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Rockhopper Penguin on Gough Island in the South Atlantic  (photo: Chantal Steyn)

Major oil spill in the South Atlantic threatens Rockhopper Penguins

3/23/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

A major oil spill in the Atlantic Ocean could spell catastrophe for endangered Rockhopper Penguins.  The cargo freighter M.S. Oliva ran aground on Nightingale Island in the remote Tristan de Cunha chain last week, spilling hundreds of tons of crude […] Read more >

The Deepwater Horizon on fire (photo: US Coast Guard)

Brother of Fallen BP Rig Worker Slams “Drill, baby, drill”

3/22/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

As the chants of “Drill, baby, drill!” get louder and louder and politicians thunder from their pulpits about putting oil rigs back in action, let’s not forget what it all means for the men and women who work on them. […] Read more >

BP: Always Sticking Up For the Little Guys

3/9/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

Since replacing Tony Hayward (he of yachting fame and foot-in-mouth syndrome) as BP’s chief executive, Bob Dudley has mostly stayed out of the limelight.  But Dudley stirred up memories of his old boss yesterday by addressing the “liability cap” on […] Read more >

Good luck finding one of these in the Gulf (photo: US Fish & Wildlife)

Shocker! Gulf drilling agency makes the “High Risk List”

3/1/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

To the surprise of absolutely no one, the Minerals Management Service (MMS) made this year’s list of the worst-run government agencies.  The “High Risk List” helps the feds keep track of their problem children, and MMS has long suffered problems […] Read more >

Dolphins in Gulf Shores, AL (photo: Christy Sheffield)

BP Starts to Cut and Run, Leaving Death Behind

2/22/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

It’s been a bad month in the Gulf of Mexico. Last week BP decided to stop playing nice.  Ken Feinberg, who the oil giant chose to run its compensation fund for spill victims, recently released a report estimating fishermen’s losses.  […] Read more >

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Who Wants Clean Water, Anyway?

2/14/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

Urgent Action! Please Speak up for Wildlife Now! Help stop dangerous legislation that slashes critical funding for agencies that defend our nation’s wildlife. Call your U.S. Representative and tell them to “Vote No on the Continuing Resolution.” Pollution isn’t a […] Read more >

An Excuse to do Nothing

2/3/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

How did 300 tons of rusted metal halt federal legislation in its tracks?  That’s the question looming over the Deepwater Horizon’s blowout preventer (BOP), a “fail-safe” mechanism designed as the last line of defense against oil spills. During last week’s […] Read more >

Oil Spill Commission on Trial

2/1/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

The federal Oil Spill Commission meets a daunting roadblock: Congress. Read more >