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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 pounced on oil executives today with charges that all the big oil firms have nearly identical outdated emergency spill plans that reference “identical ineffective equipment.”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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Gulf shrimp skewered by oil disaster

May 21st, 2010

Shrimp (Photo: Kai Zhang, Dreamstime.com)
It’s hard to get emotional about shrimp. They don’t have sad eyes like a sea turtle. They don’t look like a helpless brown pelican covered in oil. They aren’t photogenic and the only time you see one is probably at dinner. That’s unfortunate, and not just for the tens of thousands of people who make a living off the multi-million dollar shrimp industry in the Gulf of Mexico. As crude oil creeps into Louisiana’s delicate estuaries and marshlands, shrimp – and the micro-organisms they eat – will die.

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Oiled pelican before and after picture; bird rescuers await the worst

May 14th, 2010

Pelican before and after being washed at the International Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation Center, May 13, 2010

Pelican before and after being washed at the International Bird Rescue Research Center, May 13, 2010

Bird rescue workers continue to await the worst effects of the oil spill in the gulf, which has yet to make landfall.

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Stella Veterans Memorial

The village of Stella, Missouri, has constructed a veterans’ memorial of attractive design in the center of the village. Read more

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