Government Tells BP to Complete Relief Well

By: Friday August 13, 2010 11:47 am

Like a lazy adolescent with senioritis, BP had been intimating that they might not need to finish up drilling the relief well that would permanently stop the Macondo well in the Gulf, arguing that the heavy drilling mud, cement and other containment strategies are holding. Admiral Thad Allen gave that idea the big no-go today. [...]

House Passes Oil Spill Legislation

By: Saturday July 31, 2010 9:33 am

Last night, before the August recess, the House of Representatives completed work on a series of bills responding to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. As Andrew Restuccia explains, the main bill, called the CLEAR Act, which passed 209-193, has a variety of different elements, many of them similar to the Senate energy and [...]

BP Begins to Cap Well; Legacy of Failure Remains

By: Tuesday July 13, 2010 8:00 am

BP sucessfully installed their new, tighter cap on the Macondo well yesterday, and will now begin testing the valves and the other functions. The goal is to fully capture all of the leaking oil from the well, and officials believe they can achieve that goal. This would not stop the drilling of the relief wells, [...]

Containment Cap Returns to Oil Gusher, But What About This “Oil-Burning Ship”?

By: Thursday June 24, 2010 9:10 am

AP reports that the containment cap has been replaced, after a robot bent on human destruction bumped it out of alignment. While the cap was off for a day, at least 40,000 and probably more like 100,000 barrels of oil gushed into the water unchecked. But I want to focus on this piece buried in [...]

Relief Wells, Automatic Shut-Off Valves Looking Pretty Cheap Now for BP

By: Thursday June 17, 2010 10:55 am

Administration officials and even BP emphasized that the $20 billion dollar shakedown escrow account for the BP oil spill did not represent a cap on damages. Which is a good thing, because the costs continue to mount, and the estimates continue to rise, especially if the Justice Department files criminal charges in the case. Based [...]

Interior’s Puzzling Drilling Permit/No Drilling Permit Policy

By: Friday June 4, 2010 9:22 am

I seriously can’t figure this one out. First, the Minerals Management Service handed out a lease in shallow water for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. Then a email suggested that all new drilling remained under moratorium. Then the Interior Department came out and said no, shallow-water drilling is OK. And now, MMS did in [...]

Massey Energy Policies Destroyed at Field Hearing

By: Tuesday May 25, 2010 11:33 am

With all the attention on the BP oil disaster, we’ve forgotten a bit about the other corporate malefactor in the energy space – Massey Energy, and their disregard for the safety of their workers in exchange for relentless effort at running coal. Yesterday, the House Education and Labor Committee held a field hearing in Beckley, [...]

FBI Investigating Mine Safety Regulator, Massey Energy?

By: Friday April 30, 2010 9:59 am

NPR has an explosive report of an FBI investigation into bribery at the Mine Safety and Health Administration: NPR News has learned that the Mine Safety and Health Administration is one subject of a federal criminal investigation surrounding the explosion of the Upper Big Branch mine in West Virginia three weeks ago — a disaster [...]

Drill Baby Drill: Offshore Rig Explodes, 11 Missing

By: Friday April 23, 2010 6:28 am

This is not the benign, happy image of offshore drilling that its supporters want to project: The Coast Guard by sea and air planned to search overnight for 11 workers missing since a thunderous explosion rocked an oil drilling platform that continued to burn late Wednesday, more than a day since it sent a fireball [...]

Obama: “All Americans deserve to work in a place that is safe”

By: Monday April 12, 2010 8:00 am

I don’t remember the President’s predecessor making a statement with this kind of moral force about worker safety. This was released Saturday night, after the four missing miners in Montcoal, WV, were found dead: It is with a heavy heart that we learn the news that the last four missing miners did not survive the [...]

Obama Takes Stand On Worker Safety

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 2:54 pm

I’m a blogger fellow with Brave New Films on their 16 Deaths Per Day campaign for worker safety. President Obama just released a statement showing an extreme attentiveness to the Massey Energy mining disaster in Coalmont, West Virginia. He has called for an initial assessment report from federal mine safety officials next week, as well [...]

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