This Dec. 1, 2010 photo provided by the University of Georgia, made from the submarine Alvin, shows a dead crab with oil residue near it on a still-damaged sea floor about 10 miles north of the BP oil rig accident. Marine biologist Samantha Joye of the University of Georgia said, We consistently saw dead fauna . . . → Read More: Oil Spill Update: Deep-Sea Degradation
Well this sounds like a good idea. Mr Hayward, who resigned as chief executive at the energy giant following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill disaster, is understood to have been approached by representatives from the oil-rich emirate about building a global oil and gas group. The proposed new venture would have billions of dollars . . . → Read More: Tony Hayward to lead new oil company?
BP announced today that it has joined Chevron, ConocoPhillips ExxonMobil and Shell as a member of the Marine Well Containment Company LLC (MWCC), a non-profit industry organization committed to improving capabilities for containing a potential future underwater blowout in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. BP brings its marine response experience and equipment to the MWCC. . . . → Read More: BP Joins Gulf of Mexico Marine Well Containment Company
Last week, Dr. M and I attended a captivating lecture at Duke university, delivered by none other than the honorable William K. Reilly (co-chair of the National Oil Spill Commission investigating the BP oil spill). Reilly was very well spoken, knowledgeable, and provided an interesting perspective on the Gulf disaster. Some of the facts he . . . → Read More: The oil industry’s ‘Culture of Complacency’
Another disturbing paper about the BP oil spill was published this week. The new study from Wood’s Hole researchers shows lingering traces of dispersant in the deepwater oil plume that spread out for 200 miles southwest of the Macondo well head. The sampling took place over a number of months, showing that Corexit dispersant is . . . → Read More: No S*&%t Sherlock, dispersants DON’T degrade quickly
“A blowout in deepwater was not a statistical inevitability.” An eloquent and succinct line from the National Oil Spill Commission’s Report on the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The full report will be released on January 11th, but we were granted a sneak preview with the release of an advance chapter this week. Basically, the report says . . . → Read More: 1.9.2011 Sunday Spill Roundup: Advance Preview of Oil Spill Commision Report
The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill just released a key chapter from their final report. Long story short…everyone is to blame. The commission found that Transocean that provided the staff, Halliburton that provided cement to secure the wells and other services, and of course BP, all continuously made “baffling decisions that . . . → Read More: Oil Spill Blame For Everyone!
Well its 2011, and now we’ll have to talk about the Deepwater Horizon disaster as last year’s oil spill. Unfortunately, we can’t make a New Year’s resolution to shed the far-reaching and lingering impacts in the Gulf of Mexico. We can, however, resolve to keep the story alive and hopefully learn from these mistakes and . . . → Read More: 1.2.2011 New year, same old oil spill
In lieu of the holiday weekend, there’s only one story I want to draw attention to–months after the well was capped, the post-spill economic hardships are still a grim facet of life for many Gulf residents. Many shrimpers and oyster harvesters are catching and selling only a fraction of previous hauls. Business owners who saw . . . → Read More: 12.26.10 A tough Christmas in the Gulf (Sunday Spill Roundup)
What criteria makes Gulf seafood “safe to eat”? In part 2, we’re geting down to the nitty gritty: what guidelines and criteria are the FDA and NOAA using to approve the sale and consumption of seafood from the Gulf of Mexico? The FDA is currently focusing its tests on two separate compounds: PAHs (Polycyclic Aromatic . . . → Read More: Seafood Safety, Part 2a: ‘safe’ criteria, PAHs