Monday, August 23, 2010

Oil Drilling News


BP Begins to Remove Drilling Pipe

Well's blowout preventer to be replaced before 'bottom kill'

'Why' still eludes oil spill panel

Relief-Well Rigs Concerned U.S.

"Government tests uncovered serious problems with the blowout preventers aboard two deepwater rigs that were drilling relief wells to shut down BP PLC's broken well, regulatory documents show. 

The problems are likely to spark new questions about whether the devices, touted by the industry as a fail-safe, are reliable."

Raising bar for deepwater drilling

Enforcement, monitoring are critical to accident prevention in oil drilling offshore

U.S. Saw Drill Ban Killing Many Jobs

"Senior Obama administration officials concluded the federal moratorium on deepwater oil drilling would cost roughly 23,000 jobs, but went ahead with the ban because they didn't trust the industry's safety equipment and the government's own inspection process, according to previously undisclosed documents."

NOAA Claims Scientists Reviewed Controversial Report; The Scientists Say Otherwise

" the report's unveiling on August 4, Lubchenco spoke of a "peer review of the calculations that went into this by both other federal and non-federal scientists." On Thursday afternoon, she told reporters on a conference call: "The report and the calculations that went into it were reviewed by independent scientists." The scientists, she said, were listed at the end of the report. 

But all the scientists on that list contacted by the Huffington Post for comment this week said the exact same thing: That although they provided some input to NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), they in no way reviewed the report, and could not vouch for it."

URI grad, Cranston native publishes study on Gulf oil spill

Surfrider "Wake Up" PSA