British Petroleum (BP)

8:00am

Sat December 18, 2010
Around the Nation

For Some Investigators, BP Oil Spill Is Just Beginning

It's been nearly eight months since the Deepwater Horizon tragedy killed 11 workers and spilled millions of gallons of oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Since April, federal agencies have launched a series of separate investigations and this week the U.S. Chemical Safety Board held its first round of public hearings. Host Scott Simon talks with NPR's Jeff Brady about the continuing investigations into the causes of the BP oil spill.

12:01am

Wed December 15, 2010
Around the Nation

A Guide To The Many Inquiries Into The BP Oil Spill

It can be confusing to keep track of all the groups investigating the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

For example, the U.S. Chemical Safety Board is holding a public hearing on the disaster Wednesday, looking at how other countries regulate offshore drilling. And its investigation is one of at least five government inquiries into the Deepwater Horizon explosion and spill.

So you can imagine how Michael Bromwich, the country's chief offshore regulator, feels.

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10:01pm

Tue November 30, 2010
The Disappearing Coast

BP Spill Psychological Scars Similar To Exxon Valdez

The Hofer family in Bayou La Batre, Ala., is struggling to stay afloat both financially and emotionally. Since the BP oil spill, Aaron, 27, has been largely out of work. Lena, 25, is getting counseling to help her cope and says she has finally convinced her husband, an Iraq war veteran, to get help at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

"To be honest with you, I would say that my husband would hurt himself," Lena says, "because he's never not been able to provide for us. To see my husband cry over not being able to take care of us, it worries me."

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10:00pm

Mon November 29, 2010
The Disappearing Coast

BP Oil Well Capped, But Trauma Still Flowing

Originally published on Tue November 30, 2010 4:40 am

Homemaker Lena Hofer, 25, recently went to the community center in Bayou La Batre, Ala., for free food and household goods -- and was reluctantly turned away by volunteers when Feed the Children ran out of supplies. "It's really hard when they send you away after you [ask for food], especially when you need it like I do," she says. "I'm about to cry."
Marisa Penaloza NPR

These are hard times in the hard-working town of Bayou La Batre, Ala. It's known as the state's seafood capital -- and it struggled to get back in business after Hurricane Karina.

But once again, the processing plants and shrimp boats lining the bayou are mostly idle after the BP oil spill.

So when Feed the Children trucks recently arrived at the community center, the turnout was huge. About a dozen volunteers worked quickly handing out big cartons packed with food and household goods. Residents had to sign up in advance, so some were reluctantly turned away.

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