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Government gives BP a new directive on oil spill waste management

July 2nd, 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a new directive to BP on how the company should manage recovered oil, contaminated materials and liquid and solid wastes recovered in cleanup operations from the BP oil spill. The Coast Guard, along with the Environmental Protection Agency — in consultation with the states — said it will hold BP accountable for the implementation of the approved waste management plans and ensure that the directives are followed in the gulf coast states.

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Hands Across the Sands: The story in photos

June 29th, 2010

In a symbolic but moving gesture, the Hands Across the Sands oil drilling protest on Saturday brought out people from Miami to Melbourne to stand in solidarity for clean beaches, and against more offshore oil drilling.

There were events around the world, but the turnout was especially heavy in the U.S., spanning the nation from High Line Park in New York City and Nags Head in North Carolina in the East, to Puget Sound and Los Angeles and several beaches in between on the West Coast. People lined up in Anchorage and Maui.

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BP at center of controversial Alaska blowout preventer investigation

June 29th, 2010

A report in the Anchorage Daily News suggests that BP’s problems with blowout preventers predate the issues that led to the device’s failure in the current Gulf oil spill, and that the company may have a history of ignoring or attempting to cover up problems. According to the newspaper, in 2005, two Alaska state agencies received complaints that a BP drilling contractor routinely cheated on tests of blowout preventers, and that BP was aware of the cheating. The publication also acquired records revealing that the agencies in question routinely allowed companies accused of wrongdoing to be part of the investigation.

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Hands Across the Sands plans a public demo against oil drilling

June 25th, 2010

The message of Hands Across the Sands, its founder likes to say, is simple: Say ‘No’ to oil drilling and ‘Yes’ to clean energy.
To make that point crystal clear, thousands of Americans are expected to line up on beaches tomorrow (June 26) at 11 a.m. to join hands and show their solidarity on that point. The gatherings will last 15 minutes. Organizers will take a photo of the group, and then members will disband, leaving only their footprints behind.

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Oil spills, and the economics and environmental impact of resource depletion

June 24th, 2010

Following the failure of the latest efforts to plug the gushing leak from BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil well in the Gulf of Mexico, and amid warnings that oil could continue to flow for another two months or more, perhaps it’s a good time to step back a moment mentally and look at the bigger picture—the context of our human history of resource extraction—to see how current events reveal deeper trends that will have even greater and longer-lasting significance.

Much of what follows may seem obvious to some readers, pedantic to others. But very few people seem to have much of a grasp of the basic technological, economic, and environmental issues that arise as resource extraction proceeds, and as a society adapts to depletion of its resource base. So, at the risk of boring the daylights out of those already familiar with the history of extractive industries, here follows a spotlighting of relevant issues, with the events in the Gulf of Mexico ever-present in the wings and poised to take center stage as the subject of some later comments.

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Congress confronts oil executives over lack of oil spill plans

June 15th, 2010

U.S. Rep. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) pounced on oil executives today with charges that all the big oil firms have nearly identical outdated emergency spill plans that reference “identical ineffective equipment.”

The plans, like the one used by BP for gulf drilling that references how to save walruses and lists a long-dead expert to call upon, reflect the industry’s inattention to the possibility of a major oil spill in the gulf or anyway.

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BP shareholders file lawsuit over Gulf oil spill

June 10th, 2010

Citing the company’s history of safety lapses, cost cutting, and workplace disasters, shareholders who purchased stock in BP have filed a class-action lawsuit based on claims that the company mislead investors prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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BP shareholders file lawsuit over Gulf oil spill

June 10th, 2010

Citing the company’s history of safety lapses, cost cutting, and workplace disasters, shareholders who purchased stock in BP have filed a class-action lawsuit based on claims that the company mislead investors prior to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Day 43 of Gulf oil spill: Countdown to pipe cutting, new dome

June 1st, 2010

As early as today a scalpel-sharp saw studded with industrial diamonds will be lowered to a 22-inch riser in an attempt to slice off the main oil pipe in preparation for engineers to lower a dome over the spewing oil in the Gulf of Mexico. It’s plan seven in BP’s growing list of strategies to stop the leak, already the worst ever in the U.S.:

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ABC News: Carville slams Obama’s response to BP oil spill

May 26th, 2010

The White House is seemingly making an increased show of pressuring BP, but President Obama is facing political heat from within his own party for what some say has been a lackluster response to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Democratic strategist blasts White House over rig spill reaction. The “political stupidity is unbelievable,” Democratic strategist James Carville said on “Good Morning America” today:

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Video reports: Gulf oil spill

May 26th, 2010

Here are breaking news videos on the Gulf oil spill:

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ABC News: Gulf oil leak estimates grow

May 21st, 2010

BP’s Doug Suttles addresses inaccurate estimates and dispersant concerns:

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