A community meeting Saturday at a school where over a dozen children have developed tic-like symptoms quickly became contentious, further dividing an already-polarized community.
President Obama's 2012 budget proposal reduces the deficit by $1.1 trillion over the next decade partly through hundreds of billions of dollars in increased taxes for wealthy individuals, oil and gas companies, and big banks.
The federal government Wednesday joined the dozens of lawsuits against BP and several other companies over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, seeking unlimited penalties against all but one firm.
The Deepwater Horizon lawsuit names 9 defendants that are accused of breaking pollution laws.
The tax on single-use disposable bags in Washington D.C. is proving to be very effective -- maybe too effective. The tax is bringing in far less revenue than expected.
A lawsuit against Chevron in Ecuador, which has become a cause célèbre for environmentalists worldwide, has suffered severe, crippling setbacks in recent months, as key plaintiffs lawyers have come under credible and weighty allegations of fraud.
President Obama addresses Gulf workers, thanking them for their efforts and outlining the response plan going forward.
President Barack Obama toured the waters off Panama City Beach by boat on Sunday as he capped a weekend visit aimed at sparking a recovery in the region hard-hit by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Oil dumped at a landfill in Harrison County, Mississippi, is drawing controversy. WLOX's Dave Elliott reports.
When Mississippi attorney Tim Holleman was approached by furious community officials in Gulfport to stop BP and its contractor from dumping tar balls and oil-stained byproducts into a local landfill, he sent out an e-mail asking if there were alternatives to deal with the waste.
It could quite possibly be called the worst job on Earth -- and the position is open.
As the Environmental Protection Agency vans roll from one home to the next, each one marked with a red dot on a map, Dorothy Felix tags along like a proud parent.
What happens to all the tar balls, oily sand and vegetation, and soiled gloves and suits from the thousands of temporary BP workers who've been working to clean up beaches along the Gulf of Mexico?
CNN's Randi Kaye reports BP is dumping spill waste at a Mississippi landfill against a town's wishes.
CNN's Drew Griffin interviews Exxon Valdez clean-up worker Roy Dalthrop, who says his health has suffered ever since.
Two decades ago, Roy Dalthorp helped clean up the rocky shores of Prince William Sound after the tanker Exxon Valdez ran aground, producing what was then the largest oil spill in U.S. history.
BP's efforts to contain the largest oil spill in U.S. history are being disrupted by towering waves reaching up to 12 feet in height, company officials said.
BP, which is responsible for the greatest oil spill in American history, has made the right call in deciding to suspend dividend payments this year.
CNN's Mary Snow researches some of the science behind the recent estimates of how much oil has spilled into the Gulf.
Government scientists Tuesday increased the estimate of oil flowing into the Gulf of Mexico to between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels per day, up to 50 percent more than previously estimated. That translates into 1.5 million gallons to 2.5 million gallons per day.
You probably hadn't heard of Nalco before the company, on BP's orders, unleashed over a million gallons of oil dispersant in response to the explosion and subsequent environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico that was Transocean's Deepwater Horizon* rig. But Nalco's links to the oil industry and its dispersant of choice, Corexit, are under the public microscope. Weirdly, the exposure could end up as a positive for the company.
Last week I wrote a short legal primer aimed at answering some key questions surrounding the legal landscape of the BP Gulf Coast oil spill. At the same time, I invited readers to send me their questions, so I could take a stab at those, too. Here goes.
The oil hasn't stopped gushing, but the spill in the Gulf is already spewing a multitude of lawsuits.
Here are the latest developments involving the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico:
A Gulf Coast official accused BP of shipping workers into Grand Isle, Louisiana, for President Barack Obama's visit to the oil-stricken area Friday and sending them away once the president left the region.
A Louisiana official says BP workers brought in to help in the oil cleanup left immediately after Pres. Obama's visit.
Gather current and former Mossville, Louisiana, residents in a room and you're likely to hear a litany of health problems and a list of friends and relatives who died young.
CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports from Mossville, Louisiana, where residents say chemical plants are causing diseases.
The House is expected to vote this week on whether to quadruple the oil tax to pay for the damages from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Companies responsible for oil spills could be forced to give up a year's worth of profits under a bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday.
BP said Monday it has spent $350 million so far on cleanup and other costs associated with the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Gulf oil spill is going to cost billions to clean up, a tab BP has publicly pledged to pay in full.
I learned the hard way that bank financing is all about personal relationships.
One FSB 100 company has grown by grabbing a giant share of something almost nobody else wants to touch -- garbage. Not just any trash, but gooey oil-refinery sludge, contaminated Superfund mystery material and radioactive protective clothing. American Ecology specializes in processing (and in some cases recycling) some of the nastiest hazardous waste there is, including low-level radioactive waste and PCBs.
Picher, Oklahoma, is located in the Tar Creek Superfund Site, one of the most toxic and dangerous sites in the country.
Wearing powder blue pants and a plaid fedora, 84-year-old Orval "Hoppy" Ray arrived fashionably late to a celebration in Picher, Oklahoma, a vacated mining town at the center of one of the nation's largest and most polluted toxic-waste sites.
A northwest Montana town where asbestos contamination has killed more than 200 people will get more than $130 million in cleanup and medical assistance from the Obama administration, the Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday.
When the $787 billion stimulus bill was passed by Congress in February, $317.2 billion in spending provisions were appropriated for various federal agencies. Take a look at an overview of the numbers, where available:
The pilot of a tanker that crashed into the San Francisco Bay Bridge in 2007, causing a major oil spill, was under the influence of multiple prescription medications that impaired his judgment, federal officials said in a report Wednesday.
A short-term booster shot for the economy? Or a complete rethinking of the way businesses and individuals consume energy?
The Dems may be greener, but the GOP are no slouches. (A Republican created the EPA, after all.) And that's what the Earth needs: good government, not politics
George Bush again played roadblock-in-chief at the G8 summit. But he has a point: the G8 is largely irrelevant to making real progress on carbon emissions
The Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from a Georgia woman seeking to reverse a 1973 Supreme Court ruling giving her the right to an abortion.
Another bee-you-ti-ful example of the right-wing media getting it all wrong. Here they are having the nerve to mutter in public about "activist judges" because Judge Anna Diggs Taylor has pointed out that spying without a warrant is illegal in this country -- so warrantless telephone tapping is illegal in this country.
Yea, Bush! Way to go! I realize this is last week's news, but I'm a great believer in giving credit where credit is due. By designating the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands as a national monument, Bush has put one more level of federal protection around a vast spread of islands and irreplaceable marine life.
Does the phrase "hedge fund" make you think of Long Term Capital Management, high leverage, rogue traders making giant and risky bets, and, as of last week, investment fiascoes big enough to move markets?
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When I last saw Andy, my barber, he'd been upstate to see his ailing mother. After the visit, he stopped at a joint in Marlboro called the Raccoon Saloon, famous locally (Fortune allows oxymorons i...
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TWENTY YEARS ago, the Potomac River was full of slime and muck, so polluted that not even kids dared swim in it -- and so embarrassing to Washington politicos that they agreed to spend $5 billion c...
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Secretary of the Interior Donald Hodel touched off new battles between the Reagan Administration and environmentalists by recommending that Congress open 1.5 million acres in the Arctic National Wi...
April 1: Money for the Superfund, which pays for toxic waste clean-ups, will run out unless Congress votes to replenish it. April 11: Japanese Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone begins a state visit ...
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