Two days ago I posted on the fiasco that characterized Transocean’s recent decision to give out bonuses because of their terrific 2010 safety record. This is despite the Deepwater Horizon even that resulted in a loss of 11 lives. Yesterday Transocean announced that Transocean’s senior management team, led by Chief Executive Officer Steven Newman, announced . . . → Read More: Umm Thanks?
I’ve just wrapped up another whirlwind week in the Gulf of Mexico – a 3-day sampling trip spanning 250 miles of coastline, followed by a weekend workshop for undergrads covering the “Bioinformatics of Biodiversity” As far as sampling, I got what I needed but it wasn’t pleasant. I re-sampled all our existing sites from Dauphin . . . → Read More: Teaching undergrads the ‘Bioinformatics of Biodiversity’
My sporadic posting lately has been due to my ridiculous travel schedule – in the past 2 weeks, I’ve been to New York, Maine, San Diego, and now the Gulf of Mexico. I’m currently on another short sampling trip, and at the end of the week I’ll be lecturing on a ‘Bioinformatics of Biodiversity’ workshop . . . → Read More: Gulf sampling, part deux
I just wanted to remind everyone that BP is still running ads like this on TV. When this came on, my mouth literally dropped and I yelled “Seriously, BP?” I worry that these tug-at-the-heartstring PR campaigns will subtly become more effective as time goes on–time heals all wounds, right? We’re getting barraged with BP’s ads . . . → Read More: Seriously, BP?
Although most of the media has now forgotten about that oil spill thing that happened last year, I’m consistently impressed by strength of ongoing citizen science projects in the Gulf of Mexico. I met Michael Sturdivant by chance last year while I was collecting samples along the Florida panhandle. Michael is heavily involved with the . . . → Read More: Citizen Science to track lingering oil in the Gulf
Once again this week, NPR was subtly poking us all with a stick—“Hey, remember that oil spill that happened last year?” I love NPR. ‘Fog Of Research’ Clouds Study Of Oil’s Effects In Gulf This story really hit home, because I’ve been personally dealing with many of the frustrations mentioned in this report. There really . . . → Read More: NPR’s oil spill Hat Trick
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!