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IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: Hurricane season in the Gulf begins with a BP bang; Saving the BP baby turtles ... PLUS: Impeaching the BP judge? ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): "Climategate" Continues To Sputter Out; G20 protests focus on Canada's mining and tar sands; Uranium mining health effects linger, even 30 years later; Antarctic crustaceans in peril? Jet Hypermiling across the Atlantic saves fuel; Potentially Harmful Chemicals Used in Pa. Drilling; New mine safety legislation unveiled ...PLUS: The other oil spill: Millions of gallons oil spilled on CO lands...
STORIES DISCUSSED IN TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- The Latest on the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf:
- Oil washes onto Mississippi coast for first time (Reuters)
- With BP Oil Spill Reaching Mississippi Shore, Gov. Haley Barbour Pleads for Supplies: As Tropical Storm Alex Threatens, Mississippi Governor Says His State at Greater Risk from Gulf of Mexico Spill (ABC News)
- BP Discussing a Backup Strategy to Plug Well (NY Times)
- Brewing storm casts a cloud on oil spill response: Federal and BP officials scramble to prepare for a possible hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico. Their plan involves pulling all equipment and halting all containment efforts. (LA Times)
- How BP wants to start over in bid to contain Gulf oil spill: Even before tropical storm Alex came on the scene, BP wanted to revamp how it collects oil from the leaking well at the center of the Gulf oil spill (Christian Science Monitor):
Currently, two ships are collecting about 25,000 barrels of oil a day combined.
Each of these ships collects oil flowing through the failed blowout preventer on the sea floor in a different way, which is important for what comes next.
Both ships, however, are connected to the blowout preventer via fixed riser pipes that would have to be disconnected when ships went to shore during a hurricane.
BP’s primary goal in the weeks ahead is to replace these fixed riser pipes with flexible riser pipes that would remain connected to the well during a hurricane, their mouths floating about 300 feet below the surface.
- Q&A: Did U.S. reject foreign help on gulf oil spill cleanup?: What role does a maritime law play in criticisms that the Obama administration initially refused offers from the Netherlands?..."This is being used for political purposes. It's a classic red herring." (LA Times)
- BP says Hayward remains CEO as storm Alex looms: BP defended its chief executive on Monday after Russia's deputy prime minister said he expected Tony Hayward to resign soon, as a strengthening storm threatened efforts to capture more oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. (Reuters)
- BP oil spill costs hit $100 million/day (Reuters)
- Lawyers say shocked over uses of $20 billion Gulf fund: A $20 billion fund set up by energy giant BP Plc after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill should be used only to compensate victims, lawyers involved in litigation over the disaster said. (Reuters)
- Firms in gulf drilling are working to limit liability in gulf oil spill (Washington Post): In recent regulatory filings and other statements, they deflect responsibility, setting the stage for what is likely to be a years-long legal battle over corporate liability for a disaster whose financial toll is already estimated in the billions.
- Waxman, Markey, Stupak Question Oil Companies on Spill Response Plans: Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.), Ed Markey (D-Mass.), and Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) sent letters to the CEOs of the ExxonMobil, ConocoPhillips, Shell, and Chevron oil companies, requesting more information on the companies’ oil spill response plans. READ the letters here. (House Committee on Energy & Commerce)
- World's Only Full-Scale Oil Spill Test Tank Springs a Leak (Mother Jones)
- Gulf of Mexico oil spill has changed everything, residents say (NOLA.com)
- Cloudy With a Chance of Tarballs?: Can it rain oil? In short, no. (Mother Jones)
- More on BP's Private Police Force (Mother Jones)
- Saving Baby Sea Turtles From BP's Disaster:
- U.S. Plans 'Extraordinary Measures' to Rescue Turtles Along Gulf Coast (Greenwire)
- Backlash on Possible Sea Turtle Burning (Mother Jones)
- Charter Captain Claims Turtles Fried in Gulf Oil Fires (Environmental News Service)
- Impeachment for Moratorium-Overturning U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman?
- Should Judge Martin Feldman be Impeached?: Controversial decision to block deep water drilling moratorium marred by conflict-of-interest (The Brad Blog)
- Circuit Court Grants Speedy Hearing for U.S. on Drill Ban (SF Gate)
- We're in deep: What would happen if we admitted to the high risk of deepwater drilling? (Grist)
- Gov. Bobby Jindal's One-Man Grand-Stand Band:
- Bobby Jindal vetoes bill to open his office's records on oil spill: Bobby Jindal vetoed a bill requiring his office's documents on the oil disaster to become public. Critics say it's a blow against transparency. (Christian Science Monitor)
- Bobby Jindal's Berm Warfare (Mother Jones)
- Halt to Dredging Pits Louisiana Against U.S.: At issue is where a federal permit allows dredging. (NYT Green)
- Changing of the Guard: Byrd Passes, Kagan Rises:
- Case for Impeachment of Judge Martin Feldman Strengthened by New Details on Oil Firm Holdings: New evidence reveals willful failure to recuse from oil drilling moratorium case despite full knowledge of conflicts-of-interest (The Brad Blog)
'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (Stuff we didn't have time for in today's audio report)...
- Boeing 777 Hypermiles Across the Atlantic, Saves 1,400 Gallons of Fuel (Treehugger)
- G20 Protests Focus on Canada's Mining and Tar Sand Industries (Earth Island Journal)
- Are Antarctic Crustaceans in Peril?: Our experience with everything from Newfoundland codfish to Atlantic bluefin tuna has shown that there is no such thing as an ‘‘unlimited supply’’ of any stock, no matter how vast its numbers might appear. (NYT Green)
- "Climategate" Continues To Sputter Out (The Vine)
- Health Legacy of Uranium Mining Lingers 30 Years Later: Many past uranium workers and residents in the western U.S. have fallen through the cracks of federal compensation programs designed to help those affected by uranium (Scientific American)
- Potentially Harmful Chemicals Used in Pa. Drilling (AP)
- New mine safety legislation unveiled (Coal Tattoo)
- The Other Oil Spill: Millions of gallons spilled in Colo. over 2½ year period (Denver Post)