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Chron Energy Newslinks | 07.21.10 | Sealed but not measured. Texas fracks just fine, says Perry.

• Well seal success could mean no accurate flow measurement. • BP’s troubles make Apache’s gain in $7 billion deal. • Halliburton warned BP of well issues two days before blast. • Oil skips most Florida beaches, but so do many tourists. • White House grip over spill details tightens. • The A Whale that […]  More »

The case for cool roofs

Cool roofs and cool pavements can help cities stay cooler and potentially offset the heating of up to two years of global carbon dioxide emissions, a new study from researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California found. Roofs and pavement cover 50 to 65 percent of urban areas, ScienceDaily said. The dark-colored roofs and […]  More »

Map of spill, July 21

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Transocean witnesses drop out of investigative hearings

Chronicle energy reporter Brett Clanton is sitting in on hearings outside New Orleans this week to investigate the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He’ll send brief dispatches throughout the proceedings, held before a joint panel of Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Management, Regulation and Enforcement officials. ++++++++++ Late Tuesday, four Transocean witnesses abruptly notified a joint […]  More »

Coast Guard lists 20 anomalies at well before explosion

The Coast Guard has released a list of 20 well anomalies of investigative interest in the hours leading up to the Deepwater Horizon explosion on the night of April 20.  More »

BP to sell Texas, Canadian, Egyptian assets for $7 billion

BP will sell exploration and production assets in Texas, New Mexico, Canada and Egypt to Apache Corp. for $7 billion, the companies said this afternoon. The deal followed BP’s announcement last month to sell up to $10 billion in assets to make more cash available for the oil giant as it faces a staggering price […]  More »

Allen: Well will continue to be sealed for another day

Admiral Thad Allen, head of the federal spill response, said he just authorized another 24 hour period for the well tests to continue. “We continue to be pleased with the progress with regard to anomalies out there,” Allen said in a call with reporters. The well pressure reached 6,834 pounds per square inch said BP […]  More »

*Update* Coast Guard investigation: Deepwater Horizon should have stopped operations weeks before blast

Chronicle energy reporter Brett Clanton is sitting in on hearings outside New Orleans this week to investigate the Deepwater Horizon disaster. He’ll send brief dispatches throughout the proceedings, held before a joint panel of Coast Guard and Bureau of Ocean Management, Regulation and Enforcement officials. ++++++++++ A Halliburton official on board the Deepwater Horizon rig […]  More »

BP selling assets in Pakistan and Vietnam to pay for spill

BP plans to sell its oil and gas production assets and exploration licenses in Pakistan and gas fields and gas pipeline in Vietnam to help pay for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Spokesman David Nicholas told the AP that it notified the Vietnamese and Pakistani governments about its plans. He said BP […]  More »

Moody’s: Gulf spill could cost 17,000 jobs

The oil spill could cost the Gulf Coast region 17,000 jobs and about $1.2 billion in lost economic growth by the end of this year, Bloomberg reported yesterday. A Moody’s Analytics report said the coast could take the hit even if the flow is stopped permanently next month.  More »

BP alters photos for web site

A sharp-eyed blogger noticed that a photo on BP’s spill response web site had been doctored to make a control room scene appear busier. AmericaBlog details the lousy photoshop job a BP-hired photographer did to make “The Hive,” where BP engineers monitor cameras on the 15 remote controlled submarines that have been used to monitor […]  More »

Feds issue first new drilling permit since blast

The first new offshore oil and gas drilling permit since a drilling ban was put in place was issued by federal officials to Apache Corp., the AP said: Apache spokesman Bill Mintz said company officials complied with all the new requirements and the permit was granted Friday. Work already has begun on the natural gas […]  More »