Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Oil Drilling News


Offshore drilling chief takes aim at industry critics

"In a speech before the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C., Bromwich said the critics are making "politically motivated" charges that are "simply not true." 

The nation's top offshore energy regulator today hit back against oil and gas industry critics who say the government has been moving too slowly in permitting new coastal drilling projects."

DOI, BOEMRE propose more offshore safety regulations
"... the new proposals would establish additional job safety requirements, guidelines for reporting unsafe work conditions, procedures to allow any employee to implement a stop-work action when witnessing dangerous activity, ultimate work safety and decision-making authority on an offshore facility, an employee participation program, and a requirement that safety audits be conducted by third parties."


Mystery surrounds what some say could be another gulf oil spill

"Progress Florida's SpillBabySpill.com — a site initially set up after last year's disaster — has been reporting extensively on the new oil. 

Progress Florida Executive Director Mark Ferrulo says the denials by BP are "eerily reminiscent of the early stages of the first BP oil gusher disaster.""


Cuban Offshore Drilling Plans Raise U.S. Concerns

"The U.S. group says long-running American trade sanctions stand in the way of proper spill preparation and a coordinated cleanup if something goes wrong on the wells that are just 60 miles from the Florida Keys. 

Offshore oil drilling is banned along the Florida coastline. But the Cuban operation will be so close to U.S. shores that ocean currents could carry a spill through the Florida Keys, and foul beaches along the Atlantic Coast."