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House spending bill slashes environmental protections

Environmental groups are aghast at proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they claim is “larded up with giveaways to polluters and corporate donors.” The U.S. House of Representatives began debate Monday on the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The House Appropriations Committee approved the…

BP managers may face manslaughter charges: report

Managers who were onboard the doomed Deepwater Horizon oil rig may face manslaughter charges over the deaths of 11 workers in last year’s mega-disaster that swamped the Gulf of Mexico with tar and crude. “People familiar with the matter” reportedly informed Bloomberg News of the possible charges. They also said…

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…

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