Accidents and Spills
Government to cut health and safety inspections by a thirdGuardian Unlimited | 21 Mar 2011
Automatic practice inspections set to only focus on high risk sites, such as energy, nuclear sites and chemical industries. Health and safety inspections are to be cut by a third in the deregulatory drive being pushed through Whitehall ahead of the "go for growth" budget due to be introduced in April. The work and pensions minister Chris Grayling is to announce that future automatic practice inspections should only focus on high risk sites, such as energy, nuclear sites and chemical industries.
Justice Department to set up oil spill probe task forceReuters | 07 Mar 2011
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Justice Department said on Monday that it will create a single task force to oversee all aspects of its criminal investigation into last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
BP puts package of UK oil, gas assets on saleReuters | 22 Feb 2011
BP PLC plans to sell all its stakes in gas fields it operates in the southern North Sea, including the pipeline network and the Dimlington receiving terminal, by the end of 2011, the company said on Tuesday.
Hoaxers target new Chevron advertising campaignReuters | 18 Oct 2010
Chevron Corp launched a new advertising campaign on Monday to address negative perceptions of big oil companies, but a bogus release and website by activist hoaxers and an environmental group quickly sought to turn the tables on the company.
Tanker leaks jet fuel after North Sea collisionReuters | 12 Oct 2010
A Greek tanker carrying jet fuel and a Cypriot container ship collided some 30 km off the Dutch coast at Scheveningen leaking highly flammable kerosene into the sea, the Dutch coast guard said on Tuesday.
BP CEO defends BP safety record under MP grillingReuters | 15 Sep 2010
BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward defended the oil giant's safety culture under a grilling from British members of parliament as UK regulators released dozens of documents questioning the company's record.
Every BP petrol station in London shut down by direct actionGreenpeace UK | 27 Jul 2010
BP is being prevented from selling fuel anywhere in central London this morning by Greenpeace activists who have shut down every petrol station in the capital and put up signs which say: "Closed. Moving beyond petroleum". Later this morning BP is expected to announce the appointment of Bob Dudley...
BP accused of repeated shortcuts as Obama tours GulfReuters | 14 Jun 2010
THEODORE, Ala./HOUSTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers accused BP Plc on Monday of taking risky and repeated shortcuts on its blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well, while President Barack Obama pressed the energy giant to swiftly compensate victims of the worst spill in U.S. history.
Tide of anger may turn an ecological tragedy into a political nightmareGuardian Unlimited | 12 Jun 2010
Fifty days in, the backlash from the BP oil spill is being felt on both sides of the Atlantic. As the special relationship comes under strain, Obama invests an unprecedented amount of presidential time on a visit to the Gulf, while Cameron faces rightwing flakThe anger is palpable in the southern...
David King: We must abandon oil before it's too lateGuardian Unlimited | 12 Jun 2010
The Gulf of Mexico spill has made it imperative that we end our dependency on petrolHow much should we worry about running out of oil? Of late, there have been disparate predictions for our oil reserves, with some claiming that oil will last us for decades. In fact, the question is not so much:...
BP oil leak aftermath: Slow-motion tragedy unfolds for marine lifeGuardian Unlimited | 10 Jun 2010
The wildlife haven Grand Isle is at the heart of the environmental catastrophe engulfing LouisianaOut on the water, it starts as a slight rainbow shimmer, then turns to wide orange streamers of oil whipping through the waves. Later, on the beach, we witness a vast, Olympic-sized swimming pool of...
BP to give collected oil proceeds for wildlifeReuters | 08 Jun 2010
HOUSTON (Reuters) - BP Plc on Tuesday said it will donate net revenues from oil recovered from its stricken Gulf of Mexico oil well to restore wildlife habitats on the coastlines of four affected Gulf Coast states.
UK to boost safety inspections after BP oil spillReuters | 08 Jun 2010
LONDON (Reuters) - Britain said it would increase its inspection of North Sea drilling rigs and monitoring of offshore practices in the light of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.Energy and climate change minister Chris Huhne said in a statement posted on his department's website on Tuesday that he had also asked an oil industry group to investigate the UK's ability to prevent and respond to oil spills
North Sea oil rigs face tougher scrutiny after BP spillGuardian Unlimited | 07 Jun 2010
Chris Huhne is to increase oil inspectors after Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of MexicoThe new energy and climate secretary Chris Huhne will announce plans today to beef up environmental inspections of North Sea oil rigs in the wake of the BP Gulf of Mexico disaster, but is increasing the...
Letters: BP and corporate responsibilityGuardian Unlimited | 06 Jun 2010
BP's use of Transocean's Deepwater Horizon is not in the least unusual (Big problems, 4 June). Transocean is the world's largest offshore drilling contractor and has the longest experience of this kind of oil exploration. During this disaster, it managed to get more than a hundred people safely off...
BP oil spill: death and devastation - and it's just the startGuardian Unlimited | 31 May 2010
It could take months or years for the true impact of the spill on surrounding ecosystems to emergeThe White House says the BP oil spill is probably the greatest environmental disaster the US has faced, but the true impact on surrounding ecosystems could take months or even years to emerge. Experts...
Criminal probe of Gulf oil spill seen inevitableReuters | 25 May 2010
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - With a BP well spilling oil into the Gulf of Mexico for a fifth week and President Barack Obama under pressure to act, legal experts say it is only a matter of time before his administration begins a criminal investigation into the disaster.
Government slams BP for missed deadlines on spillReuters | 23 May 2010
VENICE, La/HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government threatened on Sunday to remove BP from efforts to seal a blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico if it doesn't do enough to stop the leak, though it acknowledged only the company and the oil industry have the needed know-how.
BP reports limited success in containing oil spillReuters | 16 May 2010
HOUSTON/GALLIANO, Louisiana (Reuters) - Energy giant BP reported a limited success at containing the oil that is gushing unabated into the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday but a skeptical U.S. government said it was "not a solution."