BP Deepwater Horizon Committee Hears From Oil Industry Executives

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National Academy of Sciences | News (2010)







Photo: UC Santa Barbara Geography Department. The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico as seen from space by NASA's Terra satellite on May 24, 2010. The spill has yet to be contained and is the worst oil spill in US history.
View of the Macondo well leaking oil in the Gulf of Mexico.

The subject of gas drilling in the Marcellus may be looked at in its historical, legal and scientific contexts. The need to heal the ineffective and mistrustful relationship between environmentalists, the U.S. government and the international energy industry concerning the preservation of American air and water becomes more urgent by seeing images like these.

See: Mixplex | Schlumberger

See: Kara Cusolito. The Nation. "The Next Drilling Disaster".

On Sunday, Sept. 26, a committee of the National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council that is conducting an analysis of the causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill held a public meeting to hear from Mark Bly, group head of safety and operations for BP, and other company representatives about BP's recently released accident investigation report. Also on the agenda were executives from Halliburton and Shell Oil.

See: "More Questions About BP’s Limited Investigation Into Gulf Disaster".

See: Dave Cohen. Energy Bulletin. "Shale Gas Shenanigans."

See: National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling

See: The Questions BP Didn’t Answer

See: Tracking the Oil Spill in the Gulf | Interactive Map

For more on the estimates, see these articles:

May 14: Size of Oil Spill Underestimated, Scientists Say

May 28: Estimates Suggest Spill Is Biggest in U.S. History

June 7: Rate of Oil Leak, Still Not Clear, Puts Doubt on BP

June 10: New Estimates Double Rate of Oil Leak

June 15: Panel Sharply Raises Estimate of Oil Spill

Aug. 2: Gulf Spill Is the Largest of Its Kind

See: Cain Burdeau. "Scientists Find Damage to Coral Near BP Well." AP. Coastal Care. Nov. 6, 2010.

See: Peter Hart. July 2010. "Still Drill, Baby—Despite Spill
Little rethinking of oil after Deepwater disaster." FAIR. (Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting)

See New Book:

Institute of Medicine, Margaret A. Mccoy, and Judith A. Salerno. Assessing the Effects of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill on Human Health: A Summary of the June 2010 Workshop. National Academies Press, 2010.