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Cap Removal Delayed

blowout preventer  bop  bp  containment cap  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  macondo well  moratorium  offshore moratorium  drilling fluids  spiil response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 30, 2010

High seas have forced BP to postpone efforts to remove the containment cap on the Macondo well. The company says engineers are standing by, waiting to remove the cap and the battered blowout preventer (BOP) before replacing the BOP with one from the Deepwater Driller II. No oil is expected to be spilled during the operation. 

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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 BP reports that the protective plug inserted into the well has been withdrawn and engineers are preparing to restart drilling.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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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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Voters Support Offshore Drilling, Government Creates Obstacles

access  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  energy policy  energy production  offshore drilling  drilling operators 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 3, 2010

A new Rasmussen poll shows that support for offshore oil and natural gas development is holding steady despite the Deepwater Horizon accident. In a survey conducted July 22-23 via telephone, 56 percent of U.S. voters think offshore drilling should be allowed, and 47 percent favor deepwater drilling.

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