Leadership at Chemical Safety Board questioned amid investigation backlog

By Rosalind Adams

Evidence of ongoing management failures and a toxic work environment at the Chemical Safety Board was presented at a hearing Thursday.

Excerpts from this story referencing "chair":

"… . “Those whose opinions differed from those of senior leadership or the chair are marginalized and vilified,” Rosenberg testified. “Disagr …"

"… general's investigation. Elkins said throughout the hearing that the chairman had "stonewalled the investigation," which hasn't progressed in ne …"

"… ts. Many members of the committee had choice words for the chairman. While Moure-Eraso fiddled with his pencil and looked down at his paper …"

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.

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 "inspector":

"… members and families affected by unfinished accident investigations. The inspector general’s report found that the disparity between the number of investig …"

"… at killed 15 workers and injured at least 180 more. In its response to the inspector general, the agency said these two cases, along with others, have been pro …"

"… nd should be improved upon,” current board member Mark Griffon wrote the inspector general. “I am very concerned about the significant turnover of senior i …"

"… from the Center. It did provide a statement, and its responses to the inspector general are included with the report. “The CSB agrees with the OIG that …"

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, …"

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 "Iraq":

"… ing website – apparently reflecting the diminished tempo of US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.Michelle McCaskill, the logistics agency spokeswoman, said …"

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 …"

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 "Israel":

"… ion. Opposes a near-term military strike on Iran, either by the U.S. or by Israel, to sabotage nuclear facilities that could be misused to produce a nuclear …"

"… Iran as too conciliatory and associates himself more closely with hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Has not explicitly threatened a U.S. m …"

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 "Massachusetts":

"… of the law modeled largely after his universal health care achievement in Massachusetts because he says states, not Washington, should drive policy on the uninsur …"

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 "Israel":

"… ion. Opposes a near-term military strike on Iran, either by the U.S. or by Israel, to sabotage nuclear facilities that could be misused to produce a nuclear …"

"… Iran as too conciliatory and associates himself more closely with hardline Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Has not explicitly threatened a U.S. m …"

NTSB: Neglect, inaction caused Michigan oil spill

By The Associated Press

NTSB approves report blaming huge 2010 Mich. oil spill on Canadian company's neglect, inaction

FACT CHECK: Obama, GOP spin recent energy stats

By The Associated Press

GOP rendition of U.S. energy production isn't in line with the facts

Excerpts from this story referencing "Associated Press":

"… oast, to oil and gas companies. These steps could help boost production.By Associated Press writer Dina Cappiello. …"

FACT CHECK: GOP’s phantom job losses

By FactCheck.Org

Looking to smear Obama, Republicans effectively triple job loss stats

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… policies. And they include one that President Obama directed the Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw — a proposal that would have tightened r …"

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 "Halliburton":

"… ting, Republicans opposed a motion to subpoena the CEOs of BP, Transocean, Halliburton, and Cameron who refused to testify over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. …"

White House urges end to programs that can make dangerous jobs safer

By Jim Morris

Budget cuts could impair safety in some of the deadliest occupations

Fishing and the offshore oil industry: A delicate imbalance

By Christiane Badgley

Fishing and the offshore oil industry in Ghana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… event of a spill. George Diawuoh, the oil and gas point man for Ghana’s Environmental Protection Agency, said the agency is working to “cost the activity of fishermen,” in or …"

NOAA nixes listing of Atlantic bluefin as endangered

By Traver Riggins

Assessment verdict pulls critique from conservationists and industry groups

Investigations Around the World

Major U.S. bank is found laundering money for Mexican drug cartel; misuse of BP cleanup funds; and forest mismanagement in Latin America

$163 million spent on oil pollution research — with no coordination

By Laurel Adams

Interagency committee to coordinate oil pollution research - didn't

BP's Iris Cross starred in two disaster PR campaigns

By Aaron Mehta

Before oil spills ads, BP's Iris Cross drew jury tampering accusations in earlier disaster

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oil spill":

"… 00,000 individuals. Of those, $3.8 billion has been paid to 300,000 claims.Oil spill PR efforts echo Texas CityWhen he first saw Cross on the TV screen in the …"

Oil spill cleanup fund is running out of money

By Laurel Adams

Oil spill damages fund, with a $1 billion cap, is nearly tapped out

Excerpts from this story referencing "Guard":

"… esponsible party cannot be identified or refuses to pay damages. The Coast Guard’s National Pollution Funds Center administers the trust, and enforces a …"

"… hat go unpaid for 90 days may be filed with the OPA fund.So far, the Coast Guard has obligated $629.5 million for the OPA fund for immediate response effor …"

"… ved over 629 claims, totaling $186 million, of which 538 were denied.Coast Guard officials told the GAO there was “significant risk the cap could be reac …"

Big break for big oil, larger burden for taxpayers

By Aaron Mehta

Whistleblowers help recover half-billion in energy revenues - but billions more owed taxpayers on public lands use

Excerpts from this story referencing "Common Sense":

"… said Autumn Hanna, who analyzes environmental spending for Taxpayers for Common Sense, an independent policy group in Washington. “These are things the federa …"

Six Questions for J. Davitt McAteer

By Jim Morris

Former mine safety regulator complains of inaction

Regulatory flaws, repeated violations put oil refinery workers at risk

By Jim Morris, Chris Hamby and M.B. Pell

The nation’s refineries are plagued by equipment failures and sometimes-fatal accidents that in many cases could have been prevented.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Russ Elveston":

"… re working at higher capacity, higher pressure, higher throughput,” said Russ Elveston, a forensic engineer and safety consultant who retired from OSHA’s Houst …"

Use of toxic acid puts millions at risk

By Jim Morris and Chris Hamby

A 2009 explosion in Corpus Christ sheds light on danger of toxic acid cloud

Internal e-mails suggest doctoring of oil spill information by White House

By Laurel Adams

The White House may have ignored expert advice from government officials and pressured scientists to make changes in a report about the BP o

Excerpts from this story referencing "Guard":

"… water Horizon blowout did have a grasp of the severity of the spill. Coast Guard logs indicate officials estimated up to 8,000 barrels a day. The early lea …"

EPA inspector general responds to FOIA review by Grassley and Issa

By Laurel Adams

The inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency has issued a special report responding to a request by Sen. Charles Grassley an

Big polluters freed from environmental oversight by stimulus

By Kristen Lombardi and John Solomon

In the name of job creation and clean energy, the Obama administration has doled out billions of dollars in stimulus money to some of the na

Excerpts from this story referencing "Didion Milling":

"… ar Energy and Duke Energy, chemical manufacturer DuPont, and ethanol maker Didion Milling are among the firms with histories of serious environmental violations tha …"

"… which collaborated with the Center on this article, show ethanol producer Didion Milling received $5.6 million in stimulus money for an energy-efficiency project j …"

Joe Barton — Energy and Commerce Committee?

By Aaron Mehta

A longtime conservative from Texas, Rep. Joe Barton rocketed onto the national spotlight by famously apologizing to BP during a June hearing

Some anti-spending candidates’ businesses have government contracts, tax breaks in their past

By Kimberly Leonard and Aaron Mehta

In his quest for West Virginia’s Senate seat, Republican John Raese frequently attacks “professional politicians’ out-of-control spending sp

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