from Photographers' Blog:

Spilling oil in Paradise

August 2, 2013

Ao Prao Beach, Thailand

By Athit Perawongmetha

I first met Piyapong Sopakhon on Coconut Bay on Samet island. He was surrounded by men in white bio-hazard suits and he stuck out because he was a young boy wearing a simple plastic sheet that protected his small body as well as orange dish-washing gloves that were too big for his small hands. It was as though he had opened up a chest of dress-up clothes and was getting ready for fun -- but  matter at hand was not child’s play -- the gloves were covered in a thick goo of the black gobs that were smeared across the beach -- a toxic spread on golden buttered toast.

from Breakingviews:

BP’s path to Macondo settlement just got harder

September 6, 2012

By Kevin Allison

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

BP has yet to deliver its positive Macondo legacy

April 2, 2012

By Kevin Allison

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Brazil’s attack on Chevron is a dangerous error

By Ken Blackwell
March 28, 2012

A truly bizarre international incident has gone largely unnoticed, even though it is one of the most shameless shakedowns of an American company by another country in recent memory. What is happening now in Brazil could easily scare off U.S. companies that may be looking to do business overseas.

from Environment Forum:

Seeking answers on oil sands crude corrosion

August 12, 2011

Environmental groups and the oil industry are battling on a new front in the long-running public relations war over Canada's oil sands. This one concerns claims that crude wrung from the massive deposits is more corrosive to pipelines and hence presents a bigger risk of oil spills.

from Tales from the Trail:

White House commission wades into “Deep Water”

January 11, 2011

OILSPILL-BP/COMMISSIONThe great thing about presidential commissions is that they can soberly consider complicated matters and then offer unvarnished reports on what to do. The tough part is when that information rockets around Washington, as occurred after a White House commission issued its final report on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

from Photographers' Blog:

Pictures from a mile deep: Ground Zero of the BP oil leak

September 20, 2010

Fire boat response crews battle the blazing remnants of the off shore oil rig Deepwater Horizon, off Louisiana, in this handout photograph taken on April 21, 2010.  REUTERS/U.S. Coast Guard/Handout

Illustrating a news story with photographs can be much more challenging than simply deploying a talented photographer on site. Sometimes initially identifying where and how the best pictures will be made is a daunting task, let alone getting a photographer there, especially when the subject is spread over thousands of square miles of sea and ground zero is miles offshore and a mile below the surface. No news event in recent memory has been more challenging to cover than the Gulf Coast oil spill due to the nature and dynamics of the story.

from Fan Fare:

Ian Somerhalder dishes on season 2 of “The Vampire Diaries”

September 10, 2010

What a difference a year makes. Just ask “The Vampire Diaries” actor Ian Somerhalder, who spoke with Reuters recently about the issues close to his heart -- the environment and animal welfare, as well as the hit CW show, the fans and what’s in store so far for season 2. Here's more from our chat:

from The Great Debate:

Why the coast is key to the survival of New Orleans

By Guest Contributor
August 27, 2010


The following is a guest post by Mark Davis, a senior research fellow and director of the Tulane Institute on Water Resources Law and Policy at Tulane Law School. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

In too deep: how BP blew it in the Gulf

By Reuters Staff
August 16, 2010

The BP crisis is not yet over – but it has already become a case study in how not to handle a corporate calamity. The pieces in this special ebook provide a running commentary on the saga. We have included articles on BP from before the disaster as well as views on key moments in the crisis as it unfolded.