Thursday, June 24, 2010

Oil Drilling News



BP Reinstalls Cap on Gulf Oil Leak, Intercept Well on Track


BP Relied on Faulty U.S. Data

(Article contains a graphic of the oil plume area and affected shorelines)


Deepwater Horizon: the best-case and most-likely scenarios

(includes cartoon and Daily Show film clip)

“…the most-likely scenario is very, very bad for wildlife, BP, Britain, Obama, the economy of the southeastern states, indeed for the overall U.S. economy. A year from now, we will be further down the road Jeffrey Brown has mapped for us, with China and the U.S. competing a little more openly for access to oil and other resources. The most-likely scenario certainly includes lots of political dithering, grandstanding, and scapegoating over the next many weeks—all to vanishingly little practical effect. In a year’s time, nearly everyone will be convinced that U.S. energy policy is in even worse shape than they believe it to be today. And in twelve months very little will have changed in terms of national energy strategies or priorities. Which is why individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities need to be thinking about how they’re going to formulate their own energy and economic plans, starting now.”


Some thoughts and pictures from the Gulf Disaster (David Helvarg)


Berm Construction Halted By Feds (Video report)




Oil Drillers Won't Rush to Deep Water After Ruling


U.S. Appeals Order Lifting Deepwater Drilling Ban


US to issue order for new Gulf oil drilling ban


Deep-water drilling ban to be revised
One with a narrower focus may be put in place instead

“The Obama administration is revising its blanket moratorium on deep-water drilling and could replace it with a more targeted ban that lets some projects go forward, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told Congress on Wednesday.”

Also see: Drilling moratorium could be refined




Dolphin washes ashore, dies in rescue


BP Is Burning Sea Turtles Alive, Gulf Captain Says


Daily Dead Wildlife Tally


Doctors call for help protecting Gulf oil spill workers


Oil blackens Pensacola beach

Also see: Oil spill coats Florida Panhandle beaches with miles of sticky goo


BP spill should help make the case for bringing ecosystem services into the economy




Below are just a few of the MANY articles on this event.  Find a location near you at


700 "Hands Across the Sand" Events


Gut Check: Will BP spill help diminish our reliance on oil?


People worldwide to join Florida activists' cause in Saturday's 'Hands Across the Sand' protest against offshore drilling


Group to join hands against offshore drilling


Oil-drilling protest planned at local beaches


Activists Organize Peaceful Gatherings to Oppose Offshore Drilling




BP Is Pursuing Alaska Drilling Some Call Risky

“BP’s project, called Liberty, has been exempted as regulators have granted it status as an “onshore” project even though it is about three miles off the coast in the Beaufort Sea. The reason: it sits on an artificial island — a 31-acre pile of gravel in about 22 feet of water — built by BP.”