Exxon Beats BP to Arctic Prize

August 31, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

It will not just be Bob Dudley from BP who will be aghast at the news that Exxon and Rosneft have signed a historical deal to develop Arctic oil reserves, but many people from Alaska too. Just months after BP failed in a bid to form a strategic alliance with Rosneft, ExxonMobil has outsmarted its … Read More

US Government “Sock-Puppet” for BP Over Dispersants

July 23, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

The dispersant row continues. If people are worried about the legacy of what BP is doing in the Gulf of Mexico, they should watch the latest Democracy Now. In it EPA scientist Hugh Kaufman accuses the Obama Administration, including his own agency, the EPA, of being “sock-puppets for BP in the cover up” over the … Read More

The end of the beginning not the end

July 16, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

Anyone listening to the news reports this morning would be forgiven for thinking that the Deepwater disaster is somehow “over” now that that the cap seems to be holding. So nearly ninety days in to this disaster we may be reaching the end of the beginning, but no more. In the short-term we do not … Read More

IEA: Up to 189 Million Gallons Leaked So Far

July 14, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

If you talk to Riki Ott, the fisherwoman and marine biologist who has written a book about the Exxon Valdez, one of the lasting unanswered questions is just how much oil was spill from the stricken tanker. The official version is 10.8 million gallons, but Ott has always maintained the real figure was considerably higher.  … Read More

BP: Ignoring the Lessons from History

June 30, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 1 Comment

When BP’s leak is finally plugged and the forensic examination begins into the disastrous events leading up to the spill, it should also examine the catastrophic events since the spill: and one of those will be the use of dispersants. The use of dispersants has been heavily criticised on this blog and well as by … Read More

IEA Says BP Spill is a “Game Changer”

June 11, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

The last 24 hours of news reporting of BP’s oil spill in the UK has shifted from the devastation being wrought on the Gulf of Mexico into one where politicians and businessmen are lambasting President Obama for his “anti-British” rhetoric. A British backlash has begun. True this morning the BBC leads with the news that … Read More

The Gulf of Oil

May 6, 2010By Mark FloegelBlog Post 7 Comments

Venice, LA – I’m down at the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico or what for now is the Gulf of Mexico.  Rick Steiner, a marine conservationist and oil spill expert flew over the gulf Wednesday morning and said, “It’s not the Gulf of Mexico any more. It’s the gulf of oil.” Rick’s been … Read More