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Oil Spill Flows On

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Atlantic coast under threat as tar balls wash up in Florida Keys.

Concentrated globs of oil are washing up the shores of the Florida Keys, an ominous sign that the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico will be carried to the Eastern U.S. seaboard by the so-called "loop current," a powerful underwater current moving up the Atlantic coast from the gulf. Meanwhile, in its efforts to disperse the spill, authorities are using a controversial chemical......read more

Officials Pressure BP Over Spill

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Frustration mounts as oil continues to coat Gulf Coast.

More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sunk, triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration dispatched top officials to the region and scolded BP for failing to contain the damage. “I am angry and I am frustrated that BP has been unable to stop this well from leaking and to stop the pollution from spreading,” said Secretary of the......read more

Obama Orders Freeze on Offshore Drilling

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President concedes neither oil companies nor government were prepared for worst-case scenario.

In Washington on Thursday, President Obama addressed widening public anger over the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, ordering a moratorium on offshore drilling in U.S. waters. The announcement reverses a previous decision to expand offshore drilling off American coastlines. At the White House press conference, the President also said there was too much complacency in goverment prior......read more

Visualizing the Spill

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Interactive mapping tool provides enlightening – and frightening – perspective on scope of disaster.

Just how big is the Gulf Coast oil spill? Estimates suggest anywhere from 20 to 45 million gallons of raw crude have spewed into the Gulf of Mexico to date. And things may get worse before they get better. With figures that big, it's hard to wrap your head around the scale of the disaster. What does that much oil look like? This interactive mapping tool provides an enlightening – and......read more

Oil Spill Triggers Criminal Inquiry

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As latest attempt to stop leak fails, government initiates criminal probe into disaster.

President Obama vowed to pursue criminal inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, a few hours before Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced that federal authorities have opened criminal and civil investigations. Shares of BP PLC plunged 13 percent after it was revealed that the latest attempt to fix the leaking well failed. The selloff knocked $18 billion off BP's market......read more

Notes from the Spill

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BP meets snags with cut and cap procedure, Obama "furious" with lack of progress.

In the latest bid to curtail the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP initiated a "cut and cap" procedure Thursday. But the cut was jagged, and as of Thursday night, robotic submarines were wrestling to place a cap on the gushing well beneath the Gulf of Mexico. President Obama told Larry King he was "furious" about the situation, saying that BP hasn't moved fast enough......read more

The Oil Spill: How to Help

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How you can provide assistance in the Gulf Coast.

With news from the Gulf seemingly getting worse every day, people everywhere are wondering what they can do to help. What not to do: fly to the Gulf, go to the beach and start scrubbing birds -- that can hurt the birds and yourself. Let trained experts handle that stuff and get involved in one of these ways: GOOD suggests sending in water samples from areas affected by the spill for testing.......read more

The Issue with Salvaged Oil

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Dot Earth asks why oil salvaged from the spill is going to BP instead of U.S. reserves.

It's not clear exactly how much oil is being salvaged from the surface of the Gulf of Mexico or the seabed gusher below, but for the moment, BP officials are saying the collected crude belongs to the company. On Andy Revkin's always thought-provoking Dot Earth blog, the NY Times writer and eco-thinker poses an excellent question: Why is salvaged oil going to BP instead of U.S. reserves?......read more

Bhopal and the BP Oil Blowout

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What the worst industrial disaster in history can teach us about the BP oil spill.

In 1984, a small town in India experienced the deadliest environmental disaster in history, when an explosion at a Union Carbide chemical factory in Bhopal sent 27 tons of methyl isocyanate gas into the slums. 22,000 people died as a result. Twenty-six years later, locals are still affected by birth defects and disease. On Monday, Indian courts sentenced eight Union Carbide officials – all from......read more

Naomi Klein on the Oil Spill

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Author/activist discusses the ravages wrought by the disaster in the Gulf.

The formidable PR machines behind BP and the Obama administration are in full swing, assuring us that ravaged Gulf coast ecosystem with be "restored and made whole." Amid all the positive spin, social activist and bestselling author Naomi Klein wonders how that is remotely possible: "It all sounded great. But for people whose livelihoods put them in intimate contact with the......read more

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