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Oil Spill Probe: Dollars Did Not Trump Safety

blowout preventer  bop  bp  congress  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  halliburton  interior department  macondo well  oil leak  oil spill 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 9, 2010

The lead investigator for the presidential panel examining the Deepwater Horizon accident yesterday said he has found no evidence that anyone involved in the Macondo well took shortcuts to save money. 

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The Deepwater Horizon Investigation and API's Standards

deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  offshore drilling  oil spill  safety standards  pipeline safety  well construction 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 29, 2010

When investigators try to determine exactly what transpired prior to any accident, a portion of their research boils down to two key questions: "What did you know, and when did you know it?" 

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Administration's Drilling Safety Rules Thrown Out

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  leasing  moratorium  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 20, 2010

The federal judge who overturned the initial deepwater drilling moratorium has thrown out operational provisions issued in a notice to offshore operators after the Deepwater Horizon accident. 

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VIDEO: Gerard Addresses Regulatory Changes on Platts Energy Week

deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  Jack Gerard  regulations  oil rigs 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 11, 2010

On Sunday, API President and CEO Jack Gerard was a guest on WUSA's Platts Energy Week in Washington, D.C. During his interview, Gerard spoke about a variety of topics facing the oil and natural gas industry, including regulatory changes that are being considered by the Department of Interior following the Deepwater Horizon incident--and the potential economic impacts of those changes. 

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API Responds to New Offshore Rules

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 30, 2010

The Interior Department issued two new safety rules today, setting what Secretary Salazar has called the "gold standard" for offshore oil and natural gas development. The new rules, which cover blowout preventers (BOPs), emergency response, well design and training, are part of the administration's response to the Deepwater Horizon accident. 

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Mr. Salazar, Lift the Moratorium

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  offshore drilling  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 29, 2010

Tomorrow, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is expected to lay out the administration's energy strategy--including its stance on deepwater offshore drilling--in a speech at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Observers say it's likely that Sec. Salazar will announce a new interim final rule codifying many of the new offshore requirements aimed at increasing safety and improving environmental practices. 

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Macondo Well Killed

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  macondo well  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 20, 2010

The Macondo well that released an estimated 4.9 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico has been killed. 

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BP Releases Deepwater Horizon Report

blowout preventer  bp  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  oil spill  spill response  offshore drilling rig 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 8, 2010

BP today released the results of its own investigation into the Deepwater Horizon accident. It determined that a series of mechanical failures, the misinterpretation of data, and other factors attributable to all of the companies working on the rig led to the explosions, fire and the deaths of 11 offshore workers.

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Industry Task Forces Issue Recommendations

bp  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  industry task forces  Jack Gerard  oil leak  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  oil spill response  spill response  well control  cap for oil leak  containment cap  containment company 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 7, 2010

After several weeks of intense study into the Deepwater Horizon accident, two industry task forces released their recommendations today. 

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Fire Doesn't Support Calls for the Moratorium

deepwater horizon  demand  domestic energy  domestic production  energy policy  gulf  moratorium  spill response  offshore platform 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 3, 2010

A fire on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico created a media furor yesterday. Several of the initial news reports contained inaccuracies that tended to exacerbate America's heightened awareness of--and sensitivity to--offshore drilling. The reaction was predictable: Politicians demanded answers, and environmental groups called on the government to keep the drilling moratorium in effect.

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