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EPA subpoenas Halliburton over gas drilling

EPA issues subpoena to Halliburton for information on chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing The Environmental Protection Agency subpoenaed energy giant Halliburton Tuesday, seeking a description of the chemical components used in a drilling technique called hydraulic fracturing. The EPA said it issued the subpoena after Texas-based Halliburton refused to voluntarily…

BP, Halliburton knew Gulf oil rig cement was faulty: commission

The presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon oil spill says BP and its cement contractor, Halliburton knew the cement mixture used in the construction of the well could allow oil leaks. According to a letter from Fred Bartlit, Jr., the commission’s lead investigator, Halliburton carried out four tests of the…

Md. judge: Military contractors can be sued

Md. judge says soldiers’ lawsuit over burn pits against military contractors can continue. A federal judge says military contractors can be sued by soldiers and others who allege they were harmed by improper waste disposal while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. U.S. District Judge Roger W. Titus ruled last week…

Fla. developer sues Halliburton over Gulf spill

Fla. developer sues Halliburton, saying company’s oversights on rig contributed to Gulf spill. Florida real estate developer St. Joe Co. is suing Halliburton Co. over its role in the rig explosion that led to the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. St. Joe said late Wednesday that Halliburton,…

Disaster capitalists: Halliburton to make money off oil spill

Does a company that both builds oil rigs and cleans up oil spills have any motivation to prevent oil rig disasters? That’s the question some people in business and politics are asking themselves after Halliburton’s purchase of an oil clean-up company 10 days before the Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed…

Olbermann: BP may be ‘in deep sheep dip’

As evidence of negligence in the BP oil spill continues to accumulate, legal experts are suggesting that criminal charges may be next on the horizon. “There is no question there’ll be an enforcement action,” a former head of the Justice Department’s environmental crimes section told the McClatchy Newspapers. “And, it’s…

Rush Limbaugh blames ‘environmentalist wackos’ for massive oil spill

At bottom: Former Cheney firm Halliburton made repairs to sunken rig, is now ‘assisting with the investigation’; Bill Maher Tweet suggests all “drill, baby, drill assholes” should help clean mess While there’s not yet any indication as to what caused the disasterous explosion that sunk a British Petrolium drilling platform…

KBR mechanics worked as little as 43 minutes a month

Need a lesson on how to make money in a war zone? Try studying defense contractor KBR, a former unit of Dick Cheney’s Halliburton. The engineering logistics company — whose conflict zone days date to the Vietnam War — won a contract worth $4.6 million to repair military vehicles at…

Congress launches investigation into gas drilling practices

Two of the largest companies involved in natural gas drilling have acknowledged pumping hundreds of thousands of gallons of diesel-based fluids into the ground in the process of hydraulic fracturing, raising further concerns that existing state and federal regulations don’t adequately protect drinking water from drilling. Rep. Henry A. Waxman,…

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