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Oil will darken southern US coast for years

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The fragile economy and environment of the southern US coast will take years to recover from the worst oil spill in US history, President Barack Obama and his top disaster official warned Monday. As BP increased the amount of oil it is capturing from a broken Gulf…

Oil spill has already killed nearly 600 birds

Louisiana state bird among those affected BP said on Monday it has spent at least 1.25 billion dollars on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill as the energy giant launched an effort to further contain the environmental calamity. BP said the cap fitted on the leaking pipe a mile (1,600…

Oil cleanup chief promises ‘uninhibited access’ to media

Adm. Thad Allen, the former Coast Guard head who has been appointed the “incident commander” for the oil spill, says he has put out an order to allow the media “uninhibited access” to oil spill sites. Adm. Allen also told the media Sunday that he expects the oil spill fight…

Oil still leaking after BP caps oil pipe

BP reported some oil was flowing up a pipe Friday from a cap it wrestled onto its broken Gulf of Mexico well but crude still spewed and it was unclear how much could be captured in the latest bid to tame the nation’s worst oil spill. President Barack Obama was…

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…

New media meme: Oil spill is ‘Obama’s Iran hostage crisis’

Comparing the Gulf oil spill to Hurricane Katrina doesn’t explain the amount of damage being done to Barack Obama’s presidency if you believe a new talking point that is circulating in the media. President Bush was already in his second term when his government was heavily criticized for its poor…

BP: ‘We’re not blaming anyone yet’

General manager says relief well expected to be completed in August is ‘end point’ for efforts to stop spill Oil giant BP has said it is responsible for the Gulf oil spill, but now the company seems to be reserving the right to blame someone else. Fox News’ Chris Wallace…

Oil spill clean-up boats recalled after crews fall ill

Update at bottom: 7 in hospital receiving treatment for contact with dispersant NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – All 125 commercial fishing boats helping oil recovery efforts off Louisiana’s Breton Sound area have been recalled after four workers reported health problems, officials said. The crew members aboard three separate vessels “reported…

Oil inspectors let companies fill in own audits, while one admitted getting high on meth, report says

The agency in charge of overseeing the United States’ oil reserves was plagued with gross mismanagement that in at least one case allowed the companies being inspected to fill in their own audit reports, an Inspector General’s report will reportedly reveal this week. Regulators overseeing oil drilling in the Gulf…

US threatens to ‘push BP out of the way’

Oil giant BP faced mounting pressure Monday to control a massive oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico after the US government threatened to take over the response to the month-old disaster. “If we find that they’re not doing what they’re supposed to be doing, we’ll push them out of…

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