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Greg Palast: BP Poisoned the Gulf to Make Money

Truthdig contributor and New York Times best-selling author and investigative journalist Greg Palast appeared on RT’s “Breaking the Set” on Wednesday to discuss the “gross negligence” committed by BP and described in a federal judge’s Findings of Fact on the circumstances that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and turned the Gulf of Mexico into a tub of toxic soup.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



BP and the Three Stooges Defense

Although U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier found BP liable for “gross negligence” last week, some U.S. media failed to mention that he let BP off the hook on punitive damages. And that stuns me, given that the record seems to identify enough smoking guns to roast a sizable pig.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NATO, BP Accountability, Politics of Joan Rivers

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss NATO’s coalition amid a cease-fire between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels; the irony that the U.S. spies “on everybody, but we didn’t know about ISIS”; a judge’s ruling on BP’s negligence in the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and the career of comedian Joan Rivers.

Posted on Sep 6, 2014 READ MORE


Ousted Drilling Chief Warns U.S. at Risk of Another Oil Spill

Four years after the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig, the EPA has lifted a ban that excluded the company from new federal contracts. S. Elizabeth Birnbaum, who was director of the Minerals Management Service at the time and was forced out soon afterward, tells “Democracy Now!” another catastrophe is a real possibility.

Posted on Apr 21, 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?

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Mar 27, 2014 READ MORE



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



For Exxon Mobil CEO, Fracking’s Fine, Just Not In His Backyard

The contentious practice of hydraulic fracturing—commonly referred to as “fracking,” thus offering opponents a handy resemblance to a popular expletive—isn’t something Exxon Mobil’s head honcho, Rex Tillerson, has opposed.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE



ideum (CC-BY)

The Need to Punish Corporate Criminals

Halliburton’s recent “punishment” after admitting that it destroyed evidence related to the 2010 BP oil spill is the very reason The Hill’s Ronald Goldfarb says that the “legal fiction that corporations are entities that are distinct from the parties running them” makes for terrible public policy.

Posted on Aug 1, 2013 READ MORE



Norsk olje og gass (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Halliburton Admits Destroying Deepwater Horizon Evidence

The American contractor that worked for BP on the Gulf of Mexico oil rig announced Thursday that it would plead guilty to destroying evidence relating to the 2010 explosion that sparked the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

Posted on Jul 26, 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



Abode of Chaos (CC BY 2.0)

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



‘Pro-Life’ Lawmaker Supported Ex-Wife’s Abortions, New Karl Rove Election Theories, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the latest conspiracy theory involving President Obama and a BP oil settlement.

Posted on Nov 15, 2012 READ MORE



NOAA

U.S. Tried to Downplay Toll on Wildlife in Gulf

Photographs of a dead sperm whale and a cache of emails obtained by Greenpeace show how officials in the Obama administration attempted to suppress knowledge of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil blowout’s impact on wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



Abode of Chaos (CC-BY)

A Punishment BP Can’t Pay Off

Two years after a series of gambles and ill-advised decisions on a BP drilling project led to the largest accidental oil spill in United States history and the death of 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, no one has been held accountable.

Posted on Apr 20, 2012 READ MORE



Azzazello (CC-BY)

A Tough-Oil World

The world still harbors large reserves of petroleum, but they are of the hard-to-reach, hard-to-refine, “tough oil” variety that will be more costly to extract, refine and buy at the pump.

Posted on Mar 14, 2012 READ MORE


Gulf oil spill
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



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What We Have Here Is a Failure to Compensate

At a time of record unemployment, American companies are increasingly exploiting the low-cost labor of 2.3 million Americans behind bars. This means fewer jobs available for free citizens, which leads to more unemployment, which produces more crime ... (more)

Posted on Jul 24, 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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AP / Charles Dharapak

BP Sheds Latin Oil Producer

British Petroleum is still sloughing off assets to help cover its $40 billion fiasco in the Gulf of Mexico. The oil giant just sold a majority stake in Pan American Energy for $7 billion, putting its running total of recent asset sales at $21 billion.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE


Gulf oil spill
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



AP

R.I.P. Gulf Coral Reefs

A team of scientists “on a research cruise” (what?) have discovered severe damage to coral reefs near the location of the Deepwater Horizon’s blown-out wellhead. Coral, which is a barometer of the health of an ocean’s ecosystem, was found to be “sloughing off tissues and producing mucus.” Gross.

Posted on Nov 6, 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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Richard Ellis

U.S. Gets Cold Feet in Arctic Drilling

With all of the hullabaloo surrounding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the government’s lackluster performance in responding to that crisis, U.S. regulatory agencies have waved the yellow flag in allowing new offshore drilling in the Arctic.

Posted on Sep 4, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

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



Wikimedia Commons

The Cost of Not Drilling

Previously undisclosed documents have measured the economic impact of the U.S. federal moratorium on deep-water oil drilling at 23,000 jobs lost and billions of dollars in frozen investment. Federal officials went ahead with the ban, now tied up in court, because they distrusted industry safety equipment and standards.

Posted on Aug 22, 2010 READ MORE


Gulf oil spill
AP / Gerald Herbert

Alabama to Sue BP

The great state of Alabama has announced it will sue BP, Transocean and Halliburton for the “catastrophic harm” that followed from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico.

Posted on Aug 13, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 3rd Class Patrick Kelley

BP Pumps Money Into Relief Fund—It’s No Gusher

BP has paid $3 billion into the relief fund promised President Obama, including $319 million already paid to victims of the Gulf oil spill, but it will be years before the $20 billion escrow account is fully funded.

Posted on Aug 9, 2010 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Alarms Were Disabled on Doomed Oil Rig

A chief engineer has testified to a federal panel investigating the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon that, despite his repeated admonishments, alarms and other safety systems aboard the offshore oil rig had been left disabled or unrepaired in the months leading up to the catastrophic April 20 blast.

Posted on Jul 23, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

We All Live on Turtle Island

When speaking of the natural world, for good reason we often turn to Native American myth. Turtle carries the world on its back is what many of these myths tell us; we are all citizens on turtle island.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 3rd Class Ann Marie Gorden

Oil Spill Has a Price Tag and It’s High

The cost to the Gulf states’ tourism industry alone could be $22.7 billion, according to a study commissioned by the U.S. Travel Association. The outlook for the region’s fishing and drilling industries is also pretty bleak.

Posted on Jul 22, 2010 READ MORE


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bbc.co.uk

Obama Contains His Optimism About BP’s Latest Cap Trick

“It is important we don’t get ahead of ourselves,” President Obama said Friday as he weighed in on BP’s latest attempt at containing the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill with a “larger, more sophisticated cap.”

Posted on Jul 16, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

BP Says the Hole Is Plugged

After nearly three months of dumping between 92 million and 327 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP announced Thursday that it has stopped the leak. The oil giant will monitor the well’s pressure while the rest of us hold our breath.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


gulf responders
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


Deepwater Horizon
AP / Petty Officer 2nd Class Scott Lloyd, U.S. Coast Guard

Oil Companies Awash in Subsidies

As the government weighs a tax on petroleum production to help pay for the Gulf spill cleanup—and as oil companies cry foul—a quick analysis of the U.S. tax code shows the oil industry to be one of the country’s most heavily subsidized.

Posted on Jul 4, 2010 READ MORE



Flickr / langalex

Obama Pumps $2 Billion Into Solar Efforts

President Obama announced the award of nearly $2 billion in economic stimulus funds for new solar plants, saying it will create thousands of jobs and boost the use of renewable energy. The announcement came just a day after a gloomy June employment report.

Posted on Jul 3, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Chuck Kennedy

BP Putting Together a $50 Billion Cleanup Fund

As anger grows over the fact that BP’s CEO is out watching a yacht race while the Gulf oil blowout festers, a London paper reports that BP is set to raise $50 billion to cover the cleanup costs for the biggest oil spill in U.S. history.

Posted on Jun 20, 2010 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Deep-Water Drilling Ban Idles Workers

The Obama administration’s moratorium on deep-water drilling is affecting not only the oil companies but also the tens of thousands of workers who depend on the rigs for their livelihood and are now being laid off. To make matters worse, some of the rig owners are exploring moving their operations to other countries.

Posted on Jun 18, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Obama Will Demand a BP Escrow Fund for Victims

President Barack Obama finally might be digging in his executive heels over the Gulf oil blowout. The White House has announced the president will address the nation Tuesday night about the spill and is expected to outline a plan that would force BP to create a multibillion-dollar escrow account to compensate those affected.

Posted on Jun 13, 2010 READ MORE


Gulf shot
White House / Chuck Kennedy

Double the Oil, Double the Problems

It’s a doubly bad day for news regarding the oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico: Scientists have doubled their estimate of the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf every day, and BP announced it will not have the leak sealed before August.

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



U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin Stumberg

BP Knew: Years of Internal Probes Warned That Neglect Could Lead to Accidents

A series of internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change its ways.

Posted on Jun 7, 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



house.gov

Hope on the Deepwater Horizon

There’s hope on the Deepwater Horizon after a new containment cap was put into place and 6,000 barrels of oil was funneled to the surface in 24 hours.

Posted on Jun 5, 2010 READ MORE


oil spill site
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



U.S. Coast Guard

Best Chance to Stop Gulf Spill Is Months Away

It’s already the worst ecological disaster in U.S. history, and the oil spill continues to dump somewhere between 504,000 and 4.2 million gallons of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. BP will continue to try to plug that hole, but its best chance to succeed is the drilling of relief wells, a process that won’t be finished until at least August.

Posted on May 31, 2010 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
cnn.com

BP Accused of Hiring Temps for Obama Visit

A parish official in coastal Louisiana has publicly accused BP of busing in cleanup workers to be present only for President Obama’s visit on Friday. BP rejects the accusation, claiming no out-of-the-ordinary temporary hiring had taken place.

Posted on May 29, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Evan Vucci

Obama Goes Gulfing

Following a news conference Thursday in which he voiced resolve and regret over the way the Gulf oil spill has been handled, President Barack Obama visited the Louisiana coast on Friday to see the environmental devastation firsthand and to survey efforts to plug the Deepwater Horizon undersea gusher.

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Coast Guard / CPO John Kepsimelis

EPA Weighs Sanctions Against BP

Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency are considering whether to bar BP from receiving government contracts, a move that would ultimately cost the company billions in revenue and could end its drilling in federally controlled oil fields.

Posted on May 25, 2010 READ MORE


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