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Minerals Director Resigns

Minerals Director Resigns

After taking heat from the Obama administration in recent weeks, Minerals Management Service Director Elizabeth Birnbaum has called it quits. This could be a sign of what is to come with top officials in wake of the spill (think [...]

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 [...]

Health problems lead to recall of fishermen

Health problems lead to recall of fishermen

Crude oil has health risks (Check out Valdez Crud Press Release: Commercial fishing vessels recalled from oil recovery operations as a precaution HOUMA, La. – The Unified Command here has recalled the vessels of opportunity operating in Breton Sound, La., after four crewmembers reported [...]

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 [...]

IN May 27 issue

IN May 27 issue

COVER STORY THREE’S COMPANY Less than a year ago Governor Charlie Crist was thought by many political analysts to be a shoe-in for Mel Martinez's vacant U.S. Senate seat. OUTTAKES ALAS, PENSACOLA We are living the novel "Alas, Babylon"--the 1959 book about the fictional Florida town [...]

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 [...]

Day for the paper

Day for the paper

I've gone light on the blog today. My newspaper needed me. Though I enjoy writing and investigative reporting, I am the publisher of the Independent News, the alt-weekly for Northwest Florida. We have an amazing staff - young, intelligent and dedicated individuals who believe our paper can make a [...]

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 [...]

Village Voice: “Outzen nailed it”

Village Voice: “Outzen nailed it”

The Three Little Pigs has gone viral. The Village Voice has picked it on their website: Outzen nailed it, and not just with an enviable scoop that should be read far and wide: One has to wonder is right, about so many things, on so many levels, with the role BP plays in everyone's lives, and [...]

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