Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead

Gulf research cash still in limbo

Study to Track Gulf Cleanup Workers' Health

Skytruth Comments on Deepwater Drilling Plan
"In the comments submitted by SkyTruth, we argue that BOEMRE shouldn't allow drilling without first implementing routine satellite monitoring for pollution. We also point out what we think are critical weaknesses in Shell's plan to respond to, contain, and clean up a worst-case scenario oil spill, one of the major new requirements that BOEMRE has put in place. Shell contends that using essentially the same techniques (and much of the same equipment) that failed during the BP / Deepwater Horizon spill - skimmer vessels, controlled burns, chemical dispersants and absorbent booms - they will be able to handle almost ten times the amount of oil that BP and the Coast Guard, in an all-out effort, were able to capture or destroy on a daily basis."

Texas to host oil spill assessment meetings

"Texas and four other states will host public meetings to solicit comments on the scope of the damage to the Gulf Coast in the wake of the oil spill resulting from the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster. Galveston and Port Arthur will host the two Texas forums, sponsored by several federal and state government departments and agencies, at dates to be determined. Similar meetings will be held in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. [...] 
Comments can be submitted online at a designated website set up by NOAA." 
From the website: The meetings will be in
  • Pensacola, FL, on March 16;
  • Panama City, FL, on March 17;
  • Biloxi, MS, on March 21;
  • Belle Chasse, LA, on March 22;
  • Spanish Fort, AL, on March 23;
  • Houma, LA, on March 24;
  • Grand Isle, LA, on March 28;
  • Morgan City, LA, on March 29;
  • Port Arthur, TX, on March 30;
  • Galveston, TX, on March 31; and
  • Washington, DC, on April 6.