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Biden rollover on oil and gas leasing spurs suit

Ahead of an auction that will make 80 million acres of public waters available for fossil fuel extraction, a new federal complaint by four environmental groups claims that the government is relying on a flawed and out-of-date environmental analysis. ... Read more»

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Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

New, damning evidence of management failures within the U.S. Chemical Safety Board was presented Thursday at a congressional hearing. ... Read more»

Texas among nation's worst water polluters

Texas is the second-biggest water polluter in the country, in terms of pounds released. But when the toxicity of the pollution is factored in, Texas jumps to the top of the list — and it’s not even close.... Read more»

200-year-old shipwreck found in Gulf of Mexico

A 200-year-old shipwreck has been found off the Gulf Coast. The ship is filled with glass bottles, ceramic plates and boxes of muskets.... Read more»

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»

Gunmen block traffic to dump bodies on busy road in Mexico

Gunmen blocked traffic on a busy avenue in the Gulf of Mexico during rush hour Tuesday and dumped 35 bodies as motorists watched in horror, the Associated Press reports.... Read more»

Hundreds of whale sharks meet off the Mexican coast

Hundreds of whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, have met up for their annual summer congregation in the Gulf of Mexico.... 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»


Big Oil's lust for tax loopholes

Oil prices are high and rising at an alarming pace. But even with their cash registers overflowing with dollars from struggling families, Big Oil is mobilizing to defeat President Obama's proposal to invest $4 billion annually in clean energy programs by ending unnecessary tax loopholes... 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»


Oil spills and mining disasters

During the Deepwater Horizon incident, BP showed the world that they were willing to spin the story whichever direction would make them seem concerned or made the disaster seem, well, less disastrous. Just be glad they don't own any mine shafts in Chile.... Read more»1


Phoenix mining company invests in Gulf of Mexico oil drilling

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc. is investing $500 million in a Louisiana company set to ramp up oil production in the Gulf of Mexico in the next few years.... Read more»

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BP says well is sealed, but oily Gulf remains

BP announced on Sunday that its ruptured well in the Gulf has at last been sealed, but the long-term environmental effects of the disaster remain unclear. Earlier this month, scientists discovered a thick layer of oil on the floor of the Gulf. Oil is continuing to show up on shorelines, and large quantities have been discovered under the sand.... 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»

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