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Oil spill taking a psychological toll

Oil spill taking a psychological toll

BMWUD2CYBUQM The Gulf of Mexico oil disaster feels far worse to shrimper Ricky Robin than Katrina, even though he’s still haunted by memories of riding out the hurricane on his trawler and of his father’s suicide in the storm’s aftermath. The relentless spill is bringing back feelings that are far too familiar to Robin and […]

Tropical storms could add to oil spill problems

Tropical storms could add to oil spill problems

Tropical weather gathering strength in the Caribbean could be the latest bad news for BP crews trying to contain and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf, an effort that has been plagued with setbacks for more than two months. It is still too early to tell exactly where tropical storm Alex might […]

Oil spill drenches Obama’s approval rating

Oil spill drenches Obama’s approval rating

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill piled pressure on Barack Obama on Thursday as the hurricane season closed in and voters angry at his crisis management hammered the president in a poll rating. BP was able to restart one of its containment operations on Wednesday after a delay caused by an undersea collision of equipment, […]

Judge who blocked drilling ban has conflict-of-interest

Judge who blocked drilling ban has conflict-of-interest

The Louisiana judge who struck down the Obama administration’s six-month ban on deepwater oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico has reported extensive investments in the oil and gas industry, according to financial disclosure reports. He’s also a new member of a secret national security court. U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman, a 1983 appointee of […]

Obama tries anger in latest attempt to salvage Presidency

Obama tries anger in latest attempt to salvage Presidency

Dogged for being too calm in crisis, President Barack Obama unleashed frustration for all to see Friday, warning BP it had better do right by the people whose lives it has wrecked. The president’s third trek to the Gulf of Mexico was about the workers with no government titles, the shrimpers and the shopkeepers, the […]

BP screws up another attempt to stop massive oil spill

BP screws up another attempt to stop massive oil spill

BP fumbled its latest underwater experiment with the wild Gulf gusher — just like every other endeavor the company has tried to fix the nation’s worst oil spill and BP’s chief executive said the company wasn’t fully prepared for the disaster. First, a 100-ton, four-story box couldn’t contain the spill because icelike crystals clogged the […]

As oil coats Gulf Coast, BP tries another risky move

As oil coats Gulf Coast, BP tries another risky move

As submersible robots made another risky attempt to control the underwater Gulf oil gusher, the crude on the surface spread, closing in on Florida. BP’s stock plummeted and took much of the market down with it, and the federal government announced criminal and civil investigations into the spill. The stakes couldn’t be higher. After six […]

Obama’s never-ending list of ‘top’ priorities

Obama’s never-ending list of ‘top’ priorities

President Barack Obama keeps reassuring the nation that stopping the Gulf oil spill and limiting the fallout on the region are his top priority. Yet so is protecting the country against attack. And getting people back to work. Presidencies usually don’t allow for a dominant priority — just a list of priorities. During another hectic […]

Attempt to cap oil leak fails: Now what?

Attempt to cap oil leak fails: Now what?

Yet another mix of risky undersea robot maneuvers, containment devices and longshot odds is being prepared to fight the uncontrolled gusher feeding the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Six weeks after the catastrophe began, oil giant BP PLC is still casting about for a way to slow down the spewing, blown-out well underneath the […]

Obama defends response on oil spill

Obama defends response on oil spill

Authorities raced Monday to stem the tide of a disastrous oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico a day after President Barack Obama fiercely defended his response and promised federal help for as long as needed. In drizzling rain and gusty winds in front of Venice harbor, the hub of the relief effort, Obama on […]