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Hurricanes could bust Gulf oil pipelines

Hurricanes roaring across the Gulf of Mexico create strong enough underwater waves to dig up and potentially bust open oil pipelines that run across the ocean floor, according to a new study that recorded the currents created by the massive storms. Full story

Flawed government predictions on drilling?

In 2007, the U.S. government prepared a 924-page report that was supposed to probe the environmental impact of drilling in the very region where BP’s well is now causing untold devastation. But a close read of the “Final Environmental Impact Statement,” which set the stage for the BP well, shows tha Full story

Feds deny drilling freeze in shallow Gulf water

Washington Post: The Interior Department denies that it has extended a drilling freeze to shallow waters of the Gulf of Mexico, contradicting an e-mail written earlier in the day. Full story

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NYT: BP uses ‘towels and buckets’ on high-tech spill

Obama to name special panel on oil disaster

BP rig inspections were fewer than advertised

White House to split oil agency after spill


  Gulf spill called worst in U.S. history

NBC's Anne Thompson report that new estimates from government experts now call the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico the worst in U.S. history, and that Minerals Management Service head Elizabeth Birnbaum has been fired.

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