Mutations in the Gulf: Eyeless and Lesioned Fish Found After BP Disaster

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 6:55 am

It was two years ago tomorrow that the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, leading to the largest oil spill in our nation’s history. And one of the strategies that BP and the federal government used to mask the enormity of the disaster was dispersants, the chemical liquid poured into the Gulf of Mexico in massive quantities. [...]

Obama’s Oil Spill Commission Criticizes Obama Administration on BP Disaster

By: Wednesday October 6, 2010 11:01 am

Most of the reports criticizing the poor quality of the initial estimates of the BP oil disaster have focused on the oil company’s faults. But a new report goes after the Obama Administration and their underestimation of the extent of the spill. And it comes from the president’s own handpicked commission. The Obama administration repeatedly [...]

Optimism on Oil Spill Effects Contrasted by Discovery of Giant Oil Plume on Seafloor

By: Monday September 13, 2010 11:49 am

As annoying as I find the traditional media profiles of the struggling rich who have to give up their second yacht or country estate, I’m starting to find this new entry in the boring counter-intuitive genre just as bad: Marsh grasses matted by oil are still a common sight on the gulf coast here, but [...]

BP’s Liability-Minimization Strategy

By: Wednesday August 11, 2010 8:50 am

A District Court judge has been chosen to deal with almost 300 lawsuits related to the BP oil disaster. While plaintiff’s attorneys are generally pleased with the venue of New Orleans, Judge Carl J. Barbier has come under criticism for past purchases of bonds from Transocean and Halliburton, both of whom were involved in operations [...]

Massive Amounts of Underwater Oil Droplets Which Organisms Eat Does Not Equal Victory in the Gulf

By: Friday July 30, 2010 11:08 am

Michael Grunwald took a run at carrying forward this idea that the BP oil disaster is actually, you know, not so bad, a perspective contrasted by his own colleague at Time, Bryan Walsh: I think it’s far too early to declare the oil spill a bust. It’s true that the coastlines don’t seem to have [...]

EPA Still in the “Stern Letter” Stage on Dispersants

By: Monday May 24, 2010 2:18 pm

On a conference call with reporters, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson announced that the EPA would take steps to “significantly scale back” the use of dispersants, the toxic chemicals being used to break up oil at or below the surface. “We believe we can ramp down the overall use of dispersants because the sub-sea use appears [...]

BP: We Won’t Go Changing To Try And Please The EPA

By: Saturday May 22, 2010 10:52 am

Novel. When the Environmental Protection Agency tells you to stop using toxic substances on American territory, I had no idea the answer could be, simply, no. BP has told the Environmental Protection Agency that it cannot find a safe, effective and available dispersant to use instead of Corexit, and will continue to use that chemical [...]

Live Feed of Oil Gusher Up; Leak Much Bigger Than Initial Claim

By: Thursday May 20, 2010 11:25 am

Bill Nelson is now running on his website a live feed of the BP oil gusher on the floor of the Gulf of Mexico. You can clearly see that there’s a much greater volume of oil coming out of that gusher than what BP has claimed, and that the pipe siphoning off oil, which BP [...]

The Looming Economic Implications in the Gulf

By: Saturday May 15, 2010 4:54 pm

The latest gambit by BP to plug the underwater volcano in the Gulf has “hit a snag,” according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. The President has sent in a ragtag bunch of scientists, engineers and MacGruber to brainstorm the mess. It’s depressing that the long-awaited, much-anticipated Apollo Project for energy has been reduced to coming [...]

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