Politicization at Department of Interior

By The Center for Public Integrity

Politics, not science, drove some decisions at the Department of the Interior

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jack Abramoff":

"… s of lying to the U.S. Senate about his connections with infamous lobbyist Jack Abramoff, to whom he provided “advice and intervention on issues within DOI,” a …"

Right on the money: The George W. Bush profile

By Charles Lewis

On January 30, 1990, Platt's Oilgram News, a respected trade journal of the petroleum industry, reported that a subsidiary of a small, Dalla

Excerpts from this story referencing "executive":

"… guaranteed that the shaky company stayed afloat. John Macomber, the chief executive officer of Celanese Corporation, invested $79,500, and William Draper III, …"

"… h’s sole term as President.Russell Reynolds, Jr., the founder of his own executive search firm, Russell Reynolds Associates, put up $23,250. H. Leland Getz, …"

"… he office furniture. As part of the deal, Bush became Spectrum 7’s chief executive officer, at an annual salary of $75,000, and got 1.1 million shares of the …"

"… 1980s told the Center. “This thing looks like a train wreck.”By Harken executives’ own accounts, the company’s financial statements were “a mess” a …"

Saturated with oil money, Texas legislature saved industry from pollution rule

By David Hasemyer, Ben Wieder and Alan Suderman

An effort to impose stricter rules on Texas oil and gas operators in 2011 fizzled after the state legislature got involved.

Excerpts from this story referencing "attorney general":

"… e applied to Chairman Barry Smitherman, who is currently running for Texas attorney general. According to campaign information filed on Jan. 15, he has raised more th …"

Delay of long-awaited refinery accident report signals divisions at Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby

A last-minute change to a public meeting on a 2010 explosion at the Tesoro refinery in Washington State has board members "embarrassed."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tesoro":

"… This story has been updated to include a summary of a draft report on the Tesoro accident by the Chemical Safety Board, and a statement by Sen. Patty …"

"… Patty Murray, D-Wash. In the almost four years since an explosion at the Tesoro Corp. oil refinery in Anacortes, Wash., killed seven workers, the independ …"

"… ions. “We are embarrassed by the pattern of unmet promises” about the Tesoro report, the two board members wrote to Democratic Rep. Rick Larsen, saying …"

"… .Va., this month. The draft report, released Thursday, sharply criticizes Tesoro’s safety culture, saying the company failed to identify and fix the dama …"

West Virginia chemical spill probe falls to overburdened Chemical Safety Board

By Chris Hamby and Ronnie Greene

Massive chemical spill in W.Va. adds to a growing backlog for the troubled Chemical Safety Board.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Chemical Safety Board":

"… on, W.Va., which has left hundreds of thousands without water, is the U.S. Chemical Safety Board, whose investigative backlog was detailed in a Center for Public Integrity …"

"… s last April. Read the Center probe in full: As critics press for action, Chemical Safety Board investigations languish …"

Chevron shareholders reject ban on political spending

By Michael Beckel

Only a sliver of shareholders want oil giant to stop using corporate funds for politics.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federal Election Commission":

"… this front." In 2010, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission that corporations were free to use general treasury funds to call for the …"

Oil industry trade group takes to D.C. airwaves

By Michael Beckel

Ad campaign by American Petroleum Institute targets D.C. media market, records show.

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Petroleum Institute":

"… tion until 2016.     …"

"… ht news programs. The two advertisements on Fox News Sunday alone set the American Petroleum Institute back $10,000 a piece. The ads hit as lawmakers on Capitol Hill have …"

"… rt-term budget deal, but budgetary fights remain in Congress' future. The American Petroleum Institute is the main trade organization of the oil and natural gas industry and a p …"

Export push reframes debate over fracking

By Alexandra Duszak

Energy indepedence for the U.S. no longer at issue — exports would help industry's bottom line.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… arkets, more profits Gas companies are now seeking authorization from the Department of Energy to export the gas overseas, where demand is higher. They already have per …"

Some energy CEOs among highest paid U.S. corporate bosses

By Chris Hamby

As gas prices rise and politicians deliberate, energy execs rake it in

IMPACT: In Philadelphia, plea for safer alternative at refinery

By Jim Morris

IMPACT: No harm from clouds of toxic acid, refiner says — to skepticism

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… of safer substitutes.Worst-case scenarios filed by oil companies with the Environmental Protection Agency show that at least 16 million Americans are at risk of injury or death fro …"

Chamber of Commerce, other biz lobbies drill big oil for new cash gusher

By Peter H. Stone

What do the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Business Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC), and the new American Crossroads group have i

Big oil wields ultra deep influence

By Laura Peterson

Legislators push for energy industry tax breaks, regulatory changes to hunt for oil at the bottom of the sea

Excerpts from this story referencing "Department of Energy":

"… duction, but there is consensus that the day is unnervingly near: the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency date it sometime after 2030 , while co …"

"… by the 1980s prospectors had moved into "deep" waters (defined by the U.S. Department of Energy as beyond 1,300 feet), using 3-D seismic imaging to help find reserves ben …"

"… The act led to a burst of deepwater exploration, but, according to a 2000 Department of Energy report, development was still "not proceeding fast enough to meet the econ …"

Big oil protects its interests

By Aron Pilhofer

Industry spends hundreds of millions on lobbying, elections

Excerpts from this story referencing "John Breaux":

"… All three came from oil-rich Louisiana.They were Sen. Mary Landrieu, Sen. John Breaux and Rep. Christopher John.The two national parties each took in more than …"

Greasing the skids of corruption

By Phillip van Niekerk and Laura Peterson

Money from multinational oil companies moves through labyrinths of international bank accounts, avoiding national budgets and banks

Excerpts from this story referencing "Exxon":

"… ne 2001, the U.S.-based International Labor Rights Fund filed suit against ExxonMobil (the corporation formed of the merger between Exxon and Mobil) on beh …"

"… iled suit against ExxonMobil (the corporation formed of the merger between Exxon and Mobil) on behalf of Aceh villagers who suffered abuses at the hands of …"

"… bribes, more than 400 corporations – including major oil companies like Exxon – acknowledged making questionable payments to foreign government offici …"

"… such as Angola. The $870 million bonus paid by BP-Amoco, TotalFinaElf and Exxon for the ultra-deepwater blocks 31, 32 and 33 in 1999 set an industry recor …"

Harken's Ivy League underwriter

By John Dunbar

WASHINGTON, October 17, 2002 — The year 1990 started out on a high note for Harken Energy. ...

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Wall Street Journal":

"… t had helped pump up the share price. Recently, citing the watchdog group, The Wall Street Journal and The Boston Globe ran stories on the partnership.Harvard Management’s …"

Did taxpayers lose on deal for oil field?

By Josey Ballenger, Nathaniel Heller and Knut Royce

WASHINGTON, October 27, 2000 — "For the last eight years, I have had the challenge of running the streamlining program called 'Reinventing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee Valley Authority":

"… might be better organized under a publicly owned corporation, such as the Tennessee Valley Authority or the Postal Service, the Clinton administration chose to sell it outrigh …"