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Kate Shepherd reports on emails released under FOIA that confirms what we feared during the BP Macondo well blowout:  in an effort to get the blowout off the television, the government downplayed the environmental damage.  in her report in Mother Jones yesterday, Kate reports on the emails.

Report: White House Pressured Scientists to Underestimate BP Spill Size | Mother Jones.

Tonight, I was on Keith Olbermann’s new show on Current TV with guest host David Shuster talking about the Joint Investigation Team’s final report on the BP blowout.  Have a look:

Today, The Joint Investigation Team (“JIT”), made up of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (“BOEMRE”) (formerly “MMS”) and the United States Coast Guard issued its final report on it’s investigation of BP’s Macondo Well Blowout and subsequent oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010.  The report came in 2 volumes, the first issued last April, and the second including causes and conclusions, issued today.  The very detailed report listed a number of contributing factors to the causes of the accident Read the rest of this entry

UK Unveils Fast Deployment Well Capping Device

After the Deepwater Horizon disaster last year, the UK, which hasn’t experienced a blowout in their offshore areas in 20 years, formed OSPRAG, short for Offshore Spill Response Advisory Group.  This advisory group, a cooperative between the offshore industry, the government, and, gasp trade unions, was charged with developing first response plans, control and remediation, insurance and liability issues, and the regulatory regime in the North Sea. Read the rest of this entry

Macondo Well Flowing Again? Not Likely

Over the last several weeks, many have become concerned, based on reports of oil on the surface of the water near BP’s now P&A’d (plugged and abandoned) Macondo Well, concern has been growing that the well is now leaking oil.  I have been skeptical of such an occurrence, since properly plugged wells don’t do that, but reports have become so frantic that BP actually responded in a press release that this is simply not the case.  The press release asserted that a subsea inspection with ROVs was conducted, Read the rest of this entry

I spoke at the last Bioneers conference in New Bedford, Massachusetts, talking about the Deepwater Horizon blowout and the lessons we didn’t learn from that catastrophe.  The Marion Institute, which holds the conference, recently put up a video of an interview that I gave when I was there.  The subject is still timely, in my view.  Have a look:

 

 

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