Sick Fish, Eyeless Shrimps and Dead Dolphins

April 23, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

As the second Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill was marked across the Gulf region at the end of last week, we know that we are still a long way from knowing the full impact of the spill on the marine ecosystem. One thing is for sure though. The right-wing commentators who crowed that the … Read More

Tar Sands Monitoring is “To Boost Reputation”

February 7, 2012By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

Late last week the Albertan and Canadian federal governments announced a new monitoring programme for the controversial tar sands. The Canadian press are reporting this as the two governments listening to their critics and restoring badly needed credibility. The Ottawa Citizen reports this morning that it “is a positive step toward restoring Canadian credibility on … Read More

New Zealand’s “Worst Maritime Disaster”

October 11, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

First things first – this is no Deepwater Horizon. But it is still being called a disaster and it looks like its going to get worse. The  47,000 tonne container ship Rena is currently grounded on a reef in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty and it is leaking heavy fuel oil after running aground last … Read More

BP “wanted control of the science”

April 18, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

This Wednesday is going to be a painful day for many. The first Anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon will be a deeply painful day for many of the workers who were on the fateful rig, and the families of the deceased. We must remember that eleven people died that day. At least 40 workers were … Read More

Drilling Resumes, but Doubts Remain

March 1, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured 1 Comment

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 … Read More

Welcome to the “Invertebrate Graveyard”

February 21, 2011By Andy RowellBlog Post, Featured

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 … Read More

“Dead Well” is a Just a Bump in the Road

September 20, 2010By Andy RowellBlog Post

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. … Read More