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Defenders of Wildlife

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Expert Richard Charter to Al Jazeera: Technology hasn’t changed since the 1950’s »

In an interview with Al Jazeera, Defenders’ expert Richard Charter discusses BP’s “top kill” strategy for containing the leak from the Deepwater Horizon rig that continues to spew oil into the Gulf of Mexico. He says that although the oil industry has taken on riskier drilling in deeper waters, “spill cleanup and containment technology hasn’t really changed since the 1950’s.”

News Roundup »

ABC’s Sam Champion and Philippe Cousteau head under the waves to bring you video footage of what the oil spill looks like underwater. 326 dead, 31 survivors – this is the ratio of birds that have been found dead along Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama coastlines or been euthanized after capture to the number that… Read more »

Yes, Yes, and again Yes »

Should the government clamp a moratorium on new offshore oil and natural gas drilling? In a word – yes. Yes, this administration should immediately extend the current “suspension” on new offshore oil drilling. Yes, that moratorium should be expanded to include current and planned drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico – where according to the New York Times, “at least seven new permits for various types of drilling and five environmental waivers have been granted” since President Obama ordered a suspension of new drilling on April 30. Yes, the moratorium should most certainly include the fragile Arctic seas, where Shell still plans to start drilling as early as this July, and the East Coast, parts of which President Obama opened to exploratory drilling earlier this year.