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BP claims new cap almost in place, but locals are wary

"At this point, there have been so many ups and downs that everyone here is saying, 'we'll believe it when we see it'," said Keith Kennedy, a charter boat captain who works out of Venice, La.


Oil spill workers report illness, possible long term effects

Cleanup workers are getting sick and health professionals are warning about the long term effects on everyone, including the general population.


Cover-ups and 'cost-savings' ooze from BP records

Louisiana union leaders, environmentalists and others are saying that the disparity between what BP told government regulators in March and what it has actually been able to do results from a willfully misleading manipulation of numbers by the company.


EPA urges reduction in dispersants on Gulf Coast

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Lisa Jackson ordered the company last May to reduce its usage of dispersants by 75 percent.


Why Exxon Mobil is more dangerous than BP

Exxon Mobil Corp. stands out among the nation's oil giants in one big way: it is spending millions of dollars to fund an enormous network of extreme right-wing groups.


Big Coal: damaging communities from Appalachia to Colombia

Kentuckians for the Commonwealth presented "The Struggle for Justice in the Coalfields of Central Appalachia and Colombia" at the U.S. Social Forum.


20,000 march in Detroit as Social Forum opens

DETROIT - Opening the U.S. Social Forum here, 20,000 from around the nation, a multi-ethnic rainbow of young and old, marched Tuesday calling for jobs and social justice.


Freedom Caravan arrives in Detroit

A 1,000-strong People's Freedom Caravan arrived today in time to participate in the opening of the U.S. Social Forum, a gathering of thousands of progressive and left social and political activists.


Sorry, Mr. Hayward, Joe Barton stole limelight from your dismal performance

The firestorm over Barton's defense of BP drew attention away from the dismal performance by BP's CEO Tony Hayward at the Congressional hearing yesterday.


GOP reeling from Barton’s “shakedown”

WASHINGTON-- Rep. Joe Barton, R-Tex, has plunged the Republican Party into turmoil with his blurted apology to the CEO of BP for what he called President Obama's "shakedown" of the oil giant,  possibly changing the midterm election dynamics.

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