about man-made problems in the Gulf of Mexico, here comes another: On Thursday, an explosion occurred on an offshore platform called the Vermilion 380, but this time natural gas is the rig’s target resource.

Posted on Sep 2, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / David Shankbone

Spike Lee on BP: Obama Shouldn’t Have Trusted Execs

It’s hardly a surprise that Spike Lee would have something provocative to say about a newsy controversy, but Lee doesn’t spare President Obama his criticism over Obama’s handling of the BP oil spill catastrophe ... (continued)

Posted on Aug 23, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

BP Aims for Two-Pronged Plugging Action on Gulf Well

By this point, many American news consumers are way more up on the intricacies of oil well technology, and the emergency repair strategies associated with same, than they ever thought they’d be—and the fun isn’t over yet.

Posted on Aug 2, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

BP Puts a Price on Gulf Damage Control

Will $32.2 billion be enough to foot the bill for the tremendous mess the BP oil spill has made of the Gulf of Mexico? The higher-ups at the oil company seem to think so—at least for now.  (continued)

Posted on Jul 27, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / World Economic Forum

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Tony Hayward?

It’s kind of amazing that BP’s beleaguered CEO, Tony Hayward, is still in play at this point, but he may not last much longer, as the oil company’s board members were slated to debate his fate Monday evening.

Posted on Jul 26, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Patrick Semansky

Hey, Maybe This Cap Will Work

Let’s not get too excited here, but word on the street—fine, word in several major news outlets on Tuesday—has it that BP was about to try out yet another cap designed to maybe, possibly contain the oil hemorrhaging into the Gulf of Mexico. But this is only a test.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gregory Bull

U.S. Gov’t Tries Again in Bid for Offshore Drilling Ban

After an earlier attempt at enforcing a moratorium on offshore oil drilling was struck down, the federal government released a revised version Monday. Given, you know, the whole Gulf of Mexico object lesson, finding a way to push this one through might be useful.

Posted on Jul 12, 2010 READ MORE


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msnbc.msn.com

More Bad News From the Gulf Spill Saga

On Wednesday, two people were reportedly killed in accidents while working in the Gulf of Mexico cleanup effort, and the containment cap that had incrementally improved the oil spill situation had to be removed after a run-in with a robot sub.

Posted on Jun 23, 2010 READ MORE


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jonathanferraragallery.com

Oil Spill as Inspiration

The effects of the massive BP oil spill are bound to find expression in art, and indeed, the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans has given a handful of artists space to show their visions of oil-covered pelicans ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Obama Huddles With BP Bosses ($20 Billion Update)

Following up on his Tuesday address to the nation about the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, President Barack Obama was preparing Wednesday for some “constructive discussion” at a White House meeting with BP bosses, and probably some knuckle-rapping, too.

Posted on Jun 16, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Eric Gay

Rape and Spillage

What’s with the president’s war analogy on the oil spill? It’s as if some alien force, “The Invasion of the Slippery Sludge,” suddenly attacked us. What nonsense.

Posted on Jun 15, 2010 READ MORE


oiled-up pelican
AP / Charlie Riedel

BP Lays Out Latest Oil-Recovery Scheme

So, British Petroleum rolled out a new and ambitious oil-recovery plan on Monday, claiming it will increase its capturing capacity to at least 40,000 barrels a day by month’s end.

Posted on Jun 14, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

BP Spill as Partisan Issue

It’s hard to cast the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in anything resembling a positive light, but some Republican operatives are apparently pretty chuffed about the media coverage of the debacle, according to ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 11, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / J. Scott Applewhite

Pelosi Slams BP for ‘Lack of Integrity’

On Thursday, as President Barack Obama was preparing to meet with the families of the 11 people killed in the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was ripping into BP for its sketchy business practices ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 10, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Surprise News Bulletin: Oil Spill Cleanup Will Take Years

The oily eco-nightmare that the BP spill has become in the Gulf of Mexico isn’t going to go away for a long while. According to Coast Guard chief Thad Allen, it probably will take “years” to restore affected regions to some semblance of their pre-spill existence.

Posted on Jun 7, 2010 READ MORE


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Wikimedia Commons / Natasha Baucas

BP Refused James Cameron’s Cleanup Help

Those Hollywood directors, always thinking they can call all the shots. “Avatar” helmer and self-proclaimed “King of the World” James Cameron tried to do his eco-friendly (and global royalty) duty ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Gerald Herbert

A Job for the Giant Shears

In BP’s latest attempt at putting a lid on its disastrous oil spill, the embattled company pulled out a pair of giant shears Thursday to cut through a damaged pipe in preparation for—(drum roll) a containment cap—as a skeptical global audience looked on. Updated

Posted on Jun 3, 2010 READ MORE


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online.wsj.com

More Trouble for BP as Spill Approaches Florida

The whole top-kill effort didn’t work, and now BP’s next trick, involving an underwater saw device, has run into trouble in the Gulf of Mexico oil blowout cleanup crusade. Meanwhile, Florida is looking like the next state to get the oily treatment.

Posted on Jun 2, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Chuck Kennedy

Obama Calls for Oil Spill Inquiry

President Barack Obama may not yet be able to contain the mess that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill has become, but he’s ordering an investigation into the cause of the disaster, he announced Tuesday ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE


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A Close-Up Look at Top-Kill Failure

Want to see what it looked like when the famous “top kill” method didn’t work as planned in recent days? Here’s a visual aid that might make its way into Obama’s nightmares sooner or later ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 1, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama: This Whole Oil Spill Situation Is Really Bad, People

OK, so he actually called it an “unparalleled disaster,” but you get the idea: President Barack Obama took a moment Thursday morning to announce that the federal government had been on British Petroleum’s gulf oil spill from the very start and to declare unequivocally ... (continued)

 

Posted on May 27, 2010 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

BP Goes In for the Top Kill

The news that British Petroleum began its latest attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill Wednesday afternoon with the “top kill” stopgap strategy would be more heartening if it didn’t come so late in the game—and if there was more of a guarantee that it would do the job.

Posted on May 26, 2010 READ MORE


Financial Reform Won’t Alter Capitalism’s Icarus Trajectory

Perhaps the most troubling reality in the 21st century is that our economics now dictates our cultural values, rather than the reverse, where we the people would decide how resources, production and mutual prosperity should be systematized to achieve the best society for all.

Posted on May 21, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Obama and Big Oil; Midterm Mania; Justice Kagan?

How best to deal with the mess Big Oil has wrought this past week? “We need a time out for greed,” Robert Scheer says on this week’s “Left, Right & Center,” but Tony Blankley disagrees. Meanwhile, Arianna Huffington isn’t buying President Obama’s knuckle-rapping stance toward oil execs.

Posted on May 14, 2010 READ MORE


oil spill inquest
AP / Carolyn Kaster

Congressional Panel Looks Into Safety Mechanism Glitch in Oil Spill

The scale of the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico might have been better contained had a safety device designed to help in situations like the one that caused the enormous mess performed properly, according to findings presented to the House Energy and Commerce Committee on Wednesday.

Posted on May 12, 2010 READ MORE


Gulf oil spill
AP / Gerald Herbert

Verify, Baby, Verify!

“Drill, baby, drill!” Those were the words that Sarah Palin used to electrify the 2008 Republican National Convention. But while she popularized that environment-be-damned slogan, it had already defined the eight years of oil-drilling policy that prevailed during the presidency of George W. Bush. 

Posted on May 11, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Econo-Anxiety; UK Votes; N.Y. Bomber

Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain (or PIGS, as the likes of Stephen Colbert have pointed out) have seen better days—debt is overpowering the eurozone and impacting the U.S. as well. The UK election: Will it be a hung parliament? Plus: Newsweek’s for sale. Any takers?

Posted on May 7, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Eric Gay

BP Claims Progress in Capping Oil Leaks

Slight progress has been made in trying to remedy the ecological and corporate nightmare that the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has become: On Wednesday, the company reported that repair workers were able to shut off one of the three leaks responsible for the catastrophic mess.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Charles Dharapak

The Capitalist Hagiography Has Little Room for Saints

Perhaps the most enervating element of the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster is its eerie familiarity—the sheer, inexorable predictability of it all.

Posted on May 5, 2010 READ MORE



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Oil Spill ‘Threatens Our Way of Life’

In a rhetorical move that indirectly, and probably unintentionally, compares the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to terrorism, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has said the growing slick “threatens our way of life” as it encroaches upon the state’s coastline.

Posted on May 2, 2010 READ MORE


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