Category: Gulf oil spill

Spill hearings: Second witness in the hot seat

John Gisclair is considered the authority on data that was recorded from the doomed Macondo well and transmitted for storage onshore. (Photo: Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)  More »

Spill hearings: Lunch break, first witness is through

A Sperry Sun employee and a Transocean drilling officer are expected to testify this afternoon. (Photo: Nick de la Torre/Houston Chronicle)  More »

Darkness on the edge of the Gulf

Companies aren’t willing to pay to keep rigs idled indefinitely as they await permits, Loren Steffy writes: “The administration has managed to take a difficult situation and make it untenable.” (Photo: Melissa Phillip/Houston Chronicle)  More »

Spill panel returns, will there be fireworks?

As joint investigation kicks off in Houston this morning, some observers expect verbal sparring between the panel co-chair and witnesses’ lawyers. (Photo: Pixel Addict/Flickr)  More »

BP weighs North Sea asset sales to fund Gulf spill cleanup

The oil giant may sell some fields and infrastructure in the region where it has operated for more than 40 years to raise capital after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. (Photo: Sullom Voe Terminal via Bloomberg)  More »

Coast Guard spill hearings resume today in Houston

The joint investigation into the Deepwater Horizon disaster resumes in Houston today with testimony on data from the well’s final minutes and a possible defense to claims that one of the panel’s co-chairs is biased. (AP Photo)  More »

President’s spill commission complains National Oilwell Varco won’t cooperate

The panel investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster says the probe has run into “a roadblock:” Houston-based National Oilwell Varco. (Photo: Brian Forbes/Flickr)  More »

Lawyer calls spill hearing co-chair biased, asks that he step down

Curt Kuchta, right, master of the Deepwater Horizon rig, testifies at a May 27, 2010 joint Coast Guard/BOEMRE hearing. His attorneys are asking that the co-head of the investigation, Capt. Hung Nguyen, be removed from the panel. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)  More »

What went wrong on Macondo? Another theory

A well-completions expert believes a failed casing shoe and clogged kill line set the stage for missed readings on the Deepwater Horizon. (AP File Photo/Gerald Herbert)  More »

Yes, oodles of wells drilled, but still it’s no time for complacency

Just because 50,000 wells have been drilled right doesn’t mean that the next one won’t be drilled wrong, Loren Steffy writes, nor does it mean another 50,000 will be drilled before there’s another disaster like the Macondo well blowout. (Photo: Heather Vescent/Flickr)  More »

Transocean worker won’t show for CSB interview

Transocean senior toolpusher Randy Ezell won’t be talking to the Chemical Safety Board anytime soon. He did testify before a joint Coast Guard/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management hearing earlier this year, however. (Photo: U.S. Coast Guard)  More »

BP poised to challenge gov’t oil spill estimates, hopes to save up to $10.5B

The oil giant will argue that as little as half the estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil leaked from the Macondo well. Lower estimates could slash the fines BP can be forced to pay under federal law. (AP Photo)  More »

Marathon may wriggle out of Noble rig lease amid deep-water delays

Marathon is the latest oil major to spike an agreement amid continuing fears that it could be months before the government green-lights new deep-water wells in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: AP)  More »

Marathon wriggles out of Noble rig lease amid deep-water delays

Marathon is the latest oil major to spike an agreement amid continuing fears that it could be months before the government green-lights new deep-water wells in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo: AP)  More »

Spill panel leader says oil industry was complacent

The oil industry and the federal government need to make major changes to boost the safety of offshore drilling, the presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster recommended Thursday. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)  More »