AP - An oil spill that threatened to eclipse even the Exxon Valdez disaster spread out of control and drifted inexorably toward the Gulf Coast on Thursday as fishermen rushed to scoop up shrimp and crews spread floating barriers around marshes.
In California, the founder of a small seafood company says he felt compelled to do something to help out the Gulf Coast fishermen, whose livelihood is being threatened by the oil spill. Jimmy Galle launched the "Dine Out for the Gulf Coast" campaign, which runs Thursday through Saturday. Some of America's top chefs and restaurants will set aside a portion of their profits to help fishermen directly affected by the spill.
By Kate Sheppard
BP has been getting a plenty of flak in the past week as it became clear that the company has been low-balling the amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. But here's what's missing from that conversation: the now-disputed 5,000-barrel-per-day figure came from the federal government, not BP.
(NEW ORLEANS) — Oil giant BP has agreed to pay a criminal penalty in the billions of dollars for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a person familiar with the deal said Thursday. The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak on the record about the deal, also said two BP PLC employees face manslaughter charges over the death of 11 people in the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that triggered the massive spill.
Bob van der Valk submits: Louisiana is currently bracing itself for the big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to hit their shores with devastating consequences. This calamity brings back the experiences and lessons learned from previous oil spill disasters like the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 and the 1969 Santa Barbara channel oil spill.
Brian Rezny submits: The BP (BP) oil spill has surpassed that of the Exxon Valdez, making it the worst oil spill in US history. At least 22 million gallons of oil have been leaked (the Exxon Valdez spilled 10.8 million gallons). The damage is far reaching – 140 miles of shoreline along Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and 80 miles along Florida’s coast have been blanketed by the spill, according to the Coast Guard.
Big Jake submits:Everyone has by now heard of BP’s (BP) undersea oil geyser — actually three geysers at this point. Initially we were told that the spillage was equivalent to just 1000 barrels of oil per day. Next, the figure rose to 5000 and then at least 50,000 barrels per day. Soon after, we learned that a leaked BP memo envisioned 165,000 barrels as the worst-case scenario. Even at 50,000 barrels, that comes out to an Exxon Valdez every four days.They say that it could take three months to fix this thing.