The New York Times has a great article out this week, as we near the year anniversary of the Macondo Well blowout and the ensuing horror of the Gulf oil spill. What has emerged in studies so far is not a final tally of damage, but a new window on the complexities of the gulf, . . . → Read More: Deepwater Horizon: Science progresses, a year later
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?
In what will surely take the 2011 Audacity Award Transocean Ltd. made a statement Friday that it had its “best year in safety performance.” O’ no they didn’t! O’ yes Transocean has balls and despite the explosion of its Deepwater Horizon rig that left 11 dead, 9 Transocean employees, and polluting half the Gulf of . . . → Read More: Transocean Has Big Brass Balls
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
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
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