Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster Summary

From the good folks at NRDC.
Today’s summary
In the last six months, we’ve seen drama and heartbreak unfold in the Gulf of Mexico. There was anger and despair, and plenty of missteps. But there were heroes, too – principally retired Adm. Thad Allen and the people of the Gulf, tested beyond belief. The oil well was finally killed. But that’s not the end of this story. BP is spending billions to rectify a mistake that still has no end. And there is plenty of uncertainty about the future of the Gulf and its resources. BP is facing years of litigation over the oil spill with the lawyers likely to make out like bandits. The Gulf’s economy continues to unravel and nothing has changed about the oil industry’s burning desire to drill for more oil and the public’s unquenchable thirst to fill up their gas tanks. Hopefully, there will be new guidelines in place for the future and government and the oil industry will step up to the plate and not fall back into dangerous old habits. But the glimmer of black gold in the Gulf continues to lure oil companies back to deepwater drilling. And the people of the Gulf need the jobs and want the oil companies back in the saddle. It may be 20 years before the next oil disaster, but that’s too long to wait for change. And it’s time to act now to make sure this kind of environmental catastrophe never ever happens again.

Quotable Quote
“We’re certainly concerned. When birds migrate, they’re looking for familiarity,” Michigan Audobon Society director Jonathan Lutz said. “If I was a bird, I might be looking for a large expansive salt marsh and that’s where I’m going to land and find my food. When you have an oil spill that’s less apparent.”

And see this one, too
“We don’t want this forgotten, because those waters aren’t cleaned up,” said Lori DeAngelis, owner of Dolphin Queen Cruises in Bear Point and Orange Beach. She said she continues to see oil in the back bays and the Gulf of Mexico during her company’s dolphin excursions.

National News

Wall Street Journal: Salazar urges oil industry to set up drilling safety institute
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar wants action from the oil industry to help prevent another devastating oil spill. He’s pitching the industry on a plan to set up an institute that would research and develop technologies to prevent, contain and clean up future offshore oil spills.

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Wall Street Journal: What spill? Chevron plans to start deepwater drilling in Gulf
Either the Chevron Corp. had its head in the sand for the last six months or it knows something we don’t about offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. The company said Thursday it will invest $7.5 billion to develop two of the Gulf ‘s largest unexploited oil fields.

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Reuters: Deepwater drilling in Gulf is thawing
Some leading offshore oil drillers say they are seeing encouraging signs that new drilling may be starting in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of this year. While the information is anecdotal, drillers say the permit process will resume slowly now that the Obama administration has lifted the drilling ban, but it is moving forward.

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BP to miss out on oil industry 3Q bump
It’s hard to feel sorry for BP about anything these days, but the Gulf of Mexico oil spill definitely hurt its pocketbook. The billions it’s spending on the disaster means that it is missing out on an industry-wide trend of higher profits and rising production in the third quarter, according to a Reuters poll.

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New York Times: Louisiana builds berms even as oil disperses
It may be pointless but three months after BP capped its runaway well, the state of Louisiana is still building a chain of sand berms off its coast to block and capture oil. “It certainly would have no impact on the diluted oil, which is what we’re talking about now,” one researcher said.

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Holland Sentinel: Birds migrating from Michigan face confusion in the Gulf
Birds making their yearly migration from Michigan might be thrown for a loop this year as their habitats and food supply have changed due to the Gulf oil spill. There will be plenty of confusion, according to the Michigan Audobon Society.

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Press-Register: Alabama realtors get $7.5 million for lost business
The $20 billion BP fund for Gulf oil spill victims has awarded $7.5 million to Alabama realtors after they filed a claim successfully argued they experienced canceled sales contracts and lost income soon after oil from the Deepwater Horizon well reached the coast.

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NOAA: No evidence oil spill killed fish
Here’s one piece of good news out of the Gulf oil spill: There’s no evidence that the disaster killed any fish, according to federal and state officials. Nevertheless, the fishing industry in the Gulf of Mexico is still suffering from a big perception problem.

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Huffington Post: What the oil blowout taught us
The true costs of all carbon-based energy such as those caused by the recent BP disaster, need to be internalized and reflected in their prices and subsidies to the petroleum and carbon-based-fuel industries must be eliminated. We must act now, for our generation, our children, and all life on this planet. Business as usual is not a viable option, Jerry Cope writes.

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Wall Street Journal: Oil spill a non-issue on political landscape
The Gulf oil spill is an issue in one high-profile race, the contest for a Senate seat from Florida, where independent candidate and current Gov. Charlie Crist faces flak for vacillating on whether he supports offshore oil drilling. But overall, the White House’s handling of the matter has largely disappeared as a debating point, Gerald Seib writes.

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Audubon Magazine: A volunteer army repairing the Gulf
In every disaster, there are heroes. And when the Gulf oil spill threatened birds and beaches, tens of thousands of citizens signed up to lend a hand – an army sponsored by the Audobon Society. More than 34,000 volunteers volunteered. The sheer number of people taking action bodes well for the long term, says Sean Saville, director of Audubon’s overall volunteer response. “About 90 percent who registered were not members of Audubon,” he says. “We were one of the only ones who called them back. We heard that time and time again.”

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Video: noise cannons keep birds from landing in contaminated areas



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