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GOP Senator Moved To Tears As He Commemorates Deepwater Horizon Victims

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 04.20.2015 | Politics

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) couldn't hold back tears during a Senate speech Monday commemorating the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon expl...

The BP Blowout: Five Years Hence, Not Much Has Changed

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.20.2015 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

At the height of the crisis in 2010, we, as a society, had a moment in time to grapple with an energy future fueled by an insatiable appetite for hydrocarbons. The moment passed, and we failed seize that moment. True to form, our elected leaders simply kicked the can down the road, confident in the short memory and shallow engagement of the American electorate.

BP: Tone Deaf to the End

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

BP has argued that, since total flow rate was never measured we have no way of calculating the volume. To this day the company disputes the US government's estimate of 4.2 million barrels spilled into the Gulf, arguing that it was half that.

Four Years After the Blowout... Has Anything Changed?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Beyond the obvious effects of this massive oil spill, and the ongoing court battle between the government, plaintiffs, and BP, the question needs to be asked: After the worst offshore blowout in US history, did we learn anything?

Government Declares BP a 'Responsible' Contractor: Workers and Taxpayers Beware

Rena Steinzor | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Rena Steinzor

How long should BP have remained on probation, barred from doing business until the American workers and taxpayers have some confidence it has really changed? How about the same time period during which it insulted our trust -- at a minimum.

'The Great Invisible' at SXSW -- The Story of the BP Well Tragedy

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.10.2014 | Media
Robert L. Cavnar

Yesterday afternoon, Margaret Brown's new film, The Great Invisible, premiered at SXSW in Austin. It is the story of the BP well blowout in the Gulf in 2010, and follows several main characters whose lives were forever changed by tragedy.

'Circle of Trust' at BP Did Not Include the Government

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

In a closed door deposition last month, Marcia McNutt, head of the U.S. Geological Survey, testified that BP did not disclose critical information to the government about the flow rate, and company emails clearly instructed BP employees to not disclose information outside the "circle of trust."

What's Changed About Deepwater Drilling Since Macondo? Not a Lot.

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Tonight at 9:50 p.m. central time marks the anniversary of the exact time that BP's deepwater well named Macondo blew out, killing 11 workers, destroying Transocean's Deepwater Horizon, and putting five million barrels of oil into the water 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.

Final Government Report on BP Blowout Cites "Poor Risk Management

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Today, the Joint Investigation Team issued its final report on it's investigation of BP's Macondo Well Blowout and subsequent oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010.

Gulf Research Pilot Troubled by Oil Sighting in Macondo Prospect

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.09.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Late last month, Bonny Schumaker, Ph.D. was doing an aerial survey of whale sharks. An optimistic flight in search of healthy wildlife turned into despair as Schumaker found oil, and lots of it.

A Year After the BP Blowout: What We've Learned. And Haven't.

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Today marks the first anniversary of the worst environmental catastrophe in the history of the US. But, unfortunately, most Americans, including our politicians, are suffering from collective amnesia about that tragic event.

Interior Secretary: 'Absolutely' No BP Deal On Deepwater Drilling

Reuters | Posted 06.04.2011 | Business

MEXICO CITY/WASHINGTON - The U.S. interior secretary on Monday rejected media reports that BP was striking a deal to resume deepwater drilling in the ...

At National Oil Spill Commission Meeting, We Share Our Preliminary Findings

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Over the course of the past six months, the commission has detected a deeply embedded problem that transcends the actions of specific companies: We found systemic regulatory failure to protect the American public's interest.

What a Surprise. BP Disputes Flow Rate Estimates

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

You'll recall that all during the summer I talked about BP's number one goal with its blowout well: getting it shut in without measuring the flow. Th...

Disaster on the Horizon: A Former Oil Man's Perspective

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

It's time to shed some light on what happened that fateful night on the Deepwater Horizon rig, and to have a conversation about where we are as a nation in our struggle for energy security.

Memo to Spill Commission: Bad Cement Does Not Equal Blowout

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

This disaster was certainly preventable and caused by poor design, poor decision making, and rushing to get the well completed. The tragic consequences should be a lesson to the entire industry, but I'm not holding my breath.

Undefeated: The Gulf Coast 6 Months After the Blowout

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

The crucible of the Gulf provides a harrowing example of the insanity we now consider normal.

BP's Internal Report Doesn't Hold Up Under Academy Scrutiny

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

As opposed to the National Academy Engineering panel, the president's panel continues to focus on investigating what happened environmentally after the blowout as opposed to seeking out the actual causes of the blowout.

Environmentalists Need a New President

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Glenn Hurowitz

As enthralled as environmentalists and progressives once were about Obama's promise, we can no longer remain blind to the reality that the president has become more obstacle than ally.

Gulf's Dolphins: 'Man Needs to Make Right Their Waters'

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

"Diviner than the Dolphin is nothing yet created, for indeed they were aforetime men and lived in cities along with mortals. They exchanged the land f...

Back when 50 Million Gallons Was A Disaster

Jessica Lass | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jessica Lass

In recent weeks, the Gulf oil spill story line has dramatically turned in BP’s favor. “The oil is gone” “There’s no longer a slick” are so...

Reality TV or Horror Movie?

Michael Brune | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

This summer's most gripping reality TV show took place 5,000 feet below sea level in the Gulf of Mexico and starred plumes of crude oil gushing 24/7.

Flyover at the Macondo Wellhead: Damage Control at "The Source"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

The big question remains. All of those 200 million gallons did not vanish. How much oil is buried in beach sands, embedded in marshes, is still dispersed in the water column or is lying on the sea floor?

Fishing and Breathing BP's Oil: What's "Safe?"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Is it acceptable for recreational anglers, but not Grandma in Iowa, to consume seafood from previously closed fishing grounds on the Louisiana coast?

BP on Notice From Thad Allen: Seabed Seeping

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

Allen said that sonar and visual monitoring of the seabed is of "paramount importance," suggesting that independent scientists have been correct all along about a possible seabed rupture.