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Which Is Worse, BP or MMS?

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25. May 2010

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Which Is Worse, BP or MMS?

05-26-10 by dugan   Big day today in learning about ways to demean and devalue safety. 1. A BP internal document (see it on Daily Beast) used a dismissive "Three Little Pigs" analogy in deciding to put Texas workers in flimsy trailers rather than blast-proof rooms next to a facility that exploded three years later, […]

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Silence of Big Oil in Gulf

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25. May 2010

Silence of Big Oil in Gulf

5-25-10 by dugan   Here’s the "bingo" quote from a Tuesday Washington Post story by Karen Tumulty, explaining why the rest of the Big Oil companies are pretty much hiding in a hole as BP fails to stop its catastrophic spill with one Rube Goldberg device after another: It is now apparent that BP did […]

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BP’s Agency Ties Long + Complex

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25. May 2010

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BP’s Agency Ties Long + Complex

BP’s Ties to Agency Are Long and Complex By Helene Cooper + John M. Broder, THE NEW YORK TIMES May 25, 2010 WASHINGTON — Three years ago, the national laboratory then headed by Steven Chu received the bulk of a $500 million grant from the British oil giant BP to develop alternative energy sources through […]

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Culture of Safety-Be-Damned

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18. May 2010

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Culture of Safety-Be-Damned

5-18-10 by dugan   We know that federal regulators excused BP from filing a legally required detailed disaster plan on its ill-fated Gulf of Mexico oil rig. We know that BP’s assertions that it had such a plan were false–even though its own engineers warned three years ago about deficiencies in its blowout preventers. We […]

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BP’s Butt-Covering Ignorance

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17. May 2010

BP’s Butt-Covering Ignorance

5-17-10 by dugan   So how much oil is really spilling into the Gulf of Mexico from BP’s exploded and sunk oil platform? 5,000 barrels a day (210,000 gallons) is the mainstream figure, issued by the government weeks ago after some hasty guesses. Scientists now think it’s many times that amount, but BP won’t even […]

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Dread on the Gulf Coast

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6. May 2010

Dread on the Gulf Coast

5-6-10 by dugan   (Fort Walton Beach, Florida)–In the northern Gulf of Mexico, along a sparkling coast from Louisana to Florida, everyone is used to hurricanes. You can prepare, and afterward repair, no matter how grueling. But this is something different and harder. The BP oil spill is fading from the headlines nationally. But here, […]

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