Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disastor Summary

From the good folks at NRDC.
Matt
This morning’s summary:
For more than three months, the world has waited for a permanent fix to the BP oil leak. It may not have to wait much longer. As early as Sunday evening, the oil giant will take the first steps in a weeks-long process that, though highly complex, has a simple idea at its core: to cram a leaky hole full of cement. The ‘static kill’ has worked before to halt runaway wells. The process can take anywhere from a number of days to a number of weeks. But we’re waiting and watching. Meanwhile, in a courtroom in Boise, Idaho, the U.S. and plaintiffs that filed hundreds of lawsuits seeking billions of dollars for damages stemming from the largest oil spill in U.S. history are fighting over where the cases should be heard first. The government wants the cases consolidated in New Orleans, in the state where many of those damaged by the oil spill live. BP prefers Houston, where BP has its U.S. headquarters. No decision yet on where the cases will be heard and who will preside over them. And it is just the beginning of a judicial nightmare expected to last years.

Quotable Quote:

We know there’s a lot of oil out there,” Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said. “It’s going to continue to come ashore, and we’re going to hold their feet to the fire to make sure they’re there until all the oil is gone out of the Gulf of Mexico before we pull all of the assets out of our parish.”

National News

Los Angeles Times: A final fix to Gulf oil leak may be at hand

The ‘static kill’ is about to begin. As early as Sunday evening, BP ill take the first steps in a weeks-long process that, though highly complex, has a simple idea at its core: to cram a leaky hole full of cement. Precision will be the key: Engineers are aiming for a casing pipe that is only 7 inches in diameter.

Read more from Richard Faussett

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-oil-spill-static-kill-20100730,0,4512769.story

Los Angeles Times: Lawyers swoop in as legal case begins

It was like a chamber of commerce booster convention—hundreds of lawyers went before seven federal judges in Boise Idaho to plead their cases—that is, to plead for their cities to be the venue for the enormous litigation from the Gulf oil spill. “outing New Orleans over Houston and Miami over Mobile Ala., the lawyers offered up air-traffic connections, highway accessibility and the plentiful range of food and lodging options, from five-star hotels to $5 po’ boy sandwiches.”

Read more from Carol J. Williams

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-oil-spill-lawsuits-20100730,0,170221.story

also see:

New York Times: Lawyers, far from Gulf, skirmish on spill claims

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/us/30liability.html?_r=1

And this

AP: Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawsuits should be consolidated, judicial panel is told

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/07/gulf_of_mexico_oil_spill_lawsu.html

AP: Dudley to outline BP’s Gulf recovery plans

BP CEO Bob Dudley was set to outline his company’s long-term efforts to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from the oil spill Friday morning. BP will be getting help from a Clinton administration-era emergency management official.

Read more:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/us_gulf_oil_spill

Times-Picayune: Surface of Gulf looks better now, but millions of gallons of oil remain below

Scientists and oil spill experts say the Gulf might look cleaner on the surface right now, but there are probably hundreds of millions of gallons of BP’s oil in tiny, hard-to-see droplets below the surface.

Read more from Bob Marshall

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/07/surface_of_gulf_of_mexico_look.html

Huffington Post: Scientists Oil and dispersant mix getting into the foodchain

The mixture of oil and chemical dispersants may have already make its way into the food chain. Scientists have found signs of an oil-and-dispersant mix under the shells of tiny blue crab larvae in the Gulf of Mexico, the first clear indication that the unprecedented use of dispersants in the BP oil spill has broken up the oil into toxic droplets so tiny that they can easily enter the food chain.

Read more from Dan Froomkin

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/29/scientists-find-evidence_n_664298.html

Wall Street Journal: Hayward defends his work in first interview since disaster
Former BP CEO Tony Hayward tells the Wall Street Journal he did everything possible once the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded to stop the spewing oil and clean up the shoreline. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., has a different view: “It will take years of continued commitment to the restoration of the Gulf before BP has the legitimacy to engage in historical revisionism.”

Read more:
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703578104575397483256188088.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTWhatsNewsCollection

Politics

Wall Street Journal: Vote on offshore-drilling overhaul

The House of Representatives is set to vote Friday on remaking the entire offshore-drilling system, setting up a fight over how far the government should go in removing support for the industry and instituting new safeguards following the Gulf oil spill.

Read more

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100729-725482.html

The Town Talk.com: Congress takes up legislative proposals in wake of oil spill

The Senate is poised to vote next week on legislation that would make companies liable for unlimited damages if they’re responsible for an oil spill, and would overhaul the federal agency that oversees the offshore drilling industry.

Read more from Deborah Barfield Berry

http://www.thetowntalk.com/article/20100729/NEWS01/100729025

Talking Points Memo: BP’s Gulf oil spill a major issue—in Wisconsin Senate race?

The BP oil spill has definitely had far-reaching political consequences –it’s become an issue at the other end of the country, in Wisconsin, where Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold is running for a fourth term, and where Dems are hammering Republican businessman Ron Johnson over his ties to BP.

Read more from Eric Kleefeld

http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/07/bp-gulf-coast-is-major-issue-in-wisconsin-senate-race.php

Southern Political Report: Haley Barbour steps into limelight

All along Haley Barbour called for restraint in media and government. While many elected officials and most media were predicting an environmental apocalypse from the Deepwater Horizon accident, Barbour early-on took a political risk by expressing open skepticism that a significant amount of oil would ever reach the Gulf coast. A hundred days later, he may be vindicated.

Read more from Gary Reese

http://www.southernpoliticalreport.com/storylink_729_1530.aspx

Regional

AP: Less oil on surface means less work for fishermen

It was bad news for the fishermen when the oil gushed into the Gulf. No fishing. Now that the oil seems to be receding from the surface, it’s still bad news for the fishermen—no work.

Read more Greg Bluestein and Kevin McGill

http://www.timesunion.com/business/article/Gulf-cleanup-will-change-once-oil-stops-for-good-591869.php

CNN: Feds, parish presidents discuss cleanup at “contentious” meeting

A meeting Thursday night between federal officials and parish presidents of the Louisiana Gulf coast to work out plans for recovery was “contentious.” Incident Commander Thad Allen told reporters afterward that the parish presidents “hold nothing back.”

Read more

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/07/29/gulf.oil.disaster/index.html?hpt=T2

Also see:

Times Picayune: Officials look ahead to transition from Gulf of Mexico oil spill response to recovery

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/07/officials_look_ahead_to_transi.html

McClatchy: Gulf states now worry about restoring their image

The real worry on the Gulf coast now is not oil. From Louisiana’s oil-polluted marshes to Florida’s sugary-white sands, most of which remained free of oil’s taint, officials worry that they can’t restore the region’s battered image.

Read more from Grace Gagliano and Sara Kennedy

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/29/1752779/gulf-states-now-worry-about-restoring.html

GablesHomePage.com: Local Audubon group helps bird hurt by oil spill

Happy hour in South Miami this Friday is for the birds. At $10 per person the Doc Thomas House is helping the Audubon Society raise money to rescue oiled birds.

Read more

http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/07/29/1752423/local-audubon-group-helps-birds.html

Bloomberg: Louisiana reopens some fishing areas
Louisiana reopened some commercial fishing areas that were closed by the Gulf oil spill. The FDA confirmed that the seafood from the area was safe. “While these reopenings are a positive step, we continue to urge the FDA to test samples from the waters that remain closed so commercial fishermen across our coast can get back on the water,” Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said in the statement.

Read more:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-07-30/louisiana-reopens-some-gulf-fishing-areas-after-fda-tests-confirm-safety.html

Business

AP: Big oil posts better profits on higher fuel prices

The major oil companies continue to climb back from the recession, with higher fuel prices driving up earnings.

Read more

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gJedqjUPcCRREdKkNLP9d4RLv_QQD9H8UHCG2

The Independent: Shell defends deep-water oil drilling as profits soar

Royal Dutch Shell mounted a spirited defense of deep-water drilling Thursday as it unveiled a 94 per cent surge in profits in its second quarter.

Read more from Sarah Arnott

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/shell-defends-deepwater-oil-drilling-as-profits-soar-2039028.html

Feature

New York Times: Gulf of Mexico has long been a sink of pollution

The Gulf of Mexico was already polluted before the oil spill. Much more than that has been spilled from pipelines, vessel traffic and wells in state waters. Runoff and waste from cornfields, sewage plants, golf courses and oil-stained parking lots drain into the Mississippi River from vast swaths of the United States. The Gulf’s floor is littered with bombs, chemical weapons and other ordnance dumped in the middle of last century.

Read more Campbell Robertson

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/07/30/us/30gulf.html?_r=1

Wall Street Journal: In this sleepy town, it isn’t crude to celebrate a giant oil Spill

With oil gushers on the minds of Americans, one man in California is taking advantage of the timing to celebrate crude. In California, though, it was a happy gusher that ushered in the age of oil.

Read more from Justin Scheck

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704699604575344011613229780.html

Graphics

> Oil spill tracker

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/04/29/interactive.spill.tracker/index.html?hpt=T2

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One Response to “Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disastor Summary”

  1. Victor Sadik Says:

    I just got back from a 3 week long trip to Cambodia. Wish I would have found your blog sooner.

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