An update on the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
Nature Conservancy faces potential backlash from ties with BP The Washington Post
The Conservancy gave BP a seat on its International Leadership Council and has accepted nearly $10 million in cash and land contributions from BP and affiliated corporations over the years.
BP agreed to parts changes on oil rig, 2004 letter shows The Washington Post
BP agreed to the installation of a test valve and replacement of another key part on the Deepwater Horizon's blowout preventer, even though it acknowledged it would reduce redundancies and increase risks on the drilling rig. The agreement was the subject of a letter, obtained by The Washington Post, written by rig owner Transocean and signed by a BP representative.
U.S. agency overseeing oil drilling ignored warnings of risks The Washington Post
The federal agency responsible for regulating offshore oil drilling repeatedly ignored warnings from government scientists about environmental risks in its push to approve energy exploration activities quickly, according to numerous documents and interviews.
Coast Guard officials told of potential oil spill response problems years ago The Press-Register
A U.S. Coast Guard report that followed a 2004 "Spill of National Significance" training exercise concluded, "Oil spill response personnel did not appear to have even a basic knowledge of the equipment required to support salvage or spill clean up operations."
After approving toxic dispersants, EPA orders BP to use less toxic ones ProPublica
The Environmental Protection Agency told oil giant BP on Wednesday night that it has 24 hours to choose less toxic dispersants to apply to the Gulf oil spill. The EPA's decision is a change of course for the agency, which had previously approved BP's usage of the dispersant as recently as last week.
By Jennifer Jenkins |
May 24, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
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