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Mayflower residents say Exxon pipeline spill sickened them, devastated their town

Nearly a year after Exxon’s Pegasus pipeline ruptured in the town of Mayflower, Arkansas, many residents continue to cope with displacement, chronic health problems, rejected claims and unanswered questions. “They have devastated Mayflower,” Genieve Long, one town resident, told msnbc. Ms. Long lives in an area just outside of the neighborhood that was flooded with thousands of barrels of toxic bitumen shale oil that Exxon was moving from Canada to a refinery in Texas. Twenty-two homes were evacuated in the March 2013 disaster, but most residents whose property wasn’t physically touched by the oil leak have found nowhere to turn. ... Read More

Exxon Valdez a deadly precedent for health of BP oil spill victims

When plaintiffs’ lawyers came to an agreement with BP in March, they wanted to make sure that coastal residents and cleanup workers facing medical problems tied to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill would be covered now and in the future. The settlement was divided into two classes, with one class devoted to economic claims and the other covering medical claims and setting up special programs to monitor and enhance the health of Gulf Coast residents, especially in some of its underserved communities. One of the key aspects of the medical agreement stipulates that coastal residents and oil-spill cleanup ... Read More

Scientists say BP oil spill made Gulf fish sick

People have questioned the safety of Gulf seafood ever since BP flooded the water with crude oil and methane gas a year ago, then sprayed and pumped the spill with unprecedented levels of chemical dispersants. The oil disaster hit just as shrimping season was about to begin, closing once-fertile fishing grounds and drawing attention to the scope of the spill. Were shrimpers and fishermen out of work just for the season, or would the environmental and economic impacts linger for years? The question remains unanswered. Many fishing grounds shut down during the spill have reopened and Gulf seafood has been ... Read More

BP readying itself for unprecedented government fines for oil spill

On August 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced BP finally agreed to pay a record $50.6-million fine for safety violations that led to the 2005 explosion at its Texas City, Texas, refinery that killed 15 workers and injured 170 others. Now, in the wake of its oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, BP faces federal fines that will make the Texas City penalties look like pocket change. According to U.S. law, oil companies must pay penalties of up to $1,100 per barrel of oil accidentally spilled. However, if the oil spill was caused by a company’s gross ... Read More

Government to study physical and psychological harm of BP oil spill

Working with teams of doctors, scientists, and public health experts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is currently planning and developing a large-scale study of the short-term and long-term physical and psychological tolls the BP oil spill has had upon the cleanup workers and the larger population of the Gulf Coast. The federal agency expects the study to encompass several thousands of people in the five states adversely affected by the massive oil spill: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. For weeks, scientists and government agencies have struggled to predict what potential health consequences the oil spill in ... Read More

Government says BP spilled 4.9 million barrels of oil into Gulf

Now that BP has temporarily plugged the oil spill and remains confident that a successful permanent plug is within reach, federal scientists estimate 4.9 million barrels of oil have gushed into the Gulf since April 22. The calculation makes BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill the largest in history, far surpassing Mexico’s 1979 Ixtoc spill, which released 3.3 million barrels into the Gulf. Government analysts believe the spill began more powerfully than it ended, releasing about 62,000 barrels of oil per day and gradually weakening as the weeks passed to about 53,000 barrels a day. A diminishing reservoir of hydrocarbons feeding ... Read More

Oil spill cleanup technology lags dangerously behind

BP and other giant oil corporations have invested billions of dollars to develop means of drilling deeper and farther out to sea, yet they have invested relatively no money in developing effective deep-sea oil cleanup and response methods. Every year, the oil companies continue to push the envelope on offshore drilling in deep, remote regions of the ocean. Yet a devastating problem without a good solution will be created should anything go wrong with these risky operations, as BP’s volcano of oil in the Gulf of Mexico so clearly demonstrates. Even after the 1979 Mexican oil spill in the Gulf, ... Read More

BP preparing for deep, remote arctic drilling

With all eyes fixated on the oil crisis in the Gulf of Mexico, BP is stealthily moving toward what could easily be this country’s (and the world’s) next environmental catastrophe: Deep-sea drilling in remote reaches of the Arctic. But will the Minerals Management Service (MMS) stop it? According to a report that appeared in Rolling Stones magazine, no. Many environmentalists assert that President Obama’s moratorium on offshore drilling is nothing more than a stall tactic engineered to allow the public’s anger to abate before MMS gives BP and other oil giants the green light to drill in an area that ... Read More

Distraught Alabama charter boat captain commits suicide

An Alabama charter boat captain, distraught over the oil slick that is causing large-scale destruction of fish and marine wildlife along the Gulf coast, has apparently taken his own life. William Allen Kruse, 55, of Foley, Alabama, was found dead on his boat with a gunshot to his head Wednesday morning around 7:30 a.m. Kruse operated his charter service out of Gulf Shores. Like many vessel operators and fishermen whose regular way of life was destroyed by the oil spill, he wound up on BP’s payroll as one of the cleanup and containment workers. Baldwin County coroner Stan Vinson told ... Read More

US launches criminal investigation of BP

The U.S. government has opened a widely anticipated criminal and civil investigation of BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. The announcement steps up the pressure on the British oil company, which is the fourth largest corporation in the world. “We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law,” Holder said after meeting with federal and Louisiana prosecutors in New Orleans. The oil spill created by BP’s runaway well threatens to dwarf 1989’s Exxon Valdez spill as the worst in U.S. history, gushing oil at a rate of 12,000 to ... Read More