Rare 1970s BP board game promises oil 'thrills' comes back to haunt them

They were trouble-free times when oil barons were dining out with rich sheikhs and counting their profits.

But little did they know their drilling exploits would come back to haunt them.

Up to four would-be tycoons can compete at exploring for oil, building platforms and laying pipelines to their home countries.

BP board game


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Ban On Photographing Near Gulf Oil Booms

The day before yesterday CNN's Anderson Cooper reported that, from now on, there is a new rule in effect, which de facto bars photographers from coming within 65 feet of any deployed boom or response vessel around Deepwater Horizon (official announcement). The rule, announced by the US Coast Guard, forbids 'photographers and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches. In order to get closer, you have to get direct permission from the Coast Guard captain of the Port of New Orleans,' while 'violators could face a fine of $40,000 and Class D felony charges. What's even more extraordinary is that the Coast Guard tried to make the exclusion zone 300 feet, before scaling it back to 65 feet.

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Oil in the Gulf, two months later

62 days have passed since the initial explosion of BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico, and the crude oil and natural gas continue to gush from the seafloor. Re-revised estimates now place the flow rate at up to 60,000 barrels a day - a figure just shy of a worst-case estimate of 100,000 barrels a day made by BP in an internal document recently released by a congressional panel. Louisiana's state treasurer has estimated environmental and economic damages from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill could range from $40 billion to $100 billion. Collected here are recent photographs from the Gulf of Mexico, and of those affected by the continued flow of oil and gas into the ocean.

(37 photos total)

Oil in the Gulf two months later


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Imagine 25,000 barrels

Mass physics demonstration I rendered in the UDK, simulating 25,000 barrels stacked around a pillar 15,000 feet high, and then group by group falling to the ground.

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BP Tells Cleanup Workers They'll Be Fired If They Wear Respirators

As I noted on May 19th, BP has been telling cleanup workers that they don't need to wear respirators or other protective gear.

As Jerrold Nadler, the New York congressman whose district includes the World Trade Center, said today:

We're repeating the same catastrophe in the Gulf. You see pictures of people wearing regular clothes who are wading in and scooping oil off the water. Hundreds, maybe thousands of people, are going to get sick unnecessarily.


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'The Rig's on Fire! I Told You This Was Gonna Happen!'

"Are you fucking happy? Are you fucking happy? The rig's on fire! I told you this was gonna happen."

Whoever was on the other end of the line was apparently trying to calm Harrell down. "I am fucking calm," he went on, according to Buzbee. "You realize the rig is burning?"


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BP Buys "Oil Spill" Search Term

BP, facing a tidal wave of bad publicity over the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is buying search terms on internet search engines to point users to the company's official public relations crisis page.

Searches on Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft's Bing for "oil spill," "Gulf oil spill," or related phrases deliver a "sponsored link" at the top of the search results page to BP.com and the message: "Learn more about how BP is helping."


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Das schönste Bild zu BP seit langem

Das schönste Bild zu BP seit langem


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Ölteppich driftet in den Atlantik

Die Ölpest wird wohl nicht auf den Golf von Mexiko beschränkt bleiben: Computersimulationen zufolge treibt der Teppich in den Atlantik. Auch der Ostküste der USA droht ein Desaster - von dort driftet das Öl Richtung Europa.


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Greenpeace UK's BP logo redesign competition

How would you rebrand BP?

A few years ago, BP rebranded themselves as 'beyond petroleum'. And yet BP is pursuing 'unconventional oil' - the Canadian tar sands and deepwater drilling, despite the massive environmental damage that's being caused by their business.

Greenpeace UK's BP logo

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Video News: Journalists Threatened with Arrest For Filming BP Oil Spillage on US Beach

Its come to light that US Coast Guard officials are threatening journalists with arrest if they attempt to try to film the clean up operation in the aftermath of the largest man-made disaster ever to befall the United States.

When questioned as to why the threat of arrest existed, the journalists were told "This is rules put in place by BP, and NOT, by the United States government.

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BP Hires Former RIAA Boss For PR Work

It's been a little while since we last wrote about Hilary Rosen, who ran the RIAA for many years, and presided over its initial disastrous decision to fight the internet and go after users. However, we have to say that it's somewhat amusing to find out that BP has now hired Rosen for PR help in dealing with the oil spill in the Gulf.


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