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Tests on BP Well Blowout Preventer Confirm Redesign a Necessity

Yesterday, the Department of Interior released Det Norske Veritas’ (DNV) report on the forensic testing that it conducted on the blowout preventer (BOP) that failed to shut in BP’s blown out Macondo well almost a year ago.  I’m still going through the 500-plus page report to find answers to my many questions about the failed […]
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Using the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is Not the Answer to High Prices

All the buzz yesterday on the talk shows (besides Michele Bachmann repeating her talking point dozens of times on Meet the Press rather than actually answering questions) was tapping the Strategic Oil Reserve to somehow lower gasoline prices.  To even suggest such a move is not only a bad idea and bad policy, it won’t […]
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Libyan Violence Moves Oil Price – And It Could Get a Lot Worse

Reports of escalating violence in Libya, intransigence of its lunatic dictator, Muammar Ghaddafi, and announcements of the evacuation of foreign oil workers has thrown the markets into turmoil.  US stock markets were down again today, and Brent Crude hit as high as $111 per barrel.  West Texas Intermediate traded over $100, closing slightly below that […]
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New Scientific Study: BP Macondo Oil “…On the Bottom” Still

You remember the August 4, 2010 “Oil Budget” published by NOAA and the USGS that most of the oil spilled from BP’s Macondo well blowout had magically disappeared.  In a White House press conference held that day, retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen did a victory lap that the leaking well was “static” and Jane […]
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Source: EPA Will Agree to Cut BP Oil Spill Estimate

I know I keep saying it, but I told you so.  The Observer is reporting that, according to its sources, the EPA is likely to agree to cut its current estimate of oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico by BP’s Macondo well that blew out on April 20.  BP has officially disputed the government’s […]
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The Hydraulic Fracturing Dilemma. And Danger.

Hydraulic fracturing, known as frac’ing, of oil and gas wells has been a common practice for decades yet little is understood about this complex, and potentially very dangerous well treating practice.  In the last 10 to 15 years, more and more questions have been raised by both the environmental community and regulatory agencies, and the […]
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Breaking: Rove’s White House Operation Violated Federal Law

Reported by Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News, federal investigators have found widespread violations of the Hatch Act, which forbids political activities by government employees, in the Office for Political Affairs headed Karl Rove during the Bush II administration.  From the report: “In 2006, the partisan political activity of OPA staff was not incidental […]
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Sargent Shriver, The Quiet Hero, 1915-2011

One of the heroes of my early life died today after his own long life of 95 years.  Sargent Shriver, who will live forever in my memory as the young, vibrant brother-in-law of John F. Kennedy and husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, set the example of selfless public service to my generation and those who […]
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A Missed Opportunity

Today, the presidential oil spill commission issued its final report concluding that the blowout of BP’s Macondo well was certainly preventable, was caused by identifiable mistakes made by BP and its contractors, and resulted from complacency and poor risk management–placing doubt on the safety culture of the oil and gas industry as a whole.  The […]
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Preview of Spill Commission Report – Confirms Weaknesses in Industry, Government

Yesterday, the President’s oil spill commission issued one chapter of its report to be released in total on January 11.  The released chapter, Chapter 4, goes through the commission’s recounting of the events leading up to the blowout and its own conclusions about causes.  No new information was revealed in the released chapter, though the […]
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