It’s all bad news but I thought I would gather up a few news clips.
Nigeria’s agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill, The US and Europe ignore it . The Deepwater Horizon disaster caused headlines around the world, yet the people who live in the Niger delta have had to live with environmental catastrophes for decades. London Observer, United Kingdom.
As oil keeps flowing from Gulf of Mexico leak, criticism is growing. A litany of half-truths, withholding crucial video, blocking media access to the site, and failing to share timely and complete information have created the widespread impression that BP is suppressing the facts about the April 20 oil rig blowout in the Gulf of Mexico. McClatchy Newspapers
BP’s ballyhooed “top kill” process fails, forces officials to attempt yet another strategy. BP and federal officials on Saturday declared the much-ballyhooed “top kill” process for controlling the flow of oil from the Deepwater Horizon well blowout a failure and immediately began work on the next well-control strategy. New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana.
Attention turns to spill-related health risks. Amid increasing reports of illnesses among workers helping to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico and residents living along the coast, concern is rising about health risks posed by the disaster and cleanup efforts. Washington Post [Registration Required]
Oil spill creates huge undersea ‘dead zones.’ The world’s most damaging oil spill is creating huge unseen “dead zones” in the Gulf of Mexico, according to scientists. They say that if they are correct, the sea’s entire food chain could suffer years of devastation, with almost no marine life in the region escaping its effects. London Independent, United Kingdom.
Documents show early worries about safety of rig. Internal documents from BP show that there were serious problems and safety concerns with the Deepwater Horizon rig far earlier than those the company described to Congress last week. New York Times [Registration Required]
Our fix-it faith and the oil spill. Americans have long had an unswerving belief that technology will save us. And yet, as Americans watched scientists struggle to plug the undersea well over the past month, it became apparent that our great belief in technology was perhaps misplaced. New York Times [Registration Required]
Fishermen fear disruption of their way of life. Many fishermen are grappling with the realization that their way of life might be disrupted for a long time to come. About 25 percent of federal waters, nearly 60,000 square miles, is now off limits to commercial fishermen. New York Times
Oil projects often sail past state regulators. The catastrophic blowout of BP’s Deepwater Horizon, still spewing oil from the seafloor off the coast of Louisiana, has shone a bright light on the federal government’s lax oversight of Big Oil. New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana.
BP Oil Spill: “Top Kill” Failure Means Well May Gush Until August
Mark Sappenfield, The Christian Science Monitor: “With the failure of the BP ‘top kill’ maneuver, the effort to combat the BP oil spill is increasingly becoming an attempt to manage expectations. A month ago, when the spill was barely a week old, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told CNN that the ‘ultimate relief’ – drilling a relief well – was still ’90 days out.'”
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