Obama Opened Floodgates for Offshore Fracking in Recent Gulf of Mexico Lease

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 6:25 pm

In little-noticed news arising out of a recent Gulf of Mexico offshore oil and gas lease held by the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the floodgates have opened for Gulf offshore hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).

With 21.6 million acres auctioned off by the Obama Administration and 433,822 acres receiving bids, some press accounts have declared BP America — of 2010 Gulf of Mexico offshore oil spill infamy — a big winner of the auction. If true, fracking and the oil and gas services companies who perform it like Halliburton, Baker Hughes and Schlumberger came in a close second.

 

No Turning Back: Mexico’s Looming Fracking, Offshore Oil & Gas Bonanza

By: Monday May 12, 2014 7:05 pm

After generations of state control, Mexico’s vast oil and gas reserves will soon open for business to the international market.

BP Haggling With Government Over Penalty for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

By: Monday October 1, 2012 7:14 am

The US government has still not reached a settlement with BP over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, though talks continue. The issue concerns an upcoming lawsuit over violations of the Clean Water Act. A ruling that BP acted with “gross negligence” in their role in the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico triples the damages for the company, which is based on the amount of oil that spilled out of the well. This would come to roughly as high as $25 billion. The most precise figure we have is that 4.9 million barrels, or 205.8 million gallons, poured into the Gulf.

Senate Democrats Tie Romney Gulf Coast Visit to Ryan’s Proposed Cuts to Disaster Relief

By: Friday August 31, 2012 2:56 pm

The only real notable element of Mitt Romney’s post-convention performance today was that he accidentally referred to the United States as a company, i.e. a person. But in anticipation of his visit to the Gulf Coast for some photo-ops with victims of Hurricane Isaac, Senate Democrats are using unusual vigor to hold House Republicans, mainly Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan, accountable for the near-denial of disaster relief funds that will be put to use in the aftermath of the storm.

Hurricane Isaac Makes Landfall, Will Pound Gulf Coast Region for Days

By: Wednesday August 29, 2012 2:12 pm

Hurricane Isaac has made landfall in Louisiana, but it is basically hovering over the Gulf Coast, moving very slowly. The slowness of the storm and the circulation of much of it over water means that it will probably continue for some time, which means days of rain and more flooding over a broad coastal region. Wind speeds have weakened to 75mph, but this is still a big, wet storm.

Isaac Pushes Through Gulf of Mexico, Will Drop Massive Rain, Storm Surge on Gulf Coast

By: Monday August 27, 2012 11:40 am

Tampa has been given the all-clear signal for Isaac, the tropical storm expected to grow in strength to a hurricane over the Gulf of Mexico, but Isaac is not out in the Gulf headed for Gulf shore areas as a Category 1 hurricane.

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.

FDL Book Salon Welcome Greg Palast, Vultures’ Picnic: In Pursuit of Petroleum Pigs, Power Pirates, and High-Finance Carnivores

By: Sunday January 22, 2012 1:59 pm

Palast takes us on a fast paced, kick ass narrative that globe trots from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, to the coast of Alaska, to New Orleans, to Liberia, to Azerbaijan, to Fukushima, Japan. It’s the real-deal investigative reporting of corporate irresponsibility. As Greg Palast said himself in an interview,” This book is a story of the 1%. It’s why we occupy.”

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