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Shell puts a polar bear sheen on Arctic oil spill

The Gannet spill comes at a crucial time for Shell as the company tries to convince a sceptical public that it can be trusted with oil extraction in the Arctic, writes David Ritter from London.

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Can you protect the environment while drilling for oil and gas?

It seems that the idea of what MPAs are meant to protect the marine environment from has reversed since the declaration of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, writes Crikey natulralist Lionel Eelmore.

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National Geographic | ENVIRONMENT|

Baby dolphins washing up dead in the Gulf

Alarming numbers of bottleknecked dolphins are dying in the Gulf of Mexico this season, with a large percentage just babies. Is it due to the infamous BP spill from last year? Scientists aren’t ruling it out.

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Wall Street Journal | ENVIRONMENT|

Floor bed of Gulf oil could cause long term harm

A recently released US federal report claims oil spilled from BP’s Gulf of Mexico well has seeped into sediment deep into the Gulf, where it is impossible to be removed and may harm marine life, writes Jeffrey Ball.

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Newser | ENVIRONMENT|

The death of the BP well

Five months after the traumatic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a permanent cement plug has finally stopped the leak, with the federal bureau declaring the well “dead”.

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The Awl | COMPANIES|

Meet the man behind BPGlobalPR

As the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico worsened, the popularity of Twitter spoof profile @BPGlobalPR — an inept and amusing PR firm attempting to quell public outrage — grew exponentially. The Awl interviews the man behind the witty one-liners.

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Michael Wolff: where’s the oil?

The scientists are now the fumfering ones, insisting reports the Gulf oil spill has disappeared must be true. The greater crisis is, says Michael Wolff as it has long been: the lack of a reliable narrator.

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Financial Times | ENVIRONMENT|

Experts argue over extent of BP spill damage

BP continues its clean-up operations in the Gulf of Mexico while scientists bicker about the nature and extent of the spill, its effect on the environment and the best ways to prevent future disasters.

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Huffington Post | ENVIRONMENT|

It’s official: BP’s disaster is the worst accidental spill ever

The White House and BP originally estimated the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to be at around 5000 barrels of oil a day. New official estimates now place that number at around 53,000 a day, officially making it the worst accidental oil spill in history, says Dan Froomkin.

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Mother Jones | ENVIRONMENT|

Why are journalists believing BP’s rubbish?

This talk that the oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill has “disappeared” is absolute bull, says Mac McClelland. BP is white-washing this story and the media are falling for it like fools.

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Time | ENVIRONMENT|

Reports of dead oil soaked animals have been greatly exaggerated

The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was a terrible tragedy, but it wasn’t the worst environmental disaster of all time and it’s been blown completely out of proportion, says Michael Grunwald.

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Telegraph (UK) | COMPANIES|

Tony Hayward bows out

Beleaguered BP CEO Tony Hayward has ended speculation about the fate of his job and resigned, claiming his involvement in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill was like “being hit by a bus.”

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Washington Post | COMPANIES|

Did BP doctor photos of its crisis command centre?

It appears that BP is not only dodgy at capping leaks, but also dodgy at doctoring photographs. One blogger noticed that the oil giant altered a photograph of its command center. Dadly, too.

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Slate | LINKS|

Would the Republicans have managed the Gulf oil spill any better?

The Obama administration has come under fire for its response to BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. But what would the Republicans have done differently, and would they have achieved a better result?

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New York Times | ENVIRONMENT|

Oil crisis could haunt the Gulf for years

BP may have halted the oil leaking into the Gulf of Mexico but the hidden damage to the region’s ecosystems could be around for decades, writes Justin Gillis and Leslie Kaufman.

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What’s the bigger threat to marine parks: fishing or oil spills?

While commercial fishing and now recreational fishing are increasingly perceived as a threat to the oceans, it is hard to see how they are a greater threat than seismic testing and oil wells, writes Crikey naturalist Lionel Elmore.

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: mischief in the offing for Greens Brown

Bob should be mischievous. Reading in today’s Financial Review how the BHP lobbyist Geoff Walsh, a former Bob Hawke adviser and ALP federal secretary, played such an intriguing role in the removal of Kevin Rudd should be enough to get Greens leader Bob Brown into a mischievous mood when it comes to making his election […]

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NY Times Business | ENVIRONMENT|

BP plugs Gulf oil spill

Nearly three months after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig began spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico, BP have finally plugged the leak. The beleaguered company has warned, however, that the disaster “isn’t over.”

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Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: we’re feelin’ good again about financial prospects

In today’s chunky bits: tourists covered with oil, a beautiful straight bat, how confident consumers vote and more.

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National Geographic | ENVIRONMENT|

PHOTO GALLERY: UV lights illuminate Gulf oil spill

An American geologist has taken a leaf out of Dexter’s book, using blood spotting crime scene techniques to illuminate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

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Companies and NGOs — how close is too close?

The BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill is not only creating a mess in nearby states — it’s also creating a massive mess with BP’s decades-long campaign to work with NGOs on environmental issues, writes Noel Turnbull.

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Mashable | LINKS|

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill is sooo last month

BP’s catastrophic oil spill is one of the worst environmental disasters in, well, ever, but could it be that we’ve already lost interest? New statistics suggest social networking users are over it.

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Washington Post | COMPANIES|

BP + US Defense Department = cha-ching

Publicly the US government has been critical of BP and its Gulf of Mexico spill. But the US military has contracts with BP worth at least US$980 million, with at least one big one being signed since the spill.

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NY Times Business | COMPANIES|

Uncle Sam’s slippery oil subsidies

The petroleum industry is fighting a proposed new tax to pay for the cleanup of BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill, even though oil production is among the best subsidised businesses in America, says David Kocieniewski.

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The Awl | ENVIRONMENT|

Letters from the Gulf

Dan Horton is working on a barge “four miles off Ground Zero”, unloading the crude oil from skimmer boats that are attempting to clean up the Gulf of Mexico spill. He is allowed to send one email a day.

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