BP Plan for Gulf Drilling Is Approved
HOUSTON — The Obama administration on Friday took another step toward allowing BP to return to the Gulf of Mexico, approving the first oil drilling plan for the company there since the explosion that sank the Deepwater Horizon rig more than a year ago.
It was another sign that oil exploration in the gulf was coming back to normal, although energy companies continued to complain that the permitting process for drilling new wells remained far slower than before the accident.
“A study released this month about the distribution of oil and gas from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has found that the largest percentage of the spill—36 percent—never rose out of the underwater plume estimated at 3,300 to 4,300 feet below the surface; and that the slick visible on the surface only represented about 15 percent of the total leaked gas and oil.”—
This was discussed over and over but nice to see it’s finally been released in an official study.
The Gulf of Mexico disaster is what inspired this blog and remains one of the most heart wrenching environmental disasters in the USA - and yet, most people think everything is just fine now. Thanks BP - stellar advertising, lying, and propaganda saturation.
The BP Gulf Oil Spill, Two Years Later
Two years have passed since BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform explosion killed 11 and released 5 million gallons of oil into the Gulf. And, what have our lawmakers done to minimize the likelihood of another catastrophe? Nothing.
Congress’s response to the spill has been truly pathetic. It has not passed a single bill to prevent another catastrophe, according to a report issued Tuesday by former members of a presidential commission that investigated the spill. Congress has failed even to codify the Interior Department’s sound regulatory reforms, which could be undone by a future administration.
I wish I were surprised, but I’m not.
- Judge extends deadline for BP oil spill settlement (newsok.com)
- Oil Spill Commission Action Group Gives Congress Low Grades For Regulatory Reform On Drilling (huffingtonpost.com)
- Nagging and Lagging Problems with Off Shore Drilling Safety (recoverydiva.com)