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News Cycle Turns in BP’s Favor


BP has received one of the biggest maulings in corporate history over the past three months as it struggled to contain the oil gushing from its well in the Gulf of Mexico. Newspapers, TV anchors, senators and even the U.S. President lined up to kick the company’s butt and vilify its boss, Tony Hayward.

Is the Government to Blame for Oil Spill?


The White House has some tough questions to answer about the Deepwater Horizon disaster in light of a new report from the Center for Public Integrity [1]. In the critical first days after the explosion, the U.S. Coast Guard disregarded its own firefighting policy and might have caused the oil rig to sink — prompting the leak that resulted in the largest oil spill in U.S. history.

Hayward Defends Tenure, BP’s Spill Response


LONDON—Tony Hayward, the departing chief executive of BP PLC, is unrepentant about how the energy giant responded to the U.S.’s largest offshore oil spill. In his first interview after agreeing to step down from the top spot this week, Mr. Hayward said he did everything possible once the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sank in the Gulf of Mexico, by taking responsibility for the spill...

Static kill of BP well could begin over weekend


NEW ORLEANS — A procedure intended to ease the job of permanently plugging the blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico could start as early as the weekend, the government’s point man for the spill response said Thursday.
The static kill, as it is called, can begin once crews finish drilling the relief well that is needed for a permanent fix.

Oil industry safety record blown open


The oil industry has been responsible for thousands of fires, explosions, and leaks over the last decade, killing dozens of people and destroying wildlife and the environment across America, according to a report published today. None of the individual incidents catalogued by the National Wildlife Federation comes close in scale to BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst...

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