Ian Urbina, New York Times investigative reporter, and Monona Rossol, chemist, industrial safety expert and author of Pick Your Poison, talk about the lack of testing of chemicals found in shampoos, cosmetics, cleaners, and other household goods. They’ll explain how the FDA regulates these chemicals, concerns about their safety, and how states are creating their own programs to police chemical safety.
New York Times reporter Ian Urbina discusses the lengthy detention in solitary confinement of many illegal immigrants here in the United States, "Immigrants Held in Solitary Cells, Often for Weeks."
The oil and gas industry drills natural gas wells with a technique called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking. And for decades, both industry executives and regulators have maintained that it’s safe. In an appearance before congress in January of last year, Rex W. Tillerson, the chief executive of ExxonMobil, claimed that "there is not one, not one, reported case of a fresh water aquifer having ever been contaminated from hydraulic fracturing, not one." Now, there is one.
Earlier this morning, BP released the results of its own investigation of what caused the oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico over the summer. The inquiry states that "no single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy," and heavily lays blame on BP's contractors, particularly Halliburton and Transocean.
The report is being seen both as an attempt at spin control by the beleaguered company, as well as their likely defense strategy in what could be years of litigation. Ian Urbina of our partner, The New York Times joins us with the latest.
Kenneth Feinberg officially took over the $20 billion fund allocated for those affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil gusher. BP, the company responsible for the crisis, has already paid $368 million to individuals and businesses who suffered financial losses. But thousands of claims are still left unresolved and will fall now on Feinberg's desk.
As oil from a mile-deep wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico continues to gush, BP is set to break records by drilling two miles below the sea's surface off the coast of Alaska in pursuit of what they believe is a 100 million barrel reservoir of oil.
"You have a company in the Gulf that was pushing the envelope in technology which played a role in this disaster," says Ian Urbina, national correspondent for The New York Times. "In the Arctic, the one project that is being allowed to go forward is by BP, and once again they are pushing the envelope."
Internal documents released to The New York Times last week show that BP reported problems mid-March with the undersea well that exploded a month later. However, the company delayed the testing of a critical piece of equipment – the well’s blowout preventer. And some BP engineers expressed concerns about the oil rig's safety as far back as 11 months ago.
It's still not known what caused the fatal explosion at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch Mine, a powerful blast that killed 29 miners in the worst mining disaster in a generation. But, in today's New York Times, a foreman from the Upper Big Branch Mine, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed a pattern of lax safety practices that pointed to disaster.
We look behind Monday's coal mine explosion that killed 25 and left 4 miners trapped in Montcoal, W. Va. into the Massey corporation, which owns the mine.
Two miners are in critical condition and four are still missing following the explosion of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia yesterday. Ellen Smith, editor of Mine Safety and Health News tells us that the mine had an unusually high number of safety violations.
25 miners are dead after an explosion tore through a coal mine in West Virginia's Raleigh County. The mine is owned by the Massey Energy company, which, according to news reports, has a history of safety problems. President Barack Obama sent condolences to West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin while emergency vehicles and helicopters arrived on the scene.
At least four times in the last year, Philadelphia has been taken over by flash mobs made up of massive numbers of teenagers who congregate in one place at the same time. The gatherings are usually coordinated through text messaging, Twitter, or other electronic means. It sounds innocent, (and indeed, most flash mobs are utterly benign) but lately, the gatherings in Philadelphia have taken a violent turn, resulting in injuries and damage to properties and businesses.