Monthly Archives: April 2010

Exxon Mobil sends equipment, experts to help in Gulf spill

Exxon Mobil is sending staff and equipment to help cleanup efforts in the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The company offered a drilling rig as a staging base, two supply vessels, an underwater vehicle and support vessel.  More »

Texas Land Office lends equipment for Gulf oil spill cleanup

The Texas General Land Office has sent state-owned fire boom to Louisiana to help contain the oil spreading from the Deepwater Horizon disaster. The office also has wildlife rehabilitation trailers ready to help as oil from the spill continues to hit land.  More »

Coast Guard responds to overturned rig in Louisiana canal

The Coast Guard today responded to an overturned rig in the Charenton navigational canal not far from Morgan City, La. The mobile inland drilling unit has a 20,000-gallon diesel fuel capacity, Coast Guard officials said. Pollution investigators said the rig is not leaking. No injuries were reported.  More »

EPA sets up website with public info on oil spill

The EPA today launched a website dedicated to public information about the Deepwater Horizon disaster, as the BP oil spill reached the Louisiana shore. The EPA site will show the results of air monitoring in the affected area and other sampling by the federal agency.  More »

Californians investigate, too

A spate of congressional hearings have been planned in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill. Now, state lawmakers are joining the fray.  More »

First oiled bird found in Gulf of Mexico

The first bird found coated with oil from the sunken rig leak in the Gulf of Mexico was rescued and cleaned up today. Workers with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research used dishwashing soap to scrub the oil off the bird that was found offshore, NBC News said. The bird is a Northern Gannett.  More »

Halliburton responds to Deepwater Horizon cementing scrutiny

The spotlight has panned to oil field services company Halliburton Co. after the oil-drilling procedure known as cementing has come under scrutiny as a possible cause of the rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. Cementing is the process of installing casing to secure the walls of the well to prevent the escape of oil […]  More »

Dude, that’s a gnarly oil spill

You know you’ve got a problem on your hands when even the surfers are against you. In the oily wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the Surfrider Foundation has called on President Obama to scrap his plans to open more coastal areas to offshore drilling.  More »

Video: Crews load boom onto spill-response vessel

In this Coast Guard video taken Thursday, crews in Venice, La., load a boom onto an oil spill response vessel that will be used to contain and clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  More »

Nat’l Institutes of Health create oil spill resource page

While the Chronicle newsroom is busy covering the news out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, the folks at the National Institutes of Health have put together a useful portal for info on how the United States handles oil spills and their aftermath.  More »

NASA satellite shows Gulf oil slick reaching Mississipi Delta

The following photos, taken Thursday by NASA’s Terra satellite, show oil from the Deepwater Horizon disaster as it moves toward the Louisiana coast. The top image is a wide view of the Gulf. The bottom image shows a close-up of the area bordered by white in the wide view.  More »

Gulf spill may cost insurers billions

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may cost the insurance industry up to $1.5 billion in claims, Bloomberg reported.  More »

Cleanup crew works diesel spill in Puget Sound

Diesel that leaked from a 300 gallon, privately-owned tank in Washington state has flowed into the Puget Sound, Seattle’s KIRO 7 said. The spill at Dash Point State Park in Federal Way, Wash., was spotted Thursday night. Diesel used to fill work equipment was flowing across a parking lot and into a creek, the TV […]  More »

Oil spill lowers odds for climate and energy bill

Even before a key Republican senator withdrew his support for a broad climate change and energy bill last weekend, the measure faced long odds of being enacted this election year. Now, the growing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has made the “political hurdles” of passing the bill even higher, according to energy analyst […]  More »

White House halts all new domestic offshore drilling

There will be no no new exploration drilling off the U.S. coast until there is a full investigation into the spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which has reached the Louisiana coastline, White House senior advisor David Axelrod announced this morning on ABC News’ “Good Morning America.” “No additional drilling has been authorized and none […]  More »
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