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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



American Catch

We are “a seafood debtor nation,” with imported seafood gracing more than 85 percent of our plates. Why not embrace the ocean bounty that can still be found off America’s shores, Paul Greenberg’s book asks.

Posted on Aug 15, 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.

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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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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.

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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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Obama Fast-Tracks Southern Portion of Keystone Pipeline

Responding to criticism from Republicans for supposedly stonewalling development of the nation’s oil supplies, President Obama has ordered the government to accelerate work on a 485-mile Texas-to-Oklahoma portion of the recently rejected 1,170-mile Keystone XL pipeline.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Judge Puts Deepwater Horizon Trial on Hold

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, who will ultimately put a price tag on the worst oil spill in American history if the many lawsuits against BP go to trial, has given the oil giant and its many, many plaintiffs another week to reach a settlement.

Posted on Feb 26, 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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Gulf Oil Workers Evacuate Rigs Ahead of Storm

Oil-rig operators in the Gulf of Mexico announced Thursday that they would evacuate workers, and a flash-flood watch was issued for New Orleans ahead of a slow-moving storm system that could develop into a cyclone or even a hurricane. (more)

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Record ‘Dead Zone’ Expected in Gulf of Mexico

Scientists fear that farm chemicals carried from fields into the Mississippi River by this spring’s record floods will create the largest “dead zone” the Gulf of Mexico has seen since measurements were first taken in 1985. (more)

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE



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Obama Caves on Domestic Oil Drilling

President Obama will instruct the Interior Department to expedite the sale of oil drilling leases in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve and the Gulf of Mexico, arguing that additional domestic oil production will lower gasoline prices in the long term. (more)

Posted on May 14, 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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What Oil Spill? Transocean Hands Out Bonuses for Best Safety Year Ever

Even Wall Street executives have to be smacking their heads over this one. The company that ran the Deepwater Horizon oil rig (before it exploded, killing 11 and filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil) has decided to give its executives bonuses for achieving “the best year in safety performance in our company’s history.” There are no words ...

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Baby Dolphins Are Washing Up Dead Along the Gulf

Scientists at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies are investigating unusually high numbers of stillborn and aborted dolphins in the Gulf of Mexico region. Seventeen infant dolphins have washed up on shore so far this year, compared to an average of one or two a month, says one scientist. (more)

Posted on Feb 21, 2011 READ MORE


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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



U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 2nd Class John Miller

U.S. Sues BP, Transocean for Damages ‘Without Limitation’

Attorney General Eric Holder says the government is going after nine companies involved with the Deepwater Horizon spill “for government removal costs, economic losses and environmental damages without limitation.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 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


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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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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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Halliburton Blamed for Shoddy Construction in Gulf Oil Disaster

Three of four tests showed that the cement mixture used by Halliburton in the construction of BP’s ill-fated oil well in the Gulf was unstable, but the mixture was used anyway, a presidential commission investigating the disaster has found. The only successful test, which BP did not know about, has since come under suspicion.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE



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Again With the Offshore Drilling

After clamping down and imposing a ban on offshore drilling in the wake of last spring’s disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Tuesday that the moratorium is over and, as he put it, “We are open for business.”

Posted on Oct 12, 2010 READ MORE


How Robots Clean Up an Oil Spill

Those nerds at MIT have come up with something really amazing (not the first time). It’s a swarm of autonomous robots that talk to each other as they make their way around a spill, gobbling up the oil. Why didn’t we think of that?

Posted on Oct 11, 2010 READ MORE



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R.I.P. Gulf Oil Well

It looks like the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is officially dead. The procedure to seal the well—or in oil industry terms, to “kill” it—has been pronounced a success, providing an unceremonious end to the spilling of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf.

Posted on Sep 19, 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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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


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AP / Gerald Herbert

The $8 Billion Oil Spill

New estimates of the cost of the BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico have jumped to a staggering $8 billion, up $2 billion in August alone as the company announced it had already paid out almost $400 million in claims to individuals affected by the spill.

Posted on Sep 3, 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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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



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



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The Giant Cloud of Oil Hiding in the Gulf

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is raining on Uncle Sam and BP’s well-capping parade. Researchers at the institute say a 22-mile-long, 1.2-mile-wide oil plume deep under the Gulf’s surface is degrading much slower than the government’s more optimistic claims.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


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Fishermen Test Troubled Gulf Waters

Americans get half of their shrimp from the Gulf of Mexico, but that was before it was contaminated by 190 million gallons of oil and 2 million gallons of chemical dispersant. Shrimp season officially started Monday, but it will be some time before we know whether the ravaged Gulf waters—and American appetites—are up to it.

Posted on Aug 16, 2010 READ MORE


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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


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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


Tony Hayward’s Exit [A Cartoon From Slovakia]

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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



Big Oil’s War on Earth

Today on the list: The places that make the Gulf spill look like a national park, Elizabeth Warren (yay) vs. Timothy Geithner (boo), Syria bans the veil, and the strange things men pay prostitutes to do (as if you don’t already know).

Posted on Jul 19, 2010 READ MORE


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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


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Goldman Deal; Midterm Elections; BP Well Capped

The financial regulation bill that finally passed has many flaws; chief among them, says Arianna Huffington in this meeting of the “Left, Right & Center” minds, is that it doesn’t prevent the “too big to fail” phenomenon from happening again.

Posted on Jul 15, 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


Millions Watch Rich Guy Get New Job

Based on the record ratings for its special featuring LeBron James’ announcement of his new team, ESPN announced that instead of airing NBA games, it would schedule two-hour specials showing the rich guy cashing his ginormous paychecks.

Posted on Jul 11, 2010 READ MORE



NASA

If Only Information Flowed as Freely as Oil

“Deep Spill 2” sounds like a sequel to a Hollywood thriller. Unfortunately, it is more of a reality show. “Deep Spill 2” is the name of an ambitious series of proposed scientific experiments that should be happening right now.

Posted on Jul 6, 2010 READ MORE


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