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Map of spill, June 13

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Obama discusses spill with British prime minister

With tensions inflamed over the administration’s repeated reference to “British Petroleum,” President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron today discussed the oil spill spreading across the Gulf of Mexico. But according to a White House “readout” of the call between the two leaders, the World Cup match between England and the U.S. was […]  More »

BP still better than Goldman Sachs

Reuters’ Felix Salmon posted this chart from BrandIndex showing responses to the question: “If you’ve heard anything about the brand in the last two weeks, was it positive or negative?” The brands shown in the chart are Goldman Sachs, Toyota and BP, arguably the companies getting some of the crummiest press as of late (though […]  More »

Map of spill, June 12

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Soccer as a proxy for the BP/U.S. government battle “Fear me Ken Salazar.” ManU’s Wayne Rooney will give England something to yell about. Americans have been pushing the Brits around a bit in the last few weeks. Ken Salazar said he’ll keep a boot on the neck of oil giant BP. President Obama said he’d fire CEO Tony Hayward. And members of Congress […]  More »

Gulf accident begets a new accident

A supply ship involved in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill recovery struck a natural gas production platform near Cocodrie, La. Friday morning, leading to a gas release that sent 36 people to shore for medical treatment. Officials at the Houma Incident Command post said the accident happened at about 9:25 a.m. Of the 41 […]  More »

Video: Controlled burns continue at Deepwater Horizon site

After all the talk about top kills, junk shots, containment boxes and nuclear blasts, we’re still using controlled burns to stem the tide of oil from BP’s leaking Gulf well. (Remember controlled burns? We liked them in week one of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. We love them now, in week seven.) This Coast Guard video […]  More »

Gulf seafood: Eat it, save the industry

Contrary to what the public may think, not all Gulf fisheries are closed. And the folks at Grist want to remind readers that lots of seafood harvested there is safe to eat. Brett Coomer / Houston Chronicle Plenty of shrimp, shellfish, and other seafood that have been greenlighted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch […]  More »

Infographic shows how deep the Deepwater Horizon rig drilled

We all know the Deepwater Horizon rig drilled down in a water depth of 5,000 feet to the seafloor of the Gulf of Mexico. But it didn’t stop there. It kept drilling thousands of feet under the seafloor. Just how far? Really, really far. OurAmazingPlanet puts it all into perspective with this cool infographic that […]  More »

Lawmaker asks Anadarko to donate oil revenues

A Democratic lawmaker today began pressuring Anadarko Petroleum Corp. to follow BP’s lead and donate any of the proceeds it receives from selling rude captured from the leaking Macondo well. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.V., made the request in separate letters to The Woodlands-based Anadarko, which has a 25 percent stake in the project, and Mitsui […]  More »

What happens when BP spills coffee?

If you’ve been following the Deepwater Horizon disaster closely, you may enjoy this bit of silliness on a Friday afternoon. In one of the more incisive parodies of the response to the Gulf oil leak, the Upright Citizens Brigade comedy troupe spoofs the Coast Guard, BP, Halliburton and other players (including Kevin Costner) by moving […]  More »

BP gets an upgrade, dividend debate actually helps

The rest of the world may think BP is on the verge of bankruptcy, but equity analysts aren’t buying it. Investment bank Simmons & Co. said this morning they are upgrading the rating on BP’s stock (from “Neutral” to “Overweight”), saying they find bankruptcy unlikely: “The next 12-24 months are likely to be challenging and […]  More »