Category: Gulf oil spill

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 »

Transocean in talks with Shell, Anadarko to avoid ‘acts of God’

The Deepwater Horizon rig owner is in talks with the companies to avoid force majeure lease cancellations amid government delays for drilling permits after the Gulf oil spill.  More »

Gulf spill leads U.S. to drop offshore drilling expansion

The move rescinds President Obama’s high-profile March 31 announcement that he would consider allowing drilling 125 miles off the Florida Gulf Coast and would launch studies that could pave the way for exploration off the middle and southern U.S. Atlantic coast. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  More »

Spill panel considers safety institute for offshore drilling

After the partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979, a presidential commission urged the creation of a self-policing institute. Now, the presidential panel investigating the oil spill wants to do the same thing for offshore drilling. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Petr Adamek)  More »

Spill panel considers safety institute for offshore drilling

After the partial meltdown of the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant in 1979, a presidential commission urged the creation of a self-policing institute. Now, the presidential panel investigating the oil spill wants to do the same thing for offshore drilling. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Petr Adamek)  More »

Ensco seeks to revive claim over federal drilling ban

The drilling firm asked that its challenge to the Obama administration’s deep-water ban be reinstated, claiming regulators are preventing rigs from returning to work even after the moratorium was lifted in October.  More »

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 »