Topic archives: Gulf of Mexico oil spill

Shell puts a polar bear sheen on Arctic oil spill

August 22, 2011 2

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.

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

March 11, 2011 3

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.

Baby dolphins washing up dead in the Gulf

March 4, 2011

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.

Floor bed of Gulf oil could cause long term harm

December 20, 2010

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.

The death of the BP well

September 20, 2010

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".

Meet the man behind BPGlobalPR

September 13, 2010

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.

Michael Wolff: where’s the oil?

Michael Wolff: where’s the oil?

August 10, 2010 12

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.

Experts argue over extent of BP spill damage

August 10, 2010

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.

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

August 3, 2010

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.

Why are journalists believing BP’s rubbish?

July 30, 2010

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.

Reports of dead oil soaked animals have been greatly exaggerated

July 30, 2010

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.

Tony Hayward bows out

July 28, 2010

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."

Did BP doctor photos of its crisis command centre?

July 21, 2010

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.

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

July 21, 2010

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?

Oil crisis could haunt the Gulf for years

July 19, 2010

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.

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

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

July 16, 2010 1

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.

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

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

July 16, 2010

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 […]

BP plugs Gulf oil spill

July 16, 2010

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."

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

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

July 14, 2010 1

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

PHOTO GALLERY: UV lights illuminate Gulf oil spill

PHOTO GALLERY: UV lights illuminate Gulf oil spill

July 13, 2010

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.