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GULF OIL SPILL

Oil Exec Undercuts Criticism of Slow Approval Process for

Deepwater Wells

by Marian Wang

ProPublica

Critics of the Obama administration’s permitting process for offshore drilling have included oil companies, Gulf state lawmakers and even former President Bill Clinton, who earlier this month surprised attendees at an energy conference when he called the delays “ridiculous.” (mais…)

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THE GULF OIL SPILL

First Deepwater Drilling Permit Since BP Spill Goes to

… a Well Co-Owned by BP

Crude oil spill dangerous for brain, skin and lungs: Experts

by Marian Wang
ProPublica

Offshore drilling regulators this week approved the first deepwater drilling permit since BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster, and as many have pointed out, it’s going to a well owned and operated by Noble Energy.

But here’s a lesser-noticed fact, which Reuters reported today: BP co-owns the well—46.5 percent of it, to be exact. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the revamped offshore drilling agency, made no mention of BP’s ownership of the well in itspress release, which touted the newly approved permit as a “an important step towards safely developing deepwater energy supplies offshore.” (mais…)

EUA – DESASTRE ECOLÓGICO

Mortes misteriosas de golfinhos estariam ligadas a vazamento de óleo da BP

Do Correio do Brasil
Redação, com agências internacionais – de GÃOulfport, EUA
 

A poluição dos oceanos seria a causa direta da morte prematura de golfinhos
Cientistas marinhos seguiram investigando, neste domingo, a morte de 26 filhotes de golfinhos encontrados no golfo do México desde o início deste ano.
O estudo se revela mais intrincado do que previam os cientistas. As carcaças de bebês ou recém-nascidos de golfinhos, com cerca de um metro de comprimento, foram descobertas em 20 de janeiro.
Elas estavam espalhadas em ilhas, pântanos e praias que ficam ao longo de 320 quilômetros da região costeira dos Estados de Lousiana, Mississipi e Alabama. O número de mortos é dez vezes superior à média que costuma ser registrada nesta época do ano.

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OTHERS IMPLICATED IN OIL SPILL

Oil-Spill Panel Co-Chair: Others Implicated, But BP

‘Centrally Responsible’

by Marian Wang
ProPublica.

When the first official findings from the presidential oil-spill panel were released this week, BP saw an early jump ($) in its stock prices. According to the panel’s co-chair, that market reaction was premature. Here’s what co-chairman William Reilly told Bloomberg: (mais…)

GULF OIL SPILL

Gulf Spill Paymaster Acknowledges Transparency Problems

and Outlines Fixes

by Sasha Chavkin
ProPublica

.Kenneth Feinberg (Kimihiro Hoshino/AFP/Getty Images)

As the damage claims process for the Gulf oil spill moves into its second phase–from issuing emergency payments to considering final claims–administrator Kenneth Feinbergyesterday unveiled a variety of improvements that he says will increase transparency and offer more options to claimants. (mais…)

THE GULF DISASTER

Transocean Engineer Snubs Federal Agency Investigating


Gulf Disaster


by Marian Wang
ProPublica

Transocean, the company from which BP leased the sunken Gulf oil rig, has refused to comply with a subpoena [1] from federal investigators, according to The Hill.

“We question the jurisdiction and authority of the CSB to conduct an investigation in this matter,” a lawyer for Stephen Bertone, Transocean’s chief engineer on the Deepwater Horizon, said in a letter to the U.S. Chemical Safety Board. Bertone’s lawyer argued that the safety board doesn’t have jurisdiction for accidents offshore. (mais…)

OIL DISPERSANTS USED IN GULF

In School Outreach, BP and NOAA ‘Dispel Myths’ About Dispersants, Subsurface Oil

by Marian Wang
ProPublica

.Snapper are filleted at Inland Seafood in New Orleans, La. According to reports, BP and the government are giving presentations at local schools showing that “oil floats” and Gulf seafood is safe. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Even as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency calls for more research into the long-term effects of the chemical dispersants [1] BP used in the Gulf, representatives of BP and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have reached out to local schools to “dispel myths” about dispersants and subsurface oil, according to recent reports in the Houma Courier [2] and the Tri-Parish Times [3]. (We first noticed the Tri-Parish Times piece via TreeHugger [4].) (mais…)