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Don’t touch oil, tarballs

Don’t touch oil, tarballs

The St. Pete Times warns of the BP oil spill's toxicity. This s$%# can kill you. I have interviewed workers that were part of the Exxon Valdez cleanup. Twenty years later, they are still battling health issues. From St. Pete Times: "Crude oil contains such harmful chemicals as benzene, which can [...]

Tarballs hit Dauphin Island

Tarballs hit Dauphin Island

Mobile Press Register is reporting that tarballs suspected to be part of the Deepwater Horizon oil leak have been sighted along the shore at Dauphin Island. This sighting was at Saturday noon from around the fishing pier at the public beach and areas westward on the island that is south of Mobile, [...]

Blog ranked #1

Blog ranked #1

Latest Influence ranking by BlogNetNews.Com has ricksblog.biz in the number one spot, up from seventh spot last week. Blogs ranked by BNN Influence: 1 ricksblog.biz 2 The Buzz (St. Pete Times) 3 Naked Politics (Miami Herald) 4 EYE ON MIAMI 5 South Florida Daily Blog 6 March On [...]

NYT: What happened on the oil rig

NYT: What happened on the oil rig

I have been working on this story for four days and was so close to having it ready for The Daily Beast by Monday. Offshore workers and their wives have talked with me, but I didn't quite have all the pieces together to pull the trigger on the story on Friday. This NYT has more that what I [...]

As predicted: containment box has problem

As predicted: containment box has problem

BP always, always, always gives the best case scenario, over promises, under delivers and down plays damages and risks. This is according to attorney Brent Coon who dealt wit BP in the Texas City Refinery explosion that killed 15 and injured over 170 employees and residents and investigative [...]

IN turns down BP Oil Spill ad

IN turns down BP Oil Spill ad

We received an insertion order from Valassis and Mindshare for a BP Oil Spill ad. I and my staff made the decision that we will not accept the order and turned down the ad. Here is my fax that I sent to Valassis this afternoon: The Independent News is declining insertion order # 22240 for [...]

Too much to think last night

Too much to think last night

We aren't supposed to win. British Petroleum is a global oil company, which made $5.6 billion the first three months of 2010. We are a community recovering from three hurricanes, a depressed real estate market and national recession. I am the publisher of a weekly newspaper and creator of a little [...]

Buzz: Pelicans for Pelicans

Buzz: Pelicans for Pelicans

The Pensacola Pelicans, the area's minor league baseball team, is working on a special fundraiser with its league, American Association of Independent Baseball, to help rescue and treat Pelicans and other birds hurt by the BP Oil Spill. The team is setting up an non-profit: "Pelicans for [...]

Containment box 200 ft. above leak

According to NPR, the containment structure was most recently reported as just 200 feet above the leak. Reuters reports the 98-ton structure is suspended just over the leak while crews using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) prepare for the final placement. Remember this has never been done. [...]

EPA Responds to the BP Oil Spill

EPA Responds to the BP Oil Spill

Press Release: EPA Responds to the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico Since the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico on April 22, 2010, EPA has mobilized resources to support the U.S. Coast Guard and protect public health and the environment. Our Emergency Operations Center at headquarters has [...]

DEP pulls approval of Santa Rosa booming plan

DEP pulls approval of Santa Rosa booming plan

The state pulled today its approval of Santa Rosa County's plan to boom the Pensacola Bay and Bob Sikes bridges just the County Commission was preparing to review and approve a bid for the job. The booming plan had been submitted last Saturday, May 1 and approved Wednesday, May 5 - the day after [...]

TPM: BP Lobby & PR strategy

TPM: BP Lobby & PR strategy

TPMMuckraker reported this week on who are the ones handling damage control for British Petroleum: Tony Podesta, brother to former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta. Michele Davis of Brunswick Group LLP, a former top aide for Hank Paulson's Treasury Department under President [...]

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