BP Banned; the Difficult Road Back

This morning, the EPA announced that BP has been banned from acquiring any new US government contracts due to its “lack of business integrity”.  The agency said the ban will continue until BP proves that it can meet government established business standards.  The ban does not effect current contracts.  Read the rest of this entry

Persistent Oil Sheen at Macondo Well Site

There has been a persistent oil sheen near the site of BP’s Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico ever since the well was shut in and eventually plugged in late 2010.  Alarmists use that oil sheen as some kind of evidence that the well is flowing, alleging a massive conspiracy to cover up the fact that it can’t be controlled.  It’s not flowing. Read the rest of this entry

Of Ice, Whales, and Lack of Leadership.

Exactly one week ago, Shell triumphantly announced the resumption of drilling in the offshore Arctic after a 20 year hiatus.  The drillship Noble Discoverer spud (began drilling) the first new Burger prospect well in the Chukchi Sea; less than 24 hours later, they had to shut down and move 30 miles away to allow for a huge ice floe to move through the area.  They’ve been there ever since, monitoring ice. Read the rest of this entry

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.

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: