Lobbying activity declines among top special interests

By Dave Levinthal

Three-fifths of nation's top 100 lobbying entities spent less on influence in the second quarter compared to a year ago.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… Southern Co., Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries, Exelon Corp., Duke Energy and BP. A surprise lobbying spender of 2013 — the upstart National Association …"

Lobbyists boost Senate Democrats

By Michael Beckel

Democrats have outraised their GOP counterparts in terms of money coming from lobbyists doubling as fundraisers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… Obama, represents a range of corporate clients, including drugmaker Amgen, BP, Google, Wal-Mart and Wells Fargo. Several Democratic campaigns also disc …"

How lobbyists helped build John Cornyn’s election war chest

By Michael Beckel

Lobbyists’ role in Senate GOP whip's campaign helped him avoid, in his own words, a “fair fight.”

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… ck lobbies for dozens of clients, including major companies such as Apple, BP, Coca-Cola, Ford and JPMorgan Chase, as well as trade associations such as …"

Chemical industry among big spenders on lobbying this quarter

By Dave Levinthal

New numbers indicate it's still good to be a lobbyist in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… n, General Electric, ExxonMobil, Chevron Corp., Edison Electric Institute, BP and American Electrical Power. Ford Motor Co., drug maker Merck and Co., …"

Pro-Vitter super PAC fueled by energy interests

By Julie Patel and Erin Quinn

A super PAC backing Sen. David Vitter's run for governor got most of its money last year from energy interests, new documents show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… members include Marathon Petroleum, Northern Tier Energy and affiliates of BP, Chevron, Shell and ExxonMobil — and $30,000 from Valero Energy's politi …"

California cities seek $1 billion settlement for lead paint-related health care costs

By Lilly Fowler

Lawsuit says lead paint manufacturers should pay to remove old, toxic pigment from affected homes in California.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… efendants are the Atlantic Richfield Company, or ARCO, now a subsidiary of BP; ConAgra Grocery Products; and NL Industries, formerly National Lead Co. …"

Chemical board's unfinished investigations hinder agency mission, IG finds

By Chris Hamby

A backlog of Chemical Safety Board investigations hinders the agency's ability to help prevent future accidents, a new IG report concludes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… Christi, Texas, in 2009, and a 2008 explosion that killed a worker at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas — the site of a 2005 blast that killed 15 …"

'Upset' emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground

By Kristen Lombardi and Andrea Fuller

Residents living along the chemical corridor of Texas and Louisiana often encounter 'upset' emissions -- triggering pollution, health fears.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… osed to the poster child of all upsets — the “40-day Release” at the BP refinery, in Texas City, which belched 514,795 pounds of benzene and 20 ot …"

"… ell and platelet counts than their Houston counterparts. The data suggests BP’s release may have increased their risk of developing such cancers as le …"

"… of developing such cancers as leukemia, the doctor says. In a statement, BP says it does “not believe any negative health impacts resulted from” i …"

"… erring to pending litigation filed by 47,830 residents and workers against BP alleging health ailments caused by the release. D’Andrea has not been hi …"

As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, which probes chemical accidents, is under attack for its slow investigative pace.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… st accident the board has investigated was the March 2005 explosion at the BP refinery in Texas City, Texas. Fifteen workers were killed and 180 injured …"

"… ut out eight, including a widely praised, 341-page report on the BP-Texas City explosion. Production has trended down ever since. Last year, …"

Center invests in finance, money-in-politics coverage

Top-notch investigative reporters added to Center's money-in-politics team.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… Alison’s career highlights include writing the 2011 book “In Too Deep: BP and the Drilling Race that Took it Down.” Her reporting has appeared in …"

How much do you value longform watchdog journalism?

By Bill Buzenberg

How important is it to you to continue to find out about abuses of power, corruption and betrayal of public trust?

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… largest oil and pharmaceutical companies, including ExxonMobil, Pfizer and BP, and other special interest groups, such as the Koch Foundation, were payi …"

BP engulfed in lawsuit over 40-day Texas flare

By Kristen Lombardi

Two weeks before the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP was involved in another major pollution case in Texas.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… defined the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history — and sealed BP PLC’s reputation as a corporate polluter.But two weeks before the Deepwa …"

"… 11 workers and spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP was spewing a different kind of pollution — in a major case that has rec …"

"… gned to burn only during emergencies. The single “emissions event,” as BP reported it to the state, triggered by an equipment breakdown, lasted 959 …"

"… urt.Overshadowed by the spill, this litigation is also proving tangled for BP. As many as 47,830 residents, plant contractors, and nearby workers — mo …"

EPA slaps BP but punishes the Pentagon

By R. Jeffrey Smith

Temporary contracting ban may force the military to disentangle itself from its favorite fuel supplier

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… nmental Protection Agency imposed a new penalty for wrongdoing against the BP oil company on Nov. 28, but it may fall heavily on the Defense Department, …"

"… se Department, an unflaggingly loyal client that has kept buying fuel from BP since the company’s errors caused its well to disgorge nearly 5 million …"

"… many large ones it has with the military. It also leaves the door open for BP to prove that it has reformed itself enough to requalify for federal contr …"

"… t the Pentagon might find itself scrambling if the ban is prolonged, since BP has been the military’s principal single fuel supplier for years and col …"

Detroit refinery expansion adds more Canadian crude, brings more worries

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A conflict in Detroit symbolizes a larger national debate over oil company plans to step up refining of heavier, dirtier crude from Alberta.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… th’Five years ago, residents of Whiting, Ind., heard similar claims from BP: After it completed its nearly $4 billion refinery expansion to allow proc …"

"… missions of many pollutants would decrease, the company said. The project, BP said, wasn’t big enough to trigger stricter pollution controls.Staffers …"

"… Council weren’t convinced. After digging through the thousands of pages BP had filed with the state in applying for a permit, the NRDC determined tha …"

"… th over-counted the reductions and undercounted the increases,” she said.BP assumed, for example, that the three new flares — devices that burn off …"

Barack Obama, Mitt Romney

FACT CHECK: Stumbles in latest presidential debate

By The Associated Press

FACT CHECK: Facts take some hits in rough and tumble debate

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… offshore drilling imposed by the Obama administration after the April 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. hist …"

BP to pay $13 million for safety violations at Texas refinery

By Alice Su

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay $13 million to settle safety violations at a Texas refinery that blew up in 2005.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… lagrant violations cited by OSHA during the previous three years. …"

"… Hilda Solis said Thursday.The violations stemmed from a 2009 inspection of BP’s Texas City refinery by the Occupational Safety and Health Administrati …"

"… Safety and Health Administration. OSHA conducted the inspection to see if BP had corrected safety problems that led to the 2005 blast, which killed 15 …"

"… in a teleconference with reporters. “This agreement will save lives.” BP has promised to fix all the cited problems in Texas City by the end of thi …"

Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues

By The Associated Press

Where Obama and Romney stand on the issues, from economy and education to taxes and terrorism

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… ent: Ordered temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilli …"

Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues

By The Associated Press

Where Obama and Romney stand on the issues, from economy and education to taxes and terrorism

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… ama: Ordered temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilli …"

Barack Obama

Obama and Romney: Where they stand on the issues

By The Associated Press

Where Obama and Romney stand on the issues, from economy and education to taxes and terrorism

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… ama: Ordered temporary moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilli …"

FACT CHECK: TV ad makes slippery claims about Romney's oil connection

By FactCheck.Org

Collaborative pro-Obama TV ad calls out Romney for his $200M 'oil connection', but the claim is a stretch.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… m. The fact is that there is no evidence that truly big oil companies like BP, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp. are behind the money in question. Rat …"

"… hell, which had sales of $470 billion in 2011, the United Kingdom’s BP, which had sales of nearly $376 billion, or France’s Total, which h …"

Fatal work injuries rose in 2010, new data show

By Jim Morris

The Department of Labor reported that 4,690 U.S. workers suffered fatal injuries in 2010, a 3 percent increase from 2009.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… plosion at the Upper Big Branch coal mine in West Virginia that killed 29; BP’s Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, which killed 11; and …"

Nuclear testers can run but not hide

By R. Jeffrey Smith

An expert scientific panel says that signficant, clandestine explosions are just about impossible.

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… Williams, a specialist in nanoscience who now oversees scientific work at BP. And while the science of detection has been advancing by leaps and bounds …"

FACT CHECK: Bogus oil claims by Crossroads GPS

By FactCheck.Org

Nonprofit group Crossroads GPS gets Obama administration energy policy facts wrong

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… t in U.S. waters in the Gulf in December 2011 than there were prior to the BP disaster.As we noted a year ago, the EIA had been predicting a declin …"

"… been predicting a decline in Gulf of Mexico oil production even before the BP disaster. That’s because production from newly drilled wells wasn’t ex …"

About this project

A look at the reporting process behind 'Island of the Widows'

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… ProPublica, where his reporting on disabled borrowers with student loans, BP oil spill damage claims and BP cleanup workers helped prompt changes in fe …"

"… g on disabled borrowers with student loans, BP oil spill damage claims and BP cleanup workers helped prompt changes in federal and private programs. He …"

China-based corporate web behind troubled Africa resource deals

What’s behind the high-flying conglomerate?

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… sinessweek, SSI bid $2.2 billion for two sites, outbidding Exxonmobile and BP by hundreds of millions of dollars. Sonangol’s 2011 map of oil blocks, r …"

Deaths at ‘model workplaces’ missing from list of federal overseers

By Chris Hamby

OSHA unaware of some deaths at 'model workplaces'

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… e company where OSHA has repeatedly said corporate culture is important is BP. “We found a lot of the same problems from plant to plant,” Barab said …"

"… lant to plant,” Barab said. “That’s why I’ve been quoted as saying BP corporate has a systemic safety problem.”Yet BP has seven sites deemed …"

"… ve been quoted as saying BP corporate has a systemic safety problem.”Yet BP has seven sites deemed “model workplaces.” The majority, Barab noted, …"

"… ulators because Alaska runs its own program.In a statement to iWatch News, BP said it was making changes to improve its safety practices and VPP was “ …"

House committee votes to subpoena White House over Solyndra loan

By Corbin Hiar, Ronnie Greene and Matthew Mosk

A House committee voted Thursday along party lines to subpoena President Obama's inner circle for Solyndra correspondence

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… es Committee meeting, Republicans opposed a motion to suBPoena the CEOs of BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and Cameron who refused to testify over the Deep …"

Plastics industry edited environmental textbook

By Susanne Rust

In 2009, a Calif. school district added new section to a textbook titled 'The Advantages of Plastic Shopping Bags'

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… Council was present at the meeting. So were representatives from oil giant BP, National Geographic and the California Ocean Science Trust. The American …"

'Model' workplaces avoid special government scrutiny targeting hazardous industries

By Chris Hamby

'Model' workplaces avoid special scrutiny targeting hazardous industries

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… gedy. In March 2005, an explosion killed 15 people and injured 180 more at BP’s Texas City refinery, just a short drive from where Manis would die fou …"

"… hemical Safety Board, the independent federal agency that investigated the BP disaster, in 2007 urged OSHA to start a “national emphasis program” th …"

Fact Check: Permitting some fudging on oil stats

By Margaret L. Ryan

Obama official defends slow drilling record with selective use of data

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… ma administration has been issuing permits almost as quickly as before the BP-Macondo well erupted in the Gulf of Mexico.Problem with the assertion: Mic …"

"… ow-water permits issued in 2010, 61% of them before the end of April, when BP’s Macondo well blew out in the gulf. The pre-Macondo rate was 10 per mon …"

"… eepwater permits, wells that lie beneath 500 feet or more of seawater like BP’s ill-fated Macondo well. Those permits swelled from about two a month i …"

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