BP Oil Spill

Coast Guard Approves Plan to Further Inspect Deepwater Horizon Oil Sheen

NEW ORLEANS, La. – British Petroleum and Transocean have received approval from the U.S. Coast Guard to proceed with another investigation of the Deepwater Horizon wreckage and wellhead site in the Gulf of Mexico with Remotely Operated Vehicles after a sheen was reported on November 2 and verified by satellite imagery. A joint plan to…

Obama Administration Suspends New Contracts with BP

By Glynn Wilson – The Obama administration has suspended all new contracts with the British petroleum giant BP for “lack of business integrity” due to its actions that caused the worst environmental disaster in history two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico and for the way the company responded to the crisis. The U.S.…

Obama Justice Department Slams BP With $4 Billion Fine, 14 Criminal Charges

By Glynn Wilson – Less than two weeks after President Barack Obama won reelection to a second term, the Obama administration announced a major settlement agreement with the British Petroleum corporation in the largest and worst environmental disaster in U.S. history when BP’s Deepwater Horizon exploded and began leaking millions of barrels of sweet crude…

Sierra Club Reveals Plans for Fixing American Democracy

Bruce Hamilton, deputy director of the Sierra Club, talks about how to fix our democracy – By Glynn Wilson – CAMP BECKWITH, Ala. — The Sierra Club is working on a five point plan for the future and the national staff and political committee will be discussing it this weekend. But Sierra Club Deputy Director…

Freedom of the Press is Not Free

The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson It’s summertime in Alabama now. No matter what the official calendar says. The mercury hit 91 here today. That was probably in the shade. We just got back from the local farmer’s market, where Alabama farmers show up every Thursday to sell their goods directly to the public. There…

April 20 Marks Second Anniversary of BP Gulf Oil Disaster

New Evidence Implicates BP and the Bush Administration in a Cover Up April 20 marks the second anniversary of the Gulf oil disaster. Now evidence comes to light implicating top BP executives as well as its partners Chevron and Exxon and the Bush Administration in the deadly cover-up — which included falsifying a report to…

Fact Checking Republican Newt Gingrich on Election Day in Alabama

Glynn Wilson Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich address a sympathetic crowd at the Alabama Theater (click here to see more photos) by Glynn Wilson BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Georgia Republican Newt Gingrich came out swinging against President Obama on energy policy at the Alabama Theater Monday night, the day before the primary election in the state,…

BP Announces Lawsuit Settlement with People Along the Gulf Coast

Glynn Wilson | Thanks to Southwings.org by Glynn Wilson British Petroleum company has reached a tentative settlement agreement with a large number of people along the Gulf of Mexico coast who are suing for damages from the largest and most devastating environmental disaster in U.S. history. If the plaintiffs agree to the final settlement and…

Greg Palast’s New Book and Film for the BBC Vultures’ Picnic Investigates Oil Industry Corruption

Greg Palast’s BBC crew of journalist-detectives chase down British Petroleum bag men, CIA operatives, nuclear power con men — and “The Vultures,” billionaire financial speculators who, through bribery, flim-flam and political muscle, take entire nations hostage for mega-profits. The action begins when the Deepwater Horizon explodes in the Gulf of Mexico and a confidential cable…

Gulf Coast Restoration Projects Announced

Glynn Wilson State and federal Trustees unveiled the first set of early environmental restoration projects that are proposed for funding under the landmark agreement BP signed with the Obama administration in April 2011. The eight proposed projects are located in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi. “The Trustees selected projects that are ready to implement quickly…

Obama Task Force Releases Strategy for Reversing Deterioration of Gulf Ecosystem

Glynn Wilson | Thanks to Southwings.org The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its final strategy for long term ecosystem restoration for the Gulf Coast Monday following extensive feedback from citizens throughout the region. The Task Force delivered its final strategy recommendations on Friday to President Barack Obama, who established the Task Force by…

Obama Administration Announces Violations Against Corporations for BP Oil Disaster

NEW ORLEANS – The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement issued the initial group of violations today against the responsible corporations for the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. The Joint Investigation findings resulted in a total of 15 Incidents of Non-Compliance violations against British Petroleum, Transocean and…

Gulf Coast Task Force Releases Ecosystem Restoration Strategy for Public Review

Agenda Outlines Blueprint for Reversing Decline of Gulf Coast Ecosystem Glynn Wilson | Thanks to Southwings.org See a photo essay from the air as BP’s oil slick made landfall last May WASHINGTON – The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, chaired by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, released its comprehensive preliminary strategy…

Republican Michele Bachmann Suggests Drilling for Oil in the Everglades?

Hey Democrats: It’s the Environment Stupid The Big Picture by Glynn Wilson Minnesota Tea Party Republican Michele Bachmann has taken over from Sarah Palin as the biggest dingbat in the presidential race, but I’m afraid a lot of conservative folks who are sympathetic to supporting the environment are not getting the message. Maybe that’s because…