Yellowstone spill contaminates drinking water with carcinogen benzene

By Jim Morris

Authorities found the chemical, a component of crude oil, in drinking water downstream of an oil spill in Montana's Yellowstone River.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… that has killed countless workers and contaminated communities around the United States, is back in the news. Authorities found the chemical at elevated levels i …"

Governors and oil industry work hand in hand in offshore drilling group

By Nicholas Kusnetz

Lobbying firm, advocacy organization did much of the work.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas":

"… s — additional coalition members include the chief executives of Alaska, Texas, South Carolina and Louisiana — but none made anyone available, though A …"

"… hat featured officials from the five inaugural states of the coalition — Texas, Alaska, Virginia, Mississippi and Louisiana — who decried the federal g …"

"… before that, he says, as legal counsel to the top oil and gas regulator in Texas. The alliance says it seeks to improve understanding of the nation’s en …"

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 "Congress":

"… . Yet the CSB has been dogged by long-running delays that have frustrated Congress, residents and even former board members. The Center’s report, publishe …"

"… underfunded and must struggle to respond to requests — many of them from Congress — for investigations. Even before the West Virginia chemical spill, a s …"

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 "Texas City":

"… , 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 workers and injured at …"

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 "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… old — are incomplete. As members of Congress raise questions, the Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general is auditing the board’s investigative process. …"

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 "Ed Markey":

"… e recklessly crashes a car, their license and keys are taken away,” Rep. Ed Markey (Mass.), the senior Democrat on the Natural Resources committee, said in a …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… Mitt Romney wrongly claimed that it took 14 days for President Barack Obama to brand the assault on the U.S. Consulate in Libya a terrorist act. 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 …"

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 "Syria":

"… 6. Has spoken in favor of covert action by the U.S. and regional allies in Syria but "the right course is not military" intervention by the U.S. Criticizes …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… in an oil pipeline and its slow response to a 2010 rupture in southwestern Michigan likely caused the most expensive onshore oil spill in U.S. history, the Na …"

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 production":

"… 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 Energy Info …"

"… lms, head of the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, has watched oil production triple in his state in recent years thanks to new drilling methods, hydrau …"

"… es ammunition for Republicans, because it predicts that in the short term, oil production in the Gulf of Mexico, where the Obama administration placed a moratorium …"

FACT CHECK: GOP’s phantom job losses

By FactCheck.Org

Looking to smear Obama, Republicans effectively triple job loss stats

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 "Supreme Court":

"… licate issues of national security or the other foundations upon which the Supreme Court has recognized Executive Privilege.” Some emails already released in th …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "Austin":

"… Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing; the Migrant Clinicians Network in Austin; the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection …"

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 "Africa":

"… .In December 2010, Ghana, a nation of 24 million people, became the latest African nation to join the petroleum club. Its Jubilee field, approximately 60 km …"

"… rnalist and documentary producer who has been following oil development in Africa. This article was produced in cooperation with the Pulitzer Center on Cris …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "BP":

"… p; The Associated Press investigated the use of cleanup money doled out by BP during last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and found that many …"

"… lf of Mexico, and found that many communities spent millions of dollars of BP money on gadgets, vehicles and gear, which often had little to do with the …"

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

By Laurel Adams

Interagency committee to coordinate oil pollution research - didn't

Excerpts from this story referencing "Louisiana":

"… ed to communicate with outside partners. Four states—Alaska, California, Louisiana, and Texas—have their own oil pollution research programs, but two of th …"

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

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 "BP":

"… id that an “aggressive” reorganization of Interior precipitated by the BP oil spill one year ago already has increased oversight of the gas and oil …"

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 "Texas City":

"… in the years leading up to a 2005 explosion at the company’s refinery in Texas City, Texas, which killed 15 workers, managers close to the scene agonized over …"

"… l for so very many hourly people,” reads a BP summary of interviews with Texas City workers three months before the blast. A business plan circulated eight da …"

"… in California, perhaps by 2013.)The aftermath of a 2005 explosion at BP's Texas City refinery, which killed 15 workers and injured at least 180 others. Credit: …"

"… issuade BP from cutting corners and overlooking lessons of the past at its Texas City refinery, acquired from Amoco in 1998. On March 23, 2005, an old, poorly d …"

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 "U.S. Chemical Safety Board":

"… e regulators that only 30 pounds of the acid escaped plant boundaries. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board later estimated, however, that at least 4,000 pounds left the refinery and …"

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 "BP":

"… t officials and pressured scientists to make changes in a report about the BP oil spill cleanup in order to suit a public relations agenda, according to …"

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 "show ethanol producer":

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

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