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CBC Almanac and Phil Nuytten on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Mark Forsyth, CBC Almanac, June 2, 2010

Mark Forsyth talks with guest Phil Nuytten about the Deepwater Horizon and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
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BP Ready for Spill 10 Times Gulf Disaster, Plan Says

Bloomberg News, San Francisco Chronicle, May 31, 2010

May 31 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc said in permit applications for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that it was prepared to handle an oil spill more than ten times larger than the one now spewing crude into the waters off the southern United States.

BP oil spill: death and devastation – and it's just the start

David Adam and agencies,, 31 May 2010

It could take months or years for the true impact of the spill on surrounding ecosystems to emerge

Blowout in the energy sector

Diane Francis, Financial Post, May 29, 2010

BP has morphed from British Petroleum to Beyond Petroleum and now Biggest Polluter.

The nightmare in the Gulf of Mexico is the energy version of what happened on Wall Street.

Obama Replaces Offshore Agency Faulted in BP Spill

By Jim Efstathiou Jr., Bloomberg Businessweek, May 19, 2010

May 19 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration replaced the Minerals Management Service, faulted for lax regulation of offshore drilling before the BP Plc spill last month, with three offices to oversee leases, drilling safety and fee collection.

Offshore drilling in Canada 'fraught with peril': critics

By HARRIS MACLEOD, The Hill Times, May 17, 2010

House Natural Resources Committee begins hearings into offshore drilling, after massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Why BP won't pay for full Gulf spill clean-up

By Robert Reich, Christian Science Monitor, May 17, 2010

Oil giant BP has been making public statements about its corporate social responsibility for as many years as it’s behaved irresponsibly.

Tracking the Oil Spill

New York Times, April-May, 2010

See the daily extent of the Gulf of Mexico oil slick resulting from BP's Deepwater Horizon well explosion and sinking, from April 22 to the present.

We're looking at a living monster, brainlessly flexing its muscles and testing its environment, before advancing onto its next victim.

Giant Plumes of Oil Forming Under the Gulf

By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times, May 15, 2010

Scientists are finding enormous oil plumes in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico, including one as large as 10 miles long, 3 miles wide and 300 feet thick in spots.

Gap in Rules on Oil Spills From Wells

By KATE GALBRAITH, New York Times, May 16, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began off the coast of Louisiana - hundreds of miles from Mexico and far from any other country.

A US$13-billion business

Lawrence Solomon, National Post, May 14, 2010

Is it any wonder that the BP calamity occurred? Here’s what has been preoccupying its environmental regulator, the Minerals Management Service,
( ever since MMS was established in 1982.

Does Deep Sea Drilling Have a Future?

By Philip Bethge, Alexander Jung, Nils Klawitter and Renate Nimtz-Koester, Der Spiegel, May 13, 2010

The Risky Hunt for the Last Oil Reserves

The oil catastrophe afflicting the Gulf of Mexico underscores just how dangerous offshore oil exploration can be.

No drilling on Georges Bank for 3 more years

By The Canadian Press, Halifax Chronicle Herald, May 13, 2010

A moratorium on oil and gas exploration on Georges Bank has been extended for three years by the federal and Nova Scotia governments.

A History of Major Oil Spills

New York Times, May 10, 2010

Oil slicks have historically been the most vivid examples of the risks inherent in both oil shipping and offshore drilling. While the industry has drawn on lessons from each successive spill, advances in extraction techniques present new challenges.

West Coast senators move to bar new Pacific drilling

By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY, Houston Chronicle, May 13, 2010

WASHINGTON - Senators from California, Oregon and Washington united Thursday behind a plan to ban new offshore drilling along the Pacific Coast in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Big oil eyes B.C. coast

By Charlie Smith, Georgia Straight, May 13, 2001

Since 2004, scientists have been travelling up and down the B.C. coast on the Achiever, a steel-hulled, 22-metre sloop owned by the Raincoast Conservation Society. In this time, they have covered more than 14,000 kilometres, recorded more than 2,000 sightings of marine mammals, and logged almost 15,000 sightings of marine birds.

Our own reminder of the dangers of offshore drilling

STEPHEN HUME, Vancouver Sun, May 13, 2010

Few are those who may remember, but the Union Oil spill of 1969 was the disaster that triggered B.C.'s 1972 ban

Gulf disaster stokes fear of big Canadian oil spill

By Andrew Mayeda, Regina Leader Post, Canwest News Service, May 8, 2010

A storm rages off Newfoundland, whipping up six-metre waves and making it impossible for cleanup crews to contain an oil spill at an offshore rig.

U.S. exempted BP's Gulf of Mexico drilling from environmental impact study

By Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post, May 5, 2010

The Interior Department exempted BP's calamitous Gulf of Mexico drilling operation from a detailed environmental impact analysis last year, according to government documents, after three reviews of the area concluded that a massive oil spill was unlikely.

Clean energy now a safer bet

Tom Fletcher, BC Local News, Victoria News, May 04, 2010

VICTORIA – As the B.C. government was unveiling its new Clean Energy Act last week, a brown stain bloomed in the Gulf of Mexico, visible from outer space.

Conoco seeks hearing delay on Canadian Arctic oil drilling

By Shaun Polczer, Calgary Herald, May 4, 2010

Lessons could be learned from Gulf leak

CALGARY - Industry observers are asking the National Energy Board to delay a
hearing into policies for drilling offshore oil wells in the Arctic until a
cause can be determined for the ongoing blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of

Why BP should pay spill’s full cost

Terence Corcoran, National Post, 4 May 2010

By some merciful force or just good luck, the giant BP oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico yesterday remained the greatest environmental disaster that hasn’t happened.

Schwarzenegger pulls plug on offshore oil project

By Kevin Yamamura, Sacramento Bee, May. 3, 2010

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger withdrew his support Monday for a controversial new offshore oil drilling project off the Santa Barbara coast in the wake of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gulf oil spill fuels West Coast tanker fears

By CBC News, May 3, 2010

B.C. environmentalists see the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as a warning about risks oil and gas development could pose to Canada's West Coast.

Environmentalists in B.C. say the oil spill off the U.S. coast should serve as a warning about risks the oil and gas industry could pose to the West Coast of Canada.

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