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Year in Greenview

While eco-friendly initiatives gained some local traction this year, the national environmental picture was relatively bleak in 2010 — and stands to get even more depressing next year.
Going green
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010
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Looking back on 2010: Maine goes red

There were big wins, big defeats, encouraging signs, and disappointments. Here's a look at what Maine enjoyed — and endured — in 2010.
Republicans take over Augusta, Portland cops go online, gay rights stay center stage, and more!
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  December 24, 2010

Holy Everglades, Batman!

What a shock to see the discovery of an alligator at Sissons Pond in Portsmouth! Based on the photographs, Phillipe and Jorge reckon it has to be the largest reptile ever seen in the Biggest Little outside of the State House.
A 'gator in the biggest little; angry Americans are still angry; a few great women
By PHILLIPE AND JORGE  |  September 03, 2010

BP oil spill impacts might be more than hypothetical

Less than a month before the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill, more than 400 representatives from New England government agencies, maritime businesses, and relevant non-profits like the Friends of Casco Bay gathered at Portland's Holiday Inn by
What if?
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  August 06, 2010

Politically Relevant Rap Video of the Day: Reflection Eternal (Kweli + Hi-Tek) - "Ballad of the Black Gold"


In my opinion this is the most impressive joint on Hi-Tek and Talib Kweli's recently released Revolutions Per Minute (REVIEW HERE). Glad to see they...
By Chris Faraone  |  July 19, 2010
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Say what?

Barack Obama is much more of an establishment-style president than the public generally realizes.
Obama should forget the feel-good and seize the opportunity in the Gulf
By EDITORIAL  |  June 18, 2010


Regulators Let Industry Drill Deeper, Despite Safety Concerns and Unproven Fixes

Regulators Let Industry Drill Deeper, Despite Safety Concerns and Unproven Fixes


 One key reason the Gulf oil spill has been so hard to stop is that BP was drilling so deep. Such deepwater drilling has been...
By Pro Publica  |  May 10, 2010
Offshore Drilling Regulators Had Concerns, but Let Industry Self-Police

Offshore Drilling Regulators Had Concerns, but Let Industry Self-Police


When regulators at the Minerals Management Service had concerns about the safety equipment for offshore oil rigs, the agency did not impose stronger regulations and...
By Pro Publica  |  May 07, 2010
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Amazing grace

The morning after I get back from the 41st annual New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, an oil executive is on the radio: “We’re throwing everything we have at it.” Meaning the exploded BP-leased well in the Gulf of Mexico, 50 miles off the coast of
The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival carries on
By JON GARELICK  |  May 07, 2010
Government Agency: Offshore Drilling Regulator Understated Risks of Oil Spills in Plans to Expand Drilling

Government Agency: Offshore Drilling Regulator Understated Risks of Oil Spills in Plans to Expand Drilling


Last week, we reported that in addition to the spotted history of the Minerals Management Service, the regulator responsible for overseeing offshore drilling, parts of...
By Pro Publica  |  May 05, 2010
Govt Agency: Offshore Drilling Regulator Understated Risks of Oil Spills in Plans to Expand Drilling

Govt Agency: Offshore Drilling Regulator Understated Risks of Oil Spills in Plans to Expand Drilling


Last week, we reported that in addition to the spotted history of the Minerals Management Service, the regulator responsible for overseeing offshore drilling, parts of...
By Ryan Stewart  |  May 05, 2010


Congressmen Raised Concerns About BP Safety Before Gulf Oil Spill

Congressmen Raised Concerns About BP Safety Before Gulf Oil Spill


May 5: This post has been corrected. In the months before BP's Deepwater Horizon rig sank in a ball of fire in the Gulf of...
By Pro Publica  |  May 05, 2010