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U.S. gas prices are over $4 a gallon. These oil CEOs took home over $20M.

Oil and gas CEOs received nearly $45m more in combined total compensation in 2021 compared to 2020 amid a spike in prices.... Read more»

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Big oil coined 'carbon footprints' to blame us for their greed. Keep them on the hook

Climate-conscious individual choices are good – but not nearly enough to save the planet. More than personal virtue, we need collective action to be part of the solution and push for system change.... Read more»

The climate crisis is a crime that should be prosecuted

Fossil fuel companies lied for decades about climate change, and humanity is paying the price. Shouldn’t those lies be central to the public narrative?... Read more»1

Feds file criminal charges in BP Gulf oil spill

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed criminal charges alleging that a former BP employee destroyed critical evidence in the early days of the Gulf oil spill. ... Read more»

Offshore oil drilling stats askew

The chief regulator of offshore drilling tried to suggest to the Senate this week that the Obama administration has been issuing permits almost as quickly as before the BP oil disaster, but a review has shown that's not true.... Read more»

Where things stand: Gulf oil spill claims

After the blowout of the Deepwater Horizon well triggered the largest oil spill in United States history, BP vowed to "Make it Right" for Gulf Coast residents affected by the spill. One of the central pieces of BP's program to make amends was to create a claims system — as required under federal law — to compensate individuals and businesses that lost money as a result of the spill. ... Read more»

Thick layer of oil stretches for miles in Gulf

Scientists conducting research in the Gulf have found a thick layer of oily sediment on the ocean floor stretching for miles.... Read more»

Take it with a grain of (sea) salt: Gulf microbe study funded by BP

Earlier this week, major news outlets ran with headlines about how a new microbe has been found eating up BP’s oil, and how microbes have degraded the hydrocarbons so efficiently that the vast plumes of oil in the Gulf are now undetectable. No joke.... Read more»1

Officials: Lack of oxygen likely killing thousands of fish in Gulf

Preliminary tests show that a lack of oxygen in part of the Gulf of Mexico caused thousands of fish to die, according to Louisiana authorities quoted by the Los Angeles Times.... Read more»

Feds clarify rosy report on Gulf oil spill

Just how much of the oil spilled in the Gulf is still there? Depends on what the meaning of "is" is. NOAA is hedging some of its estimates, and not in a good way. About three-quarters of the oil that spilled into the Gulf from BP’s ruptured well is still in the environment.... Read more»

Regulators' deepwater drilling document is 'at war with itself'

A decade-old environmental assessment by offshore drilling regulators called for more research on Corexit dispersant, warned that deepwater spills were difficult to stop, and cautioned that such spills could "permanently cover water bottoms and wetlands."... Read more»

BP leaves many damage claims waiting in limbo

BP appears to be delaying decisions about the validity of many claims for damages from the Gulf oil spill, leaving claimants frustrated by bureaucratic obstacles and confusing requests for more documentation.... Read more»

On Day 101 of BP disaster, U.S. has two new spills to deal with

It's Day 101 of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf, and you might be feeling pretty hopeful that soon enough, you won't have to think about oil spills for a while. Not so fast. On Tuesday, another spill was detected in the Gulf - the result of a boat's colliding with an out-of-use wellhead in Barataria Bay.... Read more»

Undersea oil plumes 'definitively connected' to BP leak

Scientists from the University of South Florida announced on Friday that they have "definitively connected" the underwater oil plumes to BP's ruptured and still slightly leaking well in the Gulf.... Read more»

Huge toxic release from BP refinery just before blowout

Two weeks before the blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, the huge, trouble-plagued BP refinery in Texas City, Tex., spewed tens of thousands of pounds of toxic chemicals into the skies. The release began April 6 and lasted 40 days.... Read more»

BP document contradicts public claims about oil flow

Read the internal document that contradicts BP’s public claims on how much oil is flowing from the leaking Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf of Mexico.... Read more»

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