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Relief Well Activity Resumes

deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  macondo well  relief well  spill response  deepwater drilling regulations  drilling relief well 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 12, 2010

Work on the relief well resumed today after threatening weather in the Gulf led to a two-day drilling suspension. BP reports that the protective plug inserted into the well has been withdrawn and engineers are preparing to restart drilling. 

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Moratorium Melancholy

access  bp  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  domestic oil production  energy policy  macondo well  offshore drilling  relief well  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 10, 2010

BP got the green light over the weekend to proceed with drilling the relief well that is expected to put the final nail in Macondo's coffin. As of Monday, August 9, the well had reached a depth of 17,909 feet. BP says it is likely to intersect Macondo's wellbore on August 15. 

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Voters to Congress - 'Reject New Energy Taxes'

domestic energy  energy legislation  energy policy  oil company taxes  oil spill legislation  spill bill  taxes  energy bill  oil company tax rate 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 9, 2010

Americans get it. With their appreciation for freedom, opportunity, and fairness, they instinctively know that legislative proposals to raise taxes on some companies but not others are bad for business and bad for consumers. And yet, some of the people who've been elected to public office insist on trotting out new tax proposals that strain the American sense of fair play.

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Cementing Job Completed

bp  deepwater horizon  gulf oil spill  macondo well  spill response  coast guard 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 6, 2010

"Not with a bang but a whimper." - T.S. Eliot

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Louisiana Officials: "End the Moratorium Now"

access  boem  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling jobs  energy legislation  energy policy  louisiana  moratorium  offshore drilling  spill bill 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 5, 2010

Michael Bromwich, director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEM), refused to give a date for ending the offshore drilling moratorium yesterday. In New Orleans at the first of eight public hearings on drilling safety, Bromwich only said "there will be a very serious, sustained effort" to shorten the moratorium. (AP

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Oil Rapidly Disappearing from Gulf

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  gulf oil spill  macondo well  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response  static kill 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 4, 2010

With the success of the static kill, another important step has been taken toward recovery from the worst marine oil spill in American history. It's estimated that 4.9 million barrels of oil, plus or minus 10 percent, poured into the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Static Kill Successful

deepwater horizon  gulf oil spill  macondo well  oil spill  spill response  static kill 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 4, 2010

BP's static kill has worked. In a statement posted this morning, BP reports that the Macondo well has reached "static condition," meaning that the heavy drilling mud pumped into the top of the well has overcome the pressure of the oil and gas attempting to flow up the wellbore. BP is calling the success of the static kill "a significant milestone." 

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D-Day for Macondo

bp  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater drilling regulations  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy legislation  energy policy  gulf oil spill  house spill bill  liability  macondo well  moratorium  spill response  static kill 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 2, 2010

Today could be D-Day for the Macondo well. According to reports, BP is conducting a test to determine the likely success of killing the well from the top, while getting in position to assault the well from the bottom. 

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