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New worries emerge that BP is leaking oil into the Gulf again

Remember the Deepwater Horizon, the oil rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year and leaked untold thousands of gallons of oil and tar balls? Of course you do. Well, things might not be as finished there as the recent news silence would suggest. With the federal government still trying to Restore The Gulf, reports are coming in that BP is "investigating" a new sheen of oil in the Gulf. No word yet on whether this is a new spill, something fairly innocent (some oil does naturally seep ou

U.S. approves Exxon Mobil's request for deepwater drill in Gulf

Let them drill, says the U.S. Department of the Interior. On Monday, regulators approved Shell's offshore plan that calls for the drilling of three exploratory wells in the Gulf of Mexico. Then, on Tuesday, Exxon Mobil was granted approval to drill in the deep waters of the Gulf, marking the fourth deepwater permit issued since the disastrous BP oil spill.

Shell gets approval to drill three deepwater wells in Gulf of Mexico

It's near impossible to forget that back in April of 2010, the Deepwater Horizon burst into flames, sunk into the sea and spewed oil for months. In early May, President Obama declared that no additional deepwater drilling efforts would commence until measures were in place to prevent this type of disaster. Then, in October of 2010, U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, announced that deepwater drilling would resume. Earlier this month, Salazar said that he expects to sign off on a "signif

The Oil Drum presents one vision of the oilpocalypse in the Gulf

BP and the US government haven't been as forthcoming with details about the company's oil spill as some of us would like. Lack of clear information often breeds speculation, and what follows is certainly speculation. That being said, those of us who write for ABG and you, our readers, often deal with absolutes: the most efficient battery design, the fastest charge time, the largest miles-per-gallon number. So we can't help but wonder, what is the absolute worst case scenario for the BP oil spill

CalCars: President Obama should create "Drive Star," would cut oil use in half by 2020

The ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico continues to have a tremendous impact on not only the local environment but our national discussion as well. Our friend Felix Kramer, founder of CalCars, was particularly emotionally hit by the mess and is using the opportunity to speak about some of the bigger issues relating to oil use, transportation and terrorism. One example:

Discussion fodder: Could there be an environmental disaster like the Gulf spill if we got off oil?

The Diane Rhem Show had a good hour-long discussion about BP's ever-worsening oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico this morning and it got us to thinking. We're all familiar with what happens during a tragedy like this, even when it turns out to be a lot worse than we originally thought, but what about fifty years from now when oil-burning cars are the minority? (they will be the minority by then, right?) As we shift away from petroleum, what other problems might we be creating?

Sunk Gulf oil rig spilling up to 5,000 barrels of crude every day

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is going from bad to worse. It seems only a week ago that we were told the mess wasn't all that bad, but now that oil is leaking out at a rate about five time faster than expected – up to 5,000 barrels of oil a day from three different leaks about a mile underwater – a lot of government officials like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and President Barack Obama are pushing for big help, fast. Jindal declared a state of emergency and the feds have sent a