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Feds Let BP Off Probation Despite Pending Safety Violations

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, March 12, 2012, 5:20 p.m. BP’s refining subsidiary was released today from criminal probation related to a 2005 explosion in Texas City that killed 15 workers. The company has addressed the most serious safety deficiencies exposed by the accident and satisfied the terms of a felony plea agreement to settle charges…

BP Settlement Leaves Most Complex Claims Unresolved

by Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, March 3, 2012, 4:53 p.m. BP’s announcement that it will pay $7.8 billion to compensate thousands of Gulf Coast residents harmed in the Deepwater Horizon disaster ends one chapter of legal wrangling over the 2010 oil spill, but leaves other, potentially far more expensive, issues unresolved. The tentative deal, announced late…

Spillionaires Revisited: Gov’t Official’s Associates Got Big Contracts After the BP Oil Spill

by Kim Barker, ProPublica, July 18, 2011, 11:06 a.m. Last month, Craig Taffaro Jr., the president of Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish, lambasted a ProPublica story while testifying before a congressional committee. The story, published in April, described how some local powerbrokers and others, aided in part by Taffaro, cashed in after the BP oil spill,…

Fracking: The Music Video

by Eric Umansky, ProPublica, May 12, 2011, 9:29 a.m.

Have you been curious what all the hubbub on “fracking” is about? Here is a fabulous music video explaining it:

Here’s more about the video, which was done by David Holmes and other talented journalism students at Jay Rosen’s NYU’s Studio 20. It was part of their collaboration with us to build better explanations for stories. For more on fracking, its lack of regulation, and the potential for drinking water contamination, check out our now nearly three-year running investigation.

 

Gulf’s Delacroix Islanders Watch As Their World Disappears

by Kim Barker, ProPublica, April 13, 2011, 12:05 p.m. Jason Melerine was born to the water. His father fished, his grandfather fished, his great-grandfather fished. At age 11, Melerine drew pictures of the boat he would someday own. The day he turned 16, he quit school to go crabbing. Now 28, he can barely read…

The BP Oil Spill Saga: Where Things Stand Now

by Marian Wang, ProPublica, Dec. 28, 2010, 1:11 p.m. The BP oil spill in the Gulf killed 11 workers in April, released nearly 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico and triggered multiple government investigations and an overhaul of the nation’s offshore drilling regulatory agency. Federal scientists estimated in August that between…

As BP Works Through Backlog, Cleanup Worker Illness Stats Triple Since Prior Report

by Marian Wang, ProPublica, June 23, 2010, 9:08 a.m. Following criticism and questions about its illness data, Deepwater Horizon Unified Command–a response center involving BP, Transocean, Halliburton, the Coast Guard and multiple federal agencies–appears to have tweaked its recording of worker illnesses in the Gulf. In doing so, its illness statistics have more than tripled…

Year of Internal BP Probes Warned That Neglect Could Lead to Accidents

by Abrahm Lustgarten and Ryan Knutson, ProPublica, June 7, 2010, 9 p.m. A version of this story was co-published with The Washington Post. A series of internal investigations over the past decade warned senior BP managers that the company repeatedly disregarded safety and environmental rules and risked a serious accident if it did not change…