Thursday, February 17, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Senator Feinstein Introduces Measure to End Federal Incentives for Deepwater Drilling

US Senator Will Halt Obama Nominee Over Deep-Water Drilling Permits

No word on whether Vitter will also stamp his feet or hold his breath until drilling permits are granted.

Oil Companies Unveil Spill Containment System

"A group of oil companies led by Exxon said Thursday it has built a system that can stop an undersea oil spill within weeks, a critical step towards resuming drilling in the deepest parts of the Gulf of Mexico."
Within weeks??????  Oh. that makes me feel a lot better.

NOAA's Deepwater Horizon Archive
"The Deepwater Horizon Archive is designed for many users, from scientists and researchers seeking data to citizens wanting to learn more about the spill's impact on the Gulf."

National Commission on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

Chief Counsel's Report (Released 02/17/2011)

"Today, the Commission is releasing the full report on the Chief Counsel's investigation, which provides details of the series of engineering and management mistakes by those responsible for the drilling operations, including BP, Halliburton, and Transocean.  The Chief Counsel is issuing this additional report to provide the American public, policymakers, and industry with the fullest possible account of the investigation into the causes of the well blowout which was summarized in the Commission's report. The Chief Counsel's investigative team unearthed and analyzed far more information than could have been included in the Commission's report."  (from press release)

Gulf research cash still in limbo
"A fund of half a billion dollars for research into the effects of last year's massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has spent months mired in bureaucracy and political manoeuvring, leaving scientists uncertain about how or when the money will be awarded. Organizers, however, promise that relief is on the way."