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Obama visits Gulf as BP pushes on with ‘top kill’

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AFP) – President Barack Obama was due back in Louisiana Friday to assess disaster relief efforts for the record oil spill hitting the Gulf coast, as BP pressed on with a risky bid to plug the leak. On what is planned to be a just over three-hour…

Environmental groups welcome Obama freeze on oil drilling

Projects suspended off Alaska, Virginia, with another 33 halted in the Gulf LOS ANGELES — Environmental activists campaigning for a halt on Arctic oil exploration welcomed President Barack Obama’s decision to halt planned drilling in two regions off the coast of Alaska. A coalition of groups led by the Alaska…

A month in, outrage over Gulf oil spill grows

Thick, sticky oil crept deeper into delicate marshes of the Mississippi Delta, an arrival dreaded for a month since the crude started spewing into the Gulf, as anger and frustration mounted over efforts to plug the gusher from a blown-out well and contain the spill. Up to now, only tar…

After blocking CBS crew, Coast Guard denies ‘BP rules’

As BP withholds information on impact of massive oil spill, Coast Guard says that ‘embedded’ media have been allowed to cover response effort As oil from the massive BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico approached the US coastline, a CBS News crew was threatened by the US Coast Guard…

Nightmare scene as oil smothers Louisiana wetlands

Crude oil spread through fragile US marshlands Thursday, a month after a drilling rig blast released a devastating spill that now threatens Florida, Cuba and even beyond. Oil has been pouring into the Gulf of Mexico since the massive April 20 explosion on the BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig that killed…

Gulf oil spill ‘tiny’ compared to ‘very big ocean’: BP boss

BP chief executive Tony Hayward claims that the Gulf of Mexico oil spill is relatively ‘tiny’ but admits that his job is at risk over the incident blamed on his company. Hayward told Friday’s Guardian newspaper that the leaked oil and the estimated 400,000 gallons of dispersant that BP had…

Protesters chant ‘BP kills’ at oil spill hearing

At Congressional hearing, US senator likens oil spill to Titanic, Three Mile Island, and the ‘loss of the Challenger’ WASHINGTON (AFP) – Protesters called out “BP kills” and waved signs denouncing the British energy giant Tuesday as the US Congress opened its first hearing into the catastrophic oil spill in…

Obama is biggest recipient of BP’s political action cash in the last 20 years

President Barack Obama is the biggest recipient of BP political action committee donations of any political candidate in the last 20 years, according to the Center for Responsive Politics and an analysis published Wednesday by Politico. Obama’s take from the company whose drilling site is leaking tens of thousands of…

Michael Brown: Obama let oil spill get worse on purpose

UPDATE (at bottom): White House hits back at Fox News’s ‘very special and unique interview’ with Brown Michael Brown, former President George W. Bush’s infamous FEMA chief, claimed yesterday that President Obama is using the Gulf oil spill to play politics. And he went further: he said Obama waited for…

BP CEO: ‘It wasn’t our accident’ but we’ll clean spill; Liability waivers were ‘misstep’

British Petroleum is warned to stop distributing oil spill settlement agreements The CEO of British Petroleum told NBC’s Meredith Vieira that his company wasn’t responsible for creating the oil spill but they are responsible for cleaning it up. And he told ABC that liability waivers that fishermen were being asked…

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