Chemical Safety Board held a two day public hearing on improving risk indicators for offshore drilling
U.S. Chemical Safety Board, By U.S. Chemical Safety Board, July, 2012
The Chemical Safety Board held a two day public hearing on improving risk indicators for offshore drilling with 22 papers being presented including several presenting the preliminary results of the Boards findings which again, as with all the other studies, are fully consistent with those of the Oil Spill Commission.
The Arctic Institute released a three part series on offshore drilling in the Arctic
The Arctic Institute, By The Arctic Institute, JULY 12, 2012
Part One provides a thorough legal background on Arctic drilling. Part Two analyzes how Arctic drilling plans have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon spill. Part Threesummarizes the Institute’s concerns and makes some recommendations which are consistent with those made by the Oil Spill Commission.
High priority restoration projects proposed for Gulf
Ocean Conservancy, By Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservancy, Oxfam America, July, 2012
A Coalition of community and environmental nonprofit organizations proposes half billion dollars worth of high priority restoration projects for the Gulf
Government Accountability Office raises questions about dispersants
U.S. Government Accountability Office, By U.S. Government Accountability Office, May 30, 2012
Says additional research is needed, particularly on subsurface and Arctic applications. The GAO report reinforces the Oil Spill Commission’s conclusions and recommendations regarding dispersant use.
CSB Announces Two Day Public Hearing to Release Preliminary Findings into the Macondo Blowout and Explosion in Gulf of Mexico
U.S. Chemical Safety Board, By U.S. Chemical Safety Board, July 2, 2012
The U.S. Chemical Safety Board announced a public hearing to support its continued analysis of effective safety performance indicators and to release preliminary findings into the agency’s investigation of the Macondo well blowout, explosion and fire in the Gulf of Mexico. The CSB’s two day hearing on July 23-24, 2012, in Houston, Texas, will feature presentations and discussions on measuring process safety performance in high hazard industries, including the development and implementation of leading and lagging indicators, for effective safety management.
Responding to Oil Spills in Arctic Environments
The National Academies, By The National Academies, June, 2012
The Ocean Studies Board of the U.S. National Research Council (NRC) is establishing a committee on "Responding to Oil Spills in Arctic Environments". More information about the study is available at Responding to Oil Spills in Arctic Environments.
Evaluating the Effectiveness of Offshore Safety and Environmental Management Systems
The Marine Board of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, By Committee on the Effectiveness of Safety and Environmental Management Systems for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Operations; Transportation Research Board, 2012
To ensure the effectiveness of recently mandated Safety and Environmental Management System (SEMS) programs for offshore drilling and production operations, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) should take a holistic approach that modifies some of its existing practices, says a new report from the National Research Council. These should include inspections, operator audits, bureau audits, key performance indicators, and a "whistleblower" program. The report emphasizes using cooperation and consultation to further develop a culture of safety.
Gulf Coast Residents Remain Worse Off Emotionally Post-Spill
Gallup.com, By Dan Witters, May 7, 2012
Residents of Gulf Coast-facing counties continue to suffer from lower overall emotional health, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Emotional Health Index, in the two years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Arctic Ocean Drilling Stands to Open New Oil Frontier
New York Times, By John M. Broder and Clifford Krauss, May 23, 2012
WASHINGTON - Shortly before Thanksgiving in 2010, the leaders of the commission President Obama had appointed to investigate the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico sat down in the Oval Office to brief him. After listening to their ...
2 years after BP spill, Gulf fishermen struggle with bad catches, idle docks
Associated Press, Washington Post, By Jay Reeves, May 24, 2012
Gloom infects the hard-working shrimp and crab docks of this gritty fishing town as the second full year of fishing since BP's catastrophic oil spill kicks into high gear. Usually folks are upbeat and busy in May, when shrimpers get back to work in ...
Salazar, Beaudreau Announce Final Details for Upcoming Central Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Lease Sale
BOEM Press Release, By BOEM, May 17, 2012
The blocks are located from three to about 230 miles offshore, in water depths ranging from nine to more than 11,115 feet (three to 3,400 meters) in the Central Gulf of Mexico, a region that BOEM estimates contains close to 31 billion barrels of oil and 134 trillion cubic feet of natural gas that are currently undiscovered and technically recoverable.
Cuba drilling continues as US groups press spill response need
Oil And Gas Journal, Houston Chronicle, By Nick Snow, May 11, 2012
Repsol SA continues drilling Cuba’s first offshore oil well as some US government agencies, oil and gas organizations, and environmental groups press to ease restrictions that would keep US companies from responding if the well blows out and sets off a spill, experts at a Center for International Policy seminar said. They reported some progress as more federal officials become aware of the problem, but indicated that much more needs to be done. William Reilly was key participant.
Gulf Coast Residents Remain Worse Off Emotionally Post-Spill
Gallup.com, By Dan Witters, May 7, 2012
WASHINGTON, DC -- Residents of Gulf Coast-facing counties continue to suffer from lower overall emotional health, as measured by the Gallup-Healthways Emotional Health Index, in the two years since the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Will The Media Let Congress Forget About The Gulf Oil Disaster?
MEDIA MATTERS, By Shauna Theel, April 19, 2012
Following a lengthy investigation, the national Oil Spill Commission concluded in January 2011 that "the root causes" of the BP disaster were "systematic and, absent significant reform in both industry practices and government policies, might well recur." This week the same panel of experts found that Congress "has yet to enact any legislation responding to the explosion and spill."
Congress Get ‘D’ From Oil-Spill Panel for Safety Inaction
Business Week, By Jim Efstathiou Jr., April 18, 2012
In the two years since a BP Plc (BP/) well blowout set off the worst U.S. offshore oil spill, Congress has failed to make drillers more accountable, according to members of the panel that studied the disaster.
Panel Faults Congress for Inaction on Drilling
New York Times, By John M. Broder, April 17, 2012
WASHINGTON — Members of the presidential panel that investigated the 2010 BP oil rig explosion and spill sharply criticized Congress on Tuesday for refusing to act on any of its recommendations and gave the Obama administration and the oil industry mixed marks.
Obama, Congress, industry get mixed grades two years after BP oil spill in Gulf
The Hill, By Ben Geman, April 17, 2012
The Obama administration and oil companies have made progress on drilling safety since the massive BP spill, but Congress has shown little leadership, members of a disbanded commission that probed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster say.
Experts: Another BP-style Gulf blowout all too possible
The Miami Herald, By Renee Schoof, April 17, 2012
WASHINGTON -- Much more needs to be done to lower the risks of another offshore oil disaster like the BP blowout two years ago in the Gulf of Mexico, the presidential commission that investigated the disaster reported Tuesday in its first progress update...
Oil Spill Commission Action Group Gives Congress Low Grades for...
Huffington Post, By Tom Zeller Jr., April 17, 2012
Two years after BP's Deepwater Horizon drilling rig foundered and sank in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 crew members and unleashing an 87-day torrent of oil that soiled surrounding beaches and poisoned delicate coral reefs, a pair of assessments paint a somewhat bleak picture of the subsequent regulatory reform.
Oil Spill Commission Action Report Released ...
Alaska Native News, By GW Rastopsoff , April 18, 2012
It has been two years since BP's Deepwater Horizon accident that took the lives of 11 of its crew and sank into the Gulf of Mexico, gushing oil into the environment for 87 days. Yesterday, former members of the now dissolved commission created by President Obama in the aftermath of the disaster released a report.
Former Gulf oil spill commission gives Congress a 'D' on safety reforms
Washington Post, By Associated Press, April 17, 2012
WASHINGTON — A presidential commission that investigated the Gulf oil spill blasted Congress for inaction Tuesday as it issued a report card on industry and government response to the massive BP oil spill.
House Republicans challenge low grade from Gulf Oil Spill ...
nola.com (The New Orleans Times-Picayune), By Jonathan Tilove, April 18, 2012
The spokesman for Republicans on the House Natural Resources Committee has challenged the low grade given Congress by the members of federal Oil Spill Commission for what the commissioners contend has been Congress' distressing lack of action in the two years since the BP disaster. But the top Democrat on the committee said the grade was well deserved. Rep. Edward Markey, D-Mass., said that Congress could quickly improve its grade by enacting legislation he and other House Democrats are offering to implement Commission recommendations.
Congress' Gulf oil spill response given a 'D' by commissioners ...
nola.com (The New Orleans Times-Picayune), By Jonathan Tilove, April 17, 2012
Nearly two years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, the former members of the federal Oil Spill Commission have given the Obama administration a B, industry a C+, and Congress a D for their responses to the catastrophe. "Across the board, we are disappointed with Congress' lack of action," said former Florida Sen. and Gov. Bob Graham, the commission's co-chairman.
Study confirms oil from Deepwater Horizon disaster entered food chain in the Gulf of Mexico
Cambridge, MD, By UMCES Press Release, March 20, 2012
A new study confirms that oil from the Macondo well made it into the ocean’s food chain through the tiniest of organisms, zooplankton. ... [ Zooplankton] serve as food for baby fish and shrimp and act as conduits for the movement of oil contamination and pollutants into the food chain. The study confirms that not only did oil affect the ecosystem in the Gulf during the blowout, but it was still entering the food web after the well was capped.
Study by NOAA and Partners Shows Some Gulf Dolphins Severely Ill
NOAA Press Release, By NOAA, March 2012
Bottlenose dolphins in Barataria Bay, Louisiana, are showing signs of severe ill health, according to NOAA marine mammal biologists and their local, state, federal and other research partners....Since February 2010, more than 675 dolphins have stranded in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Franklin County, Florida, to the Louisiana/Texas border)–a much higher rate than the usual average of 74 dolphins per year...
Center for Offshore Safety names Charlie Williams, Executive Director
Center for Offshore Safety, By John Modine, March 7, 2012
…..Williams joins the Center after 40 years with Shell, where he most recently held the title Chief Scientist Well Engineering and Production Technology since 2005. His work has included helping to develop high pressure, high temperature wells and specialized drilling and completion equipment for extreme environments such as deepwater. Williams currently chairs the Joint Industry Task Force on Subsea Containment, is on the Operating Committee of the Marine Well Containment Project, the Executive Board of the Marine Well Containment Company, and the Department of Interior’s Offshore Energy Safety Advisory Committee…..
New era in Alaska drilling looms
Los Angeles Times, By Kim Murphy, March 04, 2012
…After one of the biggest environmental fights in the U.S. in decades, there is a palpable sense of all- systems-go on the dock. Shell has invested $4 billion leading up to this moment, hoping the new wells will open the tap on an undersea field that could be one of the biggest ever discovered in the U.S. …..
Oil spill response group unveils expanded system
NOLA.com, The Times-Picayune, By David Hammer, March 1, 2012
The Marine Spill Response Corp., a nonprofit set up to help major oil companies respond to offshore spills, announced that it has completed a major expansion in the Gulf of Mexico. ...There are now seven dedicated response vessels positioned within 60 hours of any deepwater Gulf oil lease, and Marine Spill Response Corp. also purchased more than 21,000 feet of boom, the largest such inventory of a private response firm, the firm said….
US oil gusher blows out projections
Houston Chronicle, By Simone Sebastian, February 19, 2012
…The number of rigs in U.S. oil fields has more than quadrupled in the past three years to 1,272, according to the Baker Hughes rig count. Including those in natural gas fields, the United States now has more rigs at work than the entire rest of the world….
Why the U.S. should work with Cuba on oil drilling
Washington Post, By William K. Reilly and Megan Reilly Cayten, February 17, 2012
…The Cuban government is overseeing drilling deeper than BP’s Deepwater Horizon well and almost as close to U.S. shores, but without access to most of the resources, technology, equipment and expertise essential to prevent and, if needed, to respond to spills….