BP Oil Spill Topics

On April 20, 2010, the BP-operated offshore oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded and sank into the Gulf of Mexico becoming the worst industrial environmental disaster in U.S. history. Democracy Now! reported from the Gulf Coast, and continues to interview experts, government officials, local residents, and environmental activists about aftermath of the disaster.

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  • The U.S. Coast Guard has announced new rules keeping the public, including photographers and reporters covering the BP Oil Spill, from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches. Violators could face a fine of up to $40,000 and felony charges.
    Jul 07, 2010 | Columns & Articles
  • Cleanupworkers
    As the BP oil spill enters its seventy-eighth day, cleanup crews across the Gulf Coast are working to try and remove what they can of the expanding oil slick. And many of them are getting sick doing it. A growing number of cleanup workers have reported suffering flu-like symptoms, including headaches, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and problems with memory and concentration. We speak with a Louisiana chemist, who testified before Congress to call...
    Jul 07, 2010 | Story
  • Beach-closed
    Covering BP’s massive oil spill disaster has been a challenge for journalists, given the numerous restrictions placed by BP and, in many cases, local law enforcement and federal officials. But reporting on the spill and the cleanup efforts just got even harder. Last week the Coast Guard put new restrictions in place across the Gulf Coast that prevent the public, including photographers and reporters covering the BP oil spill, from coming...
    Jul 07, 2010 | Story
  • No-access
    As the BP oil disaster enters its seventy-seventh day, we speak to a scientist leading a team of researchers trying to get access to the well to better study what is happening at the site. Dr. Ira Leifer, who’s on the federally appointed Flow Rate Technical Group, says BP is restricting his access to study the gushing oil well. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 06, 2010 | Story
  • Cem-grand-isle
    We end today’s broadcast in the Gulf Coast as the worst oil spill in US history is in its seventy-fourth day. On this holiday weekend, with families across the country celebrating July 4th, our thoughts are in Louisiana, where we broadcast several weeks ago. We visit Grand Isle, a community devastated by the oil spill. [includes rush transcript]
    Jul 02, 2010 | Story
  • Hayward_web
    Lawmakers accused BP CEO Tony Hayward of stonewalling on Thursday after hours of tough questioning about the oil spill his company caused that has spiraled into the worst environmental disaster in US history. Hayward was testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. In seven hours of hearings, he faced a barrage of questions about BP’s cost-cutting measures and how early he was informed about problems with the well that exploded...
    Jun 18, 2010 | Story
  • Reich_web
    We get reaction to BP CEO Tony Hayward’s appearance on Capitol Hill from Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration and now a professor of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley. Reich says BP should be put under temporary receivership, which would allow the US to take over its operations until the spill is stopped. We’re also joined by Tyson Slocum, the director of Public Citizen’s...
    Jun 18, 2010 | Story
  • Obama-address
    Nearly sixty days since the explosion on BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig that has spewed over a hundred million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, President Obama devoted his first Oval Office address to outlining what he called a "battle plan" to tackle the environmental catastrophe created by the BP spill. The address came as government scientists once again sharply increased their estimate of the amount of oil gushing out of...
    Jun 16, 2010 | Story
  • Bp-spill-3
    We host a discussion on how the Obama administration has handled this catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico and explore concrete ways that this country might finally move away from a fossil-fuel economy with three guests: New Orleans attorney Monique Harden of Advocates for Environmental Human Rights; Sierra Club executive director Michael Brune; and Amory Lovins of the Rocky Mountain Institute in Colorado, widely recognized as one of the world’s...
    Jun 16, 2010 | Story
  • Iran-bp
    Stephen Kinzer, author of All the Shah’s Men: An American Coup and the Roots of Middle East Terror, looks at the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company’s role in the 1953 CIA coup against Iran’s popular progressive prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh. [includes rush transcript]
    Jun 14, 2010 | Story