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More massive tar mats from BP oil spill discovered on Louisiana beaches

Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans), Dec 18, 2013

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster was just a month old and BP’s crude oil was still gushing from the Gulf floor when state officials began to grasp the true scope of the insult to Louisiana’s coast: Beaches, estuaries and wetlands would be under assault for decades.

Gulf oil spill: Halliburton to plead guilty to destroying evidence

Reuters,, July 26 2013

Contractor to plead guilty over deleted computer simulations testing methods used to cement Deepwater Horizon well

Halliburton has agreed to plead guilty to destroying evidence related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the US department of justice said on Thursday.

BP Covered Up Blow-out Two Years Prior to Deadly Deepwater Horizon Spill

Greg Palast, Eco Watch, 20 Apr 2012

Two years before the Deepwater Horizon blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP off-shore rig suffered a nearly identical blow-out, but BP concealed the first one from the U.S. regulators and Congress.

Deep Water - The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling

Report to the President, National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, January 2011

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Feds sue BP, other companies over oil spill

By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY, Houston Chronicle, Dec. 16, 2010

Fines of up to $4,300 a barrel, cleanup costs, other damages sought

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday sued BP and eight other companies in legal action that could force the firms to pay tens of billions of dollars in fines, cleanup costs and economic damages related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Oil from BP spill moved faster than expected through Gulf's food web, study

Seth Borenstein, Washington— The Associated Press, Nov. 12, 2010

Scientists say they have for the first time tracked how certain nontoxic elements of oil from the BP spill quickly became dinner for plankton, entering the food web in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil spill in Michigan's Kalamazoo River has echoes of Gulf of Mexico disaster

By Kari Lydersen and David A. Fahrenthold, Washington Post, August 6, 2010

Oil soaked Canada Goose in the Kalamazoo RiverMARSHALL, MICH. -- In the Summer of the Spill, history is already repeating itself, this time in Michigan.

Mitigate That! - Tankers in Douglas Channel

Pipe Dreams, CBC TV News, July 20, 2010

Most news gets stale with time, but this one gets better. Listen to Enbridge's John Carruthers blather on about Enbridge's "learnings" in Wisconsin where it had to "mitigate some issues ... in terms of environmental violations".

Oil companies' gulf spill history is a dirty secret

St. Petersburg Times, July 26, 2010

The oil and gas industry's offshore safety and environmental record in the Gulf of Mexico has become a key point of debate over future drilling, but that record has been far worse than is commonly portrayed by many industry leaders and lawmakers.

Oil Rig’s Siren Was Kept Silent, Technician Says

By ROBBIE BROWN, New York Times, July 23, 2010

KENNER, La. — The emergency alarm on the Deepwater Horizon was not fully activated the day the oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 people and setting off the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a rig worker on Friday told a government panel investigating the accident.The worker, Mike Williams, the rig’s chief electronics technician, said the general safety alarm was habitually set to “inhibited” to avoid waking up the crew with late-night sirens and emergency lights.

Oil seeping from Gulf floor near well, but Coast Guard allows cap to stay in place another 24 hours

Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune, July 18, 2010

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen on Sunday evening agreed to allow a cap to continue to block the flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead, despite the discovery of oil or natural gas seeping from the floor of the Gulf of Mexico at a location away from the well.

Technology’s disasters share long trail of hubris

The Associated Press, Las Vegas Sun, July 18, 2010

It's all so familiar. A technological disaster, then a presidential commission examining what went wrong. And ultimately a discovery that while technology marches on, concern for safety lags. Technology isn't as foolproof as it seemed.

How the new oil cap works

Chad Myers, CNN, July 15, 2010

They've stopped the flow ... temporarily. Click here to see how.

BP freezes work on relief well and temporary cap for Gulf oil spill

The Associated Press,, July 14, 2010

BP froze activity on two key projects Wednesday meant to choke off the flow of oil billowing from its broken well in the Gulf of Mexico after days of moving confidently toward controlling the crisis.

Enviro groups stunned that govt ignoring 27K wells

By JEFF DONN and MITCH WEISS, Associated Press, July 8, 2010

Enviro groups stunned that govt ignoring 27K wells

Exec says BP could plug well by end of July

By BRETT CLANTON, Houston Chronicle, July 2, 2010

Gulf Coast native takes over cleanup effort

BP could plug its gushing Gulf oil well by the end of July, ahead of a projected target of August, if weather conditions permit and the drilling of relief wells keeps going smoothly, the newly appointed executive in charge of the company's response said Friday.

Primary relief well edges closer to gushing oil well

Emmett Mayer III, The Times-Picayune, June 30, 2010

Gulf of Mexico relief wellThe ultimate solution for stopping the gusher is still a relief well. Two are being drilled in the Gulf of Mexico, one as a backup. The primary well, which was started nearly two months ago, had been drilled to about 16,770 feet below the water's surface by Monday [June 28] morning.

Gulf oil spill: A hole in the world

Naomi Klein, The Guardian, June 19, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon disaster is not just an industrial accident – it is a violent wound inflicted on the Earth itself. In this special report from the Gulf coast, a leading author and activist shows how it lays bare the hubris at the heart of capitalism

Oil Spill: Flow Rate Estimate Higher, Containment Capacity Also Grows

Environment News Service, June 18, 2010

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (ENS) - The amount of oil spewing from the broken BP wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico is likely 35,000 barrels per day, National Incident Commander U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said today, based on a new estimate from the Flow Rate Technical Group. He said BP's containment system captured about 25,000 barrels yesterday, the largest daily amount collected since the well was partly capped earlier this month.

Oil and water: Another missed opportunity

CRAIG MCINNES, Vancouver Sun, June 9, 2010

Three Mile Island didn't slow nuclear industry and BP's Gulf debacle won't alter our dependency on cheap power

The timing of the catastrophic 1979 accident at Three Mile Island couldn't have been better for opponents of nuclear power.

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