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  • New evidence about the Gulf of Mexico's past

    02/21/2016 12:39:48 PM PST · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 2/16/2016 | University of HoustoN
    Geologists studying a region in the Mexican state of Veracruz have discovered evidence to explain the origin of the Wilcox Formation, one of Mexico's most productive oil plays, as well as support for the theory that water levels in the Gulf of Mexico dropped dramatically as it was separated from the rest of the world's oceans and Earth entered a period of extreme warming. The drop in water levels and the warming, known as the Paleocene-Eocene thermal maximum (PETM), occurred around 55.8 million years ago. The Gulf refilled about 850,000 years later. Van Nieuwenhuise, director of professional geoscience programs at...
  • Wartime navy captain blamed for letting Nazi U-boat get away.... now hailed as a hero...

    05/07/2015 2:30:39 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 52 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8th May 2015 | Elaine O'Flynn
    The reputation of a disgraced wartime navy captain has been restored, thanks to the discoveries of a documentary featuring the finder of the Titanic. For more than 60 years, Captain Herbert G. Claudius was blamed for letting a Nazi U-boat ‘get away’, after it sank the Robert E. Lee passenger freighter in the Gulf of Mexico in 1942. But an undersea expedition – aided by Dr Robert Ballard who rediscovered the Titanic 30 years ago – has revealed the first published pictures of the submarine’s wreckage, showing how bombs dropped by Cpt Claudius’ crew successfully sunk the attacker U-166. ........
  • Tulane scientists say tiny 'pocket shark' reveals secrets in depths of Gulf of Mexico

    04/24/2015 6:12:53 PM PDT · by BBell · 27 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/24/15 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
    A rare, tiny "pocket shark" found about 190 miles off the Louisiana coast is only the second of its kind ever discovered, according to Tulane University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration scientists. The fish was caught five years ago during a Gulf of Mexico research expedition, frozen and then sent to Tulane researchers in 2013. They ultimately identified the species and compiled a study that was published this week in Zootaxa, the international journal of taxonomy. The 5 ˝-inch male juvenile is unique because of the twin pockets next to its front fins. Those pockets are believed to...
  • Statoil finds oil at new Gulf of Mexico discovery

    04/09/2015 1:00:50 PM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune ^ | 4/9/15 | Jennifer Larino
    Statoil has hit oil at a well in the Gulf of Mexico about 220 miles south of New Orleans. The Norwegian company has not yet determined the size of the find. Statoil's discovery, known as Miocene Yeti, targets oil in the well-explored Walker Ridge area of the Gulf of Mexico. Statoil operates the Yeti prospect and owns a 50 percent interest. Partners Anadarko Petroleum Corp. and Samson Offshore own 37.5 percent and 12.5 percent interests, respectively. In a statement, Jez Averty, Statoil senior vice president for exploration in North America, said the company is now "analyzing data to determine the...
  • Russia Boosts Arms, Training for Leftist Latin Militaries

    02/20/2015 6:54:15 AM PST · by elhombrelibre · 9 replies
    Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week to the region by Moscow’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, Pentagon officials said. Shoygu met with defense and military leaders in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua and signed several agreements on warship visits and military training during the visit, which ran from Feb. 11 to 14. It is not clear whether any new arms deals were completed during the visit. Defense officials said the Russian leader is seeking bases in the region for strategic bomber flights that Shoygu...
  • Opec's Wake Up Call

    12/08/2014 7:58:38 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Energy Intel ^ | December 2014 | Sadad al-Husseini
    The Opec meeting of Nov. 27 brought new strategic thinking to Opec's deliberations and redirected its fixation away from short-term oil pricing toward greater commercial transparency and market-based commodity pricing. This was due in no small measure to Saudi Arabia's determination to eliminate ill-advised oil price manipulations and restore Opec's credibility as the price setting leader of international oil markets. This reality check became inevitable when Opec finally focused on the stark facts of a weak global economy and soft oil demand at a time of abundant oil supplies and inflated prices. The kingdom was forceful in advocating the reality...
  • The Great Turnaround

    12/03/2014 2:18:51 PM PST · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    And they say there's no good news in the paper. But when it comes to oil, oil prices, oil diplomacy and just about everything else connected to this country's shale-oil boom, there's little but good news to report either at home or abroad. From the gas pump to international conferences, it's all good. Unless you're a gigantic corporation that's exploited this country's addiction to petroleum for years at immense profits. Or a rapacious oil sheik or dictator who's exploited not only his own people but the rest of the world. In that case, it couldn't happen to a more deserving...
  • Russian bomber patrols to reach Gulf of Mexico

    11/12/2014 7:25:31 AM PST · by McGruff · 41 replies
    AP ^ | Nov. 12, 2014
    Russia's long-range bombers will range from the Arctic Ocean to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico on regular patrol missions, the military said Wednesday, a show of muscle reflecting tensions with the West over Ukraine.
  • A Boom & My House Shook

    05/07/2014 8:32:35 AM PDT · by Retired Chemist · 17 replies
    Vanity
    I was sitting at my Computer here in Pinellas County ,Florida this morning and there was a loud boom and my house shook. News reports said it's related to military exercises in the Gulf Of Mexico. Anyone else hear it?
  • Texas producing 36 percent of US crude

    04/02/2014 6:55:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 23 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 1, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Texas is producing about 36 percent of the country’s crude oil — three times more than any other state, according to the latest monthly figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Texas pumped nearly 2.9 million barrels of crude daily of the 7.9 million barrels produced nationwide in January, the latest month for which figures are available. The Gulf of Mexico produced about 17 percent, the second-largest portion, followed by North Dakota with about 12 percent of the U.S. crude. California and Alaska rounded out the top five crude-producing areas, each home to about 7 percent of the nation’s oil....
  • Nobel Wants To Pipe Gas For Domestic Use (Cyprus,Israel)

    10/11/2013 6:16:30 AM PDT · by haffast · 3 replies
    Cyprus Gas News ^ | 11 October 2013 | Elias Hazou
    NOBLE Energy, operators of the Block 12 offshore licence, has reportedly renewed a proposal for piping gas from the Aphrodite well for the purpose of domestic electricity generation. Daily Politis writes that the Houston-based energy company has quoted a delivery price of $9 or $10 per million btus (mmbtu). That’s significantly lower than the price offered by Itera during the ‘interim gas’ tender procedure. Itera’s offer is understood to have been around $15.5 per mmbtu. Politis said the cost of electricity generation – and thus the price of electricity to end-consumers – could on paper drop by 15 to 20...
  • Environmentalists win dead zone round against EPA

    09/23/2013 10:00:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 23, 2013 7:21 PM EDT | Janet McConnaughey
    Environmental advocates in states along the Mississippi River have won a round toward a long-term goal of having federal standards created to regulate farmland runoff and other pollution blamed for the oxygen-depleted “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico and problems in other bodies of water. In a ruling Friday, U.S. District Judge Jay Zainey in New Orleans gave the Environmental Protection Agency six months to decide whether to set Clean Water Act standards for nitrogen and phosphorous in all U.S. waterways or explain why they’re not needed. The EPA describes the nutrients on its website as “one of America’s...
  • Explorers of 19th century shipwreck in Gulf of Mexico find 2 others with mysterious pasts

    07/27/2013 6:45:40 AM PDT · by BBell · 12 replies
    GALVESTON, Texas -- Marine archaeologists made a thrilling discovery this week while examining a well-preserved shipwreck deep in the Gulf of Mexico -- two other sunken vessels that likely went down with it during an early 19th century storm.
  • Blown out well seals off gas leak by itself; operators ‘lucky’, experts say

    07/25/2013 6:32:14 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 25, 2013 | Emily Pickrell and Zain Shauk
    Natural gas stopped flowing from a runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico after sediment in the well blocked the uncontrolled flow, federal authorities reported Thursday. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the well “bridged over,” meaning small pieces of sediment and sand flowed into the well path, restricting the flow and countering the pressure. A fire that had engulfed a portion of the Hercules 265 jack-up rig was put out early Thursday morning, according to a Coast Guard report to Congress. “They are lucky,” said Bud Danenberger, a consultant and former chief of offshore regulatory programs at...
  • Visit 50,000 Year Old Underwater Primeval Forest Found in Gulf of Mexico (VIDEO)

    07/13/2013 6:53:35 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 67 replies
    Hispanically Speaking ^ | Wednesday, July 10, 2013 | unattributed
    Imagine swimming in an underwater primeval forest that nature has preserved for over 50,000 years. Now you can if you are willing to dive 60 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, 10 miles offshore of Alabama. Experts believe 2005's Hurricane Katrina unveiled what had been buried under ocean sediment for centuries. And it took some curious fishermen to discover it by questioning why there so many fishing congregating in one area. The discovery was made in 2012 but only recently became public knowledge. The find was confirmed when a dive team and experts from Louisiana State University...
  • Shell to develop world's deepest offshore oil well

    05/08/2013 10:21:50 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 6 replies
    Economic Times ^ | 8 May, 2013, 09.23PM IST
    Royal Dutch/Shell will build the world's deepest offshore oil and gas facility, pushing the boundaries of industry technology to search three kilometres (1.9 miles) underwater in the Gulf of Mexico. The project go-ahead demonstrates Shell's confidence in pricey offshore projects despite a recent downturn in oil prices. Last month, BP decided to delay development of its biggest new Gulf of Mexico project, Mad Dog Phase 2, citing tough market conditions and fast-rising costs. Shell's 100 percent-owned Stones field was discovered in 2005 some 200 miles southwest of New Orleans and encompasses eight lease blocks in the Gulf of Mexico's Lower...
  • Obama Administration Touts 38 Million Acre Lease Sale, But It’s Déjŕ Vu All Over Again

    02/10/2013 4:13:41 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Red State ^ | 2/10/13 | Steve Maley
    This week the Department of the Interior grandly announced plans for its March oil and gas lease sale in the Central Gulf of Mexico, off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The announcement might have been more fitting for Groundhog Day. DOI: 38 Million Acres in Gulf of Mexico Up for Grabs To follow through with President Obama’s all-of-the-above energy strategy to expand domestic energy production, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced that the upcoming Central Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 227 will offer 38.6 million acres offshore Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama for oil and gas exploration and development. … “The...
  • Petrobras gets permit for U.S. deep waters

    03/23/2011 9:59:17 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 56 replies
    WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Washington has given Petrobras America Inc. permission to start oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, a regulator said. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement gave Petrobras approval to use a floating production storage offloading facility at its Cascade-Chinook project in the Gulf of Mexico. The approval marks the first time FPSO technology will be used in U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The oil and gas project is about 165 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 8,200 feet of water. The FPSO has a production capacity of...
  • Noble rig leaves U.S. Gulf for Brazil

    03/04/2011 11:13:03 AM PST · by thackney · 31 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 4, 2011 | Brett Clanton
    Noble Corp. in January announced plans to move one of its deep-water drilling rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico amid a spill-related slowdown in activity. This week, the Swiss-based driller made good on its promise. It loaded the Noble Clyde Boudreaux, an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible, on a ship in Pascagoula, Miss., that will carry the rig 5,000 miles to Brazil, where it has a contract with Shell. That new contract, starting in April, will last for a year and is $290,000 per day less than the previous Gulf lease, Noble said. Noble, Diamond Offshore and other offshore drilling contractors have...
  • Vitter wants answers on Brazil drilling loan; Paul wanted answers too

    03/22/2011 2:19:36 PM PDT · by Crush · 31 replies
    The US Report ^ | 22 March 2011 | Kay Day
    Sen. David Vitter (R-La.) wants answers from the US taxpayer supported Export-Import bank about a $2 billion loan to Brazil for offshore drilling. Vitter’s home state is suffering under a moratorium imposed by President Barack Obama. Vitter said Louisianians “are frustrated” and he wants to know “why permitting domestically is nearly stalled…” Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) had questions about ExIM—nine years ago when he asked Congress to reject the reauthorization of ExIm for “economic, constitutional and moral reasons.” Vitter sent a letter to Fred Hochberg, Ex-Im president, on March 17. Vitter asked Hochberg to identify all US companies that have...
  • Topical Depression Nine soon to be Gulf Hurricane (and affecting GOP Convention)?

    08/21/2012 7:16:24 AM PDT · by topher · 53 replies
    US Weather Service ^ | August 21, 2012
    See: NOAA National Hurricane Center Web Site To keep up to date... It appears Tropical Depression Nine might be one to watch. It might provide much needed rain to drought stricken parts of the South. But it might also wreak havoc with the GOP Convention. Also it might wreak havoc on the Gulf Coast... The Gulf of Mexico is quite potent this time of year to produce storms with exceptionally warm water and conditions. Might be something to follow...
  • Silent Running: Russian attack submarine sailed in Gulf of Mexico undetected for weeks...

    08/14/2012 7:03:19 AM PDT · by bt_dooftlook · 105 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 08/14/2012 | Bill Gertz
    A Russian nuclear-powered attack submarine armed with long-range cruise missiles operated undetected in the Gulf of Mexico for several weeks and its travel in strategic U.S. waters was only confirmed after it left the region, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. It is only the second time since 2009 that a Russian attack submarine has patrolled so close to U.S. shores. The stealth underwater incursion in the Gulf took place at the same time Russian strategic bombers made incursions into restricted U.S. airspace near Alaska and California in June and July, and highlights a growing military assertiveness by Moscow. The...
  • Report: Russian Nuclear Attack Sub Patrolled Waters Off Gulf for a Month…Undetected

    08/14/2012 6:12:11 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 8/14/2012 | Jonathon M. Seidl
    A Russian, nuclear-powered attack sub patrolled the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, off the U.S. coast, undetected for a month, a new startling report from the Washington Free Beacon says. The sub, the Free Beacon says, is an Akula vessel loaded with cruise missiles and is one of the quietest in the Russian fleet. From the report: The stealth underwater incursion in the Gulf took place at the same time Russian strategic bombers made incursions into restricted U.S. airspace near Alaska and California in June and July, and highlights a growing military assertiveness by Moscow. The submarine patrol also...
  • U.S. oil production reaches historic high As price plummets

    06/11/2012 8:21:52 PM PDT · by jyro · 52 replies
    WASHINGTON, June 11 (UPI) -- Federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico, along with output from Texas and North Dakota, pushed U.S. oil production to its highest level in 14 years, the EIA said. The U.S. Energy Department's Energy Information Administration reports that U.S. oil production during the first quarter of 2012 topped 6 million barrels per day for the first time since 1998. "The roughly 6 percent growth in U.S. oil production from October 2011 through March 2012 is largely the result of increases in oil output in North Dakota, Texas and the Gulf of Mexico," the agency said...
  • State officials shut down shrimping in Gulf amid scientists finding deformities

    Alarmed by widespread reports of visibly sick, deformed seafood coming out of the Gulf of Mexico, state officials have closed area waters to shrimping this morning (April 23). The waters will be closed indefinitely as scientists run tests in an effort to get a handle on a situation that is fast becoming a full-blown crisis on the Gulf Coast. The closures – including all waters in the Mississippi Sound, Mobile Bay, areas of Bon Secour, Wolf Bay and Little Lagoon – mark the first official step in responding to increasingly urgent reports from fishermen and scientists of grotesquely disfigured seafood...
  • Pemex's woes may clear way for Brazil to help

    04/02/2008 11:28:28 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies · 47+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | April 1, 2008 | THOMAS BLACK and ANDRES R. MARTINEZ
    Mexico's leader sees potential in progress of Petrobras Guillermo Najera, a 42-year-old machine operator at Mexican state-controlled oil company Petróleos Mexicanos, gets paid to do nothing all day. Pemex management can't fire the union worker or transfer him from the ammonia plant in Ciudad Camargo, where he still shows up for work even though the plant stopped production in 2002. "We don't have anything else to do except keep our areas clean," Najera says as he and dozens of other idle workers enter the gates of the plant for the 7 a.m. shift. "I want to go back to work."...
  • Mexico, U.S. sign cross-border deep water oil deal[Obama Pretends To Care About Energy]

    02/20/2012 6:49:23 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 5 replies
    al-Reuters ^ | 2/20/12 | Andrew Quinn
    Mexico and the United States signed an agreement on Monday to help U.S. firms and Mexican oil monopoly Pemex exploit deep water oil resources in the Gulf of Mexico that straddle the countries' maritime boundaries. The deal, negotiated last year, will lift the moratorium on oil and gas exploration and production for 1.5 million acres in the Gulf and sets up legal guidelines for companies to jointly develop any trans-boundary reservoirs.
  • Gulf Deepwater Drilling Ban’s Hidden Victims

    02/01/2012 12:41:43 PM PST · by raptor22 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feberuary 1, 2012 | IBD staff
    Energy: Small- and medium-size businesses serving Louisiana's energy industry are shedding employees, dipping into personal savings or moving elsewhere to stay afloat. The administration's war on fossil fuels is taking its toll. The federal six-month moratorium on drilling that was issued in May 2010, after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, has been officially lifted, but it might as well still be in effect. The glacial permitting process put in place in the aftermath in the name of public safety is killing an industry pledged to wean us from the "energy of the past" will not mourn. A...
  • Environmental Scientist Caught Agreeing To Ignore Her Own Data, Make Up New Claims

    12/13/2011 12:19:01 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    Wizbang Blog ^ | December 12, 2011 | Kevin
    Dr. Ann Maest is a managing scientist at Straus Consulting, and she’s the go to expert on all things groundwater. In the press release announcing her reappointment to the National Academy of Sciences, they mention that she is focused on the environmental effects of mining and petroleum extraction and production, and, more recently, on the effects of climate change on water quality. Maest is in high demand as an expert for those looking to stop oil and mineral exploration. She’s also heavily used by the federal government, even though after new details about her past work are coming to light...
  • BP wins approval for new deep-water drilling in Gulf of Mexico

    10/26/2011 5:49:47 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/26/11 | Neela Banerjee
    BP won approval from the Interior Department to drill its first exploratory oil well in the Gulf of Mexico since the blowout of its Macondo well a year and a half ago touched off the country’s worst offshore environmental disaster. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said that BP met more stringent safety requirements devised by the federal government in the aftermath of the disaster. The company also planned to follow even tougher voluntary standards that exceeded the government’s rules. “This permit was approved only after thorough well design, blowout preventer, and containment capability reviews,” said bureau director Michael...
  • Obama's Interior Chokehold on America (bureaucratic bottleneck in the Gulf cost economy $20B)

    09/27/2011 10:04:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/27/2011 | Jim Adams
    How could a bureaucratic bottleneck in the Gulf of Mexico cost the U.S. economy nearly $20 billion and wipe out hundreds of thousands of jobs as far away as Ohio, Pennsylvania and California? Unfortunately, with this White House administration, anything is possible. President Obama recently announced yet another jobs initiative -- knowing all the while that one very simple action on his part would indeed create new jobs, infuse federal and state budgets with billions of dollars, and make us less reliant on imports. But that didn't happen. On Oct. 12, 2010, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said, "We're open for...
  • Drill, Cuba, Drill

    09/22/2011 4:55:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: Deep-water drilling will resume in the Florida Strait when a giant, semi-submersible oil rig en route from Singapore arrives later this fall. The bad news is it will not be American. While U.S. oil and energy prices "necessarily skyrocket," as President Obama once said they would under energy policies that have imposed a de facto ban on offshore drilling, a massive Chinese-built semi-submersible oil rig is on its way from Singapore to a drilling position off northwest Cuba perhaps as little as 50 miles from Key West, Fla. The long-predicted move could come as early as November, as...
  • 20 Drilling Rigs in Jeopardy of Leaving Gulf Over Permit Delays, Report Warns

    09/08/2011 1:25:52 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 13 replies · 1+ views
    If the pace of Gulf oil drilling permit awards does not increase, as many as 20 drilling rigs could soon leave the Gulf, a major investment bank announced. BER Capital Investments called the current rate of permitting unsustainable in a report released Wednesday. BER’s report noted that the slow pace of permitting is not due to political factors, instead blaming policies put in place in after the spill. They have directly contributed to the current backlog of permits. “Rather than being political, the [Gulf of Mexico] permitting drag is more reflective of the increased work required to issue each permit...
  • Rigged For Failure

    08/24/2011 4:43:19 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | August 24, 2011 | IBD Editorials
    Energy: A year ago, three oil rigs fled the Gulf of Mexico for better opportunities abroad. Now, it's 10. Make no mistake, the toll is rising on a business environment marked by the Obama administration's uncertainty. It's a sorry spectacle when rigs, the mighty instruments for extracting oil and gas from miles under the sea floor, are quietly pulling away from U.S. coasts for better business environments oceans away — namely the Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Egypt and Brazil. "When you have companies that would be spending hundreds of millions of dollars, or in some cases billions of dollars, they...
  • WHOI study reports microbes consumed oil in Gulf slick at unexpected rates

    08/01/2011 2:06:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 08-01-2011 | Provided by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    More than a year after the largest oil spill in history, perhaps the dominant lingering question about the Deepwater Horizon spill is, "What happened to the oil?" Now, in the first published study to explain the role of microbes in breaking down the oil slick on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers have come up with answers that represent both surprisingly good news and a head-scratching mystery. In research scheduled to be published in the Aug. 2 online edition of Environmental Research Letters, the WHOI team studied samples from the surface oil slick...
  • Tropical Storm DON Public Advisory (TS Forms in the Gulf of Mexico)

    07/27/2011 2:21:00 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 32 replies
    National Hurricane Center ^ | 07/27/2011 | Forecaster Beven
    BULLETIN TROPICAL STORM DON ADVISORY NUMBER 1 NWS NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL042011 400 PM CDT WED JUL 27 2011 ...TROPICAL STORM DON FORMS OVER THE SOUTHERN GULF OF MEXICO... SUMMARY OF 400 PM CDT...2100 UTC...INFORMATION ---------------------------------------------- LOCATION...22.2N 87.0W ABOUT 120 MI...190 KM N OF COZUMEL MEXICO ABOUT 755 MI...1220 KM ESE OF CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H PRESENT MOVEMENT...WNW OR 295 DEGREES AT 12 MPH...19 KM/H MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...1001 MB...29.56 INCHES WATCHES AND WARNINGS -------------------- THERE ARE NO COASTAL WATCHES OR WARNINGS IN EFFECT. INTERESTS IN THE NORTHWESTERN GULF OF MEXICO SHOULD MONITOR THE PROGRESS...
  • Environmental groups sue over Shell offshore plan

    06/10/2011 10:38:19 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 26 replies
    chron.com ^ | 9 June 2011 | JENNIFER A. DLOUHY
    WASHINGTON -- Lawsuits filed Thursday that challenge the federal government's approval of a Shell Oil Co. offshore exploration plan present a major test of regulators' power to swiftly review deep-water drilling blueprints. In two separate but overlapping filings, conservationists argue the government was bound by federal law to first finish a post-spill environmental study of the Gulf of Mexico before approving Shell's plan last month. The legal complaints were filed in the Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals — one by the Defenders of Wildlife, Center for Biological Diversity and the Natural Resources Defense Council and the other by Earthjustice,...
  • Exxon Mobil announces major Gulf find

    06/08/2011 2:04:55 PM PDT · by thackney · 35 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 8, 2011 | Simone Sebastian
    Exxon Mobil Corp. has made one of the largest oil and gas finds in the Gulf of Mexico in a decade, the company announced today. The oil major said it made two oil discoveries and a natural gas discovery in its Keathley Canyon blocks, including an oil discovery in the company’s first exploration well since last year’s moratorium on deep-water drilling. Exxon expects the combined finds to yield more than 700 million barrels of oil equivalent. More than 85 percent would be oil, the company said. Drilling early in 2010 turned up oil and natural gas at the well 250...
  • Gulf’s Complexity and Resilience Seen in Studies of Oil Spill

    04/15/2011 5:37:03 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | : April 11, 2011 | LESLIE KAUFMAN
    In the year since the wellhead beneath the Deepwater Horizon rig began spewing rust-colored crude into the northern Gulf of Mexico, scientists have been working frantically to figure out what environmental harm really came of the largest oil spill in American history. What has emerged in studies so far is not a final tally of damage, but a new window on the complexities of the gulf, and the vulnerabilities and capacities of biological systems in the face of environmental insults.
  • Pretending to boost drilling

    03/26/2011 2:47:47 AM PDT · by Scanian · 2 replies
    NY Post ^ | March 25, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    While President Obama promotes offshore drilling in Brazil, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar now promises to revitalize America's oil and gas industry. It's like Jack "Dr. Death" Kevorkian promoting himself as a lifesaving CPR specialist. This week, Salazar announced that the administration has just approved the first deepwater-oil- and gas-exploration plan since last spring's BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Mind you: This is not a granting of permits, but a green light for Shell Offshore to seek drilling permits for three new exploratory wells off the Louisiana coast. Shell first submitted and received approval for its original exploration plan in 1985. Salazar's...
  • Possible New Oil Spill 100 By 10 Miles Reported in Gulf Of Mexico

    03/20/2011 7:28:32 AM PDT · by RobertClark · 29 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 03/19/11 | Tyler Durden
    Black Swan Clusterflock +1. As if earthquakes, tsunamis, nuclear meltdowns and war was not enough, the Examiner now discloses that a replay of the BP oil spill could be in the making, sending WTI to the (super)moon, the economy collapsing, and Ben Bernanke starting the printer in advance of QE 666. To wit: "The U.S. Coast Guard is currently investigating reports of a potentially massive oil sheen about 20 miles away from the site of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion last April." There are no definitive reports yet, but we should now for sure within hours, if the Keppel...
  • Coast Guard Is Investigating A Possible Brand New, Big Oil Spill In The Gulf (update, just sediment)

    03/19/2011 9:48:20 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 118 replies
    Business Insider ^ | March 19, 2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    On top of everything else, some potentially troublesome environmental news out of the Gulf of Mexico again. The Times Picayune is reporting that the Coast Guard is investigating reports of a brand new deepwater oil spill. Multiple callers have reported that they have seen a huge sheen of oil not far from a deepwater rig....
  • Oil Industry Says Obama Didn’t Tell the Truth

    Oil Industry Says Obama Didn’t Tell the Truth Fox News (blog) - Jim Hoft - 45 minutes ago Last week, at a House Natural Resources Committee hearing, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told Congress that oil production in the Gulf of Mexico “remained at an all-time high.” Salazar claimed: “In 2009 there were 116 rigs in the Gulf of Mexico, in 2010 in February, 120, in February 2011, 126.” He was lying. Energy Tomorrow blog reported Salazar’s numbers distort the true number of working rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. According to Baker Hughes: * Four days before the Deepwater Horizon...
  • Feds’ findings on oil spill to be delayed again

    02/26/2011 6:22:02 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 25, 2011 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    A federal panel investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster said Friday that its probe might not be complete until July 27 — 15 months after the well blowout that killed 11 workers and triggered the nation’s worst oil spill. The joint inquiry by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Interior Department had already received one extension and had planned to wrap up work by the end of March. But delays in testing the blowout preventer that failed to stop gushing oil at BP’s doomed Macondo well prompted the government to ask for more time. “The condition of the BOP, as well...
  • Salazar: Won't Bow to Political Pressure to Restart Gulf Deepwater Drilling

    02/26/2011 6:33:18 AM PST · by thackney · 65 replies
    Dow Jones Newswires via Rig Zone ^ | February 25, 2011 | Ryan Dezember
    Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that U.S. regulators would not bow to political pressure to restart deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico before they are certain the oil-and-gas industry is capable of containing an oil spill like the one that followed last BP's Deepwater Horizon disaster. Salazar and Michael Bromwich--the head of the U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, which oversees offshore drilling--were in Houston Friday to meet with oil industry executives to assess the spill-containment systems they have developed in the wake of nation's worst-ever marine oil spill. Bromwich said he was "quite confident that...
  • White House's Contemptible Drilling Ban

    02/04/2011 5:02:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 4, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: An administration that has no respect for Congress, the courts or the Constitution has been found in contempt for reissuing a drilling moratorium that a U.S. district judge found overly broad. The Obama administration's trouble with the courts has continued with a judge's ruling last week that the Interior Department's reinstating of a drilling moratorium followed by a de facto moratorium via an overly restrictive permitting process constituted contempt. The administration had issued a drilling moratorium in May in waters deeper than 500 feet after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off Louisiana that...
  • Feds reopen shrimping grounds in Gulf of Mexico

    02/01/2011 5:40:15 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/1/11 | AP
    <p>NEW ORLEANS – A 4,200-square-mile area of the Gulf of Mexico near BP's blown out well will reopen to deep water shrimping after federal scientists found the fishing grounds free of oil.</p> <p>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says it will reopen the area in federal waters off Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama on Wednesday.</p>
  • Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill

    01/10/2011 9:09:44 PM PST · by brityank · 51 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | January 10th, 2011 2:30 pm ET | John Ryden
    Federal study confirms microbes have eaten most of the Gulf Oil Spill A study by researchers from Texas A&M and University of California in Santa Barbara have found that all of the methane gas released from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico have been consumed by tiny microbes. Methane gas amounts 100,000 times higher than normal at the time of their release have completely disappeared after only 120 days. Some scientists had raised concerns that dissolved methane and other oil residue would continue to plague the Gulf for years or even decades. This is turning out not...
  • No New Oil Leases Could Mean Higher Gas Prices

    11/16/2010 11:07:06 AM PST · by seanhackbarth · 7 replies
    Marathon Pundit ^ | 11/16/2010 | John Ruberry
    Because of the Obama administration's reaction to the BP oil spill there could be no new leases on oil drilling in the Gulf in 2011. That could lead to higher gas prices.
  • Oil Spill Hysteria (The Gulf suffered remarkably little damage. Why do so many believe otherwise?)

    12/18/2010 11:11:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies · 1+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 12/18/2010 | Robert Nelson
    The day after the midterm elections in November, panelists at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy discussed the various factors that had contributed to the Democrats’ losses—most surprisingly, the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. One speaker with excellent Democratic connections in Washington noted that top White House staff were consumed by the spill and its political fallout for much of the spring of 2010. As staffers now lamented privately, this had diverted attention from other pressing issues—above all, the sputtering economy. The political fortunes of the Democratic party were not the only collateral damage from the...