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White House, BP tried to spin oil spill science, emails reveal

Emails obtained by activists with Greenpeace revealed Friday that even as BP dedicated funds to study the effects of last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it was also working behind the scenes to control the science studying its impact. According to The Guardian, one BP environmental expert,…

The BP oil spill saga: Where things stand now

The BP oil spill in the Gulf killed 11 workers in April, released nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and triggered multiple government investigations and an overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulatory agency. Federal scientists estimated in August that between 53,000 and 62,000 barrels spilled…

Groups sue BP for harm to endangered Gulf wildlife

U.S. environmental groups filed a suit on Wednesday against British-based oil giant BP Plc saying the world’s worst offshore spill inflicted “ongoing unlawful” harm on endangered wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico. The suit is one of thousands of damages cases to stem from the spill from BP’s blown-out undersea…

AP Enterprise: Scientists lower Gulf health grade

6 months after oil spill, scientists rate Gulf health worse, but not fatally so Six months after the rig explosion that led to the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, damage to the Gulf of Mexico can be measured more in increments than extinctions, say scientists polled by The…

BP to completely seal Gulf well by late Saturday

BP sought Saturday to cap a months-long effort to end the worst maritime oil spill in US history after cementing in its ruptured Gulf of Mexico well. A relief well successfully intersected a shaft at the bottom of the Macondo well some 2.5 miles (four kilometers) below the sea floor…

Cost of cleaning up Gulf oil disaster rises to $8 billion

British oil giant BP has spent eight billion dollars to battle the Gulf of Mexico disaster, the company has revealed as its crews retrieved key evidence from the seabed. Robotic submarines recorded the delicate operation as engineers raised a failed blowout preventer from the ruptured well and began lifting it…

Gulf claims chief takes credit for rule that protects BP from spill lawsuits

The new administrator for damage claims from Gulf oil spill victims said Sunday it was his idea, not BP’s, to require that anyone who receives a final settlement from the $20 billion compensation fund give up the right to sue the oil giant. But Ken Feinberg told reporters that he…

Gulf scientist: Justice Department is gagging me from studying oil spill

The Justice Department continues to impose stifling restrictions on independent scientists seeking to study the catastrophic effects of Gulf spill, according to one scientist. In an opinion piece at The Scientist, ecosystem biologist Linda Hooper-Bui explains her frustration with corporations and government bureaucracies, both of which have been preventing independent…

DOJ says negotiations completed for $20B fund

Justice Department says negotiations with BP completed to ensure compensation from $20 billion The Justice Department and BP announced Monday that they have finished negotiations to implement a $20 billion fund for victims of the Gulf oil spill and that BP has made a $3 billion initial deposit. Associate Attorney…

Obama energy advisor won’t say if BP to face criminal negligence charges

President Barack Obama’s top energy advisor said Sunday that BP will pay a “large financial penalty” for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster but refused to say if criminal negligence charges will be pursued. With the ruptured Macondo well all but dead on the ocean floor as engineers shut the…

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