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Deep Sea Drilling Rules and the Transition from Fossil Fuels

April 15, 2015 by Steven Cohen

The Department of the Interior will soon issue rules for new (not existing) oil drilling operations set to be released on the 5th anniversary of the deadly explosion of a BP oil drilling operation in the Gulf of Mexico. According to the New York Times, the rule is expected to tighten safety requirements.[read more]

BP Oil Spill Penalty Could Reach 15% of Company's Market Cap

September 8, 2014 by Jared Anderson

BP Spill Penalty

The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana found BP was grossly negligent with regard to the accident and its activities in conjunction with the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. BP said it “strongly disagrees” with the finding and will immediately appeal.[read more]

Four Years After BP Oil Disaster Many Lessons Remain Unlearned

April 20, 2014 by Frances Beinecke

BP Oil Disaster and Lessons Unlearned

Four years ago this weekend, the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded, killing 11 men and sending 170 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. I flew over the site after the blowout and was stunned by the vast reach of the oil and the enormous scale of the response effort.[read more]

The 2013 Energy Trust Barometer: Mixed Readings

May 17, 2013 by Geoffrey Styles

It surely complicates the challenging tasks we face, with regard to resource management and environmental stewardship, that much of the public doesn't trust government or energy to solve our important problems.[read more]

3 Years Later: Act on the Lessons of BP Gulf Oil Spill

April 18, 2013 by Frances Beinecke

Deepwater Horizon

We've issued report card on the progress made and the considerable work yet to be done since the BP spill, assigning grades to the three key actors: the administration (B), the offshore drilling industry (B-); and the U.S. Congress (D+).[read more]

Oil Rig Rorschach Test

September 3, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

Yesterday's fire on Mariner Energy's Vermilion 380 production platform in the Gulf of Mexico thankfully resulted in neither loss of life nor another big oil spill. However, the timing of this event seems likely to complicate the debate over the drilling moratorium that has been in place since the Deepwater Horizon accident, and that the...[read more]

Moratorium Follies

July 16, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

This week Secretary of Interior Salazar reissued the administration's deepwater drilling moratorium, with a few new twists and a notional six month limit. This happened in spite of loud protests from the states most affected by the spill, some of their representatives in Washington, and even some skepticism from the heads of the...[read more]

Nuclear Energy Safety Is Different From the Deepwater Horizon Oil Drilling Safety

June 27, 2010 by Rod Adams

There is a depressing meme circulating around the Internet and in the commercial media that attempts to use BP's incredibly costly accident on the Deepwater Horizon as a reason why we should avoid using nuclear energy. (See, for example, BP spill an argument against nuclear power.) The very idea of trying to use what is happening in the...[read more]

Salazar: Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Is the Right Decision

June 23, 2010 by Osha Davidson
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this afternoon announced the administration’s intention to fight to keep a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in place, despite a federal judge’s ruling today that placed an injunction on the measure. In a statement released today, Salazar defended the...[read more]

Energy Independence Is America's Most Elusive Technological Goal

June 18, 2010 by Keith Schneider

In calling for a new "national mission" to achieve energy independence during his Oval Office address earlier this week, President Obama was clearly seeking inspiration from his predecessors, a number of whom actually achieved the big technological goals they'd pursued. At various inflection points in the nation's history, presidents...[read more]

What Obama Did Not Say: BP Gulf Disaster Is Biggest Cut In A Bleeding Earth

June 16, 2010 by Keith Schneider

Day 59. The morning after President Barack Obama called for a "national mission" in pursuit of a clean energy economy the BP blowout gushes oil into the Gulf at the new estimated rate of 60,000 barrels a day. And though the president said "we can't afford not to change how we produce and use energy -– because the long-term costs to our...[read more]

Researchers Tracking Oil Warn of Increased Risks to Distant Shores

June 12, 2010 by Osha Davidson

Oil flowing by Cape Code this summer from the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster could be a barely perceptible thin and intermittent film — or a toxic mass capable of killing wildlife in and out of the water. The concentration of oil along the eastern seaboard depends on how much oil is actually coming from the well in the first place...[read more]