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  • BP Spikes Prices

    The story covers the alleged manipulation of West Coast crude oil prices by BP, based on 4,000 pages of evidence released from the antitrust case concerning the merger between BP and Amoco. By practicing exports to Far East at a lower net prices, using a computer software to determine the maximum possible accepted price for the crude oil delivered to rafineries and charging differenciated prices for the same product, the scheme contributed to the reason why West Coast motorists pay about 20 cents more/gallon than the national average. Four follow up stories are also included.
  • Energy Crisis

    CBS News investigates the California energy crisis. The investigation found secret meetings between executives of natural gas companies and pipeline operators, price manipulation by Duke Energy, which bought four power plants after deregulation, and sealed testimony about power plants shut down to keep prices high.
  • Pipelines: The invisible danger

    In a four-part investigative series American-Statesmen examines "the operation and regulation of some of the most profitable companies in America, those that operate pipelines carrying oil, gasoline, fuel oil, natural gas and other hazardous materials." The reporting team reveals the dangerous - and at times deadly - condition of the pipelines the American industry uses to transport crude oil and natural gas. The stories point to statistics showing that from 1984 through 2000 a total of 366 people have died in the USA as a result of pipeline leaks and explosions. Inspections have showed that one inactive pipeline, which passes through the populated area of Austin, has had "4,000 anomalies" caused by weak steel skin. Texas is notorious for the highest death toll, since it is the state with the most miles of pipelines. The follow-up editorials focus on the need for reforms, and suggest new federal and state regulation that would improve pipeline safety.
  • DWB* (*Driving While Black)

    Esquire reports on the DEA's program Operation Pipeline, an attempt to stop interstate drug trafficking that has come under file for encouraging, if not sponsoring, racial profiling. Despite numerous civil rights law suits and statistics that show an overwhelming majority of the motorists pulled over are black and Hispanic, the DEA still calls the program one of its "most successful." The Supreme Court basically handed law enforcement a license to do these kind of searches when it ruled that a cop can pull someone over for any minor traffic violation. U.S. District Judge James Carrigan wrote a criticism of the program which said, the task force, "systematically violated the constitutionally protected rights of blacks and Hispanics to travel and be free from unreasonable seizures."
  • Fueling Controversy: How Many Inspectors Make Safety Checks in Alaska Oil Fields

    The Wall Street Journal reports on the inadequate control and regulation of the oil industry in Alaska. The article details the oil industry lobbying efforts before the state lawmakers, who believed oil companies were capable of monitoring pipeline corrosion themselves. The story reveals that only five oil-field safety inspectors supervise the drilling sites in the state, compared to nine employed by Indiana, "which takes a full year to produce the amount of crude oil that Alaska pumps in three days." The reporter points to the unusual practice of Alaskan inspectors to schedule their visits instead of using the element of surprise.
  • The Killing Fields

    In fuel-rich Nigeria, the people and the environment pay for the harvest of gas and oil. Of the most deadly consequences are explosions brought on by leaking gas pipelines, sometimes sabotaged by Nigerians looking for gas to sell on the black market. Oil spills have also devastated certain communities with their polluted aftermath.
  • Explosive Issue: Gas-Pipeline Tragedies Have Energy Industry, Regulators Under Fire

    "The U.S. agency that inspects pipelines, federal officials say, lacks trained manpower, reliable data on accidents and the will to crack down on unsafe practices before deadly blasts occur. The pipeline industry has resisted calls from the National Transportation Safety Board and others for mandatory periodic inspections of pipelines and national employee-training standards. Meanwhile, the nation's pipelines continue to age, many of them now more than 50 years old and too narrow to accommodate the probes sent through pipes to inspect them internally for defects."
  • Show & Tell: IRE 2001 National Conference (Chicago)

    Compilation tape of investigative stories presented at the 2001 IRE national conference in Chicago: Tape 1 1.) KVBC-TV (Nevada) - "Honor Thy Father" 2.) KHOU 11 (Houston) - "Highway Health Hazard" 3.) Inside Edition - "Drink Up" 4.) KOAA-TV (Colorado Springs) - "Mother Goose daycare investigation" 5.) WSTN-TV (Syracuse) - "Pipeline to Crack" 6.) WAGA-TV (Atlanta) - "On the net; on the clock" 7.) KSAZ-TV (Phoenix) - "Capital Credit" 8.) Inside Edition - "Televangelists" 9.) WJW (Fox 8 Cleveland) - "Coats for Kids" 10.)Kelo-TV (Sioux Falls) - "Painful Steps" 11.) WNBC-TV (New York) - "Help on Hold" 12.) WFLD-TV (Chicago) - "Aggressive Drivers" 13.) WXYZ-TV (Detroit) - "Get Out Alive" 14.) WCPO-TV (Cincinnati) - "Airport Security" 15.) KMOL-TV (San Antonio) - "Slum Lords" 16.) WDIV-TV (Detroit) - "Stealing Power" 17.) WSMV 4 (Nashville) - "A few deadly breaths" 18.) WTVF (Nashville) - "Who's Policing the Police?" 19.) KDFW (Dallas) - "Spot Delivery" 20.) WTVJ (Miami) - "The Price of Beauty" 21.) WXYZ-TV (Detroit) - "Weight Loss Scams" 22.)KETV (Omaha) - "Police Complaints" 23.) KDFW (Dallas) - "Identity Theft" Tape 2 1.) WABC-TV (New York) - "Caught Off Guard" 2.) WTMJ-TV (Milwaukee) - "Get out of jail free" 3.) KTVT-TV (Fort Worth) - "INS Application Scam" 4.) KRON-TV (San Francisco) - "Moving Violations" 5.) WSPA-TV (South Carolina) - "Goodwill Firings" 6.) KWTV 9 (Oklahoma City) - "Lemon on the Lot" 7.) WLOS-TV (Asheville) - "Save or Slaughter" 8.) WISH-TV (Indianapolis) - "Tipped off" 9.) WAMI-TV (Miami) - "AIDS Charity Scam" 10.) WITI-TV (Milwaukee) - "Marine Corp Toxic Water" 11.) WFLD-TV (Chicago) - "No prescription, no doctor" 12.) XETV 6 (San Diego) - "Port Perks" 13.) KSTP-TV (St. Paul) - "Lasik Surgery" 14.) News 12 Long Island (Woodbury, N.Y.) - "Bad Medicine" 15.) News 12 Long Island (Woodbury, N.Y.) - "Double Dipping" 16.) KVBC-TV (Las Vegas) - "Mud Slinging Exposed" 17.) KVBC-TV (Las Vegas) - "What Lies Beneath" 18.) KHOU 11 (Houston) - "Sex Offender Teachers" 19.) KHOU 11 (Houston) - "Highway Health Hazard" 20.) WISH-TV (Indianapolis) - "Inspecting the Inspectors" 21.) WCPO 9 (Kentucky) - "NKU Rape Investigations"
  • Save a Pet Parts I and II

    WPIX investigated "'Save a Pet,' a company that offers to find homes for unwanted pets." The station "found these animals are actually funneled into the medical research pipeline and used for pit bull fighting."
  • Power Source: How Trinidad Became A Major U.S. Supplier Of Liquefied Natural Gas

    A LNG plant in Trinidad supplies 40 percent of U.S. imported natural gas, but establishing the plant facility on the small island nation was difficult. BP Amoco and British Gas, the largest producers in Trinidad, were reluctant to back the project proposed by the smaller Boston-based Cabot Corp. Eventually, they did and the $1 billion facility is a huge success thanks to the energy crisis and relatively cheap costs of transportation to New England. Trinidad's overall economy is up 7 percent. Plans are underway to triple the plant's capacity by 2002.