Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Oil Drilling News


E-mails show struggle to guess size of Gulf spill

Professor believes most spilled oil settled on ocean floor

"The oil is still there, sitting at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico and causing damage to the environment, a Florida State University professor who studies greenhouse gases, oceans and energy said Tuesday."

Scientists, drilling experts say BP valued speed over safety in oil rig disaster

Gulf-spill lessons

"One of the reports notes that oil companies spend almost no money on researching and developing new ways to scour the ocean after a spill, despite earning billions in profits each year."

Burning oil and breaking wind

"Conventional wisdom here in oil country would have us believe that the Obama administration's six-month deepwater-drilling ban was enough to topple the local economy. Since the ban was lifted last month, oil-industry officials have complained that slowness in issuing new federal drilling permits amounts to "de facto" moratorium. [...] 

But the gloom-and-doom stories many have recited for months are starting to ring hollow, especially since the employment numbers fail to bear them out."

NOAA Closes 4,200 Square Miles of Gulf Waters to Royal Red Shrimping

"The precautionary measure was taken after a commercial shrimper, having hauled in his catch of the deep water shrimp, discovered tar balls in his net." 


Polar bears get 'critical habitat' off Alaska

"The Obama administration is setting aside 187,000 square miles off Alaska as a "critical habitat" for polar bears, which could add restrictions to future offshore drilling for oil and gas. 

The total, which includes areas of sea ice off the Alaska coast, is about 13,000 square miles  less than was included in a preliminary plan released last year."

Obama asked to make ANWR a national monument

"ANWR's coastal plain also is where a substantial amount of oil and gas is waiting to be produced. If Obama chose to exercise his authority and designate ANWR a national monument, the action effectively would put those resources off-limits."

Reforms needed before we drill in the Arctic

"For the safety of rig workers who will be working out near the frigid waters, the culture of Alaska natives in the area and the near-pristine environment, the Obama administration and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) should not allow Arctic Ocean drilling without much more review."


Salazar vows to speed offshore wind energy

Think Begins Electric Car Production in North America

Japanese Scientists to Solve World's Energy Crisis, With Sand

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Oil Drilling News


Federal Interagency Group Issues Peer-Reviewed "Oil Budget" Technical Documentation

"This report, following additional assessment and peer-review, is largely consistent with early results released by the federal government. The most significant change is a doubling of the expected amount of oil classified as "chemically dispersed" — revised from 8% to an estimated 16% with a possible range of between 10% and 29%. Additional data and studies have over the course of the past few months led the oil budget team to relax certain initial conservative assumptions with regard to the effectiveness of dispersant operations. The early estimate of the percentage of "other" (or, "residual") oil was 26%; the current version of the Calculator estimates it as 23%, and qualifies this estimate with the belief that, with high confidence, the true percentage should be between 11% and 30%."

Salazar's La. visit doesn't satisfy drillers, pols

U.S. Senate needs to pass drilling reform legislation now

"Eighty-four bills have been introduced in Congress since the Deepwater Horizon blowout proposing to reform offshore drilling or improve spill response. Two of those bills have passed the House, and none have passed the Senate. Without Senate action soon, offshore drilling reform will go nowhere, but the threat to our environment will continue."

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Litigation Database (Environmental Law Institute)
19 articles related to the oil well blowout and its aftermath.

Monday, November 22, 2010

OIl Drilling News


Interior secretary to outline Gulf of Mexico drilling policies in Louisiana on Monday

Offshore drilling standards awaited

Professor who downplayed oil spill has federal government contracts

BP Oil Disaster Victims Vow Never Forget (NRDC)

After BP, a Fight to Explain That Oysters Are Safe to Eat

Let Them Eat Oil

The Bi-Partisan Path to the Gulf Catastrophe


A great future is in store for us when we take the power

There Will Be Fuel? An Open Letter to the New York Times

Houston Will Get Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

"Electricity producer NRG Energy Inc. said it will get into the car-charging business, creating a network of public charging stations in Houston that it hopes to expand to New York and other major cities."

Salazar, Bromwich to Announce Major Offshore Wind Initiative for Atlantic

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Oil Drilling News


NRDC Video and Action Alert
"Urge your senators to pass much-needed legislation to reform offshore oil and gas drilling, and to protect and restore our nation's oceans."


Venoco drops Ellwood drilling plans
"Venoco has dropped its plans to expand oil drilling from its Platform Holly off the coast of Santa Barbara County. [...] Until its recent withdrawal, it was looking to drill as many as 40 new wells in the Ellwood field, which is a few miles offshore of the UC Santa Barbara campus and the Goleta area known as Ellwood."


Local officials push for offshore drilling reform...

"Introduced in July by Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, the Clean Energy Jobs and Oil Company Accountability Act of 2010 would, among other things, eliminate a $75 million liability cap that energy companies face if they cause extensive damage to coastal areas. 

Energy companies — such as BP, which has committed $20 billion in reparations for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill — would be required to make communities whole for damage they cause. 

The act would give more oversight to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which traditionally plays second or third fiddle to the Department of the Interior and other federal agencies when it comes to offshore drilling. 

It also includes programs that would promote energy efficiency and alternative energy vehicles."


Bill to Convert Trucks to Use Natural Gas May Pass This Year, Pickens Says


Pickens wants buses and trucks that run on natural gas to replace the diesel and gasoline engines that contribute to global warming and increase U.S. oil imports that cost the country as much as $1 billion a day. 

The measure, which Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

 introduced in September, has support from Republicans and Democrats and may be the first major legislation during the Obama administration to win support from both parties, Pickens said." 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Oil Drilling News


Analysis of the Causes of the Deepwater Disaster: Interim Report

"1. The incident at the Macondo well and Deepwater Horizon MODU was precipitated 
by the decision to proceed to temporary abandonment of the exploratory well despite 
indications from several repeated tests of well integrity [the test type known as a 
negative (pressure) test] that the cementing processes following the installation of a 
long-string production casing failed to provide an effective barrier to hydrocarbon 
2. The impact of the decision to proceed to temporary abandonment was compounded 
by delays in recognizing that hydrocarbons were flowing into the well and riser and 
by a failure to take timely and aggressive well-control actions. Furthermore, failures 
and/or limitations of the BOP, when it was actuated, inhibited its effectiveness in 
controlling the well."

BP Lacked 'Discipline' Before Rig Blast, Panel Says

Too Much At Stake: Don't Gamble With Our Coasts
(Report from Sierra Club and Environment America)

"This report makes it clear in dollars and cents that our clean beaches, coasts and oceans are worth too much to risk another drilling disaster like BP's oil spill in the Gulf.  In fact, the annual value of tourism and fishing in most coastal regions is many times higher than the annual value of any oil or gas that might be found there.  Offshore drilling is incompatible with more sustainable activities like tourism and fishing because drilling inevitably results in large oil spills, chronic pollution, and industrializing the coast for oil facilities. We only have to look at the immense damage that the BP Deepwater Horizon spill did to the Gulf of Mexico's fishing, tourism and wildlife to recognize what impact drilling would have on other coasts. In addition to the large economic benefits that flow from use and enjoyment of the ocean, the report highlights the special marine ecosystems, treasured beaches, and extraordinary marine life in our waters.  Our coasts are lined with beaches visited by tens of millions annually, national wildlife refuges, parks, and sensitive marshes and bays.  Offshore in the ocean, some underwater environments rival rain forests in biological diversity and exceed the productivity of grasslands. Our coastal oceans have sea grass beds, kelp forests, submarine canyons, rich fishing grounds, shallow corals, and deepwater corals, all of which can be damaged by oil spills. " 

Gulf Tides 8: Long Road to Recovery - BP Drilling Disaster - (Video from Gulf Restoration Network)

BP deep-cleaning Gulf coast beaches amid new worries

"The work is getting mixed reviews. Many are anxious to see the beaches cleaned as quickly as possible by whatever means are available. Others say BP may be making matters worse by bringing heavy equipment onto beaches and spreading the petroleum stain."

Oil harder to find in Alabama and Mississippi waters

Miss. DEQ seeks help in assessing oil spill damage


Electric car charging station unveiled in DC

"The station is the result of a $15 million Department of Energy grant which in the next year will provide 4,600 charging stations in Austin, southern Michigan, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Sacramento, the Bay Area, Washington state and the District."   

World Energy Outlook 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Oil Drilling News


US offshore oil leasing could be delayed

US Government Could Cancel Gulf Of Mexico Lease Sale, Oil Groups Say

NOAA Reopens More Than 8,000 Square Miles in the Gulf of Mexico to Fishing

Here's the latest map showing the opened area and the remaining closed area.


Oil Spill Prevention and Response in the U.S. Arctic Ocean - Unexamined Risks, Unacceptable Consequences


Oil will run out 100 years before new fuels developed: study

"But all is not doom and gloom, says the study. 

On the oil supply side, consumption could well decrease in future as more energy-saving measures are introduced and used by consumers, and new oil reserves could become available as extraction techniques improve. 

On the alternative fuel side of the equation, the study did not look at nonprofits, government agencies and universities which are developing new fuels, because they are not quoted on the stock market. 

And if governments announced new policy initiatives to promote alternative fuel development, share prices of alternative energy companies would rise, and the gap between the end of oil and the kick-in of alternative fuels would shrink."

Oil demand to decline in the west, according to International Energy Agency
"If governments put in place the energy and climate policies to which they have committed themselves, then our analysis suggests that crude oil production has probably already peaked. [...] Living with less oil tomorrow is no longer an idea of those on the fringe - the International Energy Agency now says that is the reality for most of the developed world."

Monday, November 15, 2010

Oil Drilling News


Analysis may delay Gulf oil lease sale

International Offshore Oil & Gas Law Conference
On December 8-9, 2010, the Center for American and International Law's Institute for Energy Law will host the 1st International Offshore Oil & Gas Law Conference: The Future of Offshore Exploration and Development After Macondo at the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans, LA.  The conference program and information about how to register is available online at: http://www.cailaw.org/Brochures_2010/ielintloffB.pdf.

Dispersants' Toxic Legacy (Mother Jones)

More Info (Nature)

In Deep Water (book)
"Isolated by a virtually self-regulated industry enabled by federal policy and a petroleum-hungry populace, Freudenburg and Gramling argue, the decision-makers at BP failed to make an honest assessment of the risks involved with drilling six miles below the earth's surface. They continually cut corners to save time and money, pleasing shareholders but putting an entire ecosystem at risk, not to mention an economy dependent on that ecosystem and the lives of the eleven workers who died in the explosion."

BP Oil Disaster Victims Vow Never Forget

Friday, November 12, 2010

Oil Drilling News


Scientists wary of BP oil spill's long-term effects on species

Multiple independent lab tests confirm oil in Gulf shrimp

Sea life shows no effect from oil spill or cleanup (Florida)

Influential U.S. Lawmaker Wants Oil Firms To Set Drilling Standards

Can self-policing work? 

Offshore drilling reforms need cash

"Tourism and fishing deliver $204 billion annually to coastal economies along the Pacific, Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico shores in Florida, about four times the value of the estimated oil and gas that could be recovered every year from proposed offshore drilling nearby, an environmental group said Thursday."


An Arctic oil spill could linger for years

Arctic oil spill clean-up plans are 'thoroughly inadequate', industry warned

Report challenges offshore drilling plans in Arctic

Greenland wants $2bn bond from oil firms keen to drill in its Arctic waters


Oil Disaster Forum: What Do the Scientists Know? (Sierra Club Florida)

Public Forum on the Gulf Oil Disaster. 
Tuesday, November 16th, 6:00-8:30pm. 
Karen A. Steidinger Auditorium--Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Ave SE St. Petersburg, FL 33701


No money, no nukes

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