"Under intense pressure from President Barack Obama, BP Plc agreed on Wednesday to set up a $20 billion fund for damage claims from its huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill and suspended dividend payments to its shareholders." Jeff Mason reports for Reuters June 16, 2010.
As the Gulf oil spill continues to spread, where it is, where it's going, and what effects it might have are a growing concern to more parts of the US. Maps, data visualizations, and infographics are key tools for telling this story. Here's a roundup of useful resources. Many of these are hot-linked in the Daily Glob's right-hand sidebar.
"The White House ordered BP to pay for construction of five more large sections of Louisiana barrier island sand berms Wednesday as efforts to contain the gushing Deepwater Horizon oil spill hit more obstacles and the slick approached Florida. " Marc Kaufman reports for the Washington Post June 3, 2010.
Oil-soaked pelicans in some coastal marshes, coated with oil from the Gulf spill, can no longer fly. The number of miles of shoreline smothered in oil continues to grow, and the oil pushes further inland.
"More than 100 miles (160 km) of Louisiana's coast have already been affected by oil from the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico, state governor Bobby Jindal said on Wednesday." Reuters had the story May 26, 2010.
Mark Tercek, the CEO of the Nature Conservancy, answers questions in an online chat (moderated?) at 2 pm EDT. To participate, go here. https://www.nature.org/tncscience/communications/ The Conservancy is defending its partnership with BP.