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BP rests its case in Gulf spill trial's barrel-counting segment

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.20.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Oct. 21, 2013 edition.) Phase Two of the Macondo spill trial ended Friday in U.S. Distri...

Feds and BP Clash Over Barrels Spilled at Macondo Trial

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.12.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

At the Macondo spill trial, number crunching or quantification of the oil flow started Monday in U.S. District Court in New Orleans, with Judge Carl Barbier presiding. The U.S. is on one side with a figure of about 5 million barrels for the disaster that commenced in 2010, versus BP and Anadarko on the other with 3.26 million barrels.

BP's missteps delayed its 2010 spill response, trial witnesses say

Susan Buchanan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the Oct. 7, 2013 edition.) As the Macondo trial's Phase Two began in U.S. District Court in ...

New Orleans-Based Trial Assesses 2010 Gulf Spill Blame

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.02.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the March 4, 2013 edition.) A landmark environmental trial kicked off last week at United Sta...

Shell Begins Drilling in the Chukchi Sea: The Details and the Risks

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 11.10.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

There are many questions to be asked about why our demand for hydrocarbon-based fuels is so great that we are now drilling for hydrocarbons in some of the most harsh conditions in the world.

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.

Back to Square One? BOP Investigator Admits to Key Error in Report

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.05.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

The project manager for Det Norske Veritas, the company who led the investigation of the BOP, admitted an error in the computer model they used to determine the cause of failure of the BOP during the BP well blowout last April.

Tests on BP Well Blowout Preventer Confirm Redesign a Necessity

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

The US government is currently issuing permits to drill knowing full well that operators are using blowout preventers that are insufficiently designed to shut in blown out deepwater wells.

Why BP Oil Spill Wasn't Stopped Sooner

AP | By HARRY R. WEBER and MICHAEL KUNZELMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS -- A federal probe has found that a trapped piece of drill pipe prevented a key failsafe device from properly sealing off the blown oil we...

Testing Of Key Oil Spill Evidence Could Be Compromised

AP | HARRY R. WEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. government disclosed Friday it is investigating whether a Transocean worker's handling of a key a piece of evidence in th...

Engineering Academy Finding: BP's "Failure to Learn"

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

A common theme in a new report on Deepwater Horizon is that poor decision making, complacency and over confidence in BP's organization created an environment for an increasingly dangerous oil well.

Where Is The Gulf Oil Blowout Preventer? Justice Dept. Won't Say

AP | HARRY R. WEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

NEW ORLEANS — The Justice Department won't say if the blowout preventer that failed to stop oil from gushing from BP's undersea well into the Gu...

FBI Present As Key Piece Of Oil Spill Evidence Pulled From Gulf

AP | HARRY R. WEBER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — A crane hoisted a key piece of oil spill evidence to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, giving investigators...

BP's Fishing Folly is a Complete Failure

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

Admiral Allen announced today that BP's fishing job being undertaken on their Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well has been called off due to total failu...

Key Device Responsible For Gulf Oil Spill Never Got Critical Safety Test

By RAMIT PLUSHNICK-MASTI | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

HOUSTON (AP) -- A critical device at the center of an investigation into the Gulf oil rig explosion didn't undergo a rigorous recertification process ...

Fishing On the BP Well: So, All This Was the Government's Idea?

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

It seems that Steve Chu, the Nobel Prizing-winning Secretary of Energy and his staff of advisors have been exercising what I consider to be questionable risk management with regard to the BP oil gusher.

After All This, Now They're Worried About the BOP

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

In his presser this morning, Adm. Allen announced that they are still trying to decide what to do about the relief well. Dithering seems a strong word, but I'm going to use it now.

Questions BP Needs to Answer

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

Until these questions are answered by BP, we have no real information to tell us that the well is dead, or even safe.

Top Kill Procedure Starting -- Even With BOP Leaks

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

I have now been listening to both BP and government representatives for two weeks explaining the static kill, and have yet to hear an intelligent, cogent argument for why they're doing this.

BP Oil Spill Probe Finds New Warning Signs Before Deepwater Horizon Explosion

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Two congressmen say that BP's internal investigation into the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has identified new warning signs of p...

Bob Graham, William Reilly To Lead Presidential Commission On BP Gulf Oil Spill

AP | ERICA WERNER and KEN THOMAS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The White House has tapped former Florida Sen. Bob Graham and ex-EPA Administrator William K. Reilly to lead a presidential commiss...

BP "Test" -- Gush, Baby, Gush as We Wait, Baby, Wait

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

Aside from the tens of thousands of barrels roaring into the Gulf unabated, BP are taking huge risks in further damage to the well by undertaking an operation whose objectives are still not clear.

Deepwater Moratorium Becomes "Suspension," But Still Needed

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

I've been saying for weeks now that the US should change its offshore policy to "if you drill here, you live here". How hard is that?

Gulf Oil Blowout Preventer Had A Leak, Rep. Waxman Says

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry Waxman says that his committee's investigation into the Gulf oil spill reveals that a key safety device, the blowout pre...

Conflicting Accounts From BP On Negative Pressure Test Before Blast: Rep. Waxman

AP | FREDERIC J. FROMMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — Rep. Henry Waxman says BP officials provided conflicting accounts of what happened after an oil well didn't pass a negative pressur...