The Trump administration is reviewing plans for offshore natural gas and oil drilling in the Pacific. There have been no new wells of the Pacific Coast of the United States since 1984.
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(The story of the Kara Sea oil well, which went from being multinational to being solely operated by Russia, continued) Now that the political dirt about arctic drilling is out of the way (Part 1 and Part 2 of this 3-part story), we’ll consider the threats from arctic drilling to the environment—the South Kara Sea between the Yamal […]
The Great Barrier Reef on November 8, 2010, from the orbit of the European Space Agency’s now-inoperative Envisat satellite, the largest civilian Earth observation instrument put into space. An uncivil war of words, money, and influence has broken out in Australia between the coal industry, which is favored by government, and the nation’s environmental interests. […]
Following the catastrophic explosion and subsequent spill of oil from the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, scientists have embarked upon a 3-week expedition aboard the R/V Walton Smith to determine how surface ocean currents near the site influence the fate and transport of pollutants. This research is an important next step in understanding […]
In what is his first in-depth newspaper interview since becoming CEO of BP in 2010, Bob Dudley has made it quite clear that they are expecting the trial into the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to last for several years.
The Sunday Telegraph in the UK scored the interview with Dudley, who said that he was hopeful of doing “some deals” on the details of the case, but was really expecting the case to last until 2014.
The wealth of air pollutants that were generated in the atmospheric plume as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 amounted to levels similar to the pollution created by a large city, says a new study led by researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “The levels of ozone were similar […]
In one of the first moves to begin restoration of the Gulf of Mexico after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees (Trustees) today released the Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment (DERP/EA) for formal public comment. This is just the first […]
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) announced on last Monday that they would be granting Shell Offshore Inc. conditional approval tostart drilling four shallow water exploration wells in Alaska’s Beaufort Sea, beginning in July of 2012.
A year on from the catastrophic explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and the ensuing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and news still abounds regarding the cause and affect the spill has had on the region and its inhabitants, human and otherwise.
Last week, Joe Romm did a nice little round-up of recent articles about the BP oil spill disaster — on what we’ve learned (or not learned) and where things are today. Following up on my post earlier today on that, here are a number of great quotes from around that I’m cribbing from Joe’s piece (emphasis added)….
Offshore Oil Drilling after Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill — No New Safeguards, GOP Push for Less Oversight
One of the worst environmental disasters in history struck one year ago today — the “Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” or “BP oil spill.” Haven’t kept up with the details of offshore oil drilling much lately and curious where things stand? Well, I can’t say that we’ve learned from our lesson.
“Shell announced that they’ve cancelled their plans to drill exploratory wells in the Arctic in 2011 due to lack of confidence that they would meet the standards to get the required permits,” Oceana (and plenty of others) enthusiastically reported yesterday. Of course, there is no known method of successfully cleaning up oil spills in the […]
Since we had plenty of news last Friday and I was heading out of town, I decided to leave our weekly roundup of global weirding and environmental/wildlife news (that we didn’t already cover) to Monday. Here’s the environmental/wildlife portion. Tainted Water Still a Concern in Pennsylvania Gas Drilling in 2011 I have written before about […]
As you have probably heard by now, the U.S. Justice Department has sued BP Exploration and Production and 8 other companies connected to the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico (..better late than never). Basically, the lawsuit is based on safety and operation violations leading up to April 20, the day the oil […]
The Obama administration has decided that the risk of offshore oil drilling in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico and the South and Mid-Atlantic Coast is not worth taking, for seven more years at least. It announced today that given the recent BP oil spill, it is changing course and not going to allow expansion of […]
Ever since the BP oil spill was contained and plugged, people have been asking and wondering where all the oil went, and whether it would have an adverse effect on the marine life in and around the Gulf of Mexico. A new study headed by Dauphin Island Sea Lab’s Dr. William “Monty” Graham published Monday […]
The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill that shocked the world is fading into the background, but the effects of the disaster will long be felt. And now for the first time an independent study has confirmed the disastrous extent of the oil spill making it the largest marine oil accident ever. “We wanted to do […]
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report some good news from the Gulf of Mexico stating that they have not detected nor do they expect to detect dead zones as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Despite a measure of dissolved oxygen levels within 60 miles of the wellhead, these oxygen levels have […]
Robots are the solution to stopping the oil spill. Here are some ways that robotics engineering teams are helping, and examples of how underwater robots work: *the entire area around the BP Deepwater Horizon wellhead, a mile below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico is constantly being monitored and worked on with robotic activity. […]
A top member of the European Commission has said that European countries should freeze new deep water drilling until the causes behind the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are investigated. EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger said in prepared remarks he was to deliver to the European Parliament in Strasbourg that there should be a complete […]
A computer simulation of the possible spread of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill over the course of a full year has been released. Created by researchers from the School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, the animation is not a detailed specific prediction but rather, as […]
Latest news from the Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming. Rep. Ed Markey is a true environmental and energy leader. I don’t think I have seen anyone in government more focused on solving our fossil fuel and foreign oil addiction than him. As an intro to the 4th of July weekend that has […]
New high resolution video of BP oil spill released after pressure from Congress. [social_buttons] BP has released a new high resolution video of the BP oil. It took about a month before BP finally released a live video of the oil spill in the Gulf, and now it turns out what they released is not […]