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In-Depth: The Gulf Is Still Sick


On April 15, 2014, with the fourth anniversary of the massive Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico just days away, British Petroleum – the rig’s operator — issued a press release that caught many people off-guard. BP announced that its “active cleanup” of oil pollution in the Gulf had officially ended. The statement by the British energy giant did not say that...

On flesh-eating bacteria and BP’s lame effort “to set the record straight”


Apparently, tens of millions of dollars on catchy, beautifully shot television ads that have been seen by pretty much every American multiple times still hasn’t been enough for BP to — their words, not mine — “set the record straight” on what really happened after their corporate negligence caused the death of 11 people and unleashed 5 million barrels of crude oil...

One more reason to hate BP’s toxic tar balls: They contain flesh-eating bacteria


Over the last three years, I’ve written a lot about one of the more insidious impacts of the massive BP oil spill of 2010: Tar balls. Despite the efforts of the oil giant, often backed by the government, to break the oil apart with its (highly poisonous, it turned out) dispersant Corexit, these gobs of crude oil congealed and often found a home buried in shallow sand. These repositories of...

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