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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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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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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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