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Deepwater Horizon Disaster: Five Years Later

April 22, 2015 by Ripudaman Malhotra

Five years ago the BP Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil well in the Gulf of Mexico burst into flames following a blow out. Eleven workers died in the accident and 11 others were injured. Oil and gas gushed out for months from the broken pipe at the floor of the sea.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Oil Production in Federal Gulf of Mexico Expected to Continue Increasing

March 6, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gulf Oil Production

Because of the long timelines associated with Gulf of Mexico (GOM) projects, the recent downturn in oil prices is expected to have minimal direct impact on GOM crude oil production through 2016. EIA projects GOM production to reach 1.52 million barrels per day (bbl/d) in 2015 and 1.61 million bbl/d in 2016.[read more]

Friday Energy Facts: Gulf of Mexico 2014 Production Shut in by Storms Seen Higher than Last Year

June 13, 2014 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Gulf of Mexico Production

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a relatively mild hurricane season, but even a fairly quiet season like last year can lead to disruptions to offshore crude oil and natural gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.[read more]

A Gulf Chorus Fights BP's PR War

December 31, 2011 by Rocky Kistner

Photo by PJ Hahn

BP's newest PR salvo touting its Gulf cleanup hit a nerve with many residents still struggling to get their lives back (one ad captured this BP beach protest in the background). The oil behemoth's slickly produced pleas for Americans to “come on down” to the Gulf where the weather is warm, the...[read more]

As Dolphins Die, Gulf Residents Ask, 'What About Us?'

November 6, 2011 by Rocky Kistner

Dolphin found near Gulfport MS last week. Photo: Laurel Lockamy

Willie Seaman of Irvington, AL, lays carpet and floors for a living. But last summer, as the BP well gushed thousands of barrels of oil daily into the Gulf, Seaman signed up with the BP cleanup program, working on a shrimp boat several miles off shore. It was brutally hot and the smell of oil was putrid, Seaman remembers. His...[read more]

A Storm of Anxiety Over Fresh Oil Batters the Gulf

September 4, 2011 by Rocky Kistner
Photo: Lorrie Williams

In the Gulf, another maelstrom has hit. But the tropical storm Mother Nature has brewed  is not the top concern on some resident’s minds. Instead they are worried about the threat of fresh oil sighted in the in the general vicinity of BP’s Macondo well.   The fact there is oil and sheen in the water now...[read more]

BP Spins Success From Reports About Its Failure

July 1, 2011 by Rocky Kistner

When my colleagues released NRDC's annual Testing the Waters  report documenting pollution problems across the nation’s coastlines, the last thing they expected was this jaw-dropping Orwellian tweet to pop up on their computer screens: @BP_America Official BP.@NRDC Annual #Beach Water Report released today...[read more]

Video: New Technology May Prevent Another Oil Spill Like BP's

June 23, 2011 by Silvio Marcacci

Last year, the nation watched and waited for months during many failed attempts to cap the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Now, with the well capped and killed, the industry has responded with new response plans and equipment designed to keep future oil spills from getting out of control. energyNOW! anchor Thalia Assuras looks at one of these new sub-sea containment systems, the Helix Rapid Response.[read more]

Fishermen of a Different Kind Take Their Gulf Fight to Congress

April 11, 2011 by Rocky Kistner

Kindra Arnesen and Ryan Lambert live only a few miles from each other deep in the bayou of Plaquemines Parish, LA. They share the same love of the marsh, the sea and the coastal wilderness that make this area an irreplaceable treasure of the south. But this week they are now  both in Washington talking to members of Congress about...[read more]

Does the President Realize We’re About to Have an Energy Crisis?

April 3, 2011 by Amy Myers Jaffe

The upshot of President Barack Obama’s latest energy speech is correct. We can reduce one-third of our oil imports by 2025. Ironically, the United States has simultaneously never had a better or worse energy outlook. Improving corporate average efficiency standards will effectively bring America to the president’s target probably by...[read more]

The Results of Energy Policy

January 5, 2011 by Geoffrey Styles

The combination of an energy event yesterday in Washington, DC that I was unable to attend and a comment I received on Monday's posting got me thinking about energy policy in the context of the new year and the start of the new Congressional session today.National energy policy has been debated throughout my adult life, whether the...[read more]

From the Gulf to the Volt

December 20, 2010 by Marc Gunther

When trying to save the planet, every litter bit helps. But let’s not lose sight of the forest when we’re saving a tree–or when General Motors is recycling “plastic boom material used to soak up oil in the Gulf of Mexico” into auto parts in the Chevrolet Volt. Recycling is laudable–indeed, it points the way to a sustainable, zero-waste...[read more]

Natural Gas and The Gulf Hiatus

December 15, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

With so much attention focused on the boom in natural gas from new shale resources, we shouldn't lose sight of the importance of domestic offshore gas, mainly from the Gulf of Mexico. Although it has been declining for the last decade, offshore production still accounts for about 13% of US gas output. Before the Deepwater Horizon...[read more]

After the Drilling Moratorium Is Lifted

October 11, 2010 by Geoffrey Styles

As I was thinking about the offshore drilling moratoria--both the official one that's scheduled to end in a few weeks and the unofficial one that might drag on for months or years--it occurred to me that the Deepwater Horizon accident couldn't have happened at a worse time, in terms of our grasping its impact on our energy economy. There...[read more]

Salazar: Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling Is the Right Decision

June 22, 2010 by Osha Davidson
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar this afternoon announced the administration’s intention to fight to keep a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling in place, despite a federal judge’s ruling today that placed an injunction on the measure. In a statement released today, Salazar defended the...[read more]