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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… to several new safety regulations, Moure-Eraso said. A report by the Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general last year, however, found that the backlog of cases ha …"

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 …"

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 "board member":

"… tisfaction with its performance among some in Congress, current and former board members and families affected by unfinished accident investigations. The inspect …"

"… out weaknesses that I believe can and should be improved upon,” current board member Mark Griffon wrote the inspector general. “I am very concerned about the …"

"… a figure the report said was worse than the government average. A former board member previously told the Center the agency was “grossly mismanaged.” This w …"

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 "Occupational Safety and Health Administration":

"… ns for the company as well as a refining industry trade group and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Those recommendations were never issued. “The board at that time didn …"

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.

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 "attorney":

"… h has a horrendous record of chronically violating U.S. law?” former EPA attorney Jeanne Pascal told The Washington Post in 2010. “You have to look at the …"

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 "Nassau County":

"… paying more. When the president took office, the price of gasoline here in Nassau County was about $1.86 a gallon. Now, it's $4.00 a gallon. The price of electrici …"

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 "Gulf of Mexico":

"… ry moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilling overall. Approved drilling pl …"

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 "Gulf of Mexico":

"… ry moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilling overall. Achieved historic in …"

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 "Gulf of Mexico":

"… ry moratorium on deep-water drilling after the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico but has pushed for more oil and gas drilling overall. Approved drilling pl …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil":

"… (AP) — A Canadian company's failure to deal adequately with cracks in an oil pipeline and its slow response to a 2010 rupture in southwestern Michigan …"

"… rupture in southwestern Michigan likely caused the most expensive onshore oil spill in U.S. history, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesd …"

"… tors also faulted Enbridge control center personnel for twice pumping more oil into the line after the spill began and failing to discover what had happe …"

"… s of waterways and wetlands. About 320 people reported symptoms from crude oil exposure. Enbridge's cleanup costs have exceeded $800 millio …"

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 "oil":

"… our own energy."But such complaints don't hold up. The U.S. produced more oil in 2010 than it has since 2003, and all forms of energy production have in …"

"… years ago, before he was president."We've opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration," Obama bragged in recent, multiple speeches. "Right n …"

"… oration," Obama bragged in recent, multiple speeches. "Right now, American oil production is the highest it's been in eight years."Data collected by the …"

"… es are killing jobs and making us all poorer."Besides the upward trend for oil, more gas has been produced in each of Obama's three years in the White Ho …"

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 "oil":

"… ns.– Michael Morse …"

"… claimed Obama’s policies could cost 934,000 “potential” jobs in the oil and gas industry. After we pointed out some bloopers committed by the staf …"

"… own to 256,000.But even that is too high. It is actually a prediction that oil-industry employment will remain unchanged, and that 256,000 “potential …"

"… warning could only materialize if Obama’s policies wiped out the entire oil and gas industry.The RPC’s projections of offshore and onshore job losse …"

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 "Steven Chu":

"… al rooftop market. Matt Rogers, then a senior advisor to Energy Secretary Steven Chu on Recovery Act issues, downplayed the report. “The ‘going concern’ …"

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 "Kosmos Energy":

"… the Jubilee wells required an investment of about $3.4 billion. U.S. firms Kosmos Energy and Anadarko Petroleum are part of an operating consortium headed by U.K.- …"

NOAA nixes listing of Atlantic bluefin as endangered

By Traver Riggins

Assessment verdict pulls critique from conservationists and industry groups

Excerpts from this story referencing "Mediterranean Sea":

"… efin tuna, but the majority of the world’s bluefin supply comes from the Mediterranean Sea. That stock, the Eastern Atlantic Bluefin, has experienced a 75 percent de …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Wells Fargo":

"… London’s Observer chronicled how Wachovia, a major U.S. banknow owned by Wells Fargo, laundered billions of dollars for a drug cartel in Mexico since 2004; the …"

$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 "Susan E. Criss":

"… an absolute idiot not to figure that out,” Galveston County, Texas Judge Susan E. Criss chided BP during a hearing Nov. 6, 2006 called to address the impact of th …"

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 "Gulf of Mexico":

"… to date on the activity of wells and the amount of energy produced in the Gulf of Mexico, where the government grants companies the lucrative privilege of explorin …"

"… k Obama, whose administration backs a limited expansion of drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.Dave Alberswerth, a former senior advisor at the Interior Department durin …"

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 "Seattle":

"… arrived at the hospital, Matt was being prepped for a helicopter ride to a Seattle trauma center. He never regained consciousness and died there on April 24. …"

"… ncy room, awaiting transport by helicopter to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, 60 miles to the south. Paul, Shauna and Amy took off for Seattle by car, …"

"… enter in Seattle, 60 miles to the south. Paul, Shauna and Amy took off for Seattle by car, arriving around 4:45 a.m. There, for the next 22 days, the family …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Corpus Christi":

"… ared at the time. On July 19, 2009, an explosion rocked an oil refinery in Corpus Christi, Texas, critically injuring a worker and spawning a fire that burned for m …"

"… ware of the peril. Nor are government officials. After the 2009 release in Corpus Christi, Citgo told state regulators that only 30 pounds of the acid escaped plant …"

"… ExxonMobil refinery near Joliet, Illinois, and the Citgo East refinery in Corpus Christi. After investigations, OSHA alleged a total of 25 safety violations agains …"

"… rd investigators determined. The company began pumping salt water from the Corpus Christi Ship Channel to the refinery’s water storage area.Although the makeshift …"

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 "Harry Reid":

"… to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Rep. James Oberstar, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, and Sen. Barbara Boxer. “The truth is we cannot afford that kind of …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "bipartisan":

"… nd Commerce, Barton is the co-chair of the Congressional Privacy Caucus, a bipartisan group dedicated to protecting “individual privacy,” and a member of th …"

"… 3.2 million in 2010For larger earmarks, Barton has been happy to work in a bipartisan manner. A group of Texan and Louisianan representatives, including four De …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ben Chandler":

"… eceived the money, not the team itself.Controversy has also beset Democrat Ben Chandler, who represents the 6th district of Kentucky.Chandler came under fire last …"

"… nds for Kentucky transportation projects. Now in a tough re-election race, Ben Chandler’s ads emphasize his independence and seldom identify him as a Democrat. …"

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