BP’s Gulf of Mexico Disaster: Two Years Later, Where Is the Response?

By: Friday April 20, 2012 5:08 pm

The BP disaster turns two this week. Two years since the nation was reminded that offshore drilling is dirty, dangerous, and deadly. Two years since the slow-motion disaster began changing our region, our communities, our ecosystem.

As we look back and assess where we are today, a troubling picture is emerging from the Gulf.

Throughout the foodchain, warning signs are accumulating.


Mutations in the Gulf: Eyeless and Lesioned Fish Found After BP Disaster

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 7:30 am

It was two years ago tomorrow that the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, leading to the largest oil spill in our nation’s history. And one of the strategies that BP and the federal government used to mask the enormity of the disaster was dispersants, the chemical liquid poured into the Gulf of Mexico in massive quantities. At least 1.9 million gallons of Corexit were deposited into the sea. We were told by the relevant authorities that all this was perfectly safe. And once the traditional media mostly looked away, there was no way for us to know.

Except that pesky Al Jazeera did some actual reporting.

BP – and Gulf Drilling – Poised for Comeback After Settlement on Oil Spill Claims

By: Monday March 5, 2012 9:28 am

BP settled with 120,000 victims of the oil disaster in the Gulf coast for a sum of $7.8 billion, all of which will come from the already allocated $20 billion oil spill fund. This result works well for BP, which can now get back to the business of exploiting world resources for profit. Meanwhile, after the moratorium there’s now a resurgence in offshore drilling worldwide; in the Gulf, it’s about to surpass pre-disaster levels.

Energy Innovation: Obama’s State of the Union a Frothy Mix of Promise and Prattle

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 4:14 pm

When I turned on the TV last night, I wanted to stand up and cheer. While watching President Obama’s State of the Union address, I felt much like I did when I watched his 2008 acceptance speech at Mile High Stadium in Denver. OK, that’s not true–not hardly. Reality has not been kind to Obama’s rhetoric, after all. But when Obama got to the energy section of the speech, I found much to applaud, not unlike in 2008. . . with some obvious caveats for his praise of dirty, dangerous, failed or flat-out fictional forms of energy production.

White House Accused of Deliberately Underestimating BP Oil Spill Data

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 8:40 am

During the BP oil disaster, the government would generally back up BP’s estimates of flow data, and only changed when they changed. Now we learn from Kate Sheppard that the White House actually leaned on their own scientists to lowball the amount of oil being released from the busted well.

Feinberg Expects to Pay Out Only One-Fifth of Total BP Claims Fund

By: Wednesday June 1, 2011 5:07 pm

There may be ongoing claims that will drain out a bit more money. But it won’t be much more than 20% of the total funds negotiated that will be used. I don’t know whether this can be attributed to program eligibility or a lack of publicity or bad design. But that number seems quite low compared to the devastation that BP wreaked upon the Gulf Coast.

A Year After Start of BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster, DOJ Sits on Its Thumbs

By: Friday April 22, 2011 5:59 am

A year after Macondo the Mouth of Hell roared in the Gulf of Mexico, forever altering the ecology and lives of those who depend on the Gulf for their existence, it is business as usual for BP and a complicit Department of Justice.

The BP Oil Disaster, One Year Later

By: Wednesday April 20, 2011 7:24 pm

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon rig off the coast of Louisiana exploded, causing an oil gusher which spewed over 205 million gallons of oil and 225,000 tons of methane into the Gulf of Mexico. In the ensuing months, a lot of time and money has been invested in selling the idea that the Gulf has been healed, and on the road to recovering its former glory. We don’t have to buy that particular product. We can instead take the lessons of folks like the Center for Biological Diversity, which used available public data to chronicle the toll on marine wildlife in the Gulf.

Sunday Late Night: Transocean CEO Has No Shame

By: Sunday April 3, 2011 8:01 pm

After a year like the one he’s had, the CEO of Transocean should count himself very lucky that, unlike Japan, America lacks an ‘old-way’ tradition for a company manager to prostrate himself with shame and grief at his job performance, especially after loss of life.

It Takes Al Jazeera to Report on BP Oil Spill Sickness

By: Friday March 11, 2011 2:00 pm

I’ve heard the American media described accurately at a bunch of 7 year-olds at a youth soccer game. There’s nothing strategic about the game; all the kids chase the soccer ball in a pack. I thought of that when I read a story about enduring sickness in the Gulf of Mexico. It didn’t come from ABC, or NBC, or CBS, or Fox News, or CNN, or any local outlet. It came from Al Jazeera.

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