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BP: Oil no longer flowing into the Gulf

BP engineers Thursday stopped oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time since April as they shut all valves on a new cap placed on top of a fractured wellhead, a BP official said. “It is good to see no oil going into the Gulf of Mexico,”…

Toxicologist: Oil/Corexit mix caused heart trouble, organ damage, rectal bleeding

Shrimpers who were exposed to a mixture of oil and Corexit dispersant in the Gulf of Mexico suffered severe symptoms such as muscle spasms, heart palpitations, headaches that last for weeks and bleeding from the rectum, according to a marine toxicologist who issued the warning Friday on a cable news…

Gulf awash in 27,000 abandoned wells — and no one at all is checking to see if they are leaking

More than 27,000 abandoned oil and gas wells lurk in the hard rock beneath the Gulf of Mexico, an environmental minefield that has been ignored for decades. No one — not industry, not government — is checking to see if they are leaking, an Associated Press investigation shows. The oldest…

Pentagon buys $82 million a month in fuel from BP, despite spill

Defense Department says it has $980 million in contracts with BP for current fiscal year; Oil giant was largest provider of fuel to Pentagon in the world in 2009 The organization charged with helping BP plug and clean up a leaking oil drill hole in the Gulf is also providing…

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…

Lawsuit: BP’s ‘manipulation’ of Bush administration led to spill

Lawsuit seeks damages under organized crime laws Oil firm BP “manipulated” the Bush administration into softening regulation of oil drilling, leading to the environmental disaster unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico, a lawsuit filed in a Florida courtroom alleges. The suit, which describes the Gulf spill as “an ecological Armageddon…

BP America chief: ‘Sorry’ for Gulf disaster

Oil bosses grilled as nation awaits Obama address BP America chief executive Lamar McKay told angry lawmakers Tuesday that the embattled energy giant was “sorry” for the impact of a disastrous oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. US lawmakers grilled oil company bosses Tuesday just hours before President Barack…

Obama: Oil spill ‘echoes 9/11,’ will change America’s course

President Barack Obama says that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster “echoes 9/11″ in its power to change the course of American history. “In the same way that our view of our vulnerabilities and our foreign policy was shaped profoundly by 9/11, I think this disaster is going to…

Zakaria to media: Oil spill isn’t about Obama’s emotions

CNN foreign affairs analyst Fareed Zakaria has made an unusual foray into commentary, criticizing the US press for its focus on questioning President Obama’s emotional reaction to the spill. It was evidently the president’s comment last week that he’s trying to figure out “whose ass to kick” over the oil…

Republicans ‘shamelessly’ defend and ‘try to reward’ Big Oil: Reid spokesman

Republicans are “shamelessly” defending and “trying to reward” the petroleum industry even with “thousands of barrels of oil still gushing into the Gulf,” a spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) claims in a press release sent to RAW STORY. “If we’ve learned one thing in recent months, it’s…

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