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- BP’s AGM tomorrow is set to be a tumultuous affair with the oil giant having to absorb criticism over the legacy of the it’s catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, its investment in the dirty Canadian tar sands and its dodgy deal with the Russian Rosneft to drill in the Arctic. Throw in...
Continue reading 'One Year Later: BP’s Contamination Continues'.
- Yesterday the US Interior Department approved the first new deepwater drilling permit since BP’s Deepwater disaster last April. The permit for Noble Energy to drill about 70 miles southeast of Venice, Florida, comes more than four months after the Interior Department lifted its deep-water drilling moratorium, and nearly a year after the disaster. “This permit...
Continue reading 'Drilling Resumes, but Doubts Remain'.
- Do you remember when last August that the US government announced that seventy-five per cent of the oil from BP’s Deepwater disaster had miraculously “disappeared”? This led to a plethora of press reports and blog posts that the ecological effects of the disaster had been over-exaggerated. At the time Samantha Joye, a marine scientist at...
Continue reading 'Welcome to the “Invertebrate Graveyard”'.
- Following on from an earlier blog this week, we know now from Tony Hayward that BP was woefully unprepared for the Deepwater oil spill. So if BP was not prepared in the warm accessable waters of the Gulf of Mexico, what about the cold remote and inhosbitable waters of the Arctic where oil could take...
Continue reading '“Unacceptable Consequences” of Arctic Oil Drilling'.
- So finally the well is dead. After 153 days, 5 million barrels spilt and a $10 billion bill so far, BP’s well is officially sealed. Although no crude has leaked from the well since BP capped it on July 15, the only way to permanently seal it was a bottom kill from the relief well....
Continue reading '“Dead Well” is a Just a Bump in the Road'.
- So there is good news and bad from the latest science from the spill. Last week the US government agencies, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Science and Technology Policy, released a report on dissolved oxygen levels in the Gulf Ocean. Oxygen levels are important – once...
Continue reading 'No Dead Zones, Just a Dead Bottom'.
- So there were no surprises last week when BP published its whitewash into the Deepwater Horizon disaster. “BP report clears BP of blame in BP disaster” was how American comedians saw it. The fallout from the report, that concluded that “No single factor caused the Macondo well tragedy,” will continue though. The scientific fall out...
Continue reading 'Spill Scientists Face Funding Crisis'.
- When the Deepwater disaster occurred in the Gulf of Mexico four months ago, many commentators argued that this was a “game changer” that would change the energy debate forever. Politicians and the public would realise that the ecological and social cost of offshore drilling was becoming unacceptable, the thinking went. If you morph the lessons...
Continue reading 'It’s as if Deepwater Never Happened..'.
- Yesterday the environmental campaign group Greenpeace announced it was launching a three-month expedition to analyse the impact of BP’s oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico. The Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise will “host independent scientists who will be researching the impacts of oil and chemical dispersants on Gulf ecosystems and marine life,” said John...
Continue reading 'Scientists told to “Shut Up” Over Spill'.
- Yesterday the reporting on this issue went like this: BP has successfully plugged the well, and the US government said that 75 per cent of the oil had been cleaned up. This means the Gulf disaster was exaggerated, Tony Hayward was right after all about a small drop in a large ocean and, hey presto...
Continue reading '“Its too early to make any conclusions about the true scale of the damage.”'.
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