Environment News Service, June 18, 2010
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (ENS) - The amount of oil spewing from the broken BP wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico is likely 35,000 barrels per day, National Incident Commander U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen said today, based on a new estimate from the Flow Rate Technical Group. He said BP's containment system captured about 25,000 barrels yesterday, the largest daily amount collected since the well was partly capped earlier this month.
CRAIG MCINNES, Vancouver Sun, June 9, 2010
Three Mile Island didn't slow nuclear industry and BP's Gulf debacle won't alter our dependency on cheap power
The timing of the catastrophic 1979 accident at Three Mile Island couldn't have been better for opponents of nuclear power.
By Alan Levin, USA TODAY, June 8, 2010
The number of spills from offshore oil rigs and pipelines in U.S. waters more than quadrupled this decade, a trend that could have served as a warning for the massive leak in the Gulf of Mexico, according to government data and safety experts.
By Judith Lavoie, Times Colonist, June 4, 2010
Despite the spectre of environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico -- where oil is spewing from a destroyed BP well -- the federal and provincial governments aren't closing the door on oil drilling off B.C.'s coast or supertankers plying the province's tricky northern waters.
By Andrew Mayeda, Vancouver Sun, June 3, 2010
OTTAWA — The Harper government has watered down regulations governing oil drilling off Canada's East Coast so that oil companies don't need a backup plan to drill a relief well in the event of a blowout.
Mark Forsyth, CBC Almanac, June 2, 2010
Mark Forsyth talks with guest Phil Nuytten about the Deepwater Horizon and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Bloomberg News, San Francisco Chronicle, May 31, 2010
May 31 (Bloomberg) -- BP Plc said in permit applications for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico that it was prepared to handle an oil spill more than ten times larger than the one now spewing crude into the waters off the southern United States.
David Adam and agencies, guardian.co.uk, 31 May 2010
It could take months or years for the true impact of the spill on surrounding ecosystems to emerge
ANDREW MAYEDA, Vancouver Sun, May 28, 2010
The federal government is moving ahead with plans to grant new offshore oil-exploration licences in Canada's Arctic, despite the U.S. government's expanding freeze on offshore drilling after the Gulf Coast spill.
By Jim Efstathiou Jr., Bloomberg Businessweek, May 19, 2010
May 19 (Bloomberg) -- The Obama administration replaced the Minerals Management Service, faulted for lax regulation of offshore drilling before the BP Plc spill last month, with three offices to oversee leases, drilling safety and fee collection.
By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2010
Reporting from Seattle - Facing last-minute questions over its plan to launch exploratory oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean, Shell Oil Co. pledged Monday to deploy a prefabricated coffer dam ready for "immediate" use in the event of a blowout, with a full-scale oil spill response within an hour.
By L. D. CROSS, The Hill Times, May 17, 2010
Whether it is the Northwest Passage or, the Canadian Arctic Passage, an oil spill on the scale of the Gulf of Mexico disaster would permanently contaminate the top of the world.
By HARRIS MACLEOD, The Hill Times, May 17, 2010
House Natural Resources Committee begins hearings into offshore drilling, after massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
By Robert Reich, Christian Science Monitor, May 17, 2010
Oil giant BP has been making public statements about its corporate social responsibility for as many years as it’s behaved irresponsibly.
New York Times, April-May, 2010
See the daily extent of the Gulf of Mexico oil slick resulting from BP's Deepwater Horizon well explosion and sinking, from April 22 to the present.
We're looking at a living monster, brainlessly flexing its muscles and testing its environment, before advancing onto its next victim.
By JUSTIN GILLIS, New York Times, May 15, 2010
By KATE GALBRAITH, New York Times, May 16, 2010
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill began off the coast of Louisiana - hundreds of miles from Mexico and far from any other country.
Lawrence Solomon, National Post, May 14, 2010
Is it any wonder that the BP calamity occurred? Here’s what has been preoccupying its environmental regulator, the Minerals Management Service,
(http://www.mms.gov/) ever since MMS was established in 1982.
By Philip Bethge, Alexander Jung, Nils Klawitter and Renate Nimtz-Koester, Der Spiegel, May 13, 2010
The oil catastrophe afflicting the Gulf of Mexico underscores just how dangerous offshore oil exploration can be.
By The Canadian Press, Halifax Chronicle Herald, May 13, 2010
A moratorium on oil and gas exploration on Georges Bank has been extended for three years by the federal and Nova Scotia governments.
New York Times, May 10, 2010
Oil slicks have historically been the most vivid examples of the risks inherent in both oil shipping and offshore drilling. While the industry has drawn on lessons from each successive spill, advances in extraction techniques present new challenges.
Shawn McCarthy, Globe and Mail, May. 13, 2010
NEB to review regulations, prompting protests from energy firms who say exploration will be too challenging
A standoff over drilling regulations between the federal regulator and oilcompanies is putting at risk the development of massive oil deposits under the Beaufort Sea.
By JENNIFER A. DLOUHY, Houston Chronicle, May 13, 2010
WASHINGTON - Senators from California, Oregon and Washington united Thursday behind a plan to ban new offshore drilling along the Pacific Coast in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster.