Denton Record-Chronicle: Parents voice health concerns.

Kelly Gant once worked for an oil refinery in Port Arthur — an area nicknamed “Explosion Coast” and “Cancer Alley.” When she left the job, the company was in the midst of a $200 million government-mandated soil cleanup project, she said. She couldn’t flee fast enough. Gant and her husband settled in Argyle, thinking it would be an ideal place to raise a family. Fifteen years later, she feels like she’s back in harm’s way.Since gas drilling began near Argyle High School in recent weeks, her daughter has experienced severe symptoms of asthma, a condition she had controlled for years, Gant said. Twice in the last two weeks, Gant said, she had to pull her daughter out of high school marching band practices because of dense fumes on the field. Her daughter was dizzy, jittery. Her head ached and she couldn’t concentrate. Read more here.

London Guardian: Tea Party climate change deniers funded by BP and other major polluters.

BP and several other big European companies are funding the midterm election campaigns of Tea Party favourites who deny the existence of global warming or oppose Barack Obama’s energy agenda, the Guardian has learned. An analysis of campaign finance by Climate Action Network Europe (Cane) found nearly 80% of campaign donations from a number of major European firms were directed towards senators who blocked action on climate change. These included incumbents who have been embraced by the Tea Party such as Jim DeMint, a Republican from South Carolina, and the notorious climate change denier James Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/oct/24/tea-party-climate-change-deniers. Read more here.

ProPublica:Furious growth and cost cuts led to BP accidents past and present..

Jeanne Pascal turned on her TV April 21 to see a towering spindle of black smoke slithering into the sky from an oil platform on the oceanic expanse of the Gulf of Mexico. For hours she sat, transfixed on an overstuffed couch in her Seattle home, her feelings shifting from shock to anger.Pascal, a career Environmental Protection Agency attorney only seven weeks into her retirement, knew as much as anyone in the federal government about BP, the company that owned the well. She understood in an instant what it would take others months to grasp: In BP’s 15-year quest to compete with the world’s biggest oil companies, its managers had become deaf to risk and systematically gambled with safety at hundreds of facilities and with thousands of employees’ lives. Read more here.

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