"2010's World Gone Wild: Quakes, Floods, Blizzards"

"This was the year the Earth struck back. Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts killed at least a quarter million people in 2010 — the deadliest year in more than a generation. More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined."

Source: AP, 12/20/2010

Louisiana Berms Ineffective in Capturing Oil From BP Spill: Report

"Louisiana's $360 million plan to build sand berms to capture oil from the BP Macondo well was not effective and was approved in large part because of political pressure from Louisiana elected officials and President Barack Obama, according to a new report from the National Oil Spill Commission."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/17/2010

Safety Board Finds Oil Industry Failing to Learn From Past Disasters

"Independent federal experts investigating the blowout aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore rig are finding major parallels between this year's disaster and a 2005 blast that killed 15 workers at a BP PLC refinery in Texas -- indicating the industry has failed to overhaul safety rules, they said [Wednesday]."

Source: Greenwire, 12/16/2010

"Ken Feinberg Offers Third Option for Gulf Oil Spill Claims Payments"

"Gulf oil spill claims czar Kenneth Feinberg introduced a new option Monday to the 170,000 claimants who have already received an emergency payment, offering 'quick' payments of $5,000 to individuals and $25,000 to businesses who are willing to sign away their rights to sue."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/14/2010
December 15, 2010

US CSB Deep Water Horizon Public Hearing

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board, an independent federal agency charged with investigating chemical accidents, will hold a public hearing Wednesday, December 15, 2010, as part of its ongoing investigation into the causes of the BP Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and fire which occurred on April 20, 2010, killing eleven workers.


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