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Councilman Hall comments on handling of BP

Councilman Hall comments on handling of BP

Pensacola City Councilman Sam Hall sent this email that he had sent to a constituent about yesterday's Committee of the Whole presentation by BP spokesman Liz Castro that was cut short by the city council when it became obvious Castro could do little more that read from the presentation [...]

Papa Bear story catches attention

Papa Bear story catches attention

Our May 20 cover story, "Fighting for Papa Bear," has quietly gotten the attention of people around the country. It was considered too soft for The Daily Beast, but I was determined to tell the story my way. Over the weekend, I heard from filmmakers interested in creating a documentary based on [...]

Don’t feel sorry for Liz Castro

Don’t feel sorry for Liz Castro

The BP Barbie who claimed that she is the nationwide director of civic affairs for the oil giant that made $5.6 billion in the first quarter of this year. She is a "Stepford Wives" version of community relations--delivering prepared messages and reading from Powerpoint presentations. She is the [...]

Photos you have to see

Photos you have to see

The Boston Globe has put together this collection of photos concerning the BP crude oil hitting the shores of Louisiana. Check them out and understand more why I can't sleep: Oil reaches Louisiana shores

Houston BP protests

Houston BP protests

Houston is home to BP's North American operations and Transocean. Yesterday about 50 protesters marched from Transocean offices to the BP building. The protest was organized by women's activist group Codepink. They shouted: “BP, what do you say? How many fish did you kill today? BP, what do [...]

Buzz: “…about this time the drill floor disappeared”

Buzz: “…about this time the drill floor disappeared”

For novice Rick's Blog readers, Buzz items are rumors and other unverified bits of information that come to me. More often than not they turn out to be true, but I post them for discussion purposes with the hope someone might go on record and fill in the blanks surrounding the item. This blog has [...]

BP protest May 27

BP protest May 27

Hear Our Voice To Save Our Coast is holding a demonstration Thursday, May 27 at 6 p.m. on Palafox between Main and Government streets (guess that's Ferdinand Plaza area) protesting BP's tactics in our area and asking the government for oversight now. I will keep you posted on this and other [...]

BP Oil Disaster Update

Escambia Disaster Response - Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Monday, May 24 - 4:30 p.m. - Update #29 * Pensacola Beach and Perdido Key remain open. Water is clear and air quality is good. * All local fishing areas remain open. * According to the NOAA oil plume model, the spill is 55 [...]

Grover has plan for BP ad dollars

Dear CFO Sink: I look forward to talking with you today at 3:00 pm EST. In advance of our phone conversation I would like to talk with you about the advertising dollars provided by BP. I would like to propose a fair and less arbitrary and political structure for the distributing those monies [...]

Aborted BP presentations

Aborted BP presentations

This is what the council stopped: PowerPoint: Staging Operations Booming strategies

Tempers flare at City Council

Tempers flare at City Council

The Pensacola City Council cut off BP Civic Affairs Director Liz Castro three pages into her PowerPoint presentation after the community liaison failed to answer simple question about the boom decontamination operation BP wants to establish at Pensacola Shipyards on Bayou Chico. Councilman Larry [...]

Nuclear option not feasible for BP Deepwater Horizon

Nuclear option not feasible for BP Deepwater Horizon

Over the weekend, I interviewed Dr. Ted Bourgoyne, LSU Professor Emeritus, petroleum engineering about Deepwater Horizon well. He said that he hadn't seen the so-called nuclear option ever used underwater. If BP tried to blow up and collapse the well, he fears it could make matters worse by [...]

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