Firedoglake Beats Mainstream Media to Likely Cause of Oil Spill — by a Week

By: Saturday May 8, 2010 12:00 pm

Less than 72 hours after the BP oil spill began, Firedoglake had discerned, and blogged about, the likely cause of the catastrophe, that heat from the curing concrete had thawed methane trapped in the ocean floor beneath deep waters, and that methane had exploded.

Today, mainstream media thinks this is a front page story; so did we, a week ago.


How to Cap a Well

By: Thursday May 6, 2010 4:08 pm

With the recent Gulf Oil catastrophe, a simple explanation is needed to understand the mechanics involved.

Halliburton: We Worked to Spec

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 12:43 pm

As oil continues to gush into the Gulf, I’ve been haunted by the statement Halliburton put out about the Deepwater Horizon spill.

BP Oil Slick the Result of Republican DOJ and Regulatory Policy

By: Tuesday May 4, 2010 10:00 am

The one constant theme underlying all the elements that could have and/or did lead to the BP Gulf oil spill is the mendacious corporate servitude of the Republican party, their leaders and policies. The arrogance and recklessness of BP and its oily partners gestated wildly under the Bush/Cheney administration and little is changing significantly under Obama.

$75 Million Buys BP Six Years of Lobbying or One Giant Oil Spill

By: Monday May 3, 2010 7:20 pm

As you’ve no doubt heard, BP’s own liability for the damages the Deepwater Horizon spill will cause may be limited to $75 million (though it will have to pay for cleanup). Next time some DC politico gets $5000 from BP, I hope they reflect on the fact that that’s all BP wants to pay for putting a family’s entire livelihood on the line.

Who Pays for the BP Oil Spill?

By: Monday May 3, 2010 7:46 am

The U.S. government thought ahead; it expected a certain amount of spills and cleanups where oil is involved. So they created a tax on oil to create a trust to use in the event of a disaster, not unlike what we’re seeing now in the Gulf of Mexico. But the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund may work for a floating oil slick the size of Duluth, not Puerto Rico.

Horizon Spill Continues, Rome Burns, Nero Gets Out His Stradivarius

By: Sunday May 2, 2010 4:00 pm

Mass media, industry, and Washington, DC have begun their inevitable hysteria and gamesmanship as the Horizon slick steadily grows and threatens more and more of the Gulf coast.

Late Night: Artists as Environmentalists – The Spreading Gulf Tragedy Begs a Nationwide Call to Action

By: Friday April 30, 2010 8:00 pm

As the oil hits the reefs, offshore bars and beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, are we faced with another Exxon Valdez catastrophe? Yes. Can we learn from that disaster in how this ongoing tragedy is documented by artists? Absolutely. Here is some of how we can do it. You may add your suggestions too.

Halliburton Presentation May Explain Horizon Oil Rig Explosion and Fire

By: Friday April 30, 2010 2:42 pm

A public PowerPoint presentation by Halliburton from last November discusses the problems and risks it might encounter during cementing a deep water well. It may explain why the explosion and fire occurred.

Third Horizon Leak Discovered: Spill Rate Grows to 210,000 Gallons a Day

By: Thursday April 29, 2010 1:45 pm

A third Horizon leak has been discovered. Officials place the new spill rate at about five times the previously reported rate, or, conservatively, 200,000 gallons of crude oil per day.

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