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Feds using remote vehicle to search for source of new Gulf oil slick

The bad news is yet another stray oil slick has been spotted in the Gulf of Mexico about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. The good news is that the federal government appears to be making a real attempt to find the source of the stray oil, which as of Wednesday had formed a slick covering an area about a mile wide and 10 miles long. The Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) says it has deployed a remote underwater vehicle to the Gulf in an effort to find where the oil is coming from. ... Read More

How has the federal government responded to BP's oil spill?

As frustration escalates over BP’s inability to cap and contain its massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, more and more people are directing their anger at the federal government for not doing more to curb the catastrophe and stem the economic impact the spill is having throughout the Gulf. Neither the U.S. nor BP has ever faced an environmental disaster of this magnitude, so nearly every response carries an element of the unknown with it. And along with the unknown comes an element of fear that the fix could do more damage than the oil itself. President Obama’s ... Read More

Oil spill hearings open in Louisiana and DC

Hearings began today in Washington and Louisiana on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico created when the Deepwater Horizon platform exploded on April 20 and sank two days later. Executives representing BP, based in London with North American headquarters in Houston, will testify alongside partners Transocean Ltd., based in Geneva, Switzerland, and Halliburton Co. of Houston. According to testimony prepared for the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, corporations involved in the Deepwater Horizon incident are expected to give conflicting accounts of responsibility on the causes of the explosion. ... Read More

Oil lobbyists determined federal policy of offshore drilling safety

The Department of the Interior’s Minerals Management Service allowed the oil industry to write federal policy governing the implementation of safety systems and backups, according to a New York Times report. “Federal regulators warned offshore rig operators more than a decade ago that they needed to install backup systems to control the giant undersea valves known as blowout preventers (BOPs), used to cut off the flow of oil from a well in an emergency,” the report says. The MMS first sounded the warning in 2004 and then again last year, but it never took proper measures to codify the enhancements, ... Read More