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Hopes High for Containment Cap

bp  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  spill response  electricity 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 3, 2010

Observers from all over the Gulf Coast and the nation tonight are watching closely as BP and a team of engineers attempt to lower a containment cap on the Macondo well riser.

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Avoid Unintended Consequences

blowout preventer  deepwater drilling  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  Jack Gerard  offshore drilling  oil spill  oil spill cleanup 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 3, 2010

Yesterday in a post on the National Journal's Energy and Environment Blog, API President and CEO Jack Gerard said policymakers should avoid enacting new policies and regulations that could have a negative impact on the nation's energy security and economic future.

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Diamond Saw Stuck

bp  deepwater horizon  diamond wire  domestic energy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  national oceanic and atmospheric administration  oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 2, 2010

Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen reported this morning that the diamond wire being used to make a second "clean cut" in the Deepwater Horizon riser is stuck. 

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Drilling Moratorium Lifted in Shallow Water, Report Says

access  deepwater horizon  domestic energy  drilling ban  energy policy  gulf drilling ban  gulf of mexico  gulf oil production  offshore drilling 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 1, 2010

Oil Daily is reporting today that Interior Sec. Ken Salazar has lifted the moratorium on Gulf of Mexico exploration and production in shallow water. 

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Top Kill Fails

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  oil spill cleanup  oil spill response  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 30, 2010

The engineers working on the Macondo well in the Gulf have abandoned the top kill procedure. Late yesterday afternoon, BP's Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles announced that the top kill and the junk shot did not plug the leaking well, so they are moving to the next option--the low marine riser package, or LMRP.

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Top Kill Procedure Continues

deepwater horizon  domestic energy  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  oil spill cleanup  oil spill response  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 28, 2010

President Obama is traveling to the Gulf Coast to see the oil spill response first-hand today. His trip comes one day after he held a news conference to announce delays and cancellations in the U.S. offshore energy development program.

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Top Kill Stops Oil Leak, Reports Say

deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 27, 2010

At an early morning news conference, U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said today that engineers have stopped the flow of oil and gas into the Gulf of Mexico

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Jack Gerard Testifies at Oil Spill Hearing

bp  congress  deepwater horizon  energy policy  gulf oil spill  Jack Gerard  offshore drilling  hearing on oil spill 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 27, 2010

API President and CEO Jack Gerard is testifying today at the House Natural Resources Committee's hearing on the nation's Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and natural gas strategy and the implications of the Deepwater Horizon tragedy.

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Top Kill Underway

blowout preventer  bop  bp  deepwater horizon  gulf of mexico  gulf oil spill  oil spill cleanup  spill response 

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted May 26, 2010

BP has received permission to launch the "top kill" procedure on the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. This means engineers can begin pumping heavy drilling fluids into the blowout preventer (BOP) and the wellbore in hopes of stopping the oil leaks. 

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