Category: Gulf oil spill

Feds’ findings on oil spill to be delayed again

A federal panel investigating the cause of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and massive Gulf oil spill won’t finish its final report by the one-year anniversary of the disaster as it had hoped.  More »

Feds ‘encouraged,’ industry expectant following Houston visits on Friday *Update*

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and ocean energy bureau head Michael Bromwich said they liked what they saw Friday at two Houston firms developing systems to contain subsea well blowouts. The new systems moved the industry closer to seeing new deep-water drilling permits, Bromwich said.  More »

If the BOP won’t stop the flow, then what’s it supposed to do?

Armchair drilling engineers might find it hard to swallow the notion that blowout preventers can’t actually stop blowouts once they’ve begun.  More »

Rise in dolphin deaths reported along Gulf Coast; researchers test for oil

The bodies of 17 young dolphins — about 10 times the normal number — have been collected on coasts of Mississippi and Alabama in the past two weeks. Samples have been sent for testing to see whether the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was a factor in their deaths. Adult dolphin deaths in the area rose from a norm of about 30 to 89 in the year of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.  More »

Ship is ready to deploy if spill duty calls

Houston-based Helix Energy Solutions Group says its Helix Producer I floating production facility, which responded after the Deepwater Horizon disaster last year, is ready for double duty as part of a rapid-response team that could be dispatched to any Gulf disaster and contain it in a fraction of the time.  More »

BOP closed but failed to stop oil flow

Rubber packers around the blades designed to cut through drill pipe and seal the well appear to have been washed away, allowing oil to flow, according to sources familiar with an investigation of the Deepwater Horizon’s blowout preventer.  More »

Shell signs up Noble rig for deep-water work in the Gulf

The deal is another sign that new deep-water drilling permits may be issued in the Gulf of Mexico any week now, after nearly 10 months of inactivity.  More »

Feinberg says his oil spill claims work is ‘unparalleled’

The administrator in charge of Gulf oil spill claims says his efforts to compensate victims have exceeded federal requirements and that the openness and transparency of the process has been “nothing short of extraordinary.”  More »

Gulf lawmakers want Congress to study drilling permits

With gas prices on the rise and jobs nationwide on the line, a group led by Gene Green of Houston today asked House leaders to convene a hearing to study whether the Obama administration is moving too slowly in approving offshore drilling projects.  More »

Tired of waiting for BP, Louisiana puts $2M toward spring oyster crop

As much as half of Louisiana’s oyster crop was wiped out this past summer not by oil, but by freshwater diversions opened by the state in an effort to flush oil out of wetlands. The state decided to make the investment rather than wait for BP to pay $15 million state officials requested in November to address oyster deaths.  More »

Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead

Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist. That report is at odds with a recent report by the BP spill compensation czar that said nearly all will be well by 2012.  More »

DOJ conducts criminal probe of BP spill estimates

Were early oil spill flow rates misrepresented in order to slow a crash in BP’s stock price? Investigators with the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission want to know.  More »