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Belize Supreme Court overturns contracts, sparing barrier reef from offshore drillers

Defying government and big-business interests, Belize’s Supreme Court has declared offshore drilling contracts awarded by the Belize government since 2004 to be null and void. The stunning ruling represents a huge victory for the second-largest barrier reef in the world and a group of organizations dedicated to protecting the ocean from the oil industry’s devastating impact. According to Oceana, one of the conservation groups that brought the case to the court, the ruling “effectively ends the Belizean government’s immediate effort to allow offshore drilling in the Meso American Reef.” Other organizations involved in the case include two Belize-based groups: the ... Read More

Is lack of corporate safety amounting to a ‘terror’ all its own?

If lawmaking proponents of deregulation have their way, Americans won’t have to worry about being harmed by random foreign terrorists so much as they will by the danger and catastrophe presented by many of our own factories, oil rigs, mines, and other places of work. That may sound like an exaggeration, a complete overreach. But is it? Think of all the time and resources law enforcement and intelligence devoted to catching the two Boston bombers who detonated bombs near the finish line of the marathon. Think about all the media attention lavished on that manhunt. All that time, money, and ... Read More

Mexico, hundreds of others sue BP over Gulf oil spill damages

Mexico is pursuing legal action against BP for its role in spilling millions of barrels of crude oil into the Gulf. The lawsuit was filed in March just before the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and unleashed a torrent of crude oil and natural gas in the Gulf. The Mexican government was one of several hundred other plaintiffs to file lawsuits against the oil giant ahead of the 3-year statute of limitations set by the Oil Pollution Act (OPA). The third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion was April 20. In its first-quarter results, ... Read More

ExxonMobil pipeline spills oil again, one month and 200 miles from Arkansas spill

One month after ExxonMobil’s 70-year-old Pegasus pipeline spilled 5,000 barrels of oil in the town of Mayflower, Ark., another breach in the same pipeline created an oil spill on a residential yard in Ripley County, Missouri. The spill is reportedly small, but it calls into question the integrity of ExxonMobil’s pipeline, which stretches from Illinois to Texas and transports a 30,000-gallon daily load of diluted bitumen fuel – an extremely viscous and toxic blend of liquefied Canadian tar sands. The March 29 spill in Mayflower, Ark., flooded a residential neighborhood and contaminated the surrounding land and water. The disaster displaced ... Read More

EPA voices serious objections to TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued an Environmental Impact assessment of TransCanada’s proposed Keystone Pipeline XL project, sharply criticizing the State Department’s own recent environmental review of the plan. If allowed to proceed, the $7-billion pipeline would transport millions of barrels of highly toxic, viscous tar-sands fuel from Canada across the United States to the Gulf Coast. In its April 22 letter to top State Department officials, the EPA gives a number of reasons for its objection to the pipeline, detailing concerns about greenhouse gas emissions, the especially toxic and difficult-to-clean nature of the diluted bitumen (dilbit) oil, questions about ... Read More

Scientists link insect population decline in Gulf wetlands to BP oil spill

Spiders and insect populations are declining in Louisiana’s coastal marshes and other wetlands along the Gulf Coast, and scientists believe BP’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is the culprit. The findings may signal the early stages of a broader, deeper impact the oil disaster is having on the environment. According to The Advocate, Louisiana State University researchers studying the decline have determined through ecological fieldwork and lab tests that two components of oil, naphthalene and metylnapththaline, are at least partly to blame for the problem, which has the potential to reverberate throughout the food chain. Three years after the oil spill started, ... Read More

Gulf residents, ecology facing deadly aftershocks of BP’s oil spill cover-up

Nearly three years after BP doused its monstrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill with Corexit oil dispersants, the media has finally started to report on just how dangerous the chemicals, which are meant to break oil down into tiny particles for micro-organisms to consume and digest, are to human health and the environment. But with the BP oil spill a distant memory in most peoples’ minds and the lack of serious media coverage given to what has been called the “trial of the century” – BP’s federal trial that could put it on the hook to pay tens of billions of ... Read More

Florida sues BP and Halliburton for $5.5 billion over oil spill damages

The State of Florida filed a lawsuit against BP and some of its affiliated companies last week on the third anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 workers and turned much of the northern Gulf of Mexico into a sea of sticky black crude. The state is seeking to recover $5.48 billion in actual and potential revenues it estimates it lost as a result of the giant 2010 oil spill. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the northern District of Florida, Panama City. It names as defendants BP Exploration & Production ... Read More

Report details how Corexit dispersant made BP oil spill many times more toxic

A new report published by the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group provides one of the most thoroughly researched, comprehensive independent analyses of BP’s unrestrained use of Corexit oil dispersants to break up the oil that blasted from its Macondo well after the Deepwater Horizon explosion and sinking in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico. The report sends a strong warning about the proven, toxic effects of the chemical dispersant on human health and the environment, but it also demonstrates how powerful corporations like BP continually undermine the federal government’s authority, rendering it unable or unwilling to actively prevent such disasters ... Read More

BP oil spill still imperils sea life three years later, new report finds

Three years have passed since BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, unleashing a torrent of oil from its blown-out Macondo well that created the worst oil disaster in the history of the United States. But while Gulf residents and businesses continue to heal from the damage, a new report by the National Wildlife Federation suggests the Gulf’s marine life is still in grave danger. “Three years after the initial explosion, the impacts of the disaster continue to unfold,” National Wildlife Federation senior scientist and lead report author Doug Inkley, said. “Dolphins are still dying in high numbers ... Read More