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Nowhere to Hide: New Damning Evidence That Oil At BP’s Deepwater Horizon Site Is From Macondo Well (PHOTOS)


BP’s renewed denials of our allegation that oil is rising from its Macondo Well are withering under damning new evidence. With all eyes once again on the site that launched the worst environmental disaster in U.S. history, experts from LSU to UC Berkeley are weighing in on what is quickly becoming a brutal reality for BP, our federal government and, tragically, the beleaguered people of the...

Crisis Averted at Virginia’s North Anna Nuclear Power Station


We are happy to report that the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County, Virginia, is no longer relying on backup generators to cool its two nuclear reactors in the wake of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that rumbled up the East Coast Tuesday (8/24). The strongest quake to hit the area in nearly 70 years – centered just 11 miles from the nuclear plant – knocked out offsite power to the facility...

After Earthquake, Emergency Backup Generators Cool Nuclear Reactors at Virginia Power Plant


In the wake of a powerful 5.8 magnitude earthquake centered approximately 40 miles northwest of Richmond, Virginia, two nuclear reactors at the North Anna Power Station in Louisa County have been automatically taken offline. As aftershocks roll through the area, the reactors are being cooled by three emergency diesel generators at the Dominion-operated plant. Reports indicate that a fourth...

More Questions for BP: Why Is There a Massive Oil Production Vessel at the Deepwater Horizon Site?


A shroud of secrecy continues to hang over the Deepwater Horizon site, 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana in the northern quadrant of the Gulf of Mexico. The Helix Producer I, a massive oil production vessel, is back in the area where the Deepwater Horizon rig sank to the sea floor – roughly 170 miles northeast of where BP officially lists its location. You may recall that the Helix, with the...

BP’s Denial Upended: Gulf Flyover Surveillance Reveals Large Amount of Surface Oil at Deepwater Horizon Site


We set off a firestorm Wednesday (Aug. 17) when we reported that oil is rising once again from BP’s Macondo Well. We were informed by multiple, credible sources over the weekend and into Monday that BP had hired a fleet of shrimp boats to contain a slick sweeping across the old Deepwater Horizon site. Those reports supported evidence that we had obtained months earlier from our clients at...

BP Admits to “Investigating” New Sheen in the Gulf as Reports Surface of Boats Laying Boom Near Deepwater Horizon Site


We are looking for clarity this morning as mainstream media outlets, including the Associated Press, are reporting that BP has admitted to “investigating a new sheen in the Gulf of Mexico.” That muffled admission is in line with what our independent sources told us, and what we reported here, yesterday: That BP has hired a fleet of boats to lay boom in the vicinity of the old...

Oil Rising Again from Macondo Well: BP Hires Fleet of 40 Shrimp Boats to Lay Boom Around Old Deepwater Horizon Site


Oil from the Macondo Well site is fouling the Gulf anew – and BP is scrambling to contain both the crude and the PR nightmare that waits in the wings. Reliable sources tell us that BP has hired 40 boats from Venice to Grand Isle to lay boom around the Deepwater Horizon site – located just 50 miles off the Louisiana coast. The fleet rushed to the scene late last week and worked through the weekend...

Fighting Back One Song at a Time: Cajun Crawfisherman Drew Landry Sings the “BP Blues” to Help Restore Gulf Coast


Drew Landry, an out-of-work Cajun crawfisherman, caused a stir last year when he whipped out a guitar and, literally, started singing the blues during his testimony before the National Oil Spill Commission – the body established by the White House to investigate the causes and impacts of the BP spill. My guess is it was a first for all involved. But one thing’s for sure: There’s...

Gulf Researcher Says BP Spill Likely Cause of “Sick Fish” Epidemic: “I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This…Ever”


The fear is palpable on the docks from Galveston to Panama City. Commercial fishermen working the waters hardest hit by the BP oil spill are worried sick about their future. It keeps them up at night. Many are convinced the 200 million gallons of crude that spewed into the Gulf last year have done irreparable damage to the fragile fisheries that provide their livelihood. According to a new CBS...

Raw Footage from the Gulf: Beaches in Bay Jimmy “Stained Black”; Grand Isle Oyster Beds Choke Under Heavy Sheen


BP and its boosters say we dodged a bullet. They beat their chests and shout from the treetops that the 200-million-gallon spill off Louisiana’s coast didn’t break the back of the Gulf like all the “doomsdayers” said it would. They talk of safe seafood and booming Gulf tourism. They tell us the oil is gone, that it’s time to move on. In fact, according to BP, the...

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