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Preview of Spill Commission Report - Confirms Weaknesses in Industry, Government

January 6th, 2011 by Bob Cavnar

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 [...]

Another Nail in the Coffin of Offshore Drilling Safety Reform

December 20th, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

Earmarks were not the only government spending plans that died when Harry Reid pulled the Senate omnibus spending bill this week.  So, too, did fees and rule improvements that would have helped the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the revamped agency overseeing offshore drilling safety, fund increased inspections and reviews.  The [...]

How the Tea Partiers Will Govern: Stupidity in Action

December 12th, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

If you are wondering how incoming Tea Partiers like Rand Paul, Ron Johnson, and Marco Rubio will govern once in office, you need look no farther than Nassau County, New York.  And it ain’t pretty. In January of this year, Edward Mangano was one of the first Tea Partiers to be swept [...]

My Week in Japan…Seeing What the US is Missing

December 8th, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

I’ve been in Tokyo, Japan this week for business meetings, so have spent a couple of days walking the city and riding in the back of cabs from place to place.  In my spare time, I’ve be absorbing as much as I can of Tokyo, walking back streets of shops and trying [...]

BP Disputes Flow Rate…I Told You So

December 6th, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

You’ll recall that all during the summer I talked about BP’s number one goal with its blowout well: getting it shut in without measuring the flow. They accomplished just that on July 13 when, as the Washington Post reported in August, Energy Secretary Steve Chu ordered the “well integrity test” and the well [...]

Breaking: Terrorists Win. Idiocy Trumps Security. And Sanity.

November 22nd, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

We’ve already seen the very well documented idiocy that has now overtaken US government policy and “security” procedures at our nation’s airports.  As of today, I can confidently say that the terrorists, without doing more than sending more than a few bumbling apprentices with underwear stuffed with explosives, have won.  They [...]

BP’s Macondo Well FINALLY Capped with Memorial

November 9th, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

From my pals over at Daily Kos Gulfwatchers, who have continued their 24/7 vigil over BP’s Macondo well since it was killed in the middle of September, below is a video of the cap put in place over the collet connector early yesterday morning.   The cap memorializes the eleven men [...]

The Smoking Gun in the Gulf

November 8th, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

A few days ago, CNN reported findings of a government research trip into the deepwater of the Gulf of Mexico, close to BP’s Macondo well blowout.  The expedition, crewed by university scientists, found dead and dying coral in 4,000 feet of water southwest of the the wellsite.  Penn State University biologist Charles [...]

Memo to Spill Commission: Bad Cement Does Not Equal Blowout

November 1st, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

Among much hoopla Thursday, the Presidential Oil Spill Commission released a letter from lawyer Fred Bartlit, Jr., saying that 3 of 4 tests that Halliburton conducted of the cement designed for BP’s Macando well were unstable.  They also published a report of tests performed by Chevron that all nine of their tests [...]

Sanity/Fear Rally In Washington Draws at Least 6 Million!

October 30th, 2010 by Bob Cavnar

Jon Stewart’s and Stephen Colbert’s Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear was held today in Washington, DC and estimates place the number of participants at as many as 6 million, more than double those who attended President Obama’s inauguration in January, 2009.  The two rallies drew the record crowds as inspired participants [...]