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Checking the Well's Integrity

bp  containment cap  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 13, 2010

Using painstaking care, BP engineers are conducting tests that could determine whether a new cap can stop the flow of oil from the leaking Macondo well. 

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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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Oil Leak Update

bp  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 12, 2010

BP engineers are making progress on installing a new cap on the leaking Macondo well. The process began just after noon on Saturday with the removal of the LMRP cap. In a news release, BP says the next step is to install a capping stack containing three closing rams.

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The Painful Impact of an Offshore Drilling Ban

access  bp  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf drilling ban  gulf energy production  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 2, 2010

Have you considered what could happen if the United States banned all offshore drilling? Today Gulf U.S. offshore oil and natural gas production accounts for more than 30 percent of the oil and 13 percent of natural gas produced in the United States every year. (EIA) If drilling were stopped by government edict over safety and environmental concerns, the results could be catastrophic. 

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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 Spill: Something to Ponder...

bp  deepwater horizon  distribution  gulf oil spill 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 28, 2010

One of my colleagues snapped a photo of this sign at a BP service station this weekend.

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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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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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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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Tony Hayward on Capitol Hill

bp  deepwater horizon  deepwater moratorium  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response  house subcommittee on oversight and investigations 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 17, 2010

BP CEO Tony Hayward submitted testimony to a House panel today, saying that he is "deeply sorry" for the tragic Deepwater Horizon incident, adding that it was "complex accident, caused by an unprecedented combination of failures." 

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