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.”
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Today, Defenders of Wildlife and the Southern Environmental Law Center notified BP that they would file suit against the company for the unauthorized take of endangered species caused by the continuing oil spill and use of dispersants.
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 »
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.
Shell Oil plans to move forward with a dangerous scheme to begin exploratory drilling in the remote Chukchi Sea, even in the face of this unprecedented environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico.