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Oil forms ring on Seafloor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The BP oil spill left an oily “bathub ring” on the sea floor that’s about the size of Rhode Island, new research shows. The study by David Valentine, the chief scientist on the federal damage assessment research … Continue reading

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Tepco Building Ice Walls to Prevent Groundwater Contamination

Tepco is considering “liquid glass” barriers of sodium silicate in the ground to stop the spread of contaminated water. This “subterranean bypass” created by the world’s longest underground “ice wall” should stop groundwater from reaching the reactors and block irradiated … Continue reading

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Gas Hydrate Desalination

Interesting way to desalinate salty water. Gas hydrate consists of only water and a gas, such as methane, the stuff of natural gas. When hydrates form, salts and other impurities are left behind. Hydrates were formed from water and carbon … Continue reading

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Health Defects Found in Fish Exposed to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Three years later (had to remember where this site is hosted), crude oil toxicity continued to sicken the Gulf killfish embryos, the “canary” of the sea. Full article from the Science Daily here.

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This fire initially was the biggest fire ever in the world. But every day we exceeded those numbers…

Al Jazeera reports on US witness claims BP gas explosion cover-up. Full article with video here.

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BP Claims Fund Pays out $5 Billion to Spill Victims

Bloomberg reported today that BP Plc paid more than $5 billion to 204,434 claimants in the past year from the fund created to compensate victims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  The claims facility draws on more than … Continue reading

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The Rig on Fire

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Blowout preventer was flawed

A Norwegian firm reports the blowout preventer failed because of faulty design and a bent piece of pipe, shifting some blame away from the oil giant. The 551 page repot cast blame on the blowout preventer’s blind shear rams, which … Continue reading

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Deep Drilling Permit Issued for Gulf

The federal government on Monday told Noble Energy it can resume a deep-water drilling project. This is the first work of its kind approved since the Obama administration lifted a moratorium prompted by last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill. … Continue reading

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Scientist finds Gulf bottom still oily, dead

Oil from the BP spill remains stuck on the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, according to a top scientist’s video and slides that she says demonstrate the oil isn’t degrading as hoped and has decimated life on parts of … Continue reading

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Dispersants Presenting a Problem

Dispersants injected deep in the Gulf of Mexico to counter an oil gusher last spring seemed to keep some oil from fouling the water’s surface, but the chemicals lingered underwater, raising concerns about long-term problems, a new study found. Scientists … Continue reading

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U.S. Justice Department the Latest Party to Suits in Gulf Spill

The U.S. Justice Department is expected to join civil lawsuits stemming from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. By joining the private litigation, Justice Department officials will play a major role in the coming trial. Attorneys for private party plaintiffs … Continue reading

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Testing to Begin on Blow Out Preventer

Testing began today on the failed BOP in a NASA facility in New Orleans. The BOP can snuff a blowout by squeezing rubber seals tightly around the pipes with up to 1 million pounds of force. If the seals fail, … Continue reading

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Relief Well Intercepts Deepwater Horizon Well

BP said in a statement that the relief well intercepted the stricken well’s annulus — the space between the well’s metal casing and the surrounding rock — nearly 13,000 feet below the seabed at 4:30 p.m. Central time on Thursday. … Continue reading

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Deepwater Horizon Well Sealed By Sunday!

Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government official overseeing the crisis in the Gulf, said the relief well BP has been drilling all summer long should intersect the ruptured well within 24 hours. He said mud and cement will … Continue reading

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Obama Administration Orders Plugging or Dismantling of Wells and Platforms No Longer In Use.

The Obama administration moved to head off another catastrophic leak like the BP disaster Wednesday, ordering oil and gas companies in the Gulf of Mexico to plug or dismantle thousands of wells and platforms no longer in use. In Washington, … Continue reading

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Levelized Cost of Electricity By Source

Here is a great chart published in the Wall Street Journal’s Power Investing: Investing in Energy special report published on September 13, 2010. This chart shows the “levelized” cost of electricity–reflecting all costs (capital, fuel, operating costs, etc.) without subsidies–in … Continue reading

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BP Report: Blames Transocean And Halliburton

While BP claims their internal investigation was free from any senior management input, it was subject to many reviews from BP internal legal team. Hopefully the incident will provide the necessary wake-up call to the true cost of oil and … Continue reading

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BOP Recovered from the Ocean Floor

Last night, the failed BOP that had allowed BP’s Macondo well to flow uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days earlier this year was recovered after a risky US government-ordered replacement procedure was completed. The massive structure was … Continue reading

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What Happened on the Deepwater Horizon

Here’s a great diagram of what went wrong with the Deepwater Horizon drilling. Click on the image for a larger version Graphic provided by Emmett Mayer III and Dan Shea / The Times-Picayune Source: Staff Research

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