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Scientists find mass coral die-off near BP oil spill site

For the first time, federal scientists have found damage to deep sea coral and other marine life on the ocean floor several miles from the blown-out BP well — a strong indication that damage from the spill could be significantly greater than officials had previously acknowledged. Tests are needed to…

Holder: Criminal probe into BP oil spill ‘ongoing’

WASHINGTON — The US Justice Department is still investigating the causes of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to determine whether to bring criminal charges, Attorney General Eric Holder said Sunday. “The investigation is ongoing. We are in the process of accumulating documents, talking to witnesses on both the criminal…

Tar balls hit Texas as BP oil spill cost soars

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – BP faced a broadening crisis Tuesday with tar balls from the Gulf oil spill turning up on Texas beaches, as the firm’s clean-up costs soared and British officials reportedly mulled a possible BP collapse. A giant Taiwanese ship deployed to boost the clean-up meanwhile remained…

You watch Olbermann, Maddow and Stewart, and you wish the Web would know what you do

Hey Raw reader TV extraordinaries! Raw Story is looking for some killer video interns to help us turn up the volume on great TV reporting and sensational things people say when they’re being interviewed on TV. Here’s the deal. Our video editor David Edwards is overworked and underpaid, and he…

BP oil spill costs spike above $3 billion

LONDON — BP’s costs arising from the devastating oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico have rocketed to 3.12 billion dollars (2.49 billion euros), the company revealed on Monday. “The cost of the response to date amounts to approximately 3.12 billion dollars, including the cost of the spill response, containment,…

US House passes first legislation related to Gulf oil spill

The US House of Representatives on Thursday passed a bill aimed at broadening corporations’ legal liability for the deaths of workers at sea, in the wake of the disastrous Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi hailed the measure, which expands the ability of surviving family members…

US lawmaker: Oil spill costs may run trillions of dollars

The cost of helping the US Gulf Coast rebound from the ruinous Gulf of Mexico oil spill could run into the trillions of dollars, a US lawmaker said Thursday after a briefing from top government officials. “It will take billions of dollars — even trillions,” Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee…

Hurricane Alex further disrupts Gulf oil clean-up

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – Choppy seas and high winds from Hurricane Alex were to disrupt Gulf of Mexico oil spill clean-up operations again Thursday, with large waves sweeping the slick into fragile marshes. Hurricane Alex, the first of the Atlantic season, hit northeast Mexico with torrential rain and violent…

‘Not enough money’ for all BP oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – The Obama appointee managing BP’s oil spill disaster fund said there’s “not enough money in the world” to pay all claims and suggested home owners with plunging property values could lose out. The warning from prominent US lawyer Kenneth Feinberg came as Hurricane Alex disrupted…

For wingnuts, the oil industry is a god

Oh man, the BP oil spill has got to be hard on wingnuts. On one hand, the spill visibly Pisses Off Liberals, and usually in Wingnutville, anything that pisses off liberals is automatically assumed to be a good thing. But they’re not completely stupid. They know this oil spill is…

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