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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Human Impact of the Worst Offshore Oil Spill in American History

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

For four years, Margaret Brown traveled through small towns and major cities across the Gulf of Mexico, documenting the impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in on local citizens.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Making Waves: Hurricane Sandy Two Years Later, the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, and Wonder Woman

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Adam Sobel on Hurricane Sandy, Margaret Brown on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and Jill Lepore on Wonder Woman.

On The Media

Subpoenaeing Science

Friday, October 19, 2012

In 2010, in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution were brought in by BP to help advise. But after the US government sued BP, the company went after the Institution, subpoenaeing private correspondence and other documents on top of the 50,000 documents that the WHOI had supplied voluntarily. Brooke talks to Richard Camilli, an oceanographer at the WHOI, who says he believes this kind of request can compromise independent scientific inquiry.

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The Takeaway

Former BP Engineer Arrested in Connection with Gulf of Mexico Spill

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

More than two years after the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion that killed 11 workers and caused millions of barrels of oil to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, federal authorities have arrested Kurt Mix, a former BP engineer. Mix was among those tasked with monitoring and stopping the leaking oil; he is is accused of destroying evidence showing exactly what the company knew about why attempts to seal the leak were failing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Details on the Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Friday, April 20, 2012

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It's A Free Country ®

Explainer: Will High Gas Prices Hurt Obama's Re-Election Hopes?

Friday, February 24, 2012

Incumbent parties tend to fare poorly in elections when consumers feel like they're paying an arm and a leg at the pump. But it's more complicated than that.

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It's A Free Blog

PA Fracking Spill Forces Evacuations

Friday, April 22, 2011

In the same week that marked the one year anniversary of the BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a spill of another sort was happening hundreds of miles away in Pennsylvania.

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The Takeaway

Kenneth Feinberg on Gulf Coast Claims Process, One Year After Spill

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Today marks one year since the Deepwater oil rig exploded, leaking oil into the Gulf. More than half a million people say that BP owes them money, and many of them say the compensation process is unfair and is taking too long. Kenneth Feinberg is in charge of the $20 billion in compensation fund. He responds to Gulf residents who say the process isn't fair. 

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The Takeaway

One Year Later: Looking at the Impact of the BP Oil Disaster in the Gulf

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

It's been a year since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill and many questions remain about the long-term impact that the disaster will have not just on public policy, but on the fragile ecosystems of the Gulf Coast. To mark the one year anniversary of the disaster, two of our regular contributors reflect on what the future looks like one year later. Lisa Margonelli is the Director of the Energy Policy Initiative at the New America Foundation and David Biello is an editor at Scientific American.

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The Takeaway

Voices from the Gulf: Dean Blanchard, Seafood Distributor

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Wednesday is the one-year anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. All week long on The Takeaway, we'll be speaking to residents of the Gulf region whose lives, businesses and communities were profoundly impacted by the oil gusher that followed the explosion. Dean Blanchard owns a wholesale seafood wholesaling business in Grand Isle, Louisiana and was a frequent guest to the Takeaway in the days and weeks immediately following the Gulf Oil Spill. He endured a blow to his business, a layoff of 65 employees, and has endured a long wait to settle a claim with BP.

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The Takeaway

Gulf Fishing Communities a Year Later

Friday, April 15, 2011

A year after a an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig created a devastating oil spill in the region, how are fishing communities in the Gulf of Mexico dealing with the disaster? The BBC's Robyn Bresnahan visited the area to speak with people whose livelihood has been affected by the spill and the aftermath. She's witnessed everything from dead oysters to a resident so determined to increase awareness she walked to Washington D.C. from New Orleans on foot. Today we hear more from Bresnahan about her experiences in the Gulf. 

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It's A Free Blog

Ten Reasons Liberals Should Toast that 2010 is Finally Over

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Prepare to pop your champagne corks and warm up your vocal cords to belt out the lyrics of Auld Lang Syne. New Year’s Eve is upon us. For some, it’s a time to look forward to a new chapter. For others, a chance to reflect upon the accomplishments of the past year.

For liberals, let’s just toast that 2010 is over at last.

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The Takeaway

A New Year, or Same Old Sludge for the Gulf Coast?

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

All week long we're talking with some of our favorite guests from the past year about the year that was, and what they foresee in the year ahead.

Today: a conversation about the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry…the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which leaked over 205 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf this past spring and summer. The leaking oilhead was capped in July: how are people in Gulf states doing today?

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: Ireland Wants More Bikes, US Airlines Report Profits, and Ethanol Gets Taxpayer Boost--What Do Taxpayers Get?

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Does ethanol deserve a multi-billion dollar tax credit? (NPR)  And: a new EPA rule from the fall allowed for more ethanol to be mixed in with gasoline, but now automakers are suing, stating that the new blends aren't safe for cars. (Marketplace)

The New York Post says there's been a 16% rise in vehicle/bicycle collisions this year.

U.S. airlines report highest profits in at least four years. (Los Angeles Times)

Ireland's transportation minister, in an effort to promote bicycling, has announced that local authorities must include specific cycling policies and objectives in future development plans. (Inside Ireland)

New York subway ads now have less literature, more MTA self-promotion. (New York Times) And your TN correspondent has composed a haiku to mark the occasion: Goodbye, poetry/Hello, line improvements tout/but whither Dante?

GM says it is recycling oil-drenched boom material from the BP oil spill and turning it into plastic resin to be used in the Chevy Volt. (Wired)

Toyota will be fined $32 million for failing to swiftly recall defective vehicles. (New York Times)

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Weak on Environmental Regulation, Morning Headlines

Friday, December 17, 2010

Were cleanup efforts and regulation adequate in the gulf before and after BP's Oil spill? It depends on who you talk to, but one thing seems clear: the debate isn't over. Just as the Justice Department opened a large case against BP for more cleanup, The New York Times released documents detailing hand-wringing in Congress over lack of safety and regulation in the Gulf before the disaster. 

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Studio 360

Banksy takes on BP

Friday, September 03, 2010

British graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has been venturing into more mixed and varied mediums lately, adding performance art and even sculpture to his distinctive repertoire. With his reputation for subversive social commentary, it was only a matter of time before Banksy addressed the worst oil spill in history.

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WQXR News

Weather Delays Progress in the Gulf

Monday, August 30, 2010

With waves six to eight feet high, Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says efforts are on "weather hold," as crews prepare final operations on the damaged well in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

More on the BP Oil Spill

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

BP’s well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico exposed multiple weaknesses in our preparations for a major disaster and our regulation of the companies drilling in deep waters.  We will speak with Tad Patzek, Professor and Chair, Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering, University of Texas at Austin, and Dave Valentine, professor of Geology at UC Santa Barbara. They will discuss the cleanup, the ecological damage it has caused, and how effective the proposed changes to rules and regulations will be in preventing future disasters.     

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The Takeaway

BP Claimants Must Waive Right to Sue

Friday, August 20, 2010

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. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Background of the BP Oil Spill

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Kieran Suckling, executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, and Tad Patzek, Professor and Chair of the Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at the University of Texas Austin, discuss the technical background of the BP oil spill: what lead to the blowout, and how that well compares to the many others in the Gulf of Mexico. We’ll also look at ways the accident could have been avoided and possibilities why the blow out has been so hard to stop.

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