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Oil Spill

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Oil on the Tracks

More crude oil was spilled in U.S. rail incidents in 2013 than in the previous 37 years combined.

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How Much Oil Spilled on North Dakota? No One Knows

A ruptured pipeline last month spilled at least 20,000 barrels of crude oil that went undetected until a local farmer stumbled across it while harvesting wheat. Now experts say the spill estimate is a weak guess, and no one knows how much oil was lost. Either way, it’s among the largest in state history—and a troubling sign of incompetence, or worse.

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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.

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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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Catastrophic Oil Spill Threat to Canadian River Basin

A vast, globally important river basin in Canada five times the size of France is at great risk from a potential catastrophic oil spill from the mining of tar sands.

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Flickr/Steve Snodgrass

Exxon Lied About Oil Pipeline Rupture, Documents Show

According to newly released documents, Exxon Mobil—the world’s most profitable corporation—knew that contamination from a tar sands crude oil spill in Arkansas this year was dangerous and yet, the company downplayed it anyway.

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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.

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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



U.S. Navy / MC2 Justin E. Stumberg

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.

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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.

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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.

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Flickr / amerune (CC-BY)

BP Points to Thriving Tourism to Reduce Settlement Payments

Just over one year out from the BP oil spill that wreaked havoc up and down the Gulf Coast, the tourism industry there is so far having one of its best summers in years. BP is latching on to the good news, using it to argue in a court filing recently ... (more)

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Flickr / Philipp Bosch (CC-BY-SA)

A River of Misinformation on Montana Oil Spill

After roughly 42,000 gallons of oil spewed into the Yellowstone River in Montana last weekend, federal documents show that Exxon Mobil officials were not candid with the public about the length of time it took to seal the burst pipe. (more)

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Flickr / Ulrich Latzenhofer

Greenpeace Rattles an Oil Rig Off Greenland

U.K.-based Cairn Energy suspended deep-water drilling operations on a platform off the southwest coast of Greenland after Greenpeace activists boarded the rig to demand the release of the company’s unpublished oil spill response plan. (more)

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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.

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AP / Patrick Semansky

BP Spill Caught the Coast Guard Unprepared

Looking back over the disastrous BP oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico last year, an internal review by the U.S. Coast Guard has concluded that the seagoing service was poorly prepared for such an event and that the cleanup itself was riddled with planning failures.

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U.S. Coast Guard

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



The Pug Father (CC-BY)

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)

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Reid & Co. Open Fire on GOP

The 111th Congress produced some real eleventh-hour gains for the Obama administration, and by extension the president’s party, but some Democrats, such as Sen. Harry Reid and outgoing Sen. Arlen Specter, aren’t ready to get over some of the biggest partisan clashes of the last two years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2010 READ MORE


The Game-Changer List

This year was a game-changer, and what we need is a game-changer list. On that kind of list, I would drop one-off sensations, beginning with the oil spill, the Haitian earthquake and the mine rescue. No. 1 would be WikiLeaks.

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 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?

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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



U.S. Coast Guard

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



Flickr / dsearis

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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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)

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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.

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Gulf oil spill
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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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



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



U.S. Coast Guard / Ensign Michael P. McGrew

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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Flickr / Bryan Brenner (CC-BY)

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


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


Lessons From the Oil Spill

Flying back to Washington from Pensacola, Fla., on June 15, President Obama and the man he put in charge of handling the Gulf oil spill, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, had a come-to-Jesus talk.

Posted on Aug 9, 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



SpillCam / globalwarming.house.gov/spillcam

BP Readies the Final ‘Kill’

Someone should tell BP that the whole kill-speak approach does not bode well when you’re actually killing wildlife and industry in the Gulf. But nonetheless, BP says the mud and cement pumped into the blown-out oil well, termed a “static kill,” are holding and that it is preparing to seal the deal with a “bottom kill” later this month.

Posted on Aug 6, 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



AP

Chinese Muffle Oil Spill Estimates

An oil spill following a pipeline explosion in China’s Yellow Sea could be much bigger than the government is admitting. The Chinese government says 1,500 tons of oil was spilled, but an American expert who visited the scene says it may actually be 50 times that figure, putting it on the order of the Exxon Valdez disaster.

Posted on Jul 31, 2010 READ MORE


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International Bird Rescue Research Center / WikiCommons

Time Magazine Puts Contrarian Spin on Spill

Relying primarily on a controversial Louisiana expert with previous ties to BP but also quoting a leader of the Audubon Society, Time magazine has posted a contrarian report arguing that the environmental damage of the Deepwater Horizon disaster has been overblown.

Posted on Jul 29, 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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