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BP Singlehandedly Sets Offshore Drilling Back 50 Years

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

By developing our own oil and gas resources, along with conservation, we can extend our decline curve to give us time to develop alternate sources of energy including wind, bio, solar, and, yes, nuclear

BP Top Kill. Today? Finally?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

BP has been moving the date for the top kill on almost a daily basis, using vague explanations about staging, equipment, etc. There may be something else going on, and, based on BP's past, you can almost be sure there is.

BP's Story Changes Again -- Top Kill Delayed, Less Oil Being Recovered

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Oil on the beach and interminable delays, in addition to dozens of "press briefings" where nothing is really said, has fed a growing frustration in the press and fear among the public that BP either doesn't know what it's doing, or is not being honest.

Next Question to BP: What's Taking So Long?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

It's clear now that BP is not going to be forthcoming. It's time for an independent group of engineers and scientists be inserted into the BP response center to assure that outgoing information is complete and accurate

Question for BP and the MMS - What is the Real Flow From the Blowout?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

After viewing the subsea videos of BP's blowout well last night, I am renewing my question to BP and the MMS... What is the real flow from the well?

Top Kill Is BP's Next Step

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

One of the BP's best bets to control the oil well might be the top kill -- a two step process to using plugging agents followed by heavy mud or cement, to stop the flow of oil in the Gulf.

BP Announces Success of Riser Tool -- But Remains Coy

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

BP announced that they were moving oil to the surface for containment with a riser tool, but backed off an earlier statement that they could contain 85% of the leak.

BP Blowout -- From Little Information to an Abundance, Mostly Conflicting

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Clearly, BP/Transocean missed critical signs. The well was talking to them, but nobody was listening, especially the ones who were ironically at the party celebrating their safety record.

Mike Mason, Oil Industry Whistlebower, Describes Cheating On Blowout Preventer Safety Tests (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

A man is bound to see some strange things working for 18 years on Alaskan oil rigs. According to Mike Mason, it wasn't unusual to see cheating on saf...

Shadow Elite: Think BP's The Bad Guy? Think Bigger, Way Bigger

Linda Keenan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Linda Keenan

There was much finger-pointing this week, but the politicians, and our entire leadership, should also point a finger at themselves, for allowing private industry to increasingly devour public power, and gut regulatory responsibility.

Marcus Baram

Whistleblower Claims That BP Was Aware Of Cheating On Blowout Preventer Tests

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

This story has been updated As the federal and congressional probes continue into the causes of the Gulf oil rig explosion, new information is coming...

BP Exec Admits to Senate Committee What We All Knew Anyway

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

I am pretty convinced now that my initial conclusion about the cause of this accident was correct. BP and Transocean let their guards down.

BP Press Conference: More Experimental Steps to Stymie the Disaster

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

What's obvious is just how unprepared BP was for an incident of this magnitude. They are taking suggestions from anyone and everyone who wants to call, and seem willing to try almost anything.