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"Delivering the results of BP's internal oil spill investigation last week, chief investigator Mark Bly said he found no sign that the company cut corners to save money. "My view is that we didn't see any indications that support that," Bly said. But BP's voluminous report on the causes of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at The Daily Glob
FLORIDA STRAITS - On the surface of this cobalt blue ocean, where waves swell and crash at odd angles against the Florida Current, a single mat of seaweed becomes a living oasis crowded with penny-sized crabs and dime-sized fish. These floating seaweeds, called sargassum, act as nomadic nurseries of the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"The claims facility now processing emergency payments for victims of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill inherited from BP thousands of languishing business claims, a jumbled database and hundreds of individual claims of loss with no documentation, independent claims administrator Ken Feinberg says. Nearly three weeks after Feinberg took over... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"Experts say the roughly 5 million birds currently flying south from Canada are in for a crude awakening in the Gulf. Countless birds make an annual fall migration from Canada to South America, stopping to rest and refuel in the marshes and barrier islands of the Gulf Coast. This year,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"BP Plc’s Atlantis oil and gas production platform in the Gulf of Mexico should be shut until the company can prove it meets U.S. safety and engineering standards, an environmental watchdog group said in a lawsuit. Food & Water Watch sued BP in federal court in Houston today. The group... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"BILOXI, Miss. -- A key U.S. government official said Friday the moratorium on deepwater oil drilling likely won't be extended past Nov. 30, but whether it is cut short will be entirely up to the industry. Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, told... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at The Daily Glob
The schedule of a final operation to kill the Deepwater Horizon well could be accelerated as BP PLC (BP, BP.LN) moves forward with a new procedure to ensure oil doesn't again leak from the well, the head of the federal response effort said Friday. The oil giant is preparing the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2010 at The Daily Glob
The federal agency that regulates offshore drilling rarely conducted unannounced inspections, allowed oil-rig operators to shop around for favorable decisions and gave its inspectors financial incentives for speeding up application approvals, according to an internal report released Wednesday by the Interior Department. The report, by a panel of top Interior... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opposes the “berms” Gov. Bobby Jindal wants to build as protection from oil coming ashore and suggests stopping the work already begun, according to a letter released late Wednesday. In the letter written to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which would permit Jindal’s $360... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"LONDON — BP PLC, which billed its Deepwater Horizon investigation as an independent look at the disaster, said its lawyers were allowed to "review" the long-awaited report before it was published. A BP spokesman said its lawyers provided "legal advice and counsel to the [investigative] team," but he wouldn't elaborate... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Daily Glob
Just over two weeks ago, Kenneth Feinberg took over the process for handling damage claims from the Gulf oil spill, pledging to cut down the response time from BP's widely criticized system to two days for individuals and seven days for businesses that file fully documented claims. After a rocky... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"AP photographer Gerald Herbert has been documenting the BP oil disaster in the Gulf -- from the land, sea and air -- since the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded on April 20. In the three months since we last spoke with him, Herbert has followed not only the spill's effect on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"What do you call the largest oil spill in the history of the Gulf of Mexico? The answer depends a lot on who you are. There are those who call the disaster the "Deepwater Horizon spill." That includes the Coast Guard and Interior Department, which have named their joint investigation... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2010 at The Daily Glob
WASHINGTON -- Federal scientists are reporting the best possible scenario for BP's leaked oil: Microbes are munching the underwater oil, but not robbing the Gulf of Mexico of much-needed oxygen or creating so-called dead zones. Oxygen levels in some places where the BP oil spilled are down by 20%, but,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"BP Plc and U.S. government scientists are considering new steps to permanently plug the Gulf of Mexico well that caused the largest U.S. offshore oil spill in history, possibly delaying a final kill until October. Officials are considering injecting additional cement into the top of the well as well as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2010 at The Daily Glob
US National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Saturday in a news conference that a new blowout preventer has "basically secured" the BP Macondo well site. Although BP will resume work on a relief well soon to administer the final kill, Allen essentially declared victory in the battle with the Macondo... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"GRAND ISLE, La. -- An offshore petroleum platform exploded and was burning Thursday in the Gulf of Mexico about 80 miles off the Louisiana coast, west of the site where BP's undersea well spilled after a rig explosion. The Coast Guard says no one was killed in the blast, which... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"BP spent nearly $100 million on advertising designed to buff up the company's image and reassure people the company would "make it right" in the three months following the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The advertising tally -- technically $93,429,175 from April through the end of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Scientists are a lot like a big family with uncles and cousins who don't always see eye to eye on things. They quarrel, disagree and have different opinions. But they're still family. "That is what a family is all about,'' said Steve Murawski of the National... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"BP oil spill claims czar Ken Feinberg, hired by the oil giant and President Barack Obama to hand out $20 billion to individuals and businesses impacted by the massive oil blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, overpromised and underdelivered, state officials and others said today. Feinberg took over BP’s maligned... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at The Daily Glob
BP spent nearly $100 million on advertising designed to buff up the company's image and reassure people the company would "make it right" in the three months following the April 20 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig. The advertising tally -- technically $93,429,175 from April through the end of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"The coverage of BP's Deepwater Horizon spill is teaching the typically secretive oil industry something about life in the limelight. Now, the company has to account for every cent it spends. On August 16, the Congressional Committee on Energy and Commerce sent a letter to BP demanding that the company... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"Blasting off mountaintops to reach coal in Appalachia or churning out millions of tons of carbon dioxide to extract oil from sand in Alberta are among environmentalists’ biggest industrial irritants. But they are also legal and lucrative. After years of legal entanglements arising from environmental messes and increased scrutiny of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at The Daily Glob
Lumpy, degraded oil collected in the Mississippi Sound has tested positive for several of the main ingredients in the Corexit dispersant used in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, according to scientists working for a New Orleans-based lawyer. Officials with the federal government and BP PLC have maintained throughout... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at The Daily Glob
"Scandalized by federal regulators who had sex with oil company executives and negotiated with them for jobs, the agency that oversees offshore drilling is imposing a first-ever ethics policy that bars inspectors from dealing with a company that employs a family member or personal friend. Michael Bromwich, head of the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2010 at The Daily Glob