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  • Oil spills into Black Sea near Russian port after pipeline leak

    12/24/2014 8:57:03 AM PST · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | MAXIM NAZAROV AND GLEB GORODYANKIN
    A leak on a major Russian oil pipeline caused a spill in the Black Sea near the port of Tuapse on Wednesday where officials said stormy weather was hampering efforts to assess and respond to the mishap. "Some quantity of oil has spilled into the sea," Sergei Proskurin, first deputy captain of the port of Tuapse, told Reuters. He said the size of the spill was unclear and that emergencies services were working to deploy temporary floating barriers to contain the spill but were being delayed by the stormy conditions. Tuapse is a busy industrial and oil port but is...
  • Barge firm faces long legal haul{Houston Ship Channel spill}

    03/27/2014 9:52:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | March 27, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    Resolving legal issues that arise from Saturday’s fuel spill in Galveston Bay likely will require years of litigation and cost tens of millions of dollars. “You usually don’t talk about environmental cleanups in the millions of dollars range. It’s in the tens of millions of dollars range,” said Noah Hall, who focuses on environmental and water law as an associate professor at Wayne State University in Detroit. “You dump something in the water, and boy is it hard to get back.” Houston-based Kirby Corp., which owned and operated the barge that spilled 168,000 gallons of fuel after a collision Saturday,...
  • UPDATE- Houston Ship Channel Reopens to Barge Traffic After Spill

    03/25/2014 9:41:19 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Oil Pro ^ | 3/25/2014 | Jeff Reed
    Just before 10:00 CST on Tuesday morning, the Houston Ship Channel reopened exclusively to barge traffic after a fuel oil spill on Saturday shut down the waterway that enables tankers to supply over one-tenth of US refining capacity. Planes were to begin flying after sunrise on Tuesday across Galveston Bay to assess the location of 4,000 barrels of heavy fuel oil spilled after a Kirby Inland Marine oil barge and a cargo ship collided on Saturday afternoon, the Coast Guard said. Additionally, the Coast Guard prepared inspection and decontamination stations for vessels entering and exiting the channel once it reopens....
  • DEP Estimates 7,500 Gallons of Chemical Leaked, Water Ban Still in Place (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 2:22:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- During a press conference Saturday afternoon, the DEP said they now estimate 7,500 gallons of MCHM (4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol) have leaked into the Elk River in Kanawha County. The emergency do not use water order is still in place Saturday as crews continue to test water supplies from several different areas. Mike Dorsey with the DEP says they are "fairly confident" that the leak started Thursday. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties are under a do not use water order. Those counties are also under a state of emergency issued Thursday evening by...
  • National Guard: Tests Show Positive Trends, Number Still Needs to Drop (WV Chemical Spill)

    01/11/2014 10:52:11 AM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The National Guard says tests show the amount of chemical in the water is going down, but is still not where it needs to be for residents to use the water. West Virginia American Water customers in parts of nine counties have been under a do not use water order since early Thursday evening. Those nine counties are also under a state of emergency declared by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. A chemical leak was noticed Thursday morning in the Elk River, near Freedom Industries. The company has since been forced by the DEP to shut down...
  • Cease Operations Order Issued to Freedom Industries (West Virginia Chemical Spill)

    01/10/2014 8:15:52 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water and Waste Management has issued a Cease Operations Order to Freedom Industries in connection with the company’s leak of 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol into the Elk River. Also, the WVDEP’s Division of Air Quality has issued a Notice of Violation to Freedom Industries for causing statutory air pollution by discharging MCHM into the air. According to a press release, the Division of Air Quality initiated an investigation Thursday morning following citizen complaints of objectionable odors near and downriver from the plant. At 11:10 a.m. Thursday, DAQ personnel discovered...
  • WVAW: Water Use Ban In Effect Indefinitely (West Virginia)

    01/10/2014 11:39:12 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    WSAZ ^ | WSAZ
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- West Virginia American Water held a press conference Friday morning saying a water use ban will remain in effect indefinitely in parts of 9 counties after a chemical leak in Charleston. West Virginia American Water President Jeffrey McIntyre says at this point, they can't say the water is unsafe to drink, but they also can't say the water is safe. WVAW says they were notified about 12 p.m. Thursday by the West Virginia DEP about a leak at Freedom Industries on Barlow Drive. During a press conference Friday morning, McIntyre said they were originally given incorrect...
  • National Guard to Deliver Water to Affected Areas

    01/10/2014 6:52:02 AM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    WSAZ ^ | staff
    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia National Guard is working hard to get supplies to those affected by the water contamination. Nine counties are currently under a state of emergency after a chemical leak in Kanawha County Thursday morning. A plane was sent to Martinsburg as soon as the state of emergency was declared. The plane plans to connect with FEMA and have a full supply of water available by Friday morning. Members of the national guard tell that they are always prepared for these types of emergencies. "This is the same thing that we have done before...
  • Chemical Spill Fallout (West Virginia)

    01/10/2014 6:46:14 AM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    WSAZ ^ | Tony Cavalier
    Chemical Spill Spurs Action Thursday morning a chemical leak into the Elk River occurred from the Freedom Industries in Charleston. The leaked product is 4-Methylcyclohexane Methanol, which is used in the froth flotation process of coal washing and preparation. Since the West Virginia American Water Treatment plant is just downstream from the spill, this "contaminated" water flowed into the Charleston water plant. From there Laura Jordan of WV American says the "octupus-like" pipelines of WV American feed water to 8 counties in Southern and Central WV. That means even areas that are not on the Elk or Great Kanawha Rivers...
  • Mountain Dew spill forces major traffic backups on I-70

    05/09/2013 12:43:12 PM PDT · by Buckeye McFrog · 17 replies ^ | 5/9/2013 | uncredited
    Traffic remains backed up for miles on Interstate 70 in Washington County after a tractor-trailer carrying Mountain Dew jackknifed Thursday morning. [snip]
  • I-81 spill stinks for morning commuters, causes hours-long backup

    04/23/2013 10:57:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies ^ | April 22, 2013 | David Wenner
    A smelly and slippery spill involving human waste caused traffic to back up for miles along Interstate 81 in Cumberland County on Monday. It further snarled traffic in Carlisle and on other nearby road. The spill occurred before 9 a.m. and caused a motorcyclist to skid out of control and crash in the southbound lanes near the Hanover Street exit in Carlisle. A Pennsylvania Department of Transportation crew that was doing routine cleanup nearby was called to the scene and determined both southbound lanes needed to be closed, PennDOT spokesman Fritzi Schreffler said. It took several hours to clean up...
  • Deepwater Horizon oil spill 'cleanup' made toxicity worse, study finds

    12/01/2012 12:08:43 PM PST · by waus · 13 replies
    Natural News ^ | 12-1-12 | David Gutierrez
    The cleanup technique used by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico actually made the spilled oil more than 50 times more toxic than doing nothing, according to a study conducted by researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes (UAA), Mexico. The findings were published in the journal Environmental Pollution.
  • Beer Truck Overturns, Spilling Load On Maryland Highway

    07/26/2012 10:52:39 AM PDT · by NRA1995 · 19 replies
    All lanes are now open on northbound Interstate 270 after an overturned beer truck put the suds on the street and backed up traffic during the Thursday morning commute.
  • Second Obama cabinet official faces contempt of Congress charge

    07/07/2012 9:37:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 34 replies
    Could a second Obama cabinet member be found in contempt of Congress? The possibility arose on Friday when House investigators escalated their efforts to make Interior Secretary Ken Salazar comply with a subpoena pertaining to the drilling moratorium that he imposed after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. After the spill, Salazar had released a report recommending a moratorium — a report protested by the very group of experts that it cited, who said their opinions were misrepresented in order to justify the moratorium. “For more than three months, the [Interior] Department has flouted a duly authorized and issued Congressional subpoena...
  • Feds make 1st arrest in BP oil spill case

    04/24/2012 10:08:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ap ^ | 4/24/12 | ap
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Justice Department says the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been filed against a former BP engineer who allegedly destroyed evidence. Kurt Mix, of Katy, Texas was arrested on charges of intentionally destroying evidence. He faces two counts of obstruction of justice.
  • BP Spill Sickens People; What Thoreau Tells About Global Warming (The planet will kill you - NOW!)

    04/21/2012 6:38:56 PM PDT · by Libloather · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4/19/12 | Dino Grandoni
    BP Spill Sickens People; What Thoreau Tells About Global WarmingBy Dino Grandoni | The Atlantic Wire – Thu, Apr 19, 2012 **SNIP** USA Today on the EPA's failure with cleaning up smelting sites Oil spills certainly aren't the only way to create a health crisis. USA Today offers an investigation into the government turning a blind eye toward old smelting sites, which can (and do) give folks living nearby lead poisoning. Until the 1970s and 1980s, factories processing lead spewed out plumes of smokes laden with the toxic metal that accumulated in nearby soils. The problem today, according to the...
  • Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reforms (Hussein tasks 'Commission Action')

    03/14/2012 6:40:37 PM PDT · by Libloather · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | 3/14/12 | Andrew Restuccia
    Oil spill commission reuniting to press for drilling reformsBy Andrew Restuccia - 03/14/12 10:47 AM ET Members of the national oil spill commission are reuniting to monitor the federal government’s progress in implementing a series of drilling safety recommendations put forward by the panel last year. The seven-member commission, which was tasked by President Obama with investigating the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill, is forming what it calls “Oil Spill Commission Action.” The new group will issue a report in April assessing government and industry efforts to enhance safety and environmental standards in the aftermath of the spill, which...
  • Study Warns of Economic Damage in a Keystone Pipeline Spill

    03/14/2012 12:59:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    New York Times ^ | 03/14/2012 | Dan Frosch
    A report released on Tuesday by Cornell University’s Global Labor Institute concludes that the economic damage caused by potential spills from the Keystone XL pipeline could far outweigh the benefits of jobs created by the project. The institute, which advocates the creation of union jobs in renewable energy and analyzes sustainability issues, said that more than a million people work in agricultural or tourism jobs in the six states along Keystone XL’s route and that the economic costs could be considerable if a major spill occurred. The risks of an economically damaging accident are higher than those for conventional crude,...
  • Judge Says BP Can't See White House Emails on Gulf Oil Spill

    07/20/2011 4:47:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    CNS News ^ | 7/20/11 | MICHAEL KUNZELMAN, Associated Press
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal magistrate refused Wednesday to order the White House to provide BP PLC with emails by a former top adviser to President Barack Obama about the administration's response to last summer's massive Gulf oil spill. A lawyer for the oil giant had argued that emails by Carol Browner, Obama's former adviser on energy and climate matters, and three other officials in the Executive Office of the President could shed light on the White House's role in estimating the rate of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the company's blown-out well. But U.S. Magistrate...
  • Bin Ladin Spill worst thing to ever happen to our oceans

    05/03/2011 8:07:34 AM PDT · by tysonbam · 12 replies
    Rancor News ^ | 04/03/11 | Tyson Bam
    Barely a year after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the gulf our oceans are facing an even greater threat to their survival and our own. Countless barrels of rage, fanaticism and hate were poured into the ocean Monday as Osama Bin Laden was dumped into the ocean. This came just hours after Osama's final act on earth, using a woman as a meat shield in a US raid of his compound in Pakistan. A consensus is forming that Bin Laden may be the most dangerous pollutant ever introduced into the already tumultuous and unpredictable oceans. The sea has...
  • Can you handle the truth?

    04/26/2011 9:20:21 AM PDT · by xp38 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | April 26 2011 | Margaret Wente
    Here’s some news you may not have heard: One year after the worst oil spill in history, the Gulf of Mexico is nearly back to normal. That’s right: Armageddon didn’t happen. Instead of terrible harm to the biosphere, the Deepwater Horizon spill has caused only mild problems. In fact, because of the fishing bans imposed after the spill, there are more fish than ever. Shark and mackerel populations have exploded. “Red snapper are unbelievable right now,” one fisherman said. “You could put a rock on the end a string and they’d bite it."
  • Worse Than Deepwater Horizon. Some candidates for “worst environmental catastrophe in history”

    04/20/2011 7:56:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/20/2011 | Lou Dolinar
    In the next week, how many times will you hear that the April 20 Deepwater Horizon oil spill was the worst environmental catastrophe in American history? This assessment was plausible when first uttered by President Obama almost a year ago, but now it’s clear that the worst never happened. The Deepwater spill has largely disappeared — dispersed, evaporated, and eaten by bacteria. Its impact on sea life appears minimal. Yet politicians, activists, trial lawyers, and environmental journalists persist in perpetuating this myth. Why? Pinning disasters on the environmental lobby’s hobby horse du jour defines the battlespace, increases the power of...
  • What's Worse Than an Oil Spill

    04/20/2011 5:04:40 AM PDT · by joeystoy · 12 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | Mark Bittman
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  • While Slowing BP Oil Spill, Administration Slowed Flow Of Information Too, Claims Coast Guard

    03/28/2011 9:25:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/28/11 | Mike Levine
    WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration failed to set up an "effective" communications system during last year's BP oil spill and threatened its own credibility by "severely restricting" the release of "timely, accurate information," according to a newly released report commissioned by the U.S. Coast Guard. Quietly posted on the Coast Guard's website two weeks ago, the report offers the first major assessment of the federal government's communications efforts during the worst oil spill in U.S. history. "Several layers of review and approval by the White House and (Department of Homeland Security)
  • Coast Guard: Gulf Substance Is Likely Sediment

    03/20/2011 11:47:46 PM PDT · by topher · 18 replies ^ | March 21, 2011 | AP
    NEW ORLEANS -- The Coast Guard says a miles-long patch of discolored goop floating in the Gulf of Mexico appears to be caused by river sediment. The Coast Guard tested the patch Sunday and found only trace amounts of petroleum that were well below the state of Louisiana's standard for clean water. A news release says The Coast Guard believes the discoloration is the result of sediments brought down the Mississippi River.
  • Gulf Oil Spill Could Have Been Stopped 48 days Earlier

    03/03/2011 12:00:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    american thinker ^ | 3/3/11 | Bruce Thompson
    For 48 days and nights, the Deepwater Horizon well spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, when it could have been shut down. We now know this: It is very likely that if the top kill had been designed to deliver more than 109 bpm of 16.4 ppg drilling fluid below the BOP stack for a sustained period, the Macondo blowout could have been stopped between May 26-28, 2010. Given that the well was successfully shut-in with the capping stack in July, and that the subsequent bullhead (static) kill was successful, certainly a higher rate top kill would have been...
  • Crews searching for source of Columbia River barge spill

    02/03/2011 6:38:32 PM PST · by Bean Counter · 7 replies
    KGW News ^ | 2/3/11 | KGW Staff
    CAMAS, Wash. -- The Coast Guard has requested $3.5 million to clean up oil leaking from a derelict barge on the Columbia River near Camas in southwest Washington. The Columbian reports the money comes from the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, created by a federal tax on petroleum products. The 431-foot Davy Crockett is a World War II Liberty ship that was converted to a barge and has been beached for years for scrapping. The Coast Guard took control of the vessel last week, after a sheen of oil was spotted in the river. Now more than 60 people from...
  • Lopsided Spill Commission Doesn’t Single Out BP

    01/11/2011 5:32:08 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 1/11/11 | Lou Dolinar
    The While House oil-spill commission made it official today: The entire oil industry, not BP, is evil and potentially the source of another Deepwater-sized spill. Thus the entire oil industry, which has already been punished by the administration with its drilling moratorium and slowdown in permitting, should be punished further with massive new regulations and fees. Those conclusions were virtually predetermined when the administration appointed a panel heavily stacked with academics and environmentalists. And those findings are wrong. Why? A simple reality check:
  • 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 ^ | 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...
  • New Science Chair Ralph Hall Praises ‘Tremendous’ BP Spill, Plans To Subpoena Climate Scientists

    12/27/2010 5:28:27 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Link only - New Science Chair Ralph Hall Praises ‘Tremendous’ BP Spill, Plans To Subpoena Climate Scientists
  • New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spill

    12/27/2010 3:54:54 PM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NOLA ^ | 12/26/10 | Brett Anderson
    New Orleans restaurants seem to have recovered after the BP oil spillBy Brett Anderson, The Times-Picayune Published: Sunday, December 26, 2010, 8:45 AM The days of explaining exotic species of Hawaiian finfish to puzzled locals have passed at Grand Isle restaurant. After struggling through months when the oyster bar would sit idle for weeks on end, supplies from Terrebonne Parish and Galveston Bay are now readily available. Grouper may still be more difficult to come by than usual, but at least it's not Chilean. Still, David Pearson, a partner in Grand Isle, a Warehouse District seafood restaurant, is not resting...
  • White House, Critics Reach Stalemate in Dispute Over Oil Budget in Gulf

    08/23/2010 11:39:36 AM PDT · by Pan_Yans Wife · 4 replies · 1+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 23, 2010 | Katie Howell of Greenwire
    Neither the White House nor critics of an Obama administration report is crying uncle in a dispute over a government report suggesting that three-fourths of the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is "gone." After being blasted by lawmakers, scientists and environmentalists in recent weeks, the administration is standing behind its claims that all but 26 percent of the oil is accounted for, despite widespread criticism that such a claim paints too rosy a picture of the situation in the Gulf. At issue is the Aug. 4 interagency report that accounts for the spilled oil, indicating the amounts that have...
  • NOAA Scientist: Release of Oil Spill Report done by White House, Not NOAA

    08/19/2010 6:18:36 PM PDT · by SaraJohnson · 31 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | Darrell Issa
    WASHINGTON, DC – A NOAA scientist, Dr. Bill Lehr, yesterday told a group of Congressional staff investigators on a conference call that a controversial National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) report claiming that nearly three-quarters of the oil from the Gulf oil spill has already been addressed was released by White House officials and not scientists at NOAA.
  • Shrimping Season in Louisiana Reopens After Spill

    08/16/2010 8:41:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8/17/10 | CAIN BURDEAU and MARY FOSTER
    Shrimping Season in La. Reopens After SpillLa. shrimpers head back to work after Gulf spill but fear the public won't buy their catch By CAIN BURDEAU and MARY FOSTER Associated Press Writers GRAND ISLE, La. August 17, 2010 (AP) Fishermen who spent much of the summer mopping up oil from BP's disastrous spill got back to work as the fall shrimping season in Louisiana's coastal waters opened Monday amid anxiety over whether the catch will be tainted by crude and whether anyone will buy it even if it is clean. Scores of shrimpers headed out at first light, and early...
  • Obama urges tourism to aid Gulf economy post-spill ('Clean, open, safe' - he is the Messiah!)

    08/14/2010 8:29:54 PM PDT · by Libloather · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/14/10
    Obama urges tourism to aid Gulf economy post-spill14 August 2010 Last updated at 16:01 ET President Obama has urged Americans to "come on down and visit" Florida to help revive the economy stricken by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Mr Obama said oil was no longer flowing into the Gulf but "our job is not finished and we are not going anywhere until it is." The president is visiting Florida with his wife and elder daughter. On Friday, US incident commander Adm Thad Allen said work would continue to seal the leaking well for good. The president paid tribute...
  • Oil spill: BP nears deal to continue drilling in Gulf of Mexico (Say, where did that slush fund go?)

    08/11/2010 9:42:24 PM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 8/11/10 | James Quinn and Jamie Dunkley
    Oil spill: BP nears deal to continue drilling in Gulf of MexicoBP was on Tuesday night close to safeguarding its future in the Gulf of Mexico as it neared a break-through deal aimed at smoothing relations with the Obama administration. By James Quinn in New York and Jamie Dunkley Published: 6:00AM BST 11 Aug 2010 The deal with the White House would allow BP to guarantee its $20bn (£13bn) clean-up fund against revenues from its operations in the Gulf, which account for approximately 10pc of its oil and gas business. If the deal were to be agreed – it remains...
  • Spill chief OKs plan to force cement down oil well

    08/04/2010 5:39:51 PM PDT · by cweese · 21 replies
    The Austin-Mexican Statesman ^ | August 4, 2010 | TAMARA LUSH
    NEW ORLEANS — The federal official in charge of the Gulf oil spill says he has approved BP's plan to pump cement down the throat of the blown-out Gulf of Mexico well in hopes of sealing it for good. The company plans to shove cement down from pipes attached to ships a mile above the sea. Earlier, crews were able to force down the oil with mud. National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Wednesday night that he has approved the cement plan. But he ordered that it should not delay the ultimate solution of drilling a relief well that will...
  • U.S. Finds Most Oil From Spill Poses Little Additional Risk

    08/04/2010 11:45:01 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | 8/4/10 | Justin Gillis
    WASHINGTON — The government is expected to announce on Wednesday that three-quarters of the oil from the Deepwater Horizon leak has already evaporated, dispersed, been captured or otherwise eliminated — and that much of the rest is so diluted that it does not seem to pose much additional risk of harm. A government report finds that about 26 percent of the oil released from BP’s runaway well is still in the water or onshore in a form that could, in principle, cause new problems. But most is light sheen at the ocean surface or in a dispersed form
  • The Shallow Water Non-Moratorium

    08/03/2010 6:57:44 AM PDT · by Sequoyah101 · 1 replies · 2+ views
    RedState ^ | 8/2/2010 | Vladimir
    Interior Secretary Salazar imposed a moratorium on deepwater drilling until November 30, contrary to the recommendation of a panel of experts from the National Academy of Engineering. For operations on the shallow water Shelf, the administration maintains, no official moratorium is in place. After all, the Shelf still enjoys a forty-year history of relatively safe and clean operations that is still intact, being several orders of magnitude safer than the Deepwater Horizon-style deepwater oil exploration. There’s no moratorium here, folks. Business as usual, nothing to see. Move along, move along. But Interior has plenty of tricks up its sleeve to...
  • EPA says dispersants no worse than oil alone

    08/03/2010 5:41:04 AM PDT · by Wonder Warthog · 37 replies · 3+ views
    WWL TV ^ | August 2, 2010 | Matthew Daley
    WASHINGTON -- A new federal study of chemical dispersants used to break up oil in the Gulf of Mexico shows that when mixed with oil, the dispersant is less toxic to aquatic life than oil alone. The study also show that when mixed with oil, the dispersant used in the Gulf, Corexit 9500A, is no more or less toxic than oil mixtures with other chemical dispersants approved for use in oil spills.
  • Spill Uncorked 4.9 Million Barrels

    08/02/2010 7:08:44 PM PDT · by Palter · 13 replies · 13+ views
    WSJ ^ | 02 Aug 2010 | CASSANDRA SWEET
    <p>Teams of scientists working with the U.S. government estimate that 62,000 barrels of oil a day—or a total of 4.9 million barrels—leaked into the Gulf of Mexico from the shattered well operated by BP PLC government agencies said Monday.</p> <p>The new estimate exceeds scientists' previous estimate. That one said the Macondo well was gushing between 35,000 and 60,000 barrels of oil a day after the April 20 blast aboard the Deepwater Horizon rig, which BP had leased to drill the well.</p>
  • Spike Lee screens oil spill film in San Diego (Leftist hemorrhoid wastes loot on a non-crisis?)

    07/31/2010 8:19:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 11 replies
    Spike Lee screens oil spill film in San DiegoAssociated Press 07/31/10 11:00 PM EDT SAN DIEGO — Spike Lee has screened his new four-hour documentary on the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and says no one from the oil giant is speaking to him. The director showed "If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don't Rise" at the National Association of Black Journalists convention in San Diego on Saturday. It airs in August on HBO. When he was asked if BP cooperated he said, "Nobody was speaking to me from BP." A call to the BP...
  • Louisiana reopens fishing grounds after spill closure (Brown pelicans find new home)

    07/30/2010 7:56:42 AM PDT · by Libloather · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 7/30/10
    Louisiana reopens fishing grounds after spill closure14 mins ago NEW ORLEANS (AFP) – Louisiana has reopened wide swaths of state fishing grounds that were closed in the wake of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill after seafood testing, the state said. Working in coordination with the federal Food and Drug Administration, the state's Department of Wildlife and Fisheries said "commercial fishing will reopen for finfish and shrimp in portions of state waters east of the Mississippi River." Other areas remain closed to Louisiana's fishing and shrimping community, which has been devastated by the closure of state and federal waters fouled...
  • Missing oil in Gulf baffles officials (WHERE DID IT ALL GO?)

    07/29/2010 8:44:41 AM PDT · by Libloather · 48 replies · 1+ views
    Link only - Missing oil in Gulf baffles officials
  • Florida Misuses Federal Funds to Treat ‘Gulf Kids Syndrome’

    07/26/2010 8:24:58 PM PDT · by H8LIBERALS · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Nanny State Liberation Front ^ | July 26, 2010 | NSLF
    The damage inflicted by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill keeps on growing as it is now claiming young children among its innocent 'victims.' Faith-based organizations and bureaucrats are rushing to help limit the psychological damage that the disaster has wreaked on youngsters who are said to be exhibiting "behavioral changes" due to stress and anxiety, but it seems federal funds are being improperly used by Florida officials to pay for a portion of the mental 'relief' efforts. Beginning this week, children in grades K-6 who have shown signs of emotional stress and anxiety due to the oil spill are...
  • BP Oil Spill: Clean-Up Crews Can't Find Crude in the Gulf

    07/26/2010 5:01:14 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 51 replies · 4+ views
    ABC ^ | July 26, 2010 | BRADLEY BLACKBURN
    The numbers don't lie: two weeks ago, skimmers picked up about 25,000 barrels of oily water. Last Thursday, they gathered just 200 barrels. Still, it doesn't mean that all the oil that gushed for weeks is gone. Thousands of small oil patches remain below the surface, but experts say an astonishing amount has disappeared, reabsorbed into the environment. "[It's] mother nature doing her job," said Ed Overton, a professor of environmental studies at Louisiana State University.
  • Obama Takes Credit For Capping The Oil Spill

    07/17/2010 10:38:53 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 83 replies · 2+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 07-17-10 | DrJohn
    An exercise in pronoun selection. Is Obama Claiming Credit for Gulf Spill Solution? THE PRESIDENT: Good morning, everybody. I wanted to give everyone a quick update on the situation in the Gulf. As we all know, a new cap was fitted over the BP oil well earlier this week. This larger more sophisticated cap was designed to give us greater control over the oil flow as we complete the relief wells that are necessary to stop the leak. Now, our scientists and outside experts have met through the night and continue this morning to analyze the data from the...
  • AP's Spillometer Brings BP Oil Disaster Home

    07/15/2010 9:22:14 AM PDT · by edzo4 · 10 replies
    Patriot Ledger ^ | 7/15/10 | AP
    The Associated Press has just released a multimedia tool that hammers home just how many gallons have been pumped into the ocean — and are still polluting the waters. A Flash interactive called The Oil Spillmeter shows updated totals of how many days the oil has been pumping from the sea floor gusher, measured in a constantly updated total in both gallons and barrels. The estimated worth of the lost oil is also displayed, as well as the amount of gallons BP has managed to capture (a fraction of the total). The Spillmeter also calculates the total spill in terms...
  • Al-Jazeera's understanding of the Oil Leak (Send NASA to help them understand!)

    07/15/2010 6:17:30 AM PDT · by Celerity
    Al Jazeera ^ | 05/1/10 | YouTube Great Explanation!Yes,Of course. We're gonna lower a Large Dome on it.
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