+ BP released its internal probe of the Deepwater Horizon incident, “spreading blame among its contractors and giving a glimpse of the defenses it might deploy in public and in court,” The Washington Post reports. One of those contractors, Transocean, called the report “self-serving.”

+ “BP spillcam” joined “guido” among the most widely used words on television this year.

+ An Interior Department study found that oil-drilling regulators are inadequately trained, poorly equipped and thinly spread.

+ Remember when BP was the “greenest” of the oil companies, known for its large renewable energy portfolio? Well, the company has now begun construction on a new wind farm in Colorado.

+ Pro-oil industry “Rally for Jobs” events, supported by the now-infamous Koch brothers, are continuing across the country.

+ In its latest “Beige Book” economic report, the Atlanta branch of the Federal Reserve notes the spill’s contradictory effects on tourism, deflecting beach-goers away from the Gulf Coast and toward unaffected areas, including parts of Florida.

The oil spill had a negative impact on tourism along the affected Gulf Coast. Outside of areas affected by the oil spill, tourism continued to show signs of improvement compared with last year. Hospitality contacts in Miami, Nashville, New Orleans, and Orlando experienced increasing hotel occupancy rates in July and August. In addition, northeast Florida, Georgia, and mountain resorts in Tennessee saw an increase in activity–some reportedly as a result of deflected business from the oil affected areas.

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