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Whales, oil spills and whose fault is it in the end?
by Seth Kaplan

Understandably, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (which seems to be the first oil spill to have a Facebook page) has been the subject of intense interest on this blog (repeatedly), in New Orleans (which incredibly finds itself in the cross-hairs of ANOTHER disaster) and in nearby Florida, where brilliant and…

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Currents
by Sean Cosgrove

Increased wind speed late yesterday started putting oil on Gulf Coast beaches about 10:00pm last night. Our colleagues at the Gulf Restoration Network are working hard to deal with the oil onslaught. The federal government is stepping up their response and making sure we all know they are. White House political chief David Axelrod announced…

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This oil spill stinks–LITERALLY!
by Anthony Iarrapino

As if New Orleans hasn’t suffered enough, Yahoo News and the Times Picayune are now reporting that the Crescent City’s residents are being assaulted by the odor emanating from the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Apparently strong winds are blowing fuel-scented fumes into the city from the massive oil slick that is now just a…

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Yet one more fully predictable disaster
by Sean Cosgrove

What is there to say about the latest oil spill disaster? My first few attempts at writing would have had to be translated into cartoon epithets  – “^%*) BP oil $#(*^~ %&#*!!” What we did predict and now know is that: A) the impacts will continue to get worse, B) the experts who promised time and again that they could handle a…

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Oil well in Pacific STILL leaking – and now it is on fire . . .
by Seth Kaplan

The continued flow of oil into the Timor Sea north of Australia previously presented on this blog is both a general example of the many kinds of harm that flow from uncontrolled fossil fuel use and a specific example of why talk about new drilling techniques being safe should be viewed with great skepticism. News…

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Imagine Vermont Covered in Oil
by Noah Chesnin

On August 21st, the Thai based energy company PTTEP announced that a “crude oil gas leak incident occurred” in the Timor Sea about 155 miles northwest of Western Australia.  The energy company’s press released continued that “the size of the spill is not known.  Aproximately 40 barrels of oil were discharged from the wellhead in…