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Expert suspects BP has ulterior motive behind oil well cap

Since a blowout preventer cap was placed over BP’s damaged oil well in the Gulf of Mexico last weekend, there have been repeated delays in the so-called “well integrity tests” to determine whether the cap can be effective in holding back the oil. On Tuesday, Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen…

Leak forces new delay to BP oil cap test

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Oil giant BP detected a leak Thursday in equipment to seal the catastrophic Gulf of Mexico gusher, forcing another delay to the start of crucial tests on a new tighter-fitting cap. After finally getting the green light to begin pressure tests, BP said it would…

Expert: If cap fails, oil in Gulf will triple

The worst fears of one conservationist may be coming true. Admiral Thad Allen said Friday that the cap placed over the leaking well was only collecting oil at a rate of 42,000 gallons a day. Recent estimates put the leak’s flow at 500,000 to a million gallons a day. That…

Stewart to Obama: ‘Get back to the motherf**king spill’

President Barack Obama finally made it to the Gulf coast to see effects of the BP oil leak Friday but that wasn’t soon enough for Jon Stewart. The Daily Show host returned from a two-week vacation and blasted the president and the oil company for failing to plug the leak…

Physics professor: Oil leak could last for years

Physics professor Michio Kaku has some bad news: oil could gush from the leaking BP deepwater well for years. After six methods for stopping the leak failed, BP is now trying a seventh method: “cut and cap.” Underwater robots are attempting to trim the pipe connected to the blowout preventer…

‘Top kill’ stops oil leak flow in Gulf of Mexico, US Admiral says

Update: Coast Guard changes statement, no proof of success yet Update (below): Coast Guard chief claims, ‘They’ve stopped the hydrocarbons’ Update (click for story): Reuters says oil command can’t confirm leak stopped, though Admiral adds to his statement on NPR ‘Cautiously optimistic’ but won’t say well is capped Admiral Thad…

Multiple warning signs preceded BP blast: inquiry

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Multiple warnings signs preceded an explosion that tore through a BP-leased oil rig, killing 11 and precipitating a massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, US lawmakers have said. Citing a preliminary BP inquiry into the disaster, Representatives Henry Waxman and Bart Stupak said there were…

Hopes pinned on BP’s ‘dynamic kill’ to stop oil spill

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar raised expectations Thursday of what he cast as BP’s make-or-break attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill by filling a ruptured well with mud. As crude oil spread through Louisiana’s fragile marshlands a month after a rig blast triggered the spill, BP…

Oil rig workers allegedly told to work faster

(AFP) – The massive explosions ahead of the sinking of the Deepwater Horizon rig — leading to a huge oil slick threatening the Gulf — came after BP ordered a faster pace of drilling, a rig worker told CBS’ “60 Minutes” program Sunday. With its complex drilling operations costing the…

BP finally releases oil spill video, but lies about delay

Experts say criminal charges ‘just a matter of time.’ BP officials finally made an underwater video of its broken well gushing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, after being pressured to do so by media outlets and the White House, and then claiming they hadn’t received requests for the footage.…

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