Oil Spills

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2014

    Halliburton Totally Settling the BP Oil Spill

    Halliburton has managed to dodge some of the notoriety that has dogged British Petroleum in the wake of the massive BP oil spill (partly because it was called the BP oil spill and all) but the Houston-based company has still been all wrapped up in lawsuits. Some of those lawsuits may soon be resolve ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    Five Things Perry Should Take Back While Rolling Back His Gay Comments

    It took long enough but Gov. Rick Perry finally walked back his already infamous comments in San Francisco where he compared being gay to being an alcoholic. While we admire that Perry at least may have been (probably accidentally) inferring that sexual orientation is something you're born with not ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Animal Body Count Continues

    As we've unfortunately learned many times before, a bunch of oil dumped into bodies of water doesn't tend to work out well for the birds and other animals that live in the area. We learned it with Exxon Valdez and it hit much closer to home with the British Petroleum oil spill in 2010. Now the chic ... More >>

  • News

    April 3, 2014

    The Lessons of the Galveston Bay Oil Spill

    It's not just dollars and cents that makes the Galveston Bay oil spill such terrible news

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2014

    Galveston Oil Spill Has Put Texas Oysters and Seafood Off the Menu

    The Galveston oil spill was bad enough when it was leaving oiled birds and all kinds of environmental and economic damage in its wake. Now it's even hitting the Texas seafood. The Texas Department of State Health Services issued an advisory on eating shellfish and other seafood from Galveston Bay o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2014

    Oil Slick Is Still on the Move

    Although commerce is pretty much back to normal with limited use of the Houston Ship Channel for fishing and recreation, the U.S. Coast Guard reports that the oil slick that was cramping Galveston Bay's style isn't gone yet. It's currently traveling south along the Texas coast. Right now, environm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2014

    Galveston Bay Oil Spill: A Lesson In a Series of Lessons

    Mark Twain's declaration that "History doesn't repeat itself, but it does rhyme" is an appropriate and memorable reminder in the wake of the March 24, Galveston Bay oil spill. It's one more prompt that environmental abuses, whether by negligence, human error, or political gain, need our attention no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2014

    Galveston Bay Spill is Killing Spring Migration

    Crews are working to clean up the mess created by more than 150,000 gallons of sticky black crude oil dumped in Galveston Bay on Saturday, but with no end in sight the environmental implications will likely only get worse. So far, Texas Parks and Wildlife officials report they've found three oil-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2014

    Cleanup Continues in Galveston Oil Spill

    Quicker than you can spell environmental disaster, another major oil spill is affecting the Gulf Coast. This time, caused by the collision between a tanker and a barge that's shut down the Houston Ship Channel, according to reports. Crews from state and government agencies are working on cleanup af ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    BP Back in Gulf Waters Thanks to the EPA

    Once upon a time (about four years ago) it seemed like British Petroleum's oil spilling sins in the Gulf of Mexico would never be forgiven. First the Deepwater Horizon became a fireball in the Gulf of Mexico. Then countless barrels of oil gushed from the ocean floor for weeks before the well was fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Big Rig Accident Shuts Down I-45 North, Requires Haz-Mat Clean Up

    An 18-wheeler was involved in an accident this morning at around 4 a.m. on I-45 North (the northbound side) in Spring near Spring Stuebner. The wreck resulted in a diesel spill that triggered a Haz-Mat clean up. Making matters worse, the spill forced the closure of all lanes of the North Freeway. F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2013

    Halliburton Destroys BP Oil Spill Evidence, Gets an Underwhelming $200k Fine (But That's Not the End of the Story)

    British Petroleum has been synonymous with the Gulf Coast Oil spill -- called the worst environmental disaster in American history by some -- since the Deepwater Horizon rig blew out on April 20, 2010, killing 11 and starting a leak that dumped almost 5 million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 3, 2013

    BP Just Wants To Be Loved (And To Not Pay For The Gulf Oil Spill)

    The folks over at British Petroleum want the world to know they feel real bad about that explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico back in 2010. Last week, the company even took out a nice-sized ad in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post, saying as much. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2013

    BP Rig Managers Take the "Whatever Happens in Vegas" Defense

    It's been awhile since the Deepwater Horizon disaster that killed 11 men and kicked off the British Petroleum oil spill, sending barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. Now it seems it's been long enough that the tragedy of it all has taken the track these tragedies always seem to take -- na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Deepwater Horizon: Asian Hotel Owners Decry Proposed BP Settlement

    Around 800 hotel owners have plans to descend on BP's headquarters along I-10 West today, condemning a recent proposed settlement between the embattled monolith and thousands of business owners because, apparently, they weren't invited to the get-lots-of-money-from-papa-BP party. A U.S. district j ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    55 Pounds of Coke? Six Other Things Found on Galveston Beaches, Ranked from Worst to Best

    Whales, gold rings, messages in bottle, coke​A jogger found 55 pounds of cocaine on the beach in Galveston this morning, a bigger haul than the 37 pounds someone else found there a year ago. In both cases, they turned it over to the cops instead of going all low-rent Breaking Bad. Of course, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2011

    Legalize Online Poker? Texas Congressman Says Yes

    Coming soon to a state near you?​U.S. Representative Joe Barton (R-Oil), the man who famously apologized to BP for the horrible way they were shaken down by the Obama administration after the Gulf oil spill, is introducing a bill to legalize online poker, the AP reports. Yay? Barton wants in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2011

    Chef Chat, Part 2: Danton Nix of Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen

    ​ Yesterday, we spoke with Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen executive chef Danton Nix about his menu and the good and bad of customers having favorite dishes. Today we talk oysters, Groupon and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. EOW: What do you think about the move to give appellations to Galve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Jerry Patterson Feels The Obama Magic, Joins Forces With Him

    Jerry Patterson, proud member of Team Obama​In the furious, never-ending effort by Texas politicians to distance themselves from the Beltway, few are more emphatic than Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson of Pasadena. In his most recent race he ran a radio ad that not only featured a DC residen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2010

    Sergio Corona: Owner Of Sea Shell Store Put In Fake $28K Claim Over Gulf Spill, Feds Say

    That's gotta be a coupla thousand bucks' worth right there​Sergio Corona sells sea shells down by the sea shore -- or so he'd have the federal government believe. Corona is the first person indicted in the Southern District of Texas for fraud in connection with the Deepwater Horizon spill. Pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    KTRH's "Most Influential Houstonian Of 2010": KTRH's Michael Berry

    Michael Berry: All bow to his influence​Who is the single most influential Houstonian of 2010? Annise Parker, who has garnered worldwide publicity for Houston? A piker. No, by far the most influential Houstonian this year has been Michael Berry, talk-show host on KTRH. At least according to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2010

    Bob Cavnar: Five Questions With A Deepwater Horizon Expert

    Bob Cavnar is not happy with investigative efforts so far​Bob Cavnar is an oil-industry insider who quickly became an expert-in-demand for reporters covering the Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting Gulf oil spill. He's written a book on the event, Disaster on the Horizon, and will b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2010

    Reporting from the Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium: The Gulf and the Spill

    Robb WalshJim Gossen and oysterman Tracy Woody checking oyster leases in Galveston Bay.​At the Southern Foodways Alliance annual symposium this week, Brett Anderson of the New Orleans Times-Picayune moderated a panel discussion on "The Gulf and the Spill." Panelists were former Houston Press ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2010

    Great Gulf Dinner: What Oil Spill?

    ​You may or may not have heard about this little thing that happened recently in the Gulf of Mexico. Some assholes were drilling for oil without following safety precautions and -- oops! -- nearly wrecked an enormous portion of the ocean for generations to come. Dicks. The good news is that t ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Galveston Island Shrimp Festival

    Galveston hosts its first annual festival of all things shrimp

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    September 13, 2010

    Gulf Oil Spill: Too Early To Be Optimistic?

    Maybe some good news percolating?​It is too early to be overly optimistic, to answer the headline's question, but reports are starting to bubble up that the Gulf and its wetlands might just have gotten lucky with the BP spill.Lucky in that the results don't seem to be coming close to the worst-cas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2010

    Local Oil Spill 'Action Group' To Host Mock Funeral At City Hall

    orcoo.orgCome equipped​It took nearly three months to stop oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion from spewing into the Gulf of Mexico. By the time the well was "capped," it is estimated that over 4.9 million barrels of crude oil flowed into the ocean, killing marine life and destroying ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2010

    Pop Rocks: They're Baaaaack!

    As with government, we get the reality entertainment we deserve​Tonight marks the return of MTV's Jersey Shore. Season 2 moves the juice-headed, monosyllabic cast from East Coast to South Beach (which is still technically the East Coast, but let's not worry about that right now). The gang's a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2010

    BP Oil Spill: Tunes For Turtles This Weekend

    Onward through the oil​Since the BP oil spill began 8,427 days ago, we've heard about how the catastrophe has endangered the welfare of birds, fishermen, tourist shops, and at least one British dickhead CEO, but there hasn't been much said about our society's most vulnerable -- Gulf Coas ... More >>

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    July 8, 2010

    Haynesville: A Nation's Hunt for Energy

    The story of a town the oil industry tried to buy

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    July 7, 2010

    Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski Says Ignore Those Tar Balls (All Seven Gallons Of Them)

    Galveston Mayor Joe Jaworski, who despite what his windblown shirt seems to indicate is not a corpulent man, wants "to assure you that the small amount of tar balls were immediately removed."All 32 miles of Galveston beaches are pristine and clean, by Galveston standards.Of course, that "mayorBroll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2010

    Tar Balls In Galveston: What's New?

    Searching "tar balls," "Galveston" and "not uncommon" yields results​The tar balls in Galveston have gotten widespread attention, even though their number and effect is laughably small compared to other states and even though they probably traveled here by boat and not ocean currents, meaning more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    The Tarballs Cometh, To Galveston

    Crystal Beach, via KHOU​As the Fourth of July weekend loomed, Galveston's visitors bureau put out a press release "reminding the public that Island beaches remain oil free and open for business this 4th of July holiday weekend....The U.S. Coast Guard confirms that the spill remains more than 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Upcoming Events

    ​If you've always wanted to attend a Houston Chowhounds throwdown but haven't been in the past, the upcoming Ceviche Throwdown is a can't-miss occasion and for one spectacular reason: The Chowhounds are trying to rasie $5,000 to help struggling Gulf fishermen in the wake of the Deepwater Horiz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2010

    Hurricanes And The Oil Spill: There's Good News And Bad News

    Hurricanes would help and hurt in fighting the spill​As oil continues flowing into the Gulf the first tropical storm of the season, Blas, is rolling off the Southwest Pacific coast of Mexico and another tropical disturbance is rumbling a few hundred miles south of the gulf of Tehuantepec, we're st ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2010

    T. Boone Pickens Uses The Oil Spill To Advance His Agenda

    Never let a catastrophe go to waste​T. Boone Pickens and the Pickens Plan.Ring any bells?The billionaire oilman who briefly dominated the media-scape more than a year ago with his TV commercials has been quietly working to get America off of foreign oil and hooked on natural gas. And now he' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Brent Burns: The Gulf Oil Spill Has Found Its Truth-Telling Troubador

    The BP oil spill produces its Dylan​The BP oil spill has found its Dylan. Its Phil Ochs. Its Weird Al Yankovic.Brent Burns has bequeathed upon a grateful nation is epic howl of protest, a trenchant, touching song called "If You Drill, Drill, Drill, Don't Spill, Spill, Spill." Lyrics not by Stephen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2010

    Preacher Joseph Herrin: Gulf Oil Spill The Fault Of All Us Abortion-Loving Houstonians

    I'm looking at YOU, Houston​BREAKING -- A new, undeniably correct theory on why there's a huge oil spill has just been announced. There's a spill, it seems, because God hates how we Houstonians just love abortion. Oh, and Joel Osteen's to blame, too.The theory is proposed by a preacher (and, we as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2010

    Dine Out for The Gulf

    ​From June 10-12, restaurants from all over the U.S. will be participating in Dine Out for the Gulf. Participating restaurants will donate money to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund administered by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. The fund gives emergency grants to nonprofit organizations that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Maybe The Gulf Oil Spill Isn't All Bad

    ​What a difference a three-day weekend makes. Okay, not really. The Gulf oil spill is still out of control, with BP attempting another half-assed Hail Mary this week and the relief wells that promise the best chance at diminishing the catastrophe still two months off. Depending on who you ask, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2010

    Pappas Files Lawsuit Against BP and Halliburton

    The Deepwater Horizon drilling platform, engulfed in flames.Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard​It was only a matter of time before the Gulf fishing industry -- whose entire livelihood has been threatened by the Gulf oil leak -- struck back at the organizations responsible for causing the m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2010

    Local Lawyers Unimpressed With Transocean's Bid To Limit Its Oil-Spill Exposure

    Photo courtesy US Coast GuardPLEASE let the oil-spill litigation be heard here, Houston hotel owners pray​Transocean, the Houston company that owned and operated the Deepwater Horizon rig that is currently gushing huge amount of oil into the Gulf, is looking to limit the amount of damages they may ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Sierra Club Takes Its Oil-Spill Act To The Offshore Technology Conference

    Photograph courtesy US NavyA hunka, hunka burnin' Gulf​Dressed in a black business suit with a fake BP badge on the lapel, Sierra Club spokeswoman Donna Hoffman pretended to be a BP company exec giving a press conference after an oil spill."I want to reassure everyone that the oil spill, outside o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2010

    Fight The Oil Spill By Giving Your Dog A Haircut

    Blow-drying after the cut is optional.​Until today, Hair Balls thought pet hair clippings were only good for making you sneeze, but apparently the hair is incredibly absorbent, which could come in handy in the case of, say, a gigantic freakin' oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Pet Paradise, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    The Gulf Oil Spill and the Seafood Industry

    scmtngirl​With the Gulf oil spill now a full-on environmental disaster, seafood lovers are worried. Commercial and recreational fishing has been restricted in certain areas of the Gulf, and seafood supplier Louisiana Foods's Jim Gossen says he's already seen some increase in prices for Gulf oy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    The Gulf Oil Spill and the Seafood Industry

    scmtngirl​With the Gulf oil spill now a full-on environmental disaster, seafood lovers are worried. Commercial and recreational fishing has been restricted in certain areas of the Gulf, and seafood supplier Louisiana Foods's Jim Gossen says he's already seen some increase in prices for Gulf oyster ... More >>

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    April 30, 2010

    Oil Spill Central: Right Here In Houston!!

    Gushing oil is not always a good thing, Houston companies find​Louisiana, not Texas, will be feeling the effects of the massive oil spill in the Gulf -- unless you count the indirect fallout, and in that case we are Oil Spill Central.Lawsuits are already being filed in regards to the explosion and ... More >>

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