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Oil spill responders get a mini-spa

SCHRIEVER, La.--Even in the frenzy of activity within the Houma Incident Command Center, there is a place for respite. It's massage hallway 400.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 26, 2010; 6:04 PM ET | Comments (1)

Brown pelicans under seige

Grand Isle, La.--Under normal circumstances, Grand Isle is a place where shrimpers work and doctors vacation. Now, it is a place where everyone works on the oil spill.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 25, 2010; 2:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

Wyden asks for Transocean investigation

By Steven Mufson Interior Secretary Ken Salazar isn't the only person coming down hard on the companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon disaster that led to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has...

By Delece Smith-Barrow | May 25, 2010; 11:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Greens call for Salazar's resignation

In the wake of the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, it was only a matter of time before someone asked Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to go.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 25, 2010; 9:59 AM ET | Comments (21)

Feds instruct BP to decrease its use of dispersants

By David A. Fahrenthold The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and BP continued to feud Monday about the right kind of chemical dispersant to use on the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. In the meantime, EPA Administrator Lisa...

By David A. Fahrenthold | May 24, 2010; 6:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Federal, state and BP officials feud over spill response

Two Cabinet members and half a dozen senators came to Louisiana on Monday to highlight the administration's determination to address the ongoing spill in the Gulf, even as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) questioned why federal officials weren't doing more to contain the oil now reaching the state's shores

By Juliet Eilperin | May 24, 2010; 3:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Rahall demands NOAA hand over environmental documents

House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Nick J. Rahall (D-WVa.) has demanded the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration turn over any documents that would help explain how the agency monitored how offshore oil and gas drilling might impact marine life in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 23, 2010; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (4)

EPA demands less-toxic dispersant

The Environmental Protection Agency informed BP officials late Wednesday that they have 24 hours to choose a less-toxic form of chemical dispersants to break up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, according to government sources familiar with the decision, and must apply the new form of dispersants within 72 hours of submitting the list of alternatives.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 20, 2010; 12:02 PM ET | Comments (63)

Kerry and unlikely ally talk up climate bill

By David A. Fahrenthold U.S. Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) and T. Boone Pickens--the oilman who helped finance the "Swift Boat" ads against Kerry in the 2004 presidential campaign--met the media today to discuss one thing they do agree on:...

By David A. Fahrenthold | May 19, 2010; 7:15 PM ET | Comments (4)

Figueres to run U.N. climate talks

When it came to picking someone Monday to run the United Nation's climate talks, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon chose the woman who has pledged to bridge the divide between the industrialized and developing world: Christiana Figueres.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 17, 2010; 11:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Salazar to reform onshore oil and gas drilling

The Interior Department will announce Monday it is revamping the way it awards onshore oil and gas drilling permits, according to a source familiar will the decision, a move that will tighten environmental and safety requirements for such operations.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 17, 2010; 12:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

Markey questions chemical dispersant use

Rep. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) is asking the Obama administration to provide more details on how the chemical dispersants it is now pouring into the Gulf of Mexico could have a toxic effect on marine life there.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 17, 2010; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

BP Atlantis rig' ssafety documents incomplete

A BP oil rig now operating in the Gulf of Mexico has lacked complete and accurate engineering documents, according to multiple documents and interviews, a deficiency which prompted one BP to warn these problems could "lead to catastrophic operator errors."

By Juliet Eilperin | May 15, 2010; 8:41 PM ET | Comments (5)

Review planned of gas company waivers on environmental analysis

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would review the way the Minerals Management Service routinely waives the need for oil and gas companies to conduct extensive environmental analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act for drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 14, 2010; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (81)

Unexpected praise in Louisiana for Obama administration's spill response

By Marc Kaufman Once it became clear that the explosion of the Deep Horizon oil rig was going to cause a major human and environmental disaster, the political question that quickly arose was whether President Obama would do a better...

By Mike Shepard | May 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Army Corps speeds La. barrier island permitting

The massive barrier island restoration envisioned by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Plaquemines Parish president took a step closer to reality as the Army Corps of Engineers gave federal agencies a 24-hour deadline to voice any objections to the plan.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 13, 2010; 9:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Updated: Climate bill has new drilling protections

The energy and climate bill Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) will unveil Wednesday will give nearby states the right to veto offshore oil drilling in a neighboring state, according to sources briefed on the plan, provided they pass a law saying they oppose it.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 11, 2010; 10:11 PM ET | Comments (4)

Salazar to split MMS into two agencies

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will around Tuesday afternoon he's splitting the embattled Minerals Management Service into two parts, according to an Interior official who asked not to be identified.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 11, 2010; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (34)

In one Gulf Coast town, disaster disrupts delicate harmony between fishing and oil

By Marc Kaufman Venice, La., is not an easy place to make sense of. On one side, you have two picturesque marinas with fleets of high-end boats that rightly claim to be the entryway to some of the world's...

By Mike Shepard | May 10, 2010; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dangers for Mississippi Delta sperm whale

As oil from the Deepwater Horizon gushes out and spreads, one noble creature that few would imagine is in grave danger is a subspecies of the huge and officially endangered sperm whale. A population estimated to be around 500 is known to live in the deep waters that drop off from the end of the Mississippi Delta - in other words, just where the deepwater Gulf oil business is newly drilling for oil.

By Marc Kaufman | May 9, 2010; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Louisiana marshland slipping away

By Marc Kaufman It happened so quickly. Our boat got stuck in the mud in the midst of Louisiana marshland, and some of us jumped out to push. We were in an area once known as River's Edge, but the...

By Multiplatform Editor | May 8, 2010; 12:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Despite oil slick, fishermen in one Gulf Coast town keep their lines in the water

By Marc Kaufman The message coming from the town fathers and mothers of Venice, La. was not at all what you might expect. At a free crawfish gathering alongside one of the town's two marinas, the word was that despite...

By Mike Shepard | May 8, 2010; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

How big is the oil spill? Web site lets you drop the slick on your city

By Garance Franke-Ruta It is easy to lose perspective when confronted with the vast expanse of the open ocean. Objects as seen from space likewise can throw off the human sense of scale, rendering man-made fortifications or disasters as lines...

By Mike Shepard | May 7, 2010; 11:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Northern Virginia ads urge Obama to halt offshore drilling plan, a progressive political blog, began airing TV ads in the Washington market, which includes Northern Virginia, targeting President Obama's plans to expand offshore drilling following the catatrophic well explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the full story by...

By Delece Smith-Barrow | May 7, 2010; 11:58 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Gulf Coast Eden sullied by oil

Bottlenose dolphins swim in oily water in Chandeleur Sound, La. (Alex Brandon/AP) By Marc Kaufman Grand Gosier Island, La. -- All around this tiny spit of sand in the Gulf of Mexico is extraordinary life of kinds of all kinds:...

By Mike Shepard | May 7, 2010; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Reid's climate aide offers dark outlook

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's (D-Nev.) top climate aide gave a blunt assessment Wednesday of the prospects of passing legislation this year.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 5, 2010; 10:56 PM ET | Comments (2)

Buchanan demands probe of BP's NEPA waiver

The news that the Obama administration's Minerals Management Service exempted BP from conducting a detailed environmental analysis on its disastrous drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico prompted calls for a congressional probe Wednesday.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 5, 2010; 9:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

CAP calls for independent oil spill review

One of the Obama administration's closest allies will call for an independent review of the oil spill Tuesday.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 4, 2010; 6:15 AM ET | Comments (11)

Clean energy catalyst launches

Climate legislation may be in suspended animation, but a new group combining investors, labor unions and policymakers is hoping to leverage the market to expand energy efficiency efforts.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 4, 2010; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Academies form IPCC review panel

A group of the world's science academies announced the makeup of a 12-member panel that will conduct an independent review of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which has come under fire for mistakes in its 2007 report to policymakers on global warming.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 3, 2010; 9:47 AM ET | Comments (6)

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