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Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: Another Rig Catches Fire and Reignites Offshore Drilling Fears

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) On Thursday, a manageable explosion on a Gulf Coast oil rig reignited fears founded by the BP spill and revived calls for a reassessment of the country’s drilling policies. Just before 9 a.m. Thursday morning, the Vermilion Oil Rig 380 exploded. Unlike the Deepwater Horizon rig, this one was located in…

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Gulf Oil Spill and the Changing Energy Equation

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has critical implications for the energy industry. In response to the spill, the federal government and Congress are rewriting the rule book on offshore oil and gas production. These new rules will change the way the US produces, transports and consumes energy. The Obama administration issued a six-month moratorium…

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BP, Meet Cassandra

BP’s Deepwater Horizon’s blowout is the largest oil disaster in the United States, far  surpassing Exxon Valdez, which 21 years ago contaminated 1500 miles of coastline, slaughtered hundreds of thousands of birds, otters, seals and whales, and devastated local communities, which are still dealing with the consequences even today. The lessons to be learned of this incredibly horrific event are…

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The Weekly Mulch from the Media Consortium: That Sinking Feeling – Oil Rigs and Climate Bills

By Sarah Laskow, Media Consortium blogger (reposted with permission) Two disasters flared up this week, one environmental, the other political. Off the coast of Louisiana, oil from a sunken rig is leaking as much as five times faster than scientists originally judged, and the spill reportedly reached land last night. And in Washington, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) jumped from his…

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