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Marian Wang – First Deepwater Drilling Permit Since BP Spill Goes to … a Well Co-owned by BP

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McClatchy – Justice Department sues BP, others over Gulf oil spill

December 16, 2010 Leave a comment

From McClatchy:

Justice Department sues BP, others over Gulf oil spill

By Erika Bolstad and Renee Schoof | McClatchy Newspapers

WASHINGTON — BP and other companies not only ignored important safety and operating regulations, the Justice Department said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday, but it also failed to take necessary precautions to keep its Gulf of Mexico well under control before the April 20 blowout that killed 11 people.

While the full scope of the disaster isn’t yet known, the Justice Department wrote in its suit, “the consequences include lost lives, destroyed livelihoods, and grave harm to natural resources across several states and related waters.”

The lawsuit, the first phase in punishing the parties responsible for the spill, could wrest billions of dollars in civil penalties from nine companies the Justice Department blames, including BP, for allowing an estimated 4.1 million barrels of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico over three months. Because each barrel spilled carries a fine of as much as $4,300, those flow-rate estimates — derived by a government team and already disputed by BP — will be at the heart of the multi-billion dollar case.

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AMERICAblog – BP lawyers fighting over size of spill so they can save billions

December 5, 2010 Leave a comment

From AMERICAblog:

BP lawyers fighting over size of spill so they can save billions

by Chris in Paris on 12/04/2010 08:57:00 AM

Obviously the President isn’t going to stand up and fight back but maybe someone else in Washington wants to? It’s insane to tolerate BP and their legal tactics after everything they did to ruin the environment.

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Slashdot – BP Ignored Safety Modeling Software To Save Time

November 28, 2010 Leave a comment

From Slashdot:

BP Ignored Safety Modeling Software To Save Time

Posted by Soulskill on Saturday November 27, @09:09AM
from the show-of-hands-who-is-surprised dept.

DMandPenfold writes “BP ignored the advice of safety modeling software in an attempt to save time before the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to a presentation slide (PDF) prepared by US investigators. The slide in question briefly appeared on the Oil Spill Commission’s website in error, but was quickly retracted. Advanced cement modeling software, provided by BP’s cement contractor Halliburton, had highlighted serious stability concerns with the well.”

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Believe BP, the oil is gone… How stupid do they think we are?

November 27, 2010 Leave a comment

Marian Wang – BP Probation Officer Asks Judge to Revoke Probation, Citing ‘Criminal Negligence’

November 18, 2010 Leave a comment

From ProPublica:

BP Probation Officer Asks Judge to Revoke Probation, Citing ‘Criminal Negligence’

by Marian Wang

In a court filing, a federal probation officer said that BP acted negligently in the run-up to a 2009 spill—violating the terms of its probation for a spill in 2006.

See ProPublica’s complete coverage of the Gulf oil spill at ProPublica.org.

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The American Lawyer – BP Spill Bombshell: Halliburton Knew Well Cement Was Flawed

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment

From The American Lawyer:

BP Spill Bombshell: Halliburton Knew Well Cement Was Flawed

The legal team investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has revealed that Halliburton knew of problems with the cement slurry far in advance of the explosion.

Posted by D.M. Levine

The Fred Bartlit-led legal team investigating the causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Wednesday released a bombshell finding: that despite multiple test results showing that a cement-foam mixture meant to seal the bottom of the well was unstable, Halliburton and BP used the flawed material anyway.

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From ProPublica:

Federal Inspectors Clueless About Cementing, Oil Spill Panel Finds

by Marian Wang

Halliburton’s cement mixture may have contributed to BP’s deadly blowout, but federal inspectors knew next to nothing about cementing, says the government’s oil spill panel.

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Al Jazeera – Investigation by Al Jazeera online correspondent finds toxic illnesses linked to BP oil dispersants along Gulf coast

October 29, 2010 Leave a comment
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Democracy NOW! – BP Gulf Oil Spill “Where Is Our Outrage”

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment
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Courthouse News Service – BP may take shelter under the $75 million liability cap

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

From Courthouse News Service:

Snafus and an Alarming Statement at BP Oil Spill Status Conference

By SABRINA CANFIELD

NEW ORLEANS (CN) – A BP attorney in Federal Court on Friday did not deny allegations that BP may take shelter under the $75 million liability cap provided by the Oil Pollution Act. That prompted an attorney for plaintiffs to say, “We’re shocked over here to hear the defendants now bring up this $75 million cap. We were under the impression [the cap] was waived.”

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Class of Undocumented Workers Sues Wal-Mart

By CHRIS FRY

NEWARK (CN) – In a federal class action, 42 named plaintiffs say Wal-Mart hired them knowing they were undocumented, stiffed them for overtime and for regular wages, paid them in cash or by personal checks from labor contractors, put them to forced labor through coercion, “violated immigration, money laundering and protective wage and hour laws,” and routinely locked them inside stores while they worked night shifts.  

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Big Oil Goes to College – Democracy NOW!

October 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Truthout – Investigative Coverage of BP and BP-Majority Owned Alyeska Pipeline

October 13, 2010 Leave a comment

From Truthout:

Investigative Coverage of BP and BP-Majority Owned Alyeska Pipeline

Texas City refinery with BP logo overlay.

EXCLUSIVE: DOJ Refuses to Revoke BP’s Probation Over Safety Violations at Texas City Refinery

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

Tank 190 is surrounded by a containment area that has an impermeable liner.

Alyeska, Federal Regulators Probing Employee’s “Cover-Up” Claims Related to May Oil Spill

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Report

Kevin Hostler.

EXCLUSIVE: Confidential Report Blames BP Executive For Distress at Alyeska Pipeline

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

Alyeska Pipeline.

Alyeska CEO Steps Down Following Truthout Exposé

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Report

Alyeska Pipeline CEO Kevin Hostler.

Dangerous Cost Cuts at Alyeska Pipeline: “Yet Another Example of How BP Runs Things”

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

BP employees having a discussion.

BP’s Ombudsman Gave Congress Wrong Information About Employee Retaliation

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Report

Prudhoe Bay pipelines.

EXCLUSIVE: New Documents, Employees Reveal BP’s Alaska Oilfield Plagued by Major Safety Issues

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

Oily horror in the Gulf of Mexico.

Ex-EPA Officials: Why Isn’t BP Under Criminal Investigation?

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Report

BP on the oil spill.

How Bush’s DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe Into BP That Threatened to Net Top Officials

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

BP oil and fire

BP Accused of Violating Safety Regulations at US Refineries, Endangering Employees’ Lives

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Report

Deep Horizon fire and oil spill, brought you by BP

Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf

by: Jason Leopold, t r u t h o u t | Report

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Bipartisan Commission Says White House Downplayed Amount of Oil Gushing from BP Well

October 9, 2010 Leave a comment
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Climate Progress – Oilpocalypse revisited: Scathing report on BP oil disaster from presidential commission

October 8, 2010 Leave a comment

From Climate Progress:

Oilpocalypse revisited: Scathing report on BP oil disaster from presidential commission
October 8, 2010

Obama beach oil

“The administration deserves to be criticized for how it dealt with the spill estimates,” said Joseph Romm, who writes the blog Climateprogress.org for the liberal Center for American Progress think tank.

He points out that BP always knew lower measurements of oil in the water could mean the company would have to pay less in damages.

“That meant the administration had an extra responsibility to do its own objective analysis,” Romm said. “It was a big deal, and it should have been pursued more systematically.”

I was interviewed by NPR this week on the BP oil disaster Commission, which released a draft report criticizing many aspects of the administration’s  handling of the spill undersea volcano (click here for audio).  I had written as far back as May 1 on the lowball estimates coming out of BP on the flow rate, which the administration seemed to give far too much credence to for far too long (see “Oilpocalypse Now: WSJ reports BP oil disaster may be leaking at rate of 1 million gallons a day“).

Brad Johnson has a good Wonk Room post on the report, which I cross-post below.

On May 22, 2010, President Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, to investigate the Gulf of Mexico disaster and recommend policies to guard against future offshore disasters, as recommended by the Wonk Room earlier that month. Today, as the commission nears its six-month deadline, it has issued several staff-written draft reports on contentious topics, from dispersants to oil flow estimates.

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Dahr Jamail – Evidence Refutes BP’s and Fed’s Deceptions

October 4, 2010 Leave a comment

From Truthout:

Monday 4 October 2010

Dahr Jamail | Evidence Refutes BP’s and Fed’s Deceptions

Dahr Jamail, Truthout: “In August, Truthout conducted soil and water sampling in Pass Christian Harbor, Mississippi; on Grand Isle, Louisiana; and around barrier islands off the coast of Louisiana, in order to test for the presence of oil from BP’s Macondo Well. Laboratory test results from the samples taken in these areas show extremely high concentrations of oil in both the soil and water. These results contradict consistent claims made by the federal government and BP since early August that much of the Gulf of Mexico is now free of oil and safe for fishing and recreational use…. A comprehensive sampling regime across the Gulf, taken regularly over the years ahead, is clearly required in order to implement appropriate cleanup responses and take public safety precautions.”

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Suit pours gold coins.

Campaign Cash: The Independent Fundraising Gold Rush Since “Citizens United” Ruling

by: Peter H. Stone, Center for Public Integrity | Report

Book cover to Obamas Wars.

Bob Woodward’s “Obama’s Wars” and the Importance of Reportage

by: Melvin A. Goodman, t r u t h o u t | Op-Ed

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BP OIL SPILL: BP Investigation Blocked By Senate Republicans

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment
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Oil Spill Hearing: Local Parish President Still Doesn’t Know Who’s in Charge

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

ProPublica – More Questions About BP’s Limited Investigation Into Gulf Disaster

September 27, 2010 Leave a comment

From ProPublica:

More Questions About BP’s Limited Investigation Into Gulf  Disasterby Marian Wang

BP investigators, faced with questions about their report on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, acknowledged Sunday before a panel of engineering experts that their report had limitations.

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CorpWatch – Gulf Dispersants: BP and Nalco Play Toxic Roulette

September 15, 2010 Leave a comment

From CorpWatch:

Gulf Dispersants: BP and Nalco Play Toxic Roulette
Terry J. Allen
July 19th, 2010

BP has dumped almost two million gallons of dispersants from Nalco in the Gulf of Mexico that is disguising the extent of the Deepwater spill and the inability of existing technology to mitigate the disaster. Even if BP eventually staunches the hemorrhage of oil, devastating toxins will linger for decades.

The True Cost of Chevron: An Alternative Annual Report
Antonia Juhasz
May 25th, 2010

Chevron’s 2009 Annual Report celebrates 130 years of Chevron operations. We, the communities and our allies who bear the consequences of Chevron’s offshore drill ing rigs, oil and natural gas production, coal fields, refineries, depots, pipelines, exploration, chemical plants, political control, consumer abuse, false promises, and mu ch more, have a very different account to offer.

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