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Energy Tomorrow Radio: Episode 112 - Research on Oil and the Subsea Environment

bp  deepwater horizon  dispersants  fl  florida  florida keys  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  spill response  coral reef 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 13, 2010

In today's episode, I interview Dr. David Vaughan of the Mote Marine Laboratory at Summerland Key, Florida, about his research on oil in the water from the Gulf spill and its potential effects on the subsea environment. 

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High Stakes in the Gulf

access  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  deepwater moratorium  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf drilling  gulf energy production  gulf of mexico  gulf oil production  hurricanes  offshore drilling  drilling ban lifted  hurricane alex 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 30, 2010

About one-quarter of U.S. oil production and nearly 10 percent of natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico has been shut-in due to Hurricane Alex, the first June hurricane to develop in the Atlantic region since 1995. 

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As "Alex" Grows, Skimmers Stop Work

bp  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf drilling  gulf of mexico  hurricane alex  hurricanes  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 29, 2010

The U.S. Coast Guard and BP sent oil skimming boats back to port this morning as Tropical Storm Alex gained strength and threatened to become the first Gulf hurricane of 2010. 

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Oil Collection to Increase

blowout preventer  bp  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  oil leak  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response  drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 28, 2010

The first tropical storm of the season has veered away from the Gulf oil spill, allowing engineers to continue siphoning oil and gas from the leaking Macondo well.

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The Cap, Oil Spill Models and More...

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 24, 2010

BP reinstalled the cap on the blowout preventer (BOP) at the leaking Macondo well last evening, and it began capturing oil and gas a short time later. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen says the amount of oil being collected could rise to about 53,000 barrels a day after a third containment device arrives next Tuesday. 

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Blowout Preventer Cap Removed

blowout preventer  bp  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response  rovs 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 23, 2010

Safety concerns have prompted engineers to remove the cap from the leaking well's blowout preventer (BOP) in the Gulf. 

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The Moratorium Ruling and Jobs

access  deepwater moratorium  domestic energy  drilling ban  drilling ban lifted  energy policy  gulf drilling  gulf of mexico  obama  offshore drilling  oil drilling  oil spill 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 23, 2010

Reaction to Judge Feldman's ruling against the deepwater drilling moratorium came swiftly yesterday. Environmental groups and many Democrats attacked the decision, while Republicans in general supported it and called it encouraging.

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Setting the Offshore Record Straight

bp  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  offshore drilling  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response  hearings  oil spill hearing 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 17, 2010

In the two months since the Deepwater Horizon accident, numerous investigations have been launched, several congressional hearings have been held, and many statements have been made about oil and natural gas industry regulation. Unfortunately, many statements about industry regulations have had little or no basis in fact. 

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Lightning Interrupts Oil Collection

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 15, 2010

While oil company officials were being questioned by Congress today, a bolt of lightning started a small fire on the Discoverer Enterprise, the drillship that is collecting oil and flaring gas from the leaking Macondo well. 

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House Hearing on the Oil Spill

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 15, 2010

Five top-ranking oil company officers are testifying on Capitol Hill at this hour before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Environment. Early in the hearing, they expressed their heartfelt concern for the 11 men who lost their lives in the Deepwater Horizon tragedy and some briefly described their companies' safety procedures. 

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