Category: Gulf oil spill

Seismic firms likely to feel “modest” pain due to delayed Gulf leasing

Schlumberger, Petroleum Geo-Services and CGG Veritas have some exposure, but most E&P and oil field services firms saw the writing on the wall months ago. (Photo: An Exxon Mobil scientist views seismic data, E. Joe Deering/Houston Chronicle).  More »

Louisiana coastal fixes in limbo as feds fail to spell out drilling payment rules

The federal government’s failure to write rules for payments under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Ac is blocking Louisiana from borrowing as much as $1 billion to fix a coastline ravaged by two hurricanes and the largest U.S. oil spill. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)  More »

Presidential commission weighs ways to improve safety

The presidential commission investigating the oil spill kicks off two days of deliberations in Washington, with plans to explore Arctic drilling and the industry’s safety culture. (Photo: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  More »

Presidential commission weighs ways to improve safety

The presidential commission investigating the oil spill kicks off two days of deliberations in Washington, with plans to explore Arctic drilling and the industry’s safety culture. (Photo: AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  More »

The most popular web search of 2010? It’s the BP oil spill

It’s more popular than Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber. People were more curious about it than the iPad or American Idol. There was more worldwide interest in it than in the World Cup or the Super Bowl.  More »

Industry blasts White House retreat on offshore drilling

The Obama administration’s decision not to expand offshore drilling is angering industry leaders and their allies in Congress. (Photo: AP)  More »

Low-key witness list for next week’s spill hearings

Three days of testimony are scheduled for the next Coast Guard/BOEMRE hearing into the Deepwater Horizon accident, to be held in Houston from Dec. 7 to 9.  More »

Gulf State lawmakers push administration to speed up offshore drilling permits

The deep-water moratorium may be over, but lawmakers in a meeting with the nation’s top offshore drilling regulator on Monday insisted that it has been replaced by a de facto permit slowdown. (Photo: Smiley N. Pool / The Chronicle)  More »

BP plans propaganda film on Gulf disaster

BP wants to make a movie, and not just any movie, Loren Steffy writes. This will be a feature-length spin-doctored extravaganza about the company’s role in unleashing the worst oil spill in U.S. waters. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  More »

Feds sue Transocean claiming company’s hiding safety reports

Feds demand Transocean’s safety reports. Rig operator counters that some of the data government lawyers requested is “irrelevent” and outside the scope of the feds’ investigation. (Photo: Valerie Everett/Flickr)  More »

Spill panel’s findings: the CliffsNotes version

Does an omitted-yet-discussed slide from the presidential spill panel hearings reveal new info about the Deepwater Horizon spill? Or is it just a slow news week? (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)  More »

Gulf spill fund gets flood of last-minute claims

Kenneth Feinberg said Wednesday that most of the about 450,000 emergency claims filed this week likely will be denied because there was not enough documentation to support them. (BP Photo)  More »

Rig investigators face resistance

Federal investigators examining what caused the Deepwater Horizon disaster are running into roadblocks as crew members on the doomed drilling rig refuse to testify under oath about the incident, and key stakeholders question one investigative agency’s jurisdiction. (Photo: Robert Marinkovic/Flickr)  More »

Report: Dispersants broke up twice as much oil as original estimate

Peer reviewed report says more of the Gulf spill was scattered by chemicals than thought. That doesn’t change the unknowns about the impact of the spill on the environment.  More »

Norway investigates Statoil blowout

Statoil “got lucky” that the blowout in May on the Gullfaks C platform didn’t lead to loss of life like the Macondo well, a Norweigan regulator’s report says. (Photo:Øyvind Hagen/Statoil)  More »