Tag: gulf oil spill

Wildlife expert: Extent of impacts of Gulf spill will never be known

Backing a recently released final report on the 2010 BP oil spill, a local wildlife expert said it is likely that the oil company responsible for the 208 million-gallon spill into the Gulf of Mexico will likely get away with paying for little or none of the damage, and that the federal government’s efforts to […]

EMU student: Gulf cleanup was extension of faith

Eastern Mennonite Seminary student James Åkerson found the two weeks he spent this summer helping with clean up from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico a “natural extension” of his Christian faith. Åkerson, who is about half way through his program of study at EMS, is a forest ecologist and program director for […]

Dr. Jeffrey Patterson: Lessons from the Gulf for nuclear reactors

Column by Dr. Jeffrey Patterson Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net One crucial lesson from the BP oil spill is that measures to speed licensing, cut corners on safety and undermine regulation can lead to tragic consequences. Yet Congress appears on the verge of repeating mistakes that led to the environmental catastrophe in the Gulf. Federal lawmakers […]

Kathleen Rogers: Ending our oil addiction

Column by Kathleen Rogers Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   When President Obama spoke to the nation about the Gulf Coast oil spill, he gave us needed straight talk for holding BP accountable and helping those affected by the spill. But, when it came down to talking about clean energy, he disappointed. This was his moment […]

Madeline Ostrander: Protect America’s coasts and waterways

Column by Madeline Ostrander Submit guest columns: freepress2@ntelos.net   Dave Rauschkolb took on the oil industry when it got personal—it threatened his beach and his business. Rauschkolb is not an environmental lawyer or professional Sierra Club-type. He’s an avid surfer and owns a pizza bar on the northwest coast of Florida, within range of the […]

Feds to Wildlife Center: Thanks, but no thanks

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   Ed Clark has been in the wildlife business long enough to remember when his help was wanted after the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill. The deskbound experts running the show in the wake of the still-ongoing spill in the Gulf of Mexico have made it clear that they think they […]

The World According To ChrisGraham.com: Fun with numbers

How do you think President Barack Obama is handling the oil spill in the Gulf? I ask the question a bit facetiously. The president is not a safety engineer, and the oil spill is the result of the private market at its best, or in this at its worst, with the breathless reports coming down […]

Wildlife Center to play role in post-spill Gulf

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   They’ve got plenty of people down on the Gulf Coast washing oil off birds. Ed Clark is focusing his attention at the Wildlife Center of Virginia on ecosystem issues. “We don’t need to go down there and wash birds. They’re already well cared for by the professional groups. What […]

The Gulf Oil Spill: A Virginia Perspective

Story by Chris Graham freepress2@ntelos.net   There’s only a “slim chance” that oil from the BP oil spill off the coast of Louisiana will end up washing ashore on beaches in Virginia, according to a James Madison University professor who is a Gulf Stream expert. “The Gulf Stream, as it travels eastward, reaches its closest proximity […]

Ken Plum: Lessons from tragedies

Column by Ken Plum www.kenplum.com   There was undoubtedly a feeling of elation among the 2,228 passengers and crew members as they boarded the Titanic ocean liner for her maiden voyage April 10, 1912.  There was no way to know that by April 15 only 705 of them would survive her sinking.  After all, the […]