For this, we are risking our coasts

May 2, 2010By Steve KretzmannBlog Post
Graphic showing offshore drilling vs. total US consumption This graph, produced by Architecture 2030, is for the new oil offshore - it doesn't break out the existing production offshore in the central and western gulf, which is where the Deepwater Disaster is. Those wells, mostly close to shore, account for about 28% of current domestic [...]

BP’s “Silent Running” Slips Up Over Slick

April 28, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post 2 Comments

In BP’s magazine last year a senior company executive bragged that the company was focussed on “operational excellence” and “silent running”. “Silent Running” was a new concept within the global oil giant.  The final years of Lord Browne’s reign were plagued by the Texas fire in 2005 when 15 people died and by a notorious … Read More

Mexico Rig Accident Kills 18

October 25, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

At least 18 Mexican oil workers have been killed after a drilling rig hit an oil platform in stormy weather, spilling gas and oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Seven workers are still missing. Rescuers have pulled 61 oil workers to safety from storm-tossed waters but have yet to control the oil leak, according to … Read More

Climate Change Will Disrupt US Oil Production

October 19, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

A new US government report has concluded that climate change may produce stronger hurricanes that could disrupt U.S. oil production in the Gulf of Mexico and damage ports and pipelines along the coast that move fuel supplies. The report from a team of climate change experts and scientists at seven Energy Department laboratories is the … Read More

Dean Batters Mexican Oil Industry

August 22, 2007By Andy RowellBlog Post

Although Hurricane Dean may be weakened, it is still battering evacuated oil rigs in the Bay of Campeche in the heart of Mexico’s energy industry. Although weakened from its overland journey, Dean has moved over the Bay of Campeche, home to more than 100 oil platforms, three major oil exporting ports and the Cantarell oil … Read More

Interior Dept. Cover-Up of lease scandal

January 15, 2007By Steve KretzmannBlog Post

Apparently there are no lengths to which Bush Administration officials will not go in defense of Big Oil. According to Congressional Quarterly, the Interior Department’s Inspector General will shortly issue a report revealing that Department officials, after learning in 2000 of mistakes in leases that could cost the American people $10 billion, proceeded to cover … Read More

Republicans Open Up Gulf of Mexico

December 11, 2006By Andy RowellBlog Post

The Republican Congress may be on its last legs but it is still kicking. A plan to open more than 8 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico to oil and gas drilling was included in a tax package that the House approved late last week. It means Big Oil’s proponents are one step away … Read More