Behold our dark, magnificent horror: There is, you have to admit, a sort of savage grace, a tragic and terrible beauty, to the BP oil spill.
Like any good apocalyptic vision of self-wrought hell, the greatest environmental disaster in U.S. history has its inherent poetry. You see that creeping ooze of black, that ungodly wall of unstoppable darkness as it slowly, inexorably invades the relatively healthy, pristine waters adjacent, and you can’t help but appreciate the brutal majesty, the fantastic, reeking horror of this new manifestation of black death we have brought upon ourselves, as it spreads like a fast cancer into the liquid womb of Mother Nature herself… (via sfgate.com.)
Interview: Naomi Klein on oil spill: “Frustration is growing among residents of the US Gulf of Mexico coast over the pace of efforts to combat the growing oil spill in the region. Author and activist Naomi Klein has been visiting the state of Louisiana. She told Al Jazeera that patience is running very thin…….” (via digg.com.)
White House Tries to Regroup as Criticism Mounts Over Leak: The Obama administration scrambled to respond on Sunday after the failure of the latest effort to kill the gushing oil well in the Gulf of Mexico. But administration officials acknowledged the possibility that tens of thousands of barrels of oil might continue pouring out until August… (via NYTimes.com.)
BP’s Newest Plan As ‘top kill’ failed: “BP is moving on to other cleanup efforts now that its ‘top kill’ operations failed to stop the flow of oil from the gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico.” (via digg.com.)
Oil could hit Florida Panhandle by Wednesday: “A Florida beach might get hit with oil from the Deepwater Horizon accident for the first time Wednesday as sheen likely caused by the accident was reported less than 10 miles off Pensacola Beach.” (via digg.com.)
Another Torrent BP Works to Stem – Its C.E.O.: BP, already bedeviled by an out-of-control well spewing millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, now finds itself with one more problem: Tony Hayward, its gaffe-prone chief executive.
Among his memorable lines: The spill is not going to cause big problems because the gulf “is a very big ocean” and “the environmental impact of this disaster is likely to have been very, very modest.” And this week, he apologized to the families of 11 men who died on the rig for having said, “You know, I’d like my life back.”… (via NYTimes.com.)
Media must have unrestricted ability to cover the oil spill: “One of the most disturbing aspects of British Petroleum’s handling of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent continuing oil spill is the company’s ham-handed attempts to restrict media coverage. BP officials seem to be more adept at cutting off information flows than oil leaks.” (via digg.com.)
Breaking: Feds Approve More Offshore Drilling in Gulf Coast: “The Mineral Management Service (MMS) decided today to grant a permit allowing Bandon Oil and Gas to start drilling just 50 miles off the coast of Louisiana.” (via digg.com.)
Gambling site lets you bet on oil spill related extinctions: “Gambling website PaddyPower.com placed odds on which species would be the first to go belly-up forever because of impacts from the spill. The Kemp’s ridley turtle, an endangered species that migrates to along the coastline from Mexico to Florida, is seen as the most likely winner, with a $5 bet likely to bring back $9 if it’s listed as extinct.” (via digg.com.)
About $%^& Time!!! Feds Launch Criminal Probe of BP Oil Spill: “We will prosecute to the fullest extent of the law anyone who has violated the law, Holder told reporters today in New Orleans.” (via digg.com.)
Punishing BP for the Oil Spill: 6 Brutal Proposals: “Eleven people are dead and the Gulf of Mexico has become ground zero of America’s worst-ever oil spill. Who’s to blame? In the eyes of most commentators, BP tops the list. More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon blew up and crude began spewing into sea and calls to punish the oil giant are gaining in volume. But what’s the right penalty?” (via digg.com.)
BP’s New Spokeswoman is Dick Cheney’s Former Press Secretary: “A rising star in Bush-Cheney circles since the 2000 campaign, Anne Womack-Kolton served as Cheney’s press secretary during the 2004 election before running public affairs in the Bush Department of Energy. She’s now BP’s new spokeswoman.” (via digg.com.)