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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Extends Public Comment Period

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has extended the period for formal public comment on the Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan: “Restoring the Gulf Coast’s Ecosystem and Economy” and accompanying “Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment” to July 8, 2013. The Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way…

Gulf Coast Restoration Council Releases Draft Report

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released the a draft report with a plan for restoring the Gulf Coast’s ecosystem and economy this week, along with a draft environmental assessment now available for formal public comment. The plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way that restores, protects, and…

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…

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…

BP’s Oil Discovered in Gulf of Mexico Food Chain

WKRG.com News Scientists at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab in South Alabama have published a study showing oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster making its way into the Gulf of Mexico food chain. Dr. Monty Graham, the lead researcher, says the research actually shows the eco-system at work breaking down the carbon. “A lot of…

Feds Update Reports on Dead, Rescued Birds Along the Gulf

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Graphic by Glynn Wilson Based on what is being called a “rigorous review” of previously released preliminary data by a team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologists, the federal agency has compiled an expanded report of the birds rescued and collected during the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil…

A Fort Morgan Sunset From the Summer of Gulf Discontent

Glynn Wilson Looking at the sunset over Mobile Bay from the north side of the Fort Morgan peninsula, knowing that the Gulf of Mexico and the bay nearby are full of crude oil from the Deepwater Horizon, one can’t help but wonder if this is the final sunset in the summer of discontent for a…

Obama Administration Plans to Seize BP’s Gulf Oil Revenue

Money to be Used for Massive Cleanup by Glynn Wilson Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar Under orders from President Barack Obama and Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, the Minerals Management Service is drafting a plan to nationalize the Gulf oil assets of the British Petroleum corporation and to seize all revenue from the…

Exclusive Video: BP Hires Convict Labor in Beach Cleanup

The Day Deepwater Horizon Oil Hit Alabama’s Beaches The British Petroleum corporation is hiring convict labor, including illegal immigrants, to clean the beaches along the Gulf Coast instead of contracting with local fishermen who are out of work due to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as they promised publicly. In trying to…

Shoreline Cleanup Team Surveys Racoon Island

US Navy RACCOON ISLAND, La. – Members of Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Team (SCAT) survey Raccoon Island for oil debris on the shoreline and wildlife. Raccoon Island is a protected bird breeding sanctuary with a variety of breeds. SCAT is working in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard, BP, local residents and other federal agencies to…

BP's Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Day 30: Twenty Recommendations

On the 30-day anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion that has led to what may be one of the worst environmental disasters this country has ever seen, Defenders of Wildlife takes a look at 20 ways the oil industry and our federal government have failed to keep us safe from the dangers that offshore…

Deepwater Horizon Oil Slick Still Concentrated in Louisiana Wetlands

No Direct Threat to Gulf Beaches, But Tarballs From Spill Confirmed NOAA [Click on the image for a larger view] The half-dozen golf ball size tarballs that washed ashore on Dauphin Island beaches Saturday are believed to be from the Deepwater Horizon spill, according to the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center. The Louisiana State…