BP Used Oil Industry Tax Break to Write Off Its Rent for Deepwater Rig

Pat Garofolo, ThinkProgress: "Transocean, the company that owns the failed Deepwater Horizon rig that caused the Gulf oil spill, used well-known tax havens in the Cayman Islands and Switzerland to lower its U.S. corporate tax rate by almost 15 points."


Dangerous Cost Cuts at Alyeska Pipeline: "Yet Another Example of How BP Runs Things"

In this exclusive investigative report, Truthout's Jason Leopold shows how BP's culture of cost cutting is not limited to its own operations. In fact, it extends to other areas of the oil industry in which the corporation has a stake. At Alyeska Pipeline, the BP-led consortium that operates the 800-mile Trans-Alaska Oil Pipeline, employees have said BP ordered budget cuts that have put the integrity of the pipeline at risk. Those who raise safety concerns are threatened with immediate dismissal by Alyeska's CEO, Kevin Hostler, a former BP executive, who is now under fire by a Congressional committee and an independent investigator.


New Documents, Employees Reveal BP's Alaska Oilfield Plagued by Major Safety Issues

Ex-EPA Officials: Why Isn't BP Under Criminal Investigation?

BP Accused of Violating Safety Regulations at US Refineries, Endangering Employees' Lives

Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf

Investigation Confirms Pennsylvania Fracking Well Blowout Was Easily Preventable, Potentially Catastrophic

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: "Pennsylvanians are wondering if their state could become the next environmental ground zero after officials confirmed Tuesday that irresponsible drilling practices and a failed 'blowout preventer' caused the June 3 blowout of a gas well in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania."



BP underwater video feeds

Censorship and cover-up in the Gulf oil disaster

By Tom Eley

The Obama administration has intensified its cover-up of the BP oil disaster. On July 1 it issued an order barring the public and the news media from coming within 65 feet of clean-up operations without permission from the Coast Guard. The transparent aim of the order, which purports to protect the safety of clean-up workers, is to prevent the population from viewing the devastation wrought by the BP oil blowout.


4,600 oil wells 'at risk of leaking' in Gulf of Mexico

The investigation by Associated Press suggests the BP oil spill is just the tip of the iceberg and that abandoned wells may have been leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico for decades.


Oil seeping into New Orleans' Lake

Oil from the ruptured well in the Gulf of Mexico is seeping into Lake Pontchartrain north of New Orleans, threatening another environmental disaster for the huge body of water that was rescued from pollution in 1990s.


From Information Clearing House


BP skimming 1/500th of promised capability; oil hits Texas & nears Lake Pontchartrain



The BP/government police state

by Glenn Greenwald


The very idea that government officials are acting as agents of BP (of all companies) in what clearly seem to be unconstitutional acts to intimidate and impede the media is infuriating. Obviously, the U.S. Government and BP share the same interest — preventing the public from knowing the magnitude of the spill and the inadequacy of the clean-up efforts — but this creepy police state behavior is intolerable. In this latest case, the journalists were not even focused on the spill itself, but on BP’s other potentially reckless behavior with other refineries, and yet there are DHS agents and local police officials acting as BP’s personal muscle to detain, interrogate, and threaten a photographer...


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp


Ron Paul Slams Federal Interference In Oil Spill Relief Efforts

Obama administration has no motivation whatsoever to cap the leak or clean up the spill

Paul Joseph Watson
Prison Planet.com
Tuesday, July 6, 2010

As tar balls from the BP oil spill wash into Galveston, Texas, Congressman Ron Paul has slammed federal interference in the relief effort that is hampering local attempts to mitigate the consequences of the disaster, mimicking how the feds deliberately botched the response to hurricane Katrina and made the crisis worse.



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