Environment

 
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  Big Oil’s Chernobyl

Carl Safina of the Blue Ocean Institute told Need to Know’s Jon Meacham that the Deepwater Horizon spill could be the end of Big Oil as we know it.

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  The oil reaches Grand Isle

As a part of journalistic collaboration The Climate Desk (theclimatedesk.org), Need To Know travels to the Louisiana town of Grand Isle with reporter Mac McClelland where frustration and uncertainty are spreading in the wake of the oil spill.

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  MMS and big oil’s ‘torrid affair’

Satirist Steve Brodner illustrates the complex entanglements affair between the Minerals Management Service and the oil industry.

Despite mounting evidence, BP doubts underwater oil plumes

Despite scientists’ observations, BP doubts the existence of underwater oil plumes, which would have a unique role in devastating marine life.

Records show concerns about well, as BP says leak could last months

A House panel investigating the Gulf oil spill released new internal documents from BP that suggest engineers had concerns about the safety of the well as early as last year.

BP resumes ‘top kill’ procedure after failing to stop leak

Obama calls a moratorium on new drilling permits as hope that BP can plug the leak is renewed.

‘Top kill’ awaits BP greenlight, success remains uncertain

BP executives await results of diagnostic test before deciding whether a difficult top kill procedure is a viable option to plug the oil leak nearly a mile underwater.

Oil spill news roundup

Oil spill related articles are washing up all over the internet, but there are few recent must-reads that you may not have come across.

As oil approaches coast, officials admit only BP can stop leak

The Coast Guard warns against removing BP; photos document the devastation of the coast; and a reporter dives into the spill’s toxic soup.