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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.

Oil spills escalated in this decade

By Alan Levin, USA TODAY, June 8, 2010

The number of spills from offshore oil rigs and pipelines in U.S. waters more than quadrupled this decade, a trend that could have served as a warning for the massive leak in the Gulf of Mexico, according to government data and safety experts.

Door kept ajar on drilling

By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, June 4, 2010

Despite the spectre of environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico -- where oil is spewing from a destroyed BP well -- the federal and provincial governments aren't closing the door on oil drilling off B.C.'s coast or supertankers plying the province's tricky northern waters.

Feds watered down regulations governing East Coast offshore drilling

By Andrew Mayeda, Vancouver Sun, June 3, 2010

OTTAWA — The Harper government has watered down regulations governing oil drilling off Canada's East Coast so that oil companies don't need a backup plan to drill a relief well in the event of a blowout.

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.
Listen here.

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

No moratorium on offshore oil exploration in Canada's Arctic

ANDREW MAYEDA, Vancouver Sun, May 28, 2010

The federal government is moving ahead with plans to grant new offshore oil-exploration licences in Canada's Arctic, despite the U.S. government's expanding freeze on offshore drilling after the Gulf Coast spill.

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.

Shell adds precautions for Arctic drilling

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2010

Reporting from Seattle - Facing last-minute questions over its plan to launch exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, Shell Oil Co. pledged Monday to deploy a prefabricated coffer dam ready for "immediate" use in the event of a blowout, with a full-scale oil spill response within an hour.

The Northwest Passage: crude oil's next toilet?

By L. D. CROSS, The Hill Times, May 17, 2010

Whether it is the Northwest Passage or, the Canadian Arctic Passage, an oil spill on the scale of the Gulf of Mexico disaster would permanently contaminate the top of the world.

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.

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