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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...

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