Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disastor Summary

From the good folks at NRDC.
This morning’s summary

The NRDC on Thursday is opening a Gulf Resource Center in Buras, La. – a reflection of our (sad) conviction that the far-reaching devastation caused by BP oil spill is going to be with us for a long, long time, perhaps in ways we cannot yet envision. “The tragedy being unleashed day after day on the Gulf and its residents is not going to end when that well is capped,’’ said Peter Lehner, NRDC’s executive director. “NRDC wants to connect with the Gulf community, hear the stories and find ways in which we – and the resources we bring to bear – can help – so that we can do everything possible to ensure this type of tragedy never happens again.’’ Meanwhile, the Obama administration is back in court Thursday trying to convince a federal appeals court to reinstate the oil drilling moratorium on the Gulf. And BP is planning to move up its target date to July 27 to get the relief wells in place and the leak plugged. The company is expected to release of its second quarter earnings on that date. Meanwhile, questions are being raised about BP’s plans to attract Mideast investments, a move that some US experts believe would create national security concerns.

Quotable Quote:

“In a perfect world with no interruptions, it’s possible to be ready to stop the well between July 20 and July 27,” – BP managing director Bob Dudley

National News

Wall Street Journal: BP pushes up deadline to cap well
BP is pushing up its plans to fix the runaway leak in the Gulf of Mexico, hoping to have the relief wells in place by July 27, two or three weeks ahead of its original plan and the day it reports its second quarter earnings to investors. BP also is readying a series of “backup to the backup plan” in case its current operations go awry.

Read more by Monica Langley:

Los Angeles Times: Obama administration argues for drilling moratorium
The Obama administration will take its case for a moratorium on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico to a federal appellate court, which is hearing arguments Thursday on whether the moratorium should be reinstated.

Read more from Geoff Mohan

Christian Science Monitor: Relief well is ahead of target

National Incident Commander Thad Allen said Wednesday the relief well was 264 feet from its target as of Tuesday. That puts efforts at least a week ahead of schedule. But Allen was hesitant to name an earlier operational date than mid-August because the drilling will slow down the last few hundred feet.

Read more from Mark Guarino

NPR: BP’s Operating officer: “We’ve been going flat out”
BP’s Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles says the company has been going “flat out” to contain the disaster. Incident Commander Thad Allen says the capacity to collect the oil could double this weekend if the weather cooperates.

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McClatchy: Oil containment effort facing two key moments

There are two key moments coming up for the oil spill. The first is this weekend, the possible attaching of the third ship to the well, which could double the amount of oil suctioned up. The second is replacing the new containment cap, which may not happen.

Read more from Mark Seibel

CNN: Rough weather remains Gulf obstacle for connecting third ship

Rough seas have been delaying the hookup of the third ship and the well but could happen by Saturday. Meanwhile a second tropical depression is forming in the Gulf.

Read more

New York Times: Owner of exploded rig exploits offshore status

It’s time to pay some attention, not just to BP, but to Transocean, the world’s largest offshore drilling company, which actually owned the Deepwater Horizon. From Norway to the Middle East to Myanmar, says this account, Transocean has been involved in controversies from tax fraud to human rights violations.

Read more from Barry Meier

Star Telegram: Under the sand, BP oil hidden from cleanup

More oil may be leaking under the sea, hidden under the sand. The cleanup has only scratched the surface. BP is working on a plan to capture that oil once the oil leak is stopped. It could include washing or burning the sand on the Gulf coast beaches.

Read more from Jay Reeves

Politics Sen. Nelson unveils bill to probe spill’s effects

In a visit to Mote Marine Laboratory, U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson announced he will be sponsoring a bill next week calling for a plan to investigate the scope of any long-term harm to the Gulf of Mexico by the BP oil spill

Read more from Robert Napper


Los Angeles Times: BP push for Mideast investors may cause problems in U.S.

The news this week is that BP CEO Tony Hayward was in Abu Dhabi looking for investors who have influence in the U.S. But that may backfire and trigger new regulatory reviews in Washington.

Read more from Jim Puzzanghera and Ronald D. White,0,5530286.story

Check this one out, too:

New York Times: BP tries to reassure investors

BBC: US wants advanced notice from BP of new investors

The US government has asked BP to tell it of any major asset sales or merger deals in advance, as it continues to keep a close eye on the oil giant. The US Department of Justice made this highly unusual request on June 23. BP says “No way.”

Read more

Check this out, too:

AP: Lawsuits piling up over lost investments

At least five individual investor suits have been filed by BP employees over the slide in value of company stock in their 401(k) plans. New York state’s comptroller intends to sue over losses to his state’s public employee pension fund.

Read more from Alan Sayre

AP: BP project in Alaska likely delayed

A BP spokesman said Wednesday that a company drilling project off Alaska will likely be delayed until next year after calls for increased state and federal scrutiny in the wake of the Gulf Coast oil spill.

Read more from Becky Bohrer

AP: Some BP gas station owners switching brands

Some independent owners of BP gas stations in Michigan say they have switched or are trying to switch brands amid customer boycotts sparked by the continuing Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Read more


Bloomberg: BP to put sea turtle rescuers on oil burn boats

Environmental groups had sued BP for trapping sea turtles in the oil burns on the surface. Now, sea turtle rescuers will be on board the oil burn boats.

Read more from Laurel Brubaker Calkins

Miami Herald: Mississippi Business leaders say effects could last years

The economic effects of the Gulf oil spill are seeping into businesses across South Mississippi and will be felt for years.

Read more from Mary Perez

AP: Texas tar balls prompt soil, water sampling

The tar balls that were “discovered” on the beach in Texas might actually have been dragged in by boats working out in the Gulf on the oil spill. Tests are underway.

Read more from Juan Lozano

CNN: Critics call Valdez cleanup a warning for workers

This is a heartbreaking story as CNN’s Drew Griffin profiles Roy Dalthorp, who helped in the cleanup after the Exxon Valdez, and now, 20 years later, struggles to breathe and is going blind. Dalthorp believes he was “slowly poisoned” by the toxins there and warns the workers in the Gulf spill cleanup. The company denies those charges.

Read more from Drew Griffin

Examiner: Tar Balls reach east coast of Florida; Cocoa Beach hit with tar balls

Tar balls are now being reported on the East coast of Florida. According to several reports, people in Cocoa Beach, Florida are now finding tar balls on their white sand beaches, weeks ahead of a prediction by NOAA.

Read more from Maryann Tobin

AP: Dozens more pelicans affected by Gulf oil spill released in Florida

Dozens of pelicans rescued from the muck in Louisiana a couple of weeks ago and cleaned, have now been transported to the Tampa Bay area and released. They are expected to stick around because it is a good environment for them.

Read more


News Busters: Jimmy Buffet blames Bush’s oil ties for spill: “it was like Dracula running a blood bank.”

Singer Jimmy Buffett, a native son of the Gulf Coast, did not mince words about what he thought was the cause of the BP disaster: “To me it was more about eight years of bad policy before [Obama] got there that let this happen,” said Buffett. “It was Dracula running the blood bank in terms of oil and leases.”

Read more from Alana Goodman

Time: Oil spill and the perils of losing trust

According to this writer, trust has been shattered, between the media, the people and BP and the government. Public outrage and paranoia has developed in the Gulf where many believe the company and federal officials are conspiring to cover up the true extent of the damage of the Gulf oil spill.

Read more from Bryan Walsh


Propublica: I was followed by BP security and then detained by police

Freelance photographer Lance Rosenfield was working on assignment for ProPublica in Texas City, Texas, last week, when a BP security guard began following him. Rosenfield was later detained by police after taking photos for two ProPublica stories.

Read more from Lance Rosenfield


Chart: BP stock prices,0,7353883.graphic

CNN: Tracking the Gulf oil disaster


2 Responses to “Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disastor Summary”

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