Monday, February 28, 2011

Oil Drilling News


New device tames wild wells

"A group of oil companies led by Irving, Texas-based Exxon Mobil Corp. unveiled a capping system earlier this month that can quickly stop undersea oil spills within weeks."
Better than "within months", but still.....

Latecomer to Gulf oil spill cleanup says it now has the answer in any future disasters
"...although the company was late to the game last summer, Helix says it now has an improved system that will be able to do the whole job in a couple of weeks if another major blowout happens."
Toxic Tide: Discovering the Health Effects of the Deepwater Disaster
"Months after BP's well was capped, the health effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill may just be starting to surface. Residents across the Gulf Coast report mysterious ailments, and some blood samples show traces of chemicals related to the oil. But as Living on Earth's Jeff Young reports, firm answers are hard to come by and frustration is growing in coastal communities."

Panel says spill investigation may not be done until July 27

The joint inquiry by the Coast Guard and the Interior Department had already received one extension and had planned to wrap up work by the end of March. 

But delays in testing the blowout preventer that failed to stop gushing oil at BP's doomed Macondo well prompted the government to ask for more time."


ENERGY POLICY: Soaring oil prices become popular argument for just about anything