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Concern grows over effects of oil dispersants in the Gulf

In recent days a lot of media attention has shifted from the oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico for weeks to the chemical dispersants BP used to break the sludge down into smaller particles. But many scientists are now saying that Corexit, the primary chemical BP dumped into the Gulf to disperse the oil, and similar chemicals are much more toxic than the oil itself. BP has sprayed the Gulf waters with more than a million gallons of Corexit and it has shot an undetermined amount of the chemical into the cloud of crude that gushed uncontrollably from ... 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

Satellite images reveal another Gulf oil spill

BP isn’t the only oil company currently spilling crude oil into the Gulf from defective wells and broken riser pipes, satellite images reveal. An offshore rig named the Ocean Saratoga has been spewing oil into the water since at least April 30, according to federal documents. The rig, which is situated about 40 miles from the Deepwater Horizon site, is owned by Diamond Offshore and leased to Taylor Energy Company. An organization called Skytruth, which uses satellite images to document environmental destruction, has published images of what it believes to be one but possibly two oil leaks in the vicinity ... 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