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Key findings of federal Deepwater Horizon oil spill probe

Failures by BP,Transocean and Halliburton personnel at critical junctures during operations at the Macondo well “would have reduced the likelihood of the blowout occuring,” a federal investigation report on the Deepwater Horizon accident said today.  More »
Commercial fishermen from St. Bernard Parish, La., hired by BP lay oil retention booms around New Harbor Island in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

Companies, lawmakers react to federal oil spill report *updated*

Companies that worked on the doomed Macondo well, environmentalists and industry groups had varied reactions to a federal investigation’s final report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »
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Deepwater Horizon investigations: a compendium

The final report on the Deepwater Horizon accident expected today from the U.S. Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management is just the latest in a long list of investigations. Here’s a list of many of them.  More »
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This image provided by BP's spillcam on June 6, 2010 shows oil leaking out of the Macondo well head in the Gulf of Mexico. (AP file photo/BP)

Steffy: ‘Report shows poor decisions contributed to BP spill disaster’

The final report on last year’s Macondo well disaster found that a series of shortcomings led the explosion that killed 11 rig workers aboard the Deepwater Horizon.  More »
Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is seen floating on the surface of the water in Bay Jimmy, near where oil was spotted in June 2011. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

Coast Guard chief denies some recommendations from earlier report

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Robert J. Papp shoots down a few recommendations from an earlier report on the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon.  More »
Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010.  (Photo: HO/AFP/Getty Images)

BP official: Other gas deposits at Macondo may have gone unreported

A BP scientist identified a previously unreported deposit of flammable gas that could have played a role in the Gulf of Mexico spill, but BP failed to divulge the finding to government investigators for at least a year, according to interviews and documents obtained by The Associated Press.  More »
President Barack Obama, with Solyndra Chief Executive Officer Chris Gronet, looks at a solar panel, during a tour of Solyndra, Inc., a solar panel manufacturing facility, in Fremont, Calif. Solyndra received a $535 million loan from the U.S. government has announced layoffs of 1,100 workers and plans to file for bankruptcy. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Obama aides pushed for Solyndra decision

President Barack Obama’s aides pressured White House budget officials to complete a review of a $535 million U.S. loan guarantee to Solyndra LLC, a solar-panel maker that has filed for bankruptcy protection, according to a U.S. House committee report based on e-mails and documents.  More »
Hasbro's newest version of their famous "Easy Bake Oven" seen in Pawtucket, RI. The toy has been given a top-to-bottom redesign, at the heart of which is a new heating element more like that of a traditional oven. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Easy-Bake loses its bulb with 100-watt phase-out

This is not the Easy-Bake Oven you remember. The classic child’s toy comes with a new instruction: No light bulb necessary.  More »
This undated image provided by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality shows the broken Exxon Mobil pipeline beneath Yellowstone River near Laurel, Mont. This shot taken from the south bank of the river near Laurel shows the 12-inch pipeline extending into the water and a tree snagged on it underwater. State officials say these photos show conclusively that pipeline was completely severed, as opposed to sprung a leak. (AP Photo/Montana Department of Environmental Quality)

State still cataloging pipeline stream crossings

Montana officials said they are still cataloging information on the approximately 9,000 places where pipelines cross some type of waterway in the state.  More »
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FuelFix Newslinks |09.14.11|

New spill report spreads the blame. A delay on speculation rules. Fort Worth wants revisions.  More »
Lenny Rodriguez works on a Choice Exploration Inc. natural gas rig near Devers, Texas. (AP file photo/Mike Fuentes)

Official: Ark. natural gas regulations sufficient

Arkansas’ top environmental official said she believes her department has “sufficient” regulatory authority over natural gas drilling in Arkansas but says she wants to keep additional inspectors funded through an agreement with the Game and Fish Commission.  More »
Luminant's 1,600 megawatt Oak Grove power plant in Robertson County, Texas. (Photo: Luminant)

Luminant launches campaign against EPA

Dallas-based power plant operator launched a web site arguing its case against EPA emissions rules set to take affect Jan. 1, 2012. In an unusual move, the EPA has provided counter-points to the Luminant site.  More »