Japanese Nuclear Plant Operator Missed Key Equipment Inspections, CEO Ducks Spotlight

By: Monday March 21, 2011 8:45 am

Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) missed required deadlines to inspect key equipment that failed after the massive earthquake and tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, according to Reuters. A separate Reuters report also points out that the TEPCO CEO has virtually disappeared from public appearances or statements. These reports fit perfectly with TEPCO’s history of previous scandals that have led to the resignations of high-level managers in the past.


Morning Swim – July 6th, 2010

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 5:01 am

A brief look at what’s happening in the news on the morning of July 6th, 2010.

Offshore Oil Rig Worker Safety Program Designed by Oil Industry

By: Friday June 25, 2010 3:55 pm

The rules that are supposed to protect the health and safety of oil rig workers were designed 15 years ago by the American Petroleum Institute – the industry and lobbying group for major oil and gas companies. The worst part? Even those regulations are considered “voluntary.”

Containment Cap Returns to Oil Gusher, But What About This “Oil-Burning Ship”?

By: Thursday June 24, 2010 9:45 am

Who is allowing BP to just burn oil at the surface of the water? You guessed it, the Minerals Management Service, which authorized burning up to 12,000 barrels.

Captured Government: How a Federal Court Can Claim Deepwater Drilling Is Safe

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 2:00 pm

In the absence of any evidence of overwhelmingly bad lawyering by the Government’s attorneys, you have to wonder how any competent court could conclude that there isn’t a compelling case for stopping all offshore drilling. This is as close to a no-brainer as you get.

Salazar: “No Amount of Regulation Would Have Prevented” BP Oil Disaster; MMS Continues to Permit Without Review

By: Monday June 21, 2010 8:21 am

A legitimate Minerals Management Service could have known about the leaking blowout preventer before the blast. It could have acted on the inherent problems with the blind shear ram and the oil industry’s failsafe measures in general (blowout preventers have a 45% failure rate, according to a confidential Transocean report). But we didn’t have a legitimate MMS to deal with this disaster. We have 62 regulators dealing with over 4,000 offshore rigs in the Gulf of Mexico.

Panic Time in Afghanistan

By: Monday June 14, 2010 3:00 pm

As evidence continues to accumulate that the US-led NATO counterinsurgency plan (COIN) in Afghanistan is an abject failure, we now see panic setting in on several fronts.

As Oil Floods the Gulf, Hearings Reveal BP’s Criminal Behavior

By: Friday May 28, 2010 1:55 pm

The Obama Administration and its DOJ owes the citizens a better effort than they have mustered to date. It is funny they are out trying to prosecute Guantanamo defense attorneys for doing their jobs and are still hell bent to persecute inconsequential marijuana crimes, but have no burning desire to go hard after BP, the biggest environmental criminal in history. How can that be?

Breaking: Obama to Extend Partial Drilling Permit Moratorium, Cancel Some Leases (Update: MMS Director Birnbaum Fired)

By: Thursday May 27, 2010 7:40 am

The White House has told various news agencies that President Obama will today extend for another six months the partial moratorium on new offshore oil drilling permits in the Gulf. In addition, he will cancel proposed leases off Alaska and Virginia.

NYT: MMS Still Granting Drilling Permits and NEPA Waivers Despite “Moratorium”

By: Monday May 24, 2010 6:45 am

The New York Times has been tracking the Mineral Management Service’s compliance with the moratorium on new OCS/Gulf drilling permits announced by President Obama and Interior Secretary Salazar. Their finding: MMS continues to issue new drilling and related permits on activities just like those conducted by the Deepwater Horizon rig.

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