Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disastor

From the fine folks at NRDC

This morning’s summary
There’s growing pressure on the Obama administration to lift the deepwater oil drilling ban in the Gulf early before the current Nov. 30 date. Both Republican and Democrat officials in Louisiana say the federal moratorium on deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, put in place after the BP oil spill, is now that state’s biggest problem. Federal government officials and many environmental activists say the temporary ban on drilling is necessary to prevent further accidents. But people in the Gulf region are worried that many of the well-paying jobs provided by the energy industry might leave and never come back. And there are others who say the drilling ban is no longer needed as the oil leak has been harnessed. Meanwhile, BP engineers are planning to remove the temporary cap today – the next step in the drawn-out dance to permanently kill the well. National Incident Commander Thad Allen calls it a “gentle hug.”

Quotable Quote

“The well will be capped, and nobody will ever want to go near that well again, and there are no plans to develop that Macondo structure field,” said Bob Dudley, BP CEO, who spent part of his childhood in Mississippi.

And this:

“I wanted to come here and tell the people of this city directly: My administration is going to stand with you – and fight alongside you – until the job is done,” President Barack Obama in New Orleans Sunday.

National News

USA Today: BP to remove temporary cap from well

Engineers will start work Monday to remove the temporary cap from the well so crews can raise the failed blowout preventer from the seafloor, according to Incident Commander Adm. Thad Allen. A new blowout preventer will be placed atop the well once the one that failed is raised. After that the goal is to drill the final 50 feet of a relief well on Sept. 7, Allen said. It will then take about four days for drilling crews to complete the intercept and the cementing of mud into the middle of the ambient.

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Times Picayune: BP won’t use well responsible for oil spill

BP does not plan to use the well responsible for the worst oil spill in U.S. history — or the underground reservoir of crude it tapped — for future drilling, the company’s incoming CEO said. “The well will be capped, and nobody will ever want to go near that well again, and there are no plans to develop that Macondo structure field,” said Bob Dudley. He said the extent of the disaster has been a “shock” that will force BP and the oil industry as a whole to re-evaluate their practices. Dudley said this disaster was “personal” for him because he grew up in Mississippi.

Read more from George Altman

Los Angeles Times: Obama, in New Orleans, promises to “fight alongside” Gulf Coast

In New Orleans five years to the day after the ravages of Hurricane Katrina, President Obama pledged that would continue to rebuild the Gulf Coast after the oil spill. “President Obama recommitted the nation to ongoing repair of the Gulf Coast as the region’s fragile recovery hung in the balance and his own popularity needed shoring up amid disappointment with the administration’s handling of the gulf oil spill.”

Read more from Lisa Mascaro,0,4189807.story

AP: Transcript of Obama’s remarks in New Orleans

Here is the transcript of the President’s remarks in New Orleans Sunday, referencing both the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina and the government’s response to the Gulf oil spill.

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AP: Feinberg: Most spill claims lack documentation

The administrator of the new claims process for victims of the Gulf oil spill said Sunday most of the individual claims reviewed in the first week lacked the minimal documentation to be paid. “There are thousands of claims that have been filed with no documentation at all,” Ken Feinberg told state officials at the Southern Governors’ Association convention.

Read more from Phillip Rawls

Washington Post: For oil executives, total calm before the rig storm

The Washington Post describes one of the most interesting subplots of the Gulf oil spill disaster—the testimony last week of several BP executives who were on board the rig right before it blew, ironically, to talk about safety. “They insisted that they had stayed out of the way, caused no distraction, and distanced themselves from key technical decisions. In doing so, the executives have contended that, despite many collective decades of experience in the offshore-drilling business, they failed to detect the ominous signals of a “well control” problem, and had no clue that they were aboard what amounted to a ticking time bomb.” The testimony shows they were there when the rig started to hiss and shake and chaos broke out on the bridge.

Read more from Joel Achenbach

Bloomberg: BP internal report said to find engineers misread Gulf well test results

Bloomberg said it has seen a report that shows that engineers misread a report on the well tests done from the Deepwater Horizon before the well blew. “BP Plc’s internal investigation of the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster found company engineers misinterpreted pressure data that indicated a blowout was imminent, according to a person familiar with the report. BP managers aboard the Transocean Ltd.-owned rig misread a test of the Macondo well’s stability on April 20 and began replacing drilling fluid, which is heavier than oil and natural gas, with seawater, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the report’s findings haven’t been publicly released.

Read more from Joe Carroll Gulf coast oil spill will likely exceed all estimates

Lawyers estimate hundreds of thousands of residents and businesses from Texas to Florida are seeking losses due to the oil spill in thousands of lawsuits. So far, oil spill lawsuits include oystermen, charter boat captains, travel & tourism businesses and individual property owners. The economic hardship due to unemployment and loss of rental income is staggering.

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NPR: BP assures Southern governors it will restore the Gulf

The three top officials dealing with the oil spill: BP’s Robert Dudley, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen and claims czar Ken Fienberg came to reassure southern governors they are on the job.

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Check this one out, too Search is on for oil in more waterways

NOAA and the Coast Guard are making a new search for oil in underways in the of the Florida panhandle after the discovery of a large pocket of submerged oil at Barrancas Beach near Pensacola Naval Air Station.They’re using 75 vessels in bays and inland waterways and up to three miles into the Gulf, from Louisiana to Apalachicola. Other teams are working in deeper depths farther out in the Gulf.

Read more from Kimberly Blair

Also see: In Gulf Breeze, divers going under to seek submerged oil


Daily Telegraph: BP to admit $1m a week advertising spree

BP is expected to tell Congress that it has spent approximately $1 million a week on advertising in the 18 weeks since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. London’s Daily Telegraph quotes President Obama: “What I don’t want to hear is, when they’re spending that kind of money on their shareholders and on TV advertising, that they’re nickel-and-diming fishermen or small businesses here in the Gulf who are having a hard time.”

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Los Angeles Times: Seafood industry struggles to throw off spill’s stigma

According to this story, even Gulf fishermen are afraid to eat seafood coming out of the Gulf since the spill. “When news first hit of the massive oil blowout 50 miles southeast of here, Kindra Arnesen filled her freezer with shrimp, and has no intention of eating fresh seafood until she stops hearing from her fellow fishermen about blobs of oil on the sea bottom and tiny droplets of dispersed hydrocarbons in the water. “I’m not going to sell somebody something I wouldn’t feed my own kids, and we’re not eating it,” Arnesen said. “They can eat burgers for awhile.”

Read more from Kim Murphy

VOA La hit hard by moratorium on oil drilling

While the country looks back on Hurricane Katrina five years ago, VOANews reports that the President’s moratorium on offshore drilling is turning out to be the single most devastating economic issue facing the state of Louisiana right now

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The Hill: Oil spill panel leader says drilling ban should end early, calls for leasing policy overhaul

William Reilly, a leader of the commission probing the BP oil spill, said the federal ban on deepwater oil-and-gas drilling should be lifted before its scheduled Nov. 30 expiration. Reilly, headed the EPA under former President George H.W. Bush.

Read more from Ben Gemen Gulf oil spill fuels Alaska village’s fears over offshore drilling

According to the Denver Post, the catastrophe in the Gulf was not lost on Point Hope, a village in Alaska on the Arctic Circle, which for six years has battled offshore drilling in the Arctic’s Chukchi and Beaufort seas. “That spill in the Gulf, it could have been our ocean,” said Mayor Daisy Sharp. “It’s sad to say, but in a way I’m glad it happened. Maybe now people will take a closer look at offshore oil drilling.”

Read more from Mark Jaffe and David Ollinger

Editorial Guest Commentary: The Gulf oil spill

This writer, a consultant to the maritime and energy industries, criticizes the Obama administration and the media for the tone of remarks aimed at and about BP during the Gulf oil spill. “They embarked on a vicious finger-pointing campaign that encompassed personal attacks on the CEO of BP and the company itself, accusing it of negligence and collusion with the MMS in not having plans and equipment to deal with the spill.”

Read more from Paul Slater


Video Journalism: Archeologist rescues Gulf Coast artifacts from oil spill

There are over 19,000 archeological sites recorded in MS, some holding some of the highest concentrations of prehistoric evidence in the world, dating back 10,000-12,000 years. This four-minute video documents Edward Jackson and his team of students from the University of Southern Mississippi (USM), on a “search and rescue” mission to save archeological artifacts from contamination by oil that would make carbon dating impossible.

Read and watch more from Alison Fast



2 Responses to “Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disastor”

  1. Kim Says:

    The ban was a stupid idea in the first place. No surprise this president would come up with it.

  2. Adolfo Valdez Says:

    Para eliminar el lapso de tiempo sobre la moratoria declarada por el Gobienro de los Estados Unidos en la perforacion de nuevos pozos petroleros, y que fue aplicado para prevenir accidentes en derrames petroleros como el ocurrido el Golfo de Mexico hasta que se cuente con un dsipositvo apropiado. La solucion al problema ha sido presentado a BP desde el 3 de junio de 2010, y aun no han tenido el interes de poder aplicarlo, lo cual desconozco el motivo, sin embargo el dispositivo que se requiere ya esta diseñado y solo hay que poner en practica su eficacia para los casos de Emergencias en Derrrames Petroleros, y terminar asi con la moratoria que esta desesperando a los residentes de la zona afectada. Uds. tiene lo ultima palabra.

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