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New plume found 20 miles off Mobile Bay

New plume found 20 miles off Mobile Bay

Washington Post is reporting University of South Florida researchers have found a new huge plume underwater that is northeast of the Deepwater Horizon rig. It's made up of dissolved oil (i.e. disperants, thanks BP and Congressman Miller) and is about six miles wide, and extends from the surface [...]

Bayou Seafood OK For Now

Bayou Seafood OK For Now

Today IN spoke with Cliff Hall, one of the owners of the New Orleans Fish House Inc., which distributes locally to seafood restaurants. Hall says that despite fishing closures in his area and across the western Gulf of Mexico due to the BP oil spill, they have not had any shortages of seafood [...]

Buzz: More tar balls

Buzz: More tar balls

I got an text message saying the number of tar balls found on Pensacola Beach is 150, not 100. I love how the spin is that they aren't from BP....if they aren't, then we've got a bigger problem.

Black death: Wildlife death toll mounts

Black death: Wildlife death toll mounts

Washington Post: The official count of the spill so far: 440 birds, 393 of them dead, the rest captured alive. Dozens more turtles and dolphins have been found dead; scientists are still conducting tests to determine how many died from oil exposure. Read more and see photos.

We could be in trouble

We could be in trouble

Weather Channel stormchaser Jim Cantore says, "Unless a hurricane comes in from the west or you have a very strong southwest front come through (the Gulf), that oil’s not coming here. Not this time of year." Read News Herald article.

Federal judge modifies order on Transocean

Federal judge modifies order on Transocean

U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison issued earlier an injunction stopping all lawsuits against Transocean related the Deepwater Horizon explosion that were filed outside of the Southern District of Texas. The injunction also included language that barred legal claims under the Oil Pollution Act. What [...]

One view from London

One view from London

I've asked friends to find how their friends in Europe view the BP oil disaster. Here is one email that was shared with me: It's being portrayed principally in the sense of being a tremendous ecological and economic disaster, possibly the worst oil spill in history. The damage to BP's reputation [...]

Updated: Top Kill Succeeds

So far so good on "Top Kill"...Update...It appears to have worked. LA Times: Thad Allen, who is coordinating the government response, says the well still has low pressure, but cement will be used to cap the well permanently as soon as the pressure hits zero. Reporting from Houma, La. Engineers [...]

BP and Transocean argued before explosion

BP and Transocean argued before explosion

In a joint hearing held by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Minerals Management Service in Louisiana, Douglas Brown, Transocean's chief mechanic on the rig, said that key representatives from both companies had a heated argument in an 11 a.m. meeting on that day, according to a report by The Wall [...]

Too much to think: Men died

Too much to think: Men died

I keep thinking about the families and friends of Blair Manuel and the other 10 men killed in April 20 explosion at Deepwater Horizon. They are learning that BP execs had determined what is the acceptable loss of life in its construction and safety decisions. They read articles on how the [...]

Three Little Pigs Roundup

Three Little Pigs Roundup

Three Little Pigs article is the most popular article on The Daily Beast. Fark.com (One of my favorite sites): Light-hearted "three little pigs"-themed internal BP memo argues that building blast resistant shelters for workers would cost more than their lives are worth to the company [...]

PR Spoof For BP

PR Spoof For BP

Earlier this week, a Twitter account surfaced that took the name of BP Global PR. CNN reported today that the oil giant is aware of the account, but was sure people would know it was not serious. I'm still undecided on which is funnier, the Twitter spoof or the company's real life PR ploys. Here [...]

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