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10 years after Hurricane Katrina, the stench of corruption persists

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In the last decade, two disasters — one completely man-made, the other a joint production of Mother Nature and avoidable human error — have rattled my native Gulf Coast. I’ve had deep personal involvement — both as an environmental attorney and as an ally to those who’ve crusaded for truth and justice — in the latter one, BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill...

Even a loon knows the Gulf is still a mess after 5 years

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Thank God for the National Wildlife Federation. Few non-governmental agencies have worked as hard at staying on the case of the 2010 BP oil spill, and documenting that severe harm that has been done to the various creatures of the Gulf of Mexico. With the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon accident less than a month away, the researchers at the NWF continue to perform yeoman’s work in...

BP: “Never mind the tar mats and dead dolphins, the Gulf is healthy”

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BP just keeps stepping in it — this time I mean almost literally. The British oil giant is desperately trying to get out front of the 5th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy with a series of exculpatory moves, includes a website that tries weakly to contradict the damning flood of scientific research about the ongoing environmental problems in the Gulf of Mexico. This week, BP took...

BP has a website to trash the research it pays for

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Over the last five years, it’s gotten a little easier to understand why BP committed the series of monumental errors that led to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon rig catastrophe. The company seems to have no idea what it’s doing. Recently, we’ve seen the British oil giant argue vociferously in court on behalf of its multi-billion settlement with Gulf businesses and ailing residents...

Four years later, the world needs to own up to Fukushima

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Imagine if there were news bulletins one day last year that a global terrorist group such as ISIS had pulled off an attack in Asia that has claimed more than 1,200 lives, sickened thousands more, and displaced even more people from their homes. Can you imagine the breathless, non-stop coverage on cable news channels such as CNN or the Fox News Channel? All the interviews with devastated family...

The watchdogs have changed since BP’s spill…they’ve gotten worse

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They promised us it was going to be different the next time. What else could they say after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe four years ago, when 11 people lost their lives and so much crude oil spewed forth into the Gulf. The BP oil spill was, first and foremost, a failure of corporate responsibility, with a culture that was geared toward cutting costs and maximizing profits, not toward dealing...

Another La. oil spill, another case of lying

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With America about to make a big decision on the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline, let’s revisit yet another recent major oil transportation fiasco, this time in my home state of Louisiana. As I mentioned here recently, Sunoco — the oil giant that is betting heavily on building new pipelines to accommodate America’s surge in oil and natural gas production — had to own up...

Submerged oil puts the lie to BP’s rosy Gulf spin

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It was just last week that BP published its self-love letter on the electronic pages of Politico, in an effort to convince the world that, in its own laughable words, that, “No, BP Did Not Ruin the Gulf.” One of the more ridiculous claims in the op-ed penned by BP’s own spin-doctor-in-chief Geoff Morrell — especially to those of us who regularly track reports of large...

BP’s Politico puff piece wasn’t just shady journalism ethics — it was mostly a lie

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BP, with a huge assist from the popular Beltway-insider website Politico, stirred up the muddy waters of the Deepwater Horizon spill aftermath this week when it published a corporate-love-letter-disguised-as-news entitled, “No, BP Didn’t Ruin the Gulf.” Anyone expecting humility from a firm whose court-certified wanton negligence killed 11 people and seriously polluted...

New La. oil spill is a danger warning on pipeline safety

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The Big Oil folks who’ve been trying to cram a vast network of pipelines down the throats of the American people — including the massive Keystone XL project that would transport copious amounts of dirty tar sands oil from western Canada across the U.S. heartland to Gulf refineries, where a lot of it would be shipped abroad — have been preaching a gospel of safety. That sounds...

Stuart H. Smith is an attorney based in New Orleans fighting major oil companies and other polluters.
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