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Coast Guard investigating possible new Gulf spill

The Wall Street Journal and several other sources are reporting that the Coast Guard is investigating a 100-mile sheen of a substance that may be oil floating on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico. Reports began to come in on Saturday morning of a rainbow slick that began off…

Interior halts deepwater environmental exemptions

Interior halts exemptions from environmental reviews for deepwater drilling The Obama administration will no longer allow new deepwater drilling projects to go forward without environmental reviews, as happened with BP’s Deepwater Horizon. The administration announced the new policy Monday after the White House Council on Environmental Quality reported that BP…

Workers on ‘doomed’ BP rig feared reprisal for reporting safety issues

A survey of workers who served on BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig shows that many of them felt safety policies were not being adhered to and feared reprisals if management learned of their concerns. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that the survey reveals that workers “often saw unsafe…

US has approved 19 environmental drilling waivers since oil spill

On May 14, President Barack Obama announced that oil companies would no longer be given license to bypass environmental reviews of their drilling projects. “We’re also closing the loophole that has allowed some oil companies to bypass some critical environmental reviews,” Obama said. But in the month since the BP-run…

Hopes pinned on BP’s ‘dynamic kill’ to stop oil spill

US Interior Secretary Ken Salazar raised expectations Thursday of what he cast as BP’s make-or-break attempt to contain the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill by filling a ruptured well with mud. As crude oil spread through Louisiana’s fragile marshlands a month after a rig blast triggered the spill, BP…

AP: Feds severely neglected inspections of offshore drilling rigs

Government agency gave safety award to Deepwater Horizon rig in 2009 The federal agency responsible for ensuring that the Deepwater Horizon was operating safely before it exploded last month fell well short of its own policy that the rig be inspected at least once per month, an Associated Press investigation…

US agency admits lax enforcement of oil drilling

A US official acknowledged Wednesday that the oil and gas industry largely polices its own drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico with little government supervision. At a hearing into the deadly rig explosion that led to a massive, growing oil spill, the Minerals Management Service official said the regulatory…

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