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Commission Identifies Deepwater Horizon Missteps

blowout preventer  deepwater horizon  department of energy  domestic energy  energy information administration  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  macondo well  oil leak  oil production  oil spill  boemr  oil rig 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted January 6, 2011

The presidential commission examining the Deepwater Horizon accident has determined that several missteps contributed last April's blowout in the Gulf of Mexico, including poor decision-making by the companies' management and government regulators. According to an excerpt from its report, the commission found the tragedy "was not the product of a series of abberational decisions made by a rogue industry...the root causes are systemic" and should be corrected. 

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Energy Policy's Impact on U.S. Consumers

alternative energy  congress  deepwater horizon  department of the interior  domestic energy  energy  energy policy  energy taxes  gas prices  gasoline  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  offshore energy  oil leak  oil spill  shallow water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 30, 2010

As the nation approaches the New Year, reporters around the country are writing about the energy outlook for 2011. There are quotes from analysts predicting oil and gasoline prices; opinion leaders discussing energy policies likely to be considered by the 112th Congress; and professors explaining the relative merits of fossil fuels and alternatives. 

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The Oil Spill Suit

bp  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  macondo well  oil leak  oil spill  spill response  clean water act  national oceanic and atmospheric administration 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted December 16, 2010

The U.S. Justice Department filed suit against BP and eight other companies yesterday to recover billions of dollars from the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. The administration's suit asks that the companies be held responsible for all cleanup costs and damage to natural resources. 

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Deepwater Horizon in the News

access  deepwater drilling moratorium  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf coast  gulf of mexico  interior department  moratorium  offshore drilling  offshore safety  oil spill  oil spill commission 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 10, 2010

The presidential commission investigating the Deepwater Horizon accident wrapped up the second day of its two-day hearing in Washington yesterday. At the same time, a federal judge in New Orleans was holding a hearing on the administration's deepwater drilling moratorium. Here's a compilation of the latest news as reported by several publications: 

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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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Brazil's Libra: Largest Oil Field in the Americas in Decades

brazil  chevron  crude oil  deepwater drilling moratorium  domestic energy  energy information administration  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  interior department  oil industry  cantarell field  libra oil field  petrobas 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted November 1, 2010

Brazil says its deepwater Libra oil field could hold as much as 15 billion barrels of oil, making it the biggest crude oil discovery in the Americas since Mexico discovered the Cantarell field in 1976. 

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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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The Benefits of Domestic Energy Production

arkansas  biofuels  domestic energy  energy policy  gulf of mexico  Jack Gerard  oil and natural gas  oil spill  renewable  solar  wind  geothermal energy 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 25, 2010

Last Friday, API President and CEO Jack Gerard delivered a speech at the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, Arkansas, describing the benefits of oil and natural gas to the American way of life and the economy. 

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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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Moratorium Is Lifted, Impacts Remain

access  deepwater drilling  deepwater drilling moratorium  department of the interior  domestic energy  drilling permits  drilling rigs  energy policy  gulf of mexico  moratorium  offshore drilling  oil spill  drilling regulations  gulf of mexico oil spill  shallow-water drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted October 13, 2010

After a months-long investigation, the Department of the Interior made the right decision and ended the deepwater drilling moratorium. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said it was "appropriate" to end the ban because safety measures have been strengthened and spill response capabilities have been improved. 

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