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Arctic drilling places endangered species like this Polar Bear in harm's way (photo: Amy Messere)

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water

7/7/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

More evidence that Congress lives in an alternate universe: they still think offshore oil rigs are no place for regulators. Basic common sense says that if you want to increase oil production, you at least need to pay for more […] Read more >

Coming soon to a coastline near you? (photo: flickr/hunting.glee)

Gulf spill side effect: Amnesia

5/5/2011 // By Peter LaFontaine

The politics around offshore drilling have taken a turn for the crazy.  Last month, while the rest of the country was marking the one-year memorial of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy, members of the House of Representatives apparently decided that the […] 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 >