Peter LaFontaine’s Archive

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

Major oil spill in the South Atlantic threatens Rockhopper Penguins

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 …

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

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

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 …

BP: Always Sticking Up For the Little Guys

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 …

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

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

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 …

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

BP Starts to Cut and Run, Leaving Death Behind

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 …

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Who Wants Clean Water, Anyway?

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 …

An Excuse to do Nothing

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 …

Oil Spill Commission on Trial

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

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