Feds Knew of Gulf Spill Risks in 2000, Document Shows

Shashank Bengali, McClatchy Newspapers: "A decade ago, U.S. government regulators warned that a major deepwater oil spill could start with a fire on a drilling rig, prove hard to stop and cause extensive damage to fish eggs and wetlands because there were few good ways to capture oil underwater."

http://www.truthout.org/feds-knew-gulf-spill-risks-2000-document-shows60285

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Rescue teams clean oil-covered birds

Video

They are perhaps the most heartbreaking images from the Gulf oil spill: helpless birds covered with oil and hardly able to move.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ms5pWhEoaNs&feature=player_embedded#!



Gulf Oil Spill: BP's Continued Denial Of Underwater Plumes Provokes Ridicule

An oceanographer just back from two weeks of taking water samples in the Gulf of Mexico told a House panel on Wednesday that BP officials are utterly wrong to keep saying there are no large masses of oil lurking below the surface.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/06/09/gulf-oil-spill-bps-contin_n_606819.html?ir=Politics


From Information Clearing House

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BP Oil Leak Aftermath: Slow-Motion Tragedy Unfolds for Marine Life
http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/06/10-8

First, Do No Harm
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/10-3

Giving Disaster a Name
http://www.commondreams.org/view/2010/06/10-0

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BP bets the planet, we lose

In These Times
by Terry J. Allen

06/10/10

As the oil spreads, choking life and livelihood, the hearings and investigations into BP’s gulf hemorrhage are focused on human failures, technical flaws and short-term fixes. These silos of inquiry, while essential, sidestep the deeper problem: Deep sea drilling is inherently risky, and continued use of fossil fuels means increasing reliance on tenuous technologies and dangerous energy sources. One factor ramping up the risk lies in frigid sediments that have rested for eons 1,000 feet or more below sea and tundra. At that depth, hydrate gas (usually methane) is a stable solid, compressed into molecular cages of ice. But if destabilized by a drop in pressure or a rise in temperature, the gas-water compound can quickly expand 164 times in volume. If ignited, even ice-bound hydrates burn...

http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/6067/bp_bets_the_planetwe_lose/


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp



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