Gulf oast Oil Spill Disastor Summary

From the nice folks at NRDC. I had a diversion today so this summary and the article below are what I can do today.
Matt
Gulf Coast Summary
Five agonizing months after the Gulf oil well exploded, we’re finally at the end of the line. BP Plc could bring the worst oil spill in U.S. history to an end this weekend after intercepting the ruptured Gulf of Mexico well Thursday. It will kill the well but will it end the controversy around deepwater oil drilling? The question is: What happens now? It’s off the front pages and dropped from the national newscasts. But the effects of this massive catastrophe will resonate for years. There’s still the question of what happened to the 4.9 million barrels of spilled oil. And renewed calls for tougher regulations on offshore oil drilling. There are a myriad of issues that may take years to sort out, including who was responsible and how to repair the damage to the Gulf coast. This disaster showed how unprepared the US government and the oil companies were to the mistake that caused a huge economic blow to the region and an environmental catastrophe that is still being assessed. It underscored deep welts in the system and once again raised the question of the future of fossil oils. But the story is far from over for Gulf residents, workers, or business owners.

Quotable Quote
“The aggregate data available supports the conclusion that the two wells are joined” – National Incident Commander Thad Allen

National News

LA Times: End in sight: Relief well intersects damaged well
Five months after the start of the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, crews are set for the final ‘bottom kill.’ An emergency relief well successfully intersected BP’s damaged oil well, federal officials announced Thursday night. Crews will prepare to pump cement into the well’s outer ring “and complete the ‘bottom kill’ of the well,” said National Incident Commander Thad Allen. BP says the well will be sealed on Saturday.

Read more
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-0917-gulf-oil-spill-20100917,0,3015674.story

Check this one out, too
http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/09/relief_well_intersects_blown-o.html

And this one:
BP predicts well will be sealed on Saturday
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN1713539120100917

Reuters: Gulf spill judge: Never too early to settle
Listen to the judge. The judge overseeing the hundreds lawsuits filed by shrimpers, restaurateurs and others against BP Plc and its partners as a result of the Gulf oil spill urged the parties on Thursday to consider an agreement to avoid a trial. No one is likely to listen to Judge Carl Barbier in New Orleans. He’s overseeing what is expected to be among the costliest and most complex litigation in U.S. history. Yes, there will be some winners, but there will be plenty of losers, too.

Read more
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68F5DS20100916

Check these out, too
First hearing on Gulf oil lawsuits
http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68F5DS20100916

Judge: BP will face thousands of Gulf spill lawsuits
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-09-16/bp-spill-victims-clash-at-first-new-orleans-hearing-on-combined-cases.html

Huffington Post: PEER lawsuit: Why did administration low-ball oil spill numbers?
The Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility filed suit in federal district court on Thursday, trying to find out why the Obama administration wildly understated the size of the BP oil spill until it was all over. They are seeking thousands of pages of documents about the oil spill that they’ve been denied under the Freedom of Information Act. “Our concern is that the administration took, and is still taking, steps to falsely minimize public perception about the extent and severity of the BP spill,” said PEER Executive Director Jeff Ruch said in a statement.

Read more
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/09/16/group-sues-to-find-out-wh_n_719628.html?ref=email_share

Wall Street Journal: White House: Drilling ban doesn’t hurt jobs
For those trying to lift the drilling moratorium because it kills jobs, now comes the administrations word and supposedly the proof that it doesn’t. The number of workers with jobs in the five Louisiana parishes that support most deep-water drilling activities rose in July, two months into the ban. Unemployment-insurance claims in these parishes also declined from April through August, according to an interagency report the Obama administration compiled for Congress.

Read more
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703440604575495821068610014.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

See this one, too
http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/09/federal_report_that_drilling_m.html

Businessweek.com: Mexican States sue BP for Gulf spill damage
BP is facing over 400 lawsuits in the US over the Gulf oil spill. And Thursday, the first lawsuits were brought by foreign governments in a U.S. federal court over the spill by three states in Mexico. Those states include the industrial hub of Veracruz and the tourist-beach centers of Cancun and Cozumel on the Yucatan Peninsula. The states claim that their financial damages from the spill will continue to grow.

Read more
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-09-16/bp-sued-by-mexican-states-over-gulf-oil-spill-damage.html

Regional

Press-Register: Ala. Gov: Claims process just ‘unacceptable’
Ala. Gov. Bob Riley spelled it out for claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg. In a short but sharply worded letter, Gov. Bob Riley told Feinberg that the work of his oil-spill claims operation has been “unacceptable” and the pace of payments must quicken, especially to businesses on the Alabama beach.

Read more
http://blog.al.com/live/2010/09/riley_tells_feinberg_to_speed.html

theind.com: La seeks additional $75m from BP for tourism
Louisiana wants BP to cough up more money to help repair its flailing tourist industry. BP originally committed $15 million but the state now wants $75 million.

Read more
http://www.theind.com/news/6935-angelle-requests-additional-75-million-from-bp

Massive fish kill in Gulf caused by ‘dead zone’ oil
It’s hard not to blame the oil spill for every problem in the Gulf of Mexico these days. But a huge fish kill in a Louisiana marsh was likely caused by annual low-oxygen conditions, not directly by the Gulf oil spill, according to scientists.

Read more
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2010/09/100916-fish-kill-louisiana-gulf-oil-spill-dead-zone-science-environment/

Feature

AP: Final plugging of well small comfort to Gulf residents
The anxiety remains for the people of the Gulf and the news that the well will be permanently sealed this week brings little comfort to them. BP’s promise to stick around until all those hurt by the spill are made whole means very different things to different people, from Louisiana fishermen to Mississippi seafood processors, Alabama business owners to tourism workers in the Florida Panhandle. And for many, it’s not just about money.”I’m dealing with anxiety,” says fishing guide Mike Helmer. “It affects your quality of life, your property values. There’s just so many ways this affected us but nobody is talking about that.”

Read more
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gf0AOFXyCanJK8HB6YZXuSKwxMiwD9I97JLO1

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