BP’s Made-Up Claims Make the Coast Guard and NOAA Look Incompetent

By: Friday May 21, 2010 5:15 pm

BP’s middle-of-the-night made-up claim about how much their wellhead is spilling, and the Coast Guard’s and NOAA’s repetition of that number without insisting on independent verification by outside experts and instruments, makes these federal agencies look incompetent. BP, through its duplicity and incompetence, has infected the exact agencies Americans, and especially American scientists want to work with and help: the Coast Guard & NOAA.

These agencies must free themselves from the corporate self-dealing and self-protection umbrella that BP has thrown over them.

 

BP Oil Disaster: Live Video Stream of the Gulf Gusher

By: Friday May 21, 2010 12:15 pm

Ustream is now hosting the video, and we’ve got it embedded on our BP Oil Disaster resource page.

BP and MMS Agree: “Seals, Sea Otters, and Walruses” Live in Gulf of Mexico

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 3:00 pm

In its emergency plans in the event of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, BP made clear it knows how to save “seals, sea otters, and walruses” in the Gulf waters. The only problem is, no such animals live in the Gulf.

Indeed, it appears BP literally copied and pasted emergency response plans to apply to any spill in the world, regardless of the reality of the local ecosystems. While “seals, sea otters, and walruses” are a concern for oil spills in colder waters, there are none of those animals in the Gulf.

Did MMS/Oil Industry Field Test Predict Subsurface Plumes in a Deepwater Blowout?

By: Wednesday May 19, 2010 7:00 am

Note: Marcy Wheeler has been called away but asked me to write up something one of her commenters found. It’s a presentation by an MMS official, who worked for "retiring" MMS head Chris Oynes, describing a "field test" the industry performed on the possibility of a deepwater blowout. View the presentation. As we watch newly [...]

Better Luck Next Time: Shell Reassures MMS That the Next Oil Spill Won’t Be So Bad

By: Tuesday May 18, 2010 11:45 am

It’s unsatisfactory for me to say that the lesson we’ll eventually learn from this oil spill is that next time the response will be faster, or that next time there will be greater controls in place to reduce the impact on the environment and our communities. It avoids the fact that the consequences of such a spill are so great and irreversible that we can’t really afford to have “the next one.”

Unfortunately, this seems to be the direction we’re headed in.In a move to get in good with the folks over at Minerals Management Systems, who will be under much more scrutiny and pressure following the Gulf spill, Shell wrote them a letter to assuage any fears they might have about the oil giant’s future plans– specifically a controversial drilling project off the coast of Alaska

Enormous, “Shocking” Oil Plumes Underwater in the Gulf

By: Sunday May 16, 2010 6:30 am

An independent scientific effort, funded by NOAA, has discovered “shocking” amounts of oil underwater, huge plumes that range up to three miles by ten miles wide, and about 300 feet deep, within many columns of the water in the Gulf of Mexico.

Will Salazar Let BP Wait Twenty Years to Compensate Gulf Fishermen?

By: Friday May 14, 2010 11:00 am

Global Green has a video of the fishermen of Shell Beach, Louisiana, who know that the BP oil spill will probably soon put them out of business: Anthony Greco III: I’ve been fishing all my life. Robert Campo: I don’t have Type A blood, I’ve got type saltwater. My family’s been at this four generations. [...]

With No Ability to Fully Assess Oil Leaks, Fed Government Still Approves More Arctic Drilling

By: Friday May 14, 2010 8:09 am

The US government as a total body may be completely foolhardy and tone deaf. In the wake of the Horizon disaster, sadly, a Federal court has allowed Shell to move forward on drilling in the Artic without a murmur from the Congress or White House. Even as a semi-submersible (a la the Horizon) Venezuelan gas [...]

Senate Committee Hearing on BP Oil Disaster (Part 2): It Still Hasn’t Sunk In

By: Wednesday May 12, 2010 9:56 am

Committee hearings Tuesday contained no explicit admissions that anyone had done something wrong, but the second hearing helped focus on the breakdown in the environmental review process. That’s a legal timebomb.

With Oil Disaster Growing, Obama to Divide Minerals Management Service; Landrieu Still Defends Drilling

By: Tuesday May 11, 2010 3:35 pm

As Obama may be proposing the first real and positive change at the Federal level to address the extraction industry in a very long time, Senator Mary Landrieu (D-Oil) continues to demand more drilling.

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