Oil and more oil

Two today from alumni:

Jeff Brady, National Desk Reporter with NPR reports on the battle between industry reps and environmentalists, as they go head-to-head over the Keystone Pipeline:

Heavy lobbying before keystone oil pipeline decision The oil industry and environmentalists are fighting over the Keystone XL pipeline, and in this election year, President Obama is caught in the middle. The industry says the pipeline, which would carry oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast, would create jobs. Environmentalists worry it will lead to more pollution. Obama has until next month to make a decision, and that has both sides lobbying heavily... Read and hear more.

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And Mark Schleifstein with The Times-Picayune in New Orleans discusses the role environmental data is playing in the damage assessment process, following the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf:

Gulf of Mexico oil spill environmental data drives damage assessment BP's chief environmental scientist assigned to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Thursday said the company, working with state and federal trustees, remains on a fast pace aimed at restoring resources damaged during the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Briefing reporters by phone in advance of a month-long series of hearings on proposed "early restoration projects" along the Gulf Coast, Robin Bullock said the formal Natural Resource Damage Assessment process required under federal law has developed "the largest set of environmental data at one point in time associated with an oil spill incident within the Gulf of Mexico."...Read more