BALTIMORE — “Criminal negligence. The verdict is guilty!” That was the message proclaimed by pickets walking near a local BP gas station here June 12 as British Petroleum’s gusher continued to spew 80,000 barrels of crude oil daily into the Gulf of Mexico. There is no end in sight of this nightmare.
A second “containment” vessel will increase the amount of oil being captured to as much as 28,000 barrels of oil per day.
As oil washes up on Florida beaches, scores of cleanup workers are falling ill.
President Obama heads back to the Gulf Coast Friday, as BP's CEO acknowledges the company was completely unprepared for a deepwater oil spill.
Workers struggling to stem the oil flow on the Gulf Coast are falling ill and some are filing class actions suits against BP.
While BP has its own "reporters" enthusing about a "ballet at sea" in the Gulf, some 200,000 workers in the region are either out of work or facing imminent unemployment.
Union leaders, fishermen and environmentalists in the Gulf region say there is almost no chance that BP can stop the gushing oil by August.
Outraged at the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, a movement to boycott BP is growing across the country.
President Obama announced today that he is extending a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling permits, and said the BP explosion showed the need to transition to a green economy.
This week brought new revelations about the "cozy relationship" between the oil industry and government officials, and about deregulation's role in the Deepwater Horizon explosion.