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Outrageous BP seeking to welch on settlement


BP has got to be the most un-self-aware company in the history of global capitalism. The recent criminal trial in federal court here in New Orleans exposed the very worst of the British oil giant’s corporate culture: A firm that is desperate to delay, obfuscate, and cover up the true facts of its bad behavior from the people of the Gulf Coast. It was back in the first few days after the...

Summer’s Here, And There’s Something Missing From The Gulf of Mexico


Memorial Day is considered the official start of summer — even down here on the Gulf where the mercury’s been rising for some time now. It’s a great holiday for hitting the beach, going camping, and throwing great barbecue on the grill — maybe a choice steak, or maybe seafood. But so far 2012 hasn’t been the greatest year for what the Aussies call “shrimp on...

Birds of Prey: White Pelicans in Minnesota Are Contaminated By Oil, Corexit from BP Disaster


Last week, many people were pained to see — for the first time —photographs by government experts showing dead, oiled sea turtles taken in the weeks immediately after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill. It was not surprising that federal officials kept these photos, which also showed sperm whales swimming through an oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, under wraps for so long. The ongoing...

This Probably Won’t Make BP’s Next Tourism Ad: Tar Mat Off Alabama Beach


It’s hard to turn on your TV these days and avoid those cloying spots for Gulf Coast tourism that BP is spending millions of dollars on — proving that the only thing the company behind the Deepwater Horizon disaster actually works hard on cleaning up is its image. You know the ad — the one that declares to an uptempo zydeco soundtrack that “‘I’m glad to report...

Clock Is Ticking In Fight To Save “Legacy” Lawsuits Against Big Oil


The choice facing Louisiana lawmakers over so-called “legacy lawsuits” against oil-and-gas drillers isn’t nearly as complicated it sounds. Between now and the end of their session next month, legislators in Baton Rouge still have a chance to do the right thing. They can protect the rights of property owners — everyday folks like you and me — to force oil and gas...

Sellout of the Century: UK’s “Greenest Ever” Olympic Games Embrace BP as Official Sponsor


It was billed as the “greenest Games ever.” Hailed as the most environmentally friendly Olympics since the Greeks raced chariots through the streets of Athens (or some such equally ridiculous claim). In 2007, the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) – with then-Prime Minister Tony Blair’s full support – promised to ensure preparations for the London 2012 summer Olympics would be...

Toxic Oysters: Heavy Metals Have Entered Gulf Food Chain, Could Inhibit Reproduction


It’s official: The BP oil spill has poisoned the iconic Gulf oyster. And the fallout, according to scientists, could be devastating to the surrounding ecosystem and the people who work the Gulf waters. A team from the California Academy of Sciences has been studying oysters for two years, both before and after BP’s oil reached the shores of Louisiana, Alabama and Florida. The...

Six Hundred Days of Blasting: Miami’s Beloved Biscayne Bay Faces Destruction from “Project Deep Dredge”


Biscayne Bay’s pristine tropical waters teem with exotic marine life from manatees to dolphins to “super corals” to environmentally critical sea grasses. Strips of mangroves and wetlands cushion the shores. The bay’s untamed beauty attracts millions of tourists annually and draws nature-lovers and sun-worshipers from around the world to live on its idyllic shores. The...

First Criminal Charges Filed in Gulf Oil Spill: Former BP Drilling Engineer Arrested for Obstructing Justice


Federal prosecutors have arrested a former BP engineer for intentionally destroying key evidence detailing how much oil was spewing into the Gulf of Mexico from the blownout Macondo Well in the early, chaotic days of the disaster in the spring of 2010. The criminal complaint unsealed Tuesday charges 50-year-old engineer Kurt Mix with two counts of obstruction of justice for deleting hundreds of...

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