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Saturday, April 23, 2011

NOVA: Power Surge

NOVA Power Surge

Oxfam and New Pornographers Release BP Oil Spill Music Video

Oxfam and New Pornographers Release BP Oil Spill Music Video


Oxfam and New Pornographers Release BP Oil Spill Music Video
The BP oil spill happened a year ago this week, and although the cost and effects of the spill are still being tabulated, the media is virutally silent about the way the crisis is being handled in the Gulf.

The New Pornographers teamed up with Oxfam America to remind America that the Gulf Coast is still suffering in their new music video.

THe music video for the song "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" (from The New Pornographers' album "Together"), was shot on Louisiana's Gulf, and features local residents still reeling from the recent BP oil spill.

Fact-checking the Washington rhetoric on oil, drilling and energy

Fact-checking the Washington rhetoric on oil, drilling and energy

By Andrew Restuccia - 04/23/11 10:45 AM ET

Danger Lurks below th Gulf of Mexico


Danger lurks below the Gulf of Mexico
Winnipeg Free Press
One year after the BP oil spill, there are more than 3200 active oil and gas wells beneath the Gulf of Mexico. More than 3200 oil and gas wells classified as active lie abandoned beneath the Gulf of Mexico, with no cement plugging to help prevent leaks ...
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Dear Readers

Dear Readers

I would like to wish you and your families a very Happy Easter. I am celebrating Easter with
my son so posting will be negligible  the next couple of days. But I will return in full force shortly.

God Bless

Friday, April 22, 2011

Study: 40 Mediterranean fish species could vanish

Study: 40 Mediterranean fish species could vanish

More About Disappearing Fish

More About Disappearing Fish

Would we still be fishing bluefin tuna if they were as cute as pandas?

Would we still be fishing bluefin tuna if they were as cute as pandas?

Protecting the Ocean

Protecting the Ocean

The oceans are facing threats from many sides. Learn about the issues—pollution, overfishing, and global warming chief among them—and the possible solutions for protecting the ocean.

US gas well contained, but concerns rise on 'fracking'

US gas well contained, but concerns rise on 'fracking'
Crews in Pennsylvania gained control Friday of a natural gas well that blew out and spilled thousands of gallons of chemical-laden drilling fluid into the environment over two days.

Taiwan slams brake on $20 bn petrochemical project

Taiwan slams brake on $20 bn petrochemical project

A controversial giant petrochemical project in Taiwan is expected to be abandoned after the island's leader voiced his opposition on environmental grounds, officials said Friday.

Pennsylvania Natural Gas Blowout Spills Thousands of Gallons of Toxic Wastewater into Local Community

Pennsylvania Natural Gas Blowout Spills Thousands of Gallons of Toxic Wastewater into Local Community

Shell: We Need Tough Fracking Rules

Shell: We Need Tough Fracking Rules

Starburst megaquake: Japan quake overturns geology

Starburst megaquake: Japan quake overturns geology

Chinese satellite seeks to predict earthquakes

Chinese satellite seeks to predict earthquakes

BP oil spill: Forgotten but not gone

Op-Ed

BP oil spill: Forgotten but not gone

A year after BP's gulf oil disaster, the national focus has long since moved on. Our fraying attention span matches the loss of our common will to act on shared problems.

10 of the Most Polluted Places on Earth


10 of the Most Polluted Places on Earth

Ozone hole has dried Australia, scientists find BBC

Ozone hole has dried Australia, scientists find BBC
The Antarctic ozone hole is about one-third to blame for Australia's recent series of droughts, scientists say.

Energy headlines: Macondo companies sue each other

Energy headlines: Macondo companies sue each other

- BP sues Transocean for $40bn – The Telegraph
- Cameron responsible for blowout, says BP – Bloomberg
- Gulf drilling delays fails to stem US oil flow – FT
- Chevron’s vote of confidence in deepwater drilling – FT
- Small companies stay in gulf’s deep waters – WSJ
- Fossil fuel firms use ‘biased’ study in shale lobbying – The Guardian
- Fracking firm battles to woo English villagers – The Guardian
- BHP Billiton lowers oil production outlook – FT
- Iraq to announce fourth oil bidding round on Monday – WSJ
- Deadlock over Iran oil and gas takes toll – FT
- Putin tells BP to make peace with oligarchs – The Times
- Exxon chief on supply, demand and $120 crude – FT
- Unreliable data help roil oil markets – WSJ
- Exxon sees nuclear power holding its own – FT
- RWE in warning about plant stoppages – FT
- Radioactive spills and breakdowns at British nuclear plants – The Guardian
- Japan bans entry into Fukushima evacuation zone – BBC
- Japan: More than a moment – FT
- Former Massey CEO paid $10.4m – WSJ
- Origin trading halted ahead of LNG announcement – Argus
- Green energy: California dreaming – FT Lex
- PV cells turn windows into solar panels – NY Times Green blog

Today’s energy statistics were brought to you by…

Today’s energy statistics were brought to you by… The US Energy Information Administration, distributor of the world’s most scrutinised and transparent energy statistics, is facing tough budget choices on account of the government’s ongoing debt ceiling fiasco.

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Oil and Gas Research

Oil and Gas Research
Increase in Refinery Construction Reported in Latest Survey
Oil & Gas Journal’s semiannual Worldwide Construction Survey update reports an uptick in refinery construction projects from November 2010. The Survey lists planned and under-way refinery construction projects including the gas to liquids construction projects. Data fields included in the worksheet are: Company Location, Capacity, Expected completion date and status, Contractor, Engineer, Process, Design (where available). Recent survey data is also available for Pipeline, Petrochemical, Gas Processing, Sulfur and LNG construction.

Eagle Ford Shale in the US - Oil and Gas Shale Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2020
Eagle Ford Shale in the US – Oil and Gas Shale Market Analysis and Forecasts to 2020 analyzes the recent activities in the Eagle Ford Shale play in the US (United States). The report details the drilling activity in the play by analyzing the permits issued in Eagle Ford shale by period, county and also by company. It provides the well and acreage costs in the shale play. The report provides major players in the shale play in terms of acreage and production. It also details the expected production from the shale play by 2020. The report details the major infrastructure developments and recent merger and acquisition activities in the play. It also provides the future plans of major companies involved in the Eagle Ford shale play.

More Petroleum Research and Data
Asia Pacific Specialized Statistical Packages
An In-Depth View of Future Oil & Gas Supply: A Production Capacity Model
Crude Oil Price at the Wellhead Annual Average - Annual
US Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Discoveries and Status
A Practical Guide to US Natural Gas Transmission Pipeline Economics

BOEMRE monitors Cuban offshore

BOEMRE monitors Cuban offshore

Outlook for Explorationists: On the way up! A thaw in the Gulf!

Outlook for Explorationists: On the way up!

A thaw in the Gulf!

The difference a year makes

The difference a year makes

Reliance discovers natural gas, condensate in the deepwaters of the Cauvery-Palar Basin offshore India

Reliance discovers natural gas, condensate in the deepwaters of the Cauvery-Palar Basin offshore India
Reliance Industries made a rich gas and condensate discovery with Dhirubhai-53 -- the very first well drilled in the Block CY-PR-DWN-2001/3(CYPR-D6) located in the deepwaters of the Cauvery-Palar Basin offshore India.
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BP sues Halliburton, Transocean and Cameron one year later

BP sues Halliburton, Transocean and Cameron one year later
One year after the Deepwater Horizon accident in the deepwaters of the US Gulf of Mexico, producer BP has sued three of the main oilfield services companies it contracted for the exploratory drilling campaign.
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FACT: Tire Derived Fuel Produces 25 Percent More Energy Than Coal, Reduces Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 19.5 Percent

FACT: Tire Derived Fuel Produces 25 Percent More Energy Than Coal, Reduces Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 19.5 Percent

Thursday, April 21, 2011

New study links ozone hole to climate change all the way to the equator

New study links ozone hole to climate change all the way to the equator
In a study to be published in the April 21st issue of Science magazine, researchers at Columbia University's School of Engineering and Applied Science report their findings that the ozone hole, which is located over the South Pole, has affected the entire circulation of the Southern Hemisphere all the way to the equator. While previous work has shown that the ozone hole is changing the atmospheric flow in the high latitudes, the Columbia Engineering paper, "Impact of Polar Ozone Depletion on Subtropical Precipitation," demonstrates that the ozone hole is able to influence the tropical circulation and increase rainfall at low latitudes in the Southern Hemisphere. This is the first time that ozone depletion, an upper atmospheric phenomenon confined to the polar regions, has been linked to climate change from the Pole to the equator.
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Less radiation damage in Chernobyl lakes than feared

Less radiation damage in Chernobyl lakes than feared
(PhysOrg.com) -- A new study of the lakes in and around Chernobyl's fallout zone reveals that radiation from the nuclear accident appears to have had no long term effect on the abundance or diversity of aquatic animal life.
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BP sues Gulf rig firm, shifting blame for oil spill

BP sues Gulf rig firm, shifting blame for oil spill
BP is taking legal action to shift the blame for the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster which devastated the environment and the group's image a year ago, suing rig operator Transocean for damages of $40 billion (24 billion pounds).
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Fracking Blowout Causes Massive Spill in Pennsylvania

Fracking Blowout Causes Massive Spill in Pennsylvania
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: "A blowout in a Pennsylvania fracking well last June was found to be potentially 'catastrophic' by state officials because of the large amount of liquid and natural gas that was released after a 'blowout preventer' in the well failed. Pennsylvania sits atop the Marcellus Shale, a natural gas-rich underground formation that has become ground zero for new fracking operations in recent years. The Marcellus Shale stretches from northern West Virginia to New York, and a broad grassroots movement in that region of the country has mobilized to oppose franking."
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Earthquake jolts eastern Japan, no tsunami warning

Earthquake jolts eastern Japan, no tsunami warning

The Gulf Spill's Lingering Questions

The Gulf Spill's Lingering Questions

April 20, 2011
Author:
Michael A. Levi, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment and Director of the Program on Energy Security and Climate Change

For China, Spending but Few Results on Green Energy Iain Mills | Bio | 20 Apr 2011 Briefing

For China, Spending but Few Results on Green Energy

Iain Mills | Bio | 20 Apr 2011
Briefing

Hold the Accolades on China's 'Green Leap Forward' By: Bjorn Lomborg | The Washington Post

Hold the Accolades on China's 'Green Leap Forward'

By: Bjorn Lomborg | The Washington Post
As the world's factory floor, China is not an obvious environmental leader. It is beleaguered by severe pollution and generates more carbon emissions than any other nation. Yet many have trumpeted it as an emerging 'green giant'.

Naked Capitalism: David Apgar: What Was So Unpredictable about Deepwater Horizon?

David Apgar: What Was So Unpredictable about Deepwater Horizon?

By David Apgar, the Director of ApgarPartners LLC, a new business that applies assumption-based metrics to the performance evaluation problems of development organizations, individual corporate executives, and emerging-markets investors, and author of Risk Intelligence (Harvard Business School Press 2006) and Relevance: Hitting Your Goals by Knowing What Matters (Jossey-Bass 2008). He blogs at WhatMatters.

FT podcast: Energy Weekly

FT podcast: Energy Weekly In this week's show: BP’s future - a City analyst gives his view; Rex Tillerson, head of Exxon Mobil, on nuclear power, the Middle East, and BP; and is solar energy being undermined by the UK government’s plans?

http://link.ft.com/r/DHGUVV/0G1NRR/LQER5V/PRY3YM/A7OS2W/FW/h?a1=2011&a2=4&a3=21

Energy headlines: Macondo companies sue each other

Energy headlines: Macondo companies sue each other

- BP sues Transocean for $40bn – The Telegraph
- Cameron responsible for blowout, says BP – Bloomberg
- Gulf drilling delays fails to stem US oil flow – FT
- Chevron’s vote of confidence in deepwater drilling – FT
- Small companies stay in gulf’s deep waters – WSJ
- Fossil fuel firms use ‘biased’ study in shale lobbying – The Guardian
- Fracking firm battles to woo English villagers – The Guardian
- BHP Billiton lowers oil production outlook – FT
- Iraq to announce fourth oil bidding round on Monday – WSJ
- Deadlock over Iran oil and gas takes toll – FT
- Putin tells BP to make peace with oligarchs – The Times
- Exxon chief on supply, demand and $120 crude – FT
- Unreliable data help roil oil markets – WSJ
- Exxon sees nuclear power holding its own – FT
- RWE in warning about plant stoppages – FT
- Radioactive spills and breakdowns at British nuclear plants – The Guardian
- Japan bans entry into Fukushima evacuation zone – BBC
- Japan: More than a moment – FT
- Former Massey CEO paid $10.4m – WSJ
- Origin trading halted ahead of LNG announcement – Argus
- Green energy: California dreaming – FT Lex
- PV cells turn windows into solar panels – NY Times Green blog

Beyond the Oil Spill, the Tragedy of an Ailing Gulf

Beyond the Oil Spill, the Tragedy of an Ailing Gulf

By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON
There is a huge dead zone off the mouth of the Mississippi, and coastal wetlands have been vanishing rapidly.

OGX bumps Pipeline and Waikiki oil fields to top priority for development offshore Brazil

OGX bumps Pipeline and Waikiki oil fields to top priority for development offshore Brazil

Idle ND oil wells at highest level since 2001

Idle ND oil wells at highest level since 2001

Radiant to buy oil production, legacy oil field in Louisiana

Radiant to buy oil production, legacy oil field in Louisiana

A year after BP oil spill, pressure builds to expand drilling

A year after BP oil spill, pressure builds to expand drilling

Gas prices and the Gulf oil spill; One year later, Obama's energy plan is 'Brazil or bust'

Gas prices and the Gulf oil spill; One year later, Obama's energy plan is 'Brazil or bust'

Environmental Law Institute Assists Gulf Residents in Restoring Natural Resources

Environmental Law Institute Assists Gulf Residents in Restoring Natural Resources

On BP Oil Disaster Anniversary, Groups Tell Congress: Get Together and Get Gulf Restoration Done

On BP Oil Disaster Anniversary, Groups Tell Congress: Get Together and Get Gulf Restoration Done

PR Newswire
BP fines should be used to restore Gulf environment and economy

Fuel Cell Electricity production with in situ carbon capture can reduce CO2 from oil shale energy 3 times lower

April 20, 2011

Fuel Cell Electricity production with in situ carbon capture can reduce CO2 from oil shale energy 3 times lower

NASA Releases Scorecard On Energy And Sustainability Goals

NASA Releases Scorecard On Energy And Sustainability Goals
Qashington DC (SPX) Apr 21, 2011 - In October 2009, President Obama directed federal agencies to lead by example in energy efficiency and use of renewable energy; and to meet a range of goals and targets for greenhouse gas emission, water, vehicle fuel and waste reduction. Federal agencies are required to report the progress made towards meeting their energy efficiency goals each year, and use this scorecard to help them plan new ... more

Gulf drilling delays fail to stem US oil flow

Gulf drilling delays fail to stem US oil flow http://link.ft.com/r/YIQXNN/TPJYXU/HDKQA6/C5CXMH/IYM3HF/JY/h?a1=2011&a2=4&a3=21

Green energy: California dreaming

Green energy: California dreaming http://link.ft.com/r/YIQXNN/TPJYXU/HDKQA6/C5CXMH/3OL4IS/JY/h?a1=2011&a2=4&a3=21

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One Year Anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill from Washington's Blog by Washington's Blog

One Year Anniversary of the Gulf Oil Spill


Here's a roundup of news from today:
  • So do fishermen and local residents:
  • A growing body of evidence reveals that the massive release of oil combined with the unprecedented amount of chemical oil dispersants applied by BP is still an environmental threat a year later
  • CNN reports, "Some potential clues about the impact of the spill have made themselves known: dead baby dolphins and sea turtles; oiled brown pelicans; fish with strange sores; sticky marsh grasses; tar balls on beaches. … "
  • The Associated Press reported recently, some local governments have been using the $754 million in disaster payments from BP to buy iPads, SUVs, and laptops. Meanwhile, BP just gave another $30 million to Florida to help entice tourists onto its beaches this summer
  • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement contracted the Norwegian firm Det Norske Veritas to conduct a forensic examination of the blowout preventer. The blind shear rams, which were supposed cut through and close off the well, failed because a pipe had buckled, the 551-page report concluded—a problem that casts doubt on all the other BOPs in use today
Only 17 months before BP's Deepwater Horizon rig suffered a deadly blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP deepwater oil platform also blew out.
  • A former top oil industry executive says:
Today marks the first anniversary of the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the US. Unfortunately, most Americans, including our politicians, are suffering from collective amnesia about that tragic event that cost 11 lives, destroyed thousands of jobs, polluted thousands of square miles of the Gulf of Mexico, and damaged the economies of 5 states. As tragic as all those events were (some are still ongoing), media attention has moved on to the Royal Wedding, the next earthquake, and, of course, breathless coverage of American Idol. At the same time, our politicians, especially those in Washington, have used the lack of media attention to not only abdicate their responsibilities to make offshore drilling safer and are actively working to make it less safe, shocking as that seems.
And see this.

BP spill, a year later: dying dolphins, deformed fish, and still some oil


BP spill, a year later: dying dolphins, deformed fish, and still some oil
Globe and Mail
It seemed the fish had not heard all the foreboding talk about the oil's devastating impacts. Instead, they were thriving. Trawling surveys done in the fall of 2010 caught triple the number of marine creatures as prior years. With no one netting them, ...

Melting ice on Arctic islands boosts sea levels: study

Melting ice on Arctic islands boosts sea levels: study
Paris (AFP) April 21, 2011 - Melting glaciers and ice caps on Canadian Arctic islands play a far greater role in sea level rise that previously suspected, according to a study published Thursday. Between 2004 and 2009, the 30,000 snow-and-ice covered islands in the Canadian Archipelago shed 363 cubic kilometres (87 cubic miles) of water, equivalent to three-quarters of contents of Lake Erie, the study found. During ... more

Japan to enforce evacuation zone around plant: report

Japan to enforce evacuation zone around plant: report
Tokyo (AFP) April 20, 2011 - Japan is to begin enforcing the exclusion zone around its crippled nuclear plant after midnight on Friday, a report said Wednesday, as worries mounted over the effects of long-term radiation exposure. Prime Minister Naoto Kan will announce the decision to designate the 20-kilometre (12-mile) area around the Fukushima complex legally out-of-bounds when he visits the area on Thursday, the Kyod ... more

Using the energy in oil shale without releasing carbon dioxide in a greenhouse world

Using the energy in oil shale without releasing carbon dioxide in a greenhouse world
New technology that combines production of electricity with capture of carbon dioxide could make billions of barrels of oil shale — now regarded as off-limits because of the huge amounts of carbon dioxide released in its production — available as an energy source in a greenhouse world of the future. That's the conclusion of a report on "electricity production with in situ carbon capture" (EPICC) in ACS' journal Energy & Fuels.

Melting ice on Arctic islands a major player in sea level rise

Melting ice on Arctic islands a major player in sea level rise
Melting glaciers and ice caps on Canadian Arctic islands play a much greater role in sea level rise than scientists previously thought, according to a new study led by a University of Michigan researcher.

ESA-NASA collaboration furthers sea-ice research

ESA-NASA collaboration furthers sea-ice research
A carefully executed operation to validate data from CryoSat has shown what can be accomplished when ESA, NASA and others join forces to further our understanding of how the fragile polar environment is responding to climate change.

Why Did Huge Oil Plumes Form After the Gulf Spill?


Why Did Huge Oil Plumes Form After the Gulf Spill?
National Geographic
What happened is that the dispersants broke the oil into micro-droplets that merged with the deep-sea water, then rose slowly, said McLaughlin, who was researching ocean-mixing problems like these well before the Gulf oil spill. ...
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In the end, did huge Gulf oil spill underwhelm oil-hungry Americans?

In the end, did huge Gulf oil spill underwhelm oil-hungry Americans?
Christian Science Monitor
High gasoline prices now seem more pressing to Americans than the Deepwater Horizon disaster that led to Gulf oil spill. In this June 12, 2010 file photo, crude oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill is seen inside a wave as it washes ashore in Orange ...

Researchers Say Oil Dispersants Still an Issue in the Gulf

Researchers Say Oil Dispersants Still an Issue in the Gulf
Mike Ludwig, Truthout: "Scientists are still working to understand the ecological and human health impacts of the environmental disaster that followed BP's Deepwater Horizon blowout in the Gulf of Mexico one year ago. While it may too soon to identify the long-term consequences of the disaster, a growing body of evidence reveals that the massive release of oil combined with the unprecedented amount of chemical oil dispersants applied by BP is still an environmental threat a year later."
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More Bad News For Natural Gas: An Accident In Pennsylvania Is Pouring Toxic Fracking Fluid Into A River (CHK)

More Bad News For Natural Gas: An Accident In Pennsylvania Is Pouring Toxic Fracking Fluid Into A River (CHK)

from Clusterstock

Should Courts or EPA Regulate Greenhouse Gases?

Should Courts or EPA Regulate Greenhouse Gases?

Supreme Court skeptical of allowing global-warming case to move forward

Supreme Court skeptical of allowing global-warming case to move forward

Justices Skeptical on Role of Courts in Setting Emissions Standards

Justices Skeptical on Role of Courts in Setting Emissions Standards

NRL Scientists Demonstrate Novel Ionic Liquid Batteries

NRL Scientists Demonstrate Novel Ionic Liquid Batteries
Washington DC (SPX) Apr 20, 2011 - Scientists at the NRL Materials Science and Technology Division are providing solid evidence that there is a new route towards developing novel, lightweight energy storage devices. By moving away from centuries of caustic, hazardous aqueous-based battery cells and instead using non-volatile, thermally-stable ionic liquids, scientists predict multiple new types of batteries. Rather than dep ... more

Fishermen fight for compensation a year after BP spill

Fishermen fight for compensation a year after BP spill
Venice, Louisiana (AFP) April 19, 2011 - The calls for more documents came day and night to the seafood dock just up the road from one of BP's main staging areas in its fight against the Gulf oil spill. Some 400 pages of tax records and invoices later, the Vietnamese refugees who have been buying seafood from local fishing boats for 22 years got a letter saying their claim for compensation was denied. "We didn't meet the criter ... more
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Mercury On The Rise In Endangered Pacific Seabirds

Mercury On The Rise In Endangered Pacific Seabirds
Boston MA (SPX) Apr 20, 2011 - Using 120 years of feathers from natural history museums in the United States, Harvard University researchers have been able to track increases in the neurotoxin methylmercury in the black-footed albatross (Phoebastria nigripes), an endangered seabird that forages extensively throughout the Pacific. The study shows that the observed increase in methylmercury levels, most likely from human- ... more

Oxygenation At A Depth Of 120 Meters Can Save The Baltic Sea

Oxygenation At A Depth Of 120 Meters Can Save The Baltic Sea
Gothenburg, Sweden (SPX) Apr 20, 2011 - Oxygenation brings dead sea bottoms to life. This creates the necessary conditions for the establishment of new ecosystems that enable nature itself to deal with eutrophication. By conducting pilot studies in two fjords in Sweden, researchers at the University of Gothenburg have demonstrated that pumping oxygen-rich surface water down to sea bottoms is effective. A large wind-driven pump is now ... more
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Marine Well Containment Co. establishes membership for rapid oil spill response in the US Gulf

Marine Well Containment Co. establishes membership for rapid oil spill response in the US Gulf
At the conclusion of the company’s formation period, the Marine Well Containment Company's membership has grown to 10 firms which operated approximately 70 percent of deepwater wells drilled in the US Gulf of Mexico between 2007 through 2009.
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In Tabasco, Pemex counts on new oil recovery methods

In Tabasco, Pemex counts on new oil recovery methods
The majority of Mexico's offshore oil production also flows past the edge of the reserve in a 36-inch pipeline. But now, with those offshore fields depleting, Pemex plans a return to the marshes and old fields throughout Tabasco and neighboring states to make up the shortfall and end its years-long decline in production.
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What's changed, what hasn't in a year

What's changed, what hasn't in a year
The Macondo blowout spurred new regulations and is changing industry practices, but other proposals have stalled.
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BOEMRE makes progress toward Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 218

BOEMRE makes progress toward Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 218
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement has completed a draft of the supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) for the proposed Western Gulf of Mexico Lease Sale 218.
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A year after Macondo, oil industry returns to normal

A year after Macondo, oil industry returns to normal What a difference a year makes….or does it? Certainly activity in the Gulf of Mexico remains slow following the Macondo disaster. But it is moving again. And, despite all the talk about how the US risked driving away the industry by tightening up processes and procedures, just about everyone is still here.

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Lex video: BP one year on

Lex video: BP one year on
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Energy headlines: Exxon chief says BP lost time

Energy headlines: Exxon chief says BP lost time

- Exxon chief says BP lost time – FT
- Potential oil-spill plaintiffs race to hit deadline – WSJ
- BP clean-up costs to soar, say experts – FT
- BP’s transformation still has a long way to go – The Telegraph
- Silent minute to mark year of change at BP – FT
- US to issue ‘ambitious’ offshore drilling rule – Argus
- Spill’s toll on oil output grows clearer – WSJ
- Oil dips below $120 on demand fears – The Telegraph
- Obama blames speculators for oil price rises – FT
- TNK-BP: Time to pay out and move on – FT Lex
- System bred Tepco’s cosy links to watchdogs – FT
- Tepco’s LNG imports to jump 50% – Bloomberg
- EDF shares jump on nuclear-price increase – WSJ
- NRG Energy set for $481m writedown – FT
- Protest against Indian nuclear plant turns violent – WSJ
- Italy freezes return to nuclear power – FT
- Ukraine raises $785m to seal Chernobyl under ‘shell’ – The Guardian
- Chernobyl’s guide to tyranny – Peter Barber, FT
- France mulls banning shale exploration – WSJ
- UK Coal chairman pledged ‘fundamental overhaul’ – FT
- The new battle of the coalfields – The Times
- Power shortages loom in China – NY Times Green blog
- Vedanta buys stake in Cairn India – FT
- Solar panels take to the water – NY Times

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Thousands Of Fish Die In Ventura Harbor After Running Out Of Oxygen

Thousands Of Fish Die In Ventura Harbor After Running Out Of Oxygen

BOEM chief Bromwich hits back at 'sniping' over drilling permit delays

BOEM chief Bromwich hits back at 'sniping' over drilling permit delays

Ocean warming may be pushing fish species towards poles

Ocean warming may be pushing fish species towards poles

U.S. Department of Interior approves Cape Wind's Construction and Operation Plan

U.S. Department of Interior approves Cape Wind's Construction and Operation Plan

U.S. Secretary Ken Salazar today announced approval of the first-ever Construction and Operation Plan (COP) for a U.S. offshore wind energy project, granting Cape Wind Associates the official go-ahead to begin construction on the over-100-turbine project across 25 square miles of Nantucket Sound. When complete, the project will produce enough electricity to supply hundreds of thousands of American homes.
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Why The Decline In World Oil Supply Will Be Faster Than Anyone Expects from Clusterstock by Gus Lubin

Why The Decline In World Oil Supply Will Be Faster Than Anyone Expects

The Gulf oil spill & its health impacts, 12 months on.

The Gulf oil spill & its health impacts, 12 months on.

Berkeley Lab Researcher Reflects on Gulf Oil Spill

Berkeley Lab Researcher Reflects on Gulf Oil Spill

9 Must-Read Books On The Gulf Oil Spill

9 Must-Read Books On The Gulf Oil Spill

A Year Later Gulf Residents Ponder Their Oil Damaged Future

A Year Later Gulf Residents Ponder Their Oil Damaged Future

Seafood industry still struggling

Seafood industry still struggling

One year later: Louisiana seafood still in flux

One year later: Louisiana seafood still in flux

Historically, certain seafood served in the US has come from Louisiana. But since the BP oil spill last year, the state's seafood output has plummeted.

Gulf seafood industry sputters back to life, a year after oil spill

Gulf seafood industry sputters back to life, a year after oil spill

Last of Gulf closed by spill reopens to fishing

Last of Gulf closed by spill reopens to fishing

BP Is Messing With the Wrong Woman

BP Is Messing With the Wrong Woman
David Swanson, War is a Crime: "A year ago BP began filling the Gulf of Mexico with oil. Last week BP blocked a woman from entering its annual meeting. Which will prove the bigger mistake? BP may have chosen the right country to hit with the worst oil disaster in world history. If there's any population that will take seeing its land and water destroyed for corporate profit lying down, it's got to be us. We're split between gratitude and indifference: should we thank BP or just stay out of its way?"
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Exclusive: Greg Palast | BP's Secret Deepwater Blowout

Exclusive: Greg Palast | BP's Secret Deepwater Blowout
Greg Palast, Truthout/Buzzflash: "Only 17 months before BP's Deepwater Horizon rig suffered a deadly blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, another BP deepwater oil platform also blew out. You've heard and seen much about the Gulf disaster that killed 11 BP workers. If you have not heard about the earlier blowout, it's because BP has kept the full story under wraps. Nor did BP inform Congress or US safety regulators, and BP, along with its oil industry partners, have preferred to keep it that way."
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Trends in Renewable Energy Consumption

Trends in Renewable Energy Consumption

Despite an economic recession and a significant fall in overall energy demand/consumption, the use of renewable fuels in the US grew strongly in 2009, according to a new report from the US Energy Information Administration.

Suit Seeks to Save a Nuclear Plant

Suit Seeks to Save a Nuclear Plant

Nuclear plant sues Vt. to stay open Federal court case may echo across US

Nuclear plant sues Vt. to stay open

Federal court case may echo across US

Gov. Peter Shumlin statement on Entergy's Vermont Yankee lawsuit

Gov. Peter Shumlin statement on Entergy's Vermont Yankee lawsuit

Transportation secretary convenes gas pipeline safety meeting

Transportation secretary convenes gas pipeline safety meeting

Ray LaHood says deadly blasts like those in San Bruno, Calif., and Allentown, Pa., must be prevented. New federal rules take effect this summer.

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