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New study shows offshore workers span US

The ban on deep-water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico is threatening jobs of offshore rig workers not just on the Gulf Coast but also across the country, according to a study released Monday by the International Association of Drilling Contractors. The IADC reported that 68 percent of congressional districts in the U.S. &#151 296 […]  More »

TMZ slams Hayward for watching World Cup at bar

Tony, Tony, Tony! As if the yachting and the globe-trotting weren’t enough, now TMZ has additional ammo with which to bash the BP CEO. AP Photo/Pat Sullivan BP CEO Tony Hayward in the BP command center in Houston on June 3, 2010. The celeb-sighting site posted pics this weekend that appear to show Hayward watching […]  More »

National spill commission seeks input from Gulf residents

The National Commission on the BP Oil Spill wants to hear from residents of the Gulf Coast. The commission today launched a feature on its website that allows people to make comments about how they have been affected by the spill and to offer suggestions about prevention and response. At its first public meeting in […]  More »

Interior to hold onshore Alaska lease sale

The Interior Department will hold a lease sale in August for oil and gas development onshore Alaska. The lease sale will be for about 1.8 million acres in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve area on the North Slope, Dow Jones Newswires said. The agency’s Bureau of Land Management will open sealed bids for the lease sale […]  More »

Guest post: Dan Pickering on relief wells, world cup and shale gas

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BP: New containment cap will be on later today

BP expects to install the new containment device that could allow ships to collect all or most of the oil leaking from the damaged Macondo well later this morning. The transition spool, which will house the new cap, has been placed on the wellhead and the new cap is about 300 feet away from the […]  More »

BP in talks with Apache for asset sale

BP is in talks to sell some of its assets to Apache Corp, Bloomberg is reporting today. Citing two people familiar with the discussions, Bloomberg said Apache is negotiating for assets that include a share in BP’s Alaska operations. Apache is offering less than $12 billion. “Apache is a very smart acquirer and that’s been […]  More »

Chron Energy Newslinks | 7.12.10 | High stakes for BP; moment of truth for energy bill.

• BP happy with new oil-leak effort, but no promises. • As BP gets closer to sealing leaking well, the stakes get higher. • Master driller aims to bring relief to oil spill. • White House confident latest BP effort will work. • Results of spill tests delayed after tar-ball confusion. • Teams resume burning […]  More »

This week’s energy industry events

Tuesday, July 13 Tuesday Exchange Houston Networking Event: 5-9 p.m., The Grove Restaurant, 1611 Lamar. Sapient Global Markets continues its Tuesday Exchange networking series with an event in downtown Houston. Professionals in financial services and commodities trading are invited to attend, network and share ideas around the latest technology and trading operations trends shaping the […]  More »

Map of Spill, July 12

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Map of Spill, July 10

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More oil discovered on beaches near Bolivar Peninsula

The Coast Guard confirmed today that oil has arrived on a 10-mile stretch of beach in High Island, Texas. The area has similar amounts of oil as the Bolivar Peninsula’s Crystal Beach did over the weekend, the Beaumont Enterprise reported. Guiseppe Barranco/The Beaumont Enterprise Oil-coated seaweed lies on McFaddin Beach on Tuesday, July 6, 2010. […]  More »

Video: Send in the Navy! (Blimp, that is.)

A U.S. Navy blimp that will be used to observe oil slicks and injured wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico arrived at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans on Thursday, where a Reuters videographer caught it on film. Officials with the National incident Command say the blimp will improve their ability to track and respond to […]  More »

Not everyone thinks the leak's end is near

It looks like Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass., isn’t the only one skeptical that BP will be able to plug its runaway well by the end of the month. Today, commuters in Washington, D.C., picking up the free Express newspaper were greeted to a full-page photo of oil and skimmers floating in the Gulf, along with […]  More »

Turtle eggs moved to Florida's east coast to avoid spill

Biologists in Florida today embarked on a gamble to save thousands of sea turtle hatchlings from the effects of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. AP Photo/Dave Martin John Oliver, of Port St. Joe, Fla., gently lifts a sea turtle egg from its nest and places it in a cooler after harvesting them from the sand on […]  More »