Map of spill, May 16

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Spill, May 16
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Map of spill, May 15

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Oil keeps moving west, tar balls litter Louisiana coast

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries biologists found tens of thousands of tar balls littering a 10-mile stretch of beach at Port Fourchon in the heaviest oiling west of the Mississippi River delta during the three-week-old spill, officials said. Some of the tar balls, which are dark, sticky globs of oil, measured 8 inches across, […]
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Oil spill inspires flurry of congressional hearings

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Lawmakers were just getting their feet wet with this week’s four congressional hearings on the oil spill. Next week, there already are at least six on tap. With the new round of hearings — which begins with the The Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Monday — lawmakers are shifting their focus from […]
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The Team is Up to the Task

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All of us who have spent time in the industry that have followed the rapidly changing oil spill situation in the Gulf over the last several weeks have felt a great deal of empathy for those involved and thought “there but for the grace of God goes I.” Despite the fingerpointing that is going on […]
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Groups urge boycott of BP filling stations

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D.C-based public interest group Public Citizen released a statement today calling for a boycott of BP filling stations, because of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. FutureAtlas.com “There are other places to buy gas,” [Public Citizen President Robert Weissman] said. “While no oil company is a stellar corporate citizen, BP is a particularly […]
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Shell still has hurdles to jump for Arctic drilling

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Yesterday a federal appeals court sided with Shell and rejected efforts by environmental groups to stop the company from exploratory drilling in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas off Alaska’s north coast. But Shell still has regulatory hurdles and safety reviews to pass. Last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar ordered a halt to all new offshore […]
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ConocoPhillips, Shell may combine Australia gas projects

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The Australian government’s proposed 40 percent tax on profits may cause ConocoPhillips, Shell, BG Group and Santos Ltd. to merge as much as $70 billion in gas projects, Bloomberg said. The proposed resource tax slated to begin in 2012 could reduce returns from the oil companies’ projects to export LNG made in Queensland, Australia. That […]
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EPA makes final rules on greenhouse gas emissions

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a final rule on how the Clean Air Act will limit greenhouse gas emissions for big emitters yesterday. Under the rules the EPA would require large power utilities, manufacturers and oil refiners that must already obtain permits for other pollutants to get operating permits based on their greenhouse gas […]
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Exxon Mobil recognized by Harris County

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Harris County Commissioner Sylvia Garcia (third from left) presents a resolution declaring May 18th as Exxon Mobil Anniversary Day in advance of a celebration planned in Baytown. Exxon Mobil has its own day in Harris County this year. On Tuesday, the Harris County Commissioners Court approved a resolution to declare May 18, 2010, Exxon Mobil […]
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