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The Takeaway

Caught in Red Tape, Gulf Coast Claims Should Soon Be Addressed

Friday, July 30, 2010

Over 130,000 people have filed for damages due to the Gulf Oil Spill. They include shrimpers, realtors, deckhands, rig workers, restaurant owners and fish distributors from every Gulf State, and seven states beyond. Getting their checks from BP has been difficult. Only a third of the 130,000 claims against BP have been paid out. The rest are stuck in an whirlpool of red tape.

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The Takeaway

Outsourcing the Dangers of Oil Drilling

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It's been 100 days since the oil began gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. BP CEO Tony Hayward is being packed off to Russia for his bungling of the explosion's aftermath, but tainted managers aren't the only thing big oil is shipping overseas; they're also moving operations to countries with lax regulations.

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The Takeaway

Tony Hayward out as BP CEO; American Bob Dudley Steps In

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Everyone heard the rumblings in the distance, but with the second-quarter earnings reports this morning, BP finally dropped the bomb: Tony Hayward is out. He'll step down from his post as BP's CEO this October. It's been reported that he’ll be sent to Russia to work on a BP joint venture there.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Wikileaks, BP, Arizona, GDP

Monday, July 26, 2010

This week will mark 100 days since the Deepwater Horizon exploded, sending millions of barrels of oil a day into the Gulf of Mexico. BP's second quarter earnings are expected tomorrow, and the results will be telling about the oil company's future. What we do know: BP's future will not include Tony Hayward. The embattled chief executive officer agreed to step down yesterday, and will be replaced by Robert Dudley, BP's most senior American executive, who has been in charge of operations in the Gulf. We'll look ahead to the future of BP with Marcus Mabry, associate national editor for The New York Times; and Fernando Pizarro, a Washington correspondent for Univision.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: Tarballs on Beaches and Cheerleading as a Sport?

Friday, July 23, 2010

It's not just Friday, it's Follow-Up-Friday! Lisa Maatz, director of public policy and government relations at AAUW (formerly known as the American Association of University Women), follows up on the ruling by a judge that Cheerleading does not fulfill Quinnipiac University's Title IX obligations. Then, Thomas Shirley, Endowed Chair of Biodiversity and Conservation Science at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, follows up on some comments we received about tar balls on beaches around the gulf and elsewhere.

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WQXR News

BP Cap to Stay on Leaking Well, Despite Seepage

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Coast Guard wants BP to be more vigilant about detecting seepages along the sea floor.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: BP's Toxic Dispersant, Morning Headlines

Monday, July 19, 2010

Marine toxicologist Susan Shaw says the use of dispersants in the water will cause major environmental damage; headlines.

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WQXR News

BP Cautiously Optimistic About Cap Results

Friday, July 16, 2010

The cap has so far shut off Deepwater Horizon's oil leak and held the oil for more than 17 hours.

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The Takeaway

Oil Capped But Damage Continues in the Gulf of Mexico

Friday, July 16, 2010

BP finally has some good news to report: A recently installed 75 ton cap has, for the first time in 85 days, stopped the flood of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico from a broken wellhead. While the damage to Gulf shores may have been relatively light thus far, anywhere between 93.5 and 184 million gallons of crude oil has likely contaminated those waters.

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The Takeaway

48 Hours of Testing for New BP Oil Well Cap

Thursday, July 15, 2010

BP is still working to fix the Deepwater Horizon well, which has been leaking since April. The latest effort also hit a glitch when a new cap showed a leak. BP has now said that they have fixed that leak and can move ahead with a test to make sure that they can finally put an end to the gusher. Science reporter for The New York Times, Henry Fountain has been following the story. He explains how the new cap will work and how it will lead to a permanent solution.

 

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WNYC News

Gov't Issues New Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling

Monday, July 12, 2010

The federal government has issued a new moratorium on deepwater drilling, days after an appeals court upheld a ruling against the ban.

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WQXR News

Latest Fix in the Gulf Could Cap Oil Spill

Friday, July 09, 2010

Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen says the latest fix to stop the oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico could temporarily increase the amount of oil spilling into the water; but, if this weekend's plan works, the spill could be contained in just a few days, according to the Associated Press.

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Gallerina

My Life in Oil

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

WNYC

For almost his entire professional life, from the late 1940s well into the 1990s, my father worked as an engineer in heavy construction. He helped build petroleum cooling towers and plants that processed nickel, the metal found in everything from rechargeable batteries to guitar strings. Over his life, he also took pictures—thousands of them—assiduously chronicling everything, including his dingy work sites. Among photos of our family vacations, he kept images of refinery operations, open-pit mines, and mining camps.

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WQXR News

Preparations Underway for Hurricane Alex

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hurricane Alex was well into the Gulf of Mexico and headed toward Texas and Mexico on Wednesday, after being upgraded to a Category 2 Hurricane this afternoon, making it the first Atlantic hurricane of the season, according to the Associated Press.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Chemical Fingerprinting of Oil Spills

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The emerging field of environmental forensics may be the best way to determine the impact that the oil spill will have on the gulf coast. Merv Fingas, former Chief of the Emergencies Science Division of Environment Canada, is a leader in the field and will explain what chemical fingerprinting is and how it can help us understand what will happen in the Gulf.

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The Takeaway

On Interviewing the New Face of BP, Darryl Willis

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Speaking this morning with the new face of BP, this fellow Darryl Willis, made me think about what public relations are all about. First of all let me be clear, I liked the guy. He certainly has a hard job dealing with claims, and his southern accent and easy going Gulf pace of speaking will certainly be a welcome change from Tony Hayward’s chilly British lilt.

His job is to deal with claims against BP and help people to get money owed them by the company for lost wages and the like. But the fact that he has worked for BP for 20 years, calls himself an executive, and appears in expensively produced commercials — reassuring people about BP’s sense of corporate responsibility — qualifies him as a company spokesperson. So I asked Willis about the story on the front page of The New York Times today. BP is developing an oil well in Alaska that pushes the envelope of technology and engineering.

The project involves ten miles of drilling that starts in deep water and goes sideways into a huge underground reservoir. Willis knew nothing about the story or the technological details. When asked what he would say to the people of Alaska to reassure them that this new well wouldn’t go awry, he responded with a corporate line about BP’s concern for safety. Then he insisted he was a real BP executive and lifelong Gulf resident not some random local hired to talk the talk with angry Gulf victims.

I wanted to ask him if we could give out his phone number so anyone listening could call him about their claims problems. I didn’t. Maybe I should have. Instead I asked if BP would hire some rugged looking mountain man with a shotgun to talk to Alaskans in the case of this new well blowing out and causing another catastrophe up north. He deflected by saying he was totally focused on the Gulf victims and that was his job everyday. In a sense he didn’t answer the question because it was obvious. That’s exactly what they would do. BP probably has any number of rugged Alaskans on the payroll ready to go if, God forbid, the worst happens up there.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: Under the Radar Oil Spills

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The attention being paid the Deepwater Horizon oil spill has many residents of Nigeria, Egypt, and Chile scratching their heads. Devastating oil spills in these countries in the past decades have gone relatively unnoticed by the mainstream press. Both Dr. Erich Gundlach, director of E-Tech International, an oil spill clean-up firm, and Richard Steiner, professor of marine conservation at the University of Alaska, have first-hand experience working with oil spills around the world. They'll discuss some of the largest oil spills that have gone unnoticed and what was done to clean them up.

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The Takeaway

Feedback Loop: An Oil Spill By Any Other Name...

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Is still a major disaster. We asked you to tell us what the spill should be called and ideas ranged from "gusher" to "devastation" to "a complete disaster! Not natural!" On the show, New York Times columnist, Ben Zimmer had a lot to say about the significance of these words and the historical connotations behind some of the words like "gusher" and "rupture." But one thing was clear, the word "spill" is not adequately defining the leaking, gushing, spewing, messy oil in the Gulf.

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The Takeaway

What Should We Call the Oil Spill?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

For more than two months, we've tracked news and developments of the Gulf oil spill. But is it technically a "spill?" The broken pipe is spilling (or gushing, or spewing, or leaking) as many as 30,000 to 60,000 gallons of oil a day. Is it time for some new terminology? What would you call the oil spill, and why?

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WQXR News

Federal Judge Strikes Down Drilling Ban

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A federal judge in Louisiana has ruled against the federal government's moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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