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Don't Believe the (BP) Hype!

January 20, 2012, 11:39 pm

Notice the increase in BP commercials on television lately? You know, the ones that show pristine beaches, people gallivanting in the water, "locals" claiming that all is well in the Gulf following the devastating explosion and oil spill in April of 2010 that released 4.9 million barrels of crude oil and gas into the ocean, killing 11 and injuring 17 others while virtually shutting down the seafood industry in the area? The commercials that show BP employees rattling off a bunch of statistics about the improvements that have been made since the spill? These are the same employees that appear at black tie events exclaiming their company's commitment to communities and the environment.


BP crews still busy in Alabama and Mississippi; they collect 3 tons in 10 days

January 16, 2012, 10:00 am

MOBILE, Alabama -- BP crews collected more than 3 tons of tarballs and buried tar mats from beaches in Alabama and Mississippi during the first 10 days of January.

Nearly two years after the BP spill, the company maintains a significant presence along the Alabama and Mississippi coastline, with dozens of workers patrolling the Gulf shoreline each week.


Gulf spill company hands out safety bonuses

January 3, 2012, 11:19 pm

Company whose rig caused biggest oil spill in US history rewards executives for "best year in safety performance".

Transocean Ltd., the owner of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that exploded off the Gulf of Mexico last year, has given its top executives bonuses for achieving the "best year in safety performance in our company's history'', despite the blast that killed 11 people and spilled 200 million gallons of oil into the ocean.


Leaked: 30,000 BP oil spill memos, emails and transcripts

January 2, 2012, 10:29 am


In the middle of last year, Greenpeace submitted a string of Freedom of Information requests to US government agencies in relation to last year’s disastrous BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

As a result the environmental group have obtained some 30,000 memos, emails and transcripts which document the worst oil spill in American history. Taking cues from WikiLeaks, Greenpeace has begun to leak its considerable cache online for all to see. Here’s what we pulled out of the document dump:


Gulf Shrimp Are Scarce This Season; Answers, Too

November 29, 2011, 10:02 am

LAFITTE, La. — The dock at Bundy’s Seafood is quiet, the trucks are empty and a crew a fraction of the normal size sits around a table waiting for something to do. But the most telling indicator that something is wrong is the smell. It smells perfectly fine.

“There’s no shrimp,” explained Grant Bundy, 38. The dock should smell like a place where 10,000 pounds of shrimp a day are bought off the boats. Not this year. In all of September, Bundy’s Seafood bought around 41,000 pounds.


BP, Contractors Face Fines Over Oil Spill

October 13, 2011, 9:13 am

Wall Street Journal

WASHINGTON—U.S. offshore-drilling officials issued their first violations related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill Wednesday, accusing BP PLC and two of its contractors of breaking several rules.

While citations against BP were widely expected, the government's decision to pursue the contractors Transocean Ltd. and Halliburton Co. for infractions jolted the contracting industry, which traditionally avoids liability in such accidents.


Federal Oil Spill Probe Finds U.S. Regulations Lacking

September 30, 2011, 11:20 am

Originally posted by New York Times - Jeremy Jacobs - September 29, 2011

An ongoing federal investigation into last year's massive rig explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has found that a particularly lax U.S. regulatory regime was a significant factor in the events leading up to the disaster.


Gulf oil spill: BP gets most blame in government report

September 14, 2011, 10:39 am

BP, Transocean and Halliburton all violated federal safety regulations leading up to last year's Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a federal investigation concluded, in findings that could be crucial for the Justice Department investigation and numerous lawsuits surrounding the disaster.


Final Oil-Spill Report Chastises BP, Others

September 14, 2011, 10:26 am

Federal investigators released their final report Wednesday on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon drilling-rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico last year, castigating BP PLC and its contractors for risky decisions and criticizing the government for oversight gaps.


Macondo well spewed 57,000 barrels a day, study shows

September 9, 2011, 10:21 am

Results from a study using acoustic technology to determine the amount of oil and natural gas released by the Deepwater Horizon spill matched the federal government’s estimates, validating the new measuring technique, researchers said.



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