Gulf Coast Oil Rig Explosion Kills Two

By: Friday November 16, 2012 10:11 am

A day after a record $4.5 billion criminal settlement in the BP oil disaster, another Gulf Coast oil rig exploded. An oil rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana sent four people to hospital Friday and two others were believed to be missing, Coast Guard officials said. Coast Guard spokesman Drake Foret said the fire [...]

BP Haggling With Government Over Penalty for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

By: Monday October 1, 2012 7:03 am

The US government has still not reached a settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, though talks continue.

Senate Democrats Tie Romney Gulf Coast Visit to Ryan’s Proposed Cuts to Disaster Relief

By: Friday August 31, 2012 12:57 pm

The only real notable element of Mitt Romney’s post-convention performance today was that he accidentally referred to the United States as a company, i.e. a person. But in anticipation of his visit to the Gulf Coast for some photo-ops with victims of Hurricane Isaac, Senate Democrats are using unusual vigor to hold House Republicans, mainly [...]

Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall, Will Pound Gulf Coast Region for Days

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 11:45 am

Hurricane Isaac has made landfall in Louisiana, but it is basically hovering over the Gulf Coast, moving very slowly. The slowness of the storm and the circulation of much of it over water means that it will probably continue for some time, which means days of rain and more flooding over a broad coastal region. [...]

Isaac Pushes Through Gulf of Mexico, Will Drop Massive Rain, Storm Surge on Gulf Coast

By: Monday August 27, 2012 10:20 am

Tampa has been given the all-clear signal for Isaac, the tropical storm expected to grow in strength to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico. But the problems for the GOP as they try to hold their signature unveiling of Mitt Romney to the nation may have just begun. The tropical storm headed through the [...]

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 Opens Part of National Petroleum Reserve In Alaska to Leases for Drilling

By: Saturday May 14, 2011 9:35 am

President Obama announced in his weekly address a plan to open part of the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to oil drilling. Through an executive order, the President would also extend leases in the Gulf of Mexico for oil concerns that were subject to the moratorium on deepwater drilling after the BP oil disaster, as [...]

The BP Oil Disaster, One Year Later

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 1:31 pm

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded, causing an oil gusher which spewed over 205 million gallons of oil and 225,000 tons of methane into the Gulf of Mexico. In the ensuing months, a lot of time and money has been invested in selling the idea that the [...]

Oil Spill Commission Releases Report, Recommendations

By: Tuesday January 11, 2011 9:28 am

The Presidential Oil Spill Commission has released their final report on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. The essential conclusion, if you don’t have the time to read the whole 396-page report, was this: The blowout was not the product of a series of aberrational decisions made by rogue industry or government officials [...]

BP Challenges Oil Spill Amount In An Attempt to Reduce Cost of Fines

By: Monday December 6, 2010 7:38 am

BP is aggressively challenging the government’s estimate of the oil spill in the Gulf, because that final number will determine how much they’ll owe in fines: BP’s lawyers are arguing that the government overstated the spill by 20 to 50 percent, staffers working for the presidential oil spill commission said Friday. In a 10-page document [...]

White House Reverses Course, Will Ban Offshore Drilling in Eastern Gulf and Atlantic

By: Thursday December 2, 2010 6:23 am

The White House has reversed their position on offshore drilling, opting not to expand on exploration in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast, closing off millions of acres. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, who made the announcement, said that the BP oil spill taught them the need to create a more robust regulatory [...]

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