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2011-02-18 09:00:00

Misguided well design decisions by BP officials, poor oversight of a cement contractor that they had received warnings about years beforehand, an ill-timed reorganization of the engineering staff, and the lack of cooperation from their partners were all factors that played a part in the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion, the national commission investigating the oil spill revealed on Thursday. In their final report to President Obama, the National Oil Spill Commission discovered that as early...

2011-02-01 22:54:42

New predictive tool described in Environmental Engineering Science Many questions remain about the fate and environmental impact of the marine oil caused by the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico from the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling platform. A predictive model based on engineering design tools is described in an article in Environmental Engineering Science, a peer-reviewed journal published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. www.liebertpub.com). The article is available free online at...

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2011-01-27 05:50:00

A new study released Wednesday finds that dispersants placed deep in the Gulf of Mexico in the aftermath of the BP oil spill seemed to keep some oil from contaminating the water's surface.  However, the chemicals in the dispersant lingered underwater, adding to growing concerns about the long-term consequences for the region. The study, which appears in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, was the first peer-reviewed research published on the fate of oil dispersants added...

2011-01-26 09:46:00

Oilfield expert warns errors in report undermine safety recommendations SINGAPORE, Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In anticipation of today's Senate and House hearings over the final report by President Obama's National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling, oilfield operations expert Phil Rae warns that fundamental mistakes made in the panel's findings threaten to undermine efforts to ensure such a tragedy never occurs again: After $6 million...

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2011-01-12 06:05:00

A US commission investigating the Gulf of Mexico oil spill said Tuesday that an overhaul of industry practices and tougher safety measures are needed to avoid a repeat of the worst oil disaster in US history. "The central lesson to be drawn from the catastrophe is that no less than an overhauling of both current industry practices and government oversight is now required," the presidential panel said in a report released after a six-month probe. The April 2010 explosion of the BP-leased...

2011-01-11 11:06:00

Oilfield Operations specialist identifies factors leading to BP spill and claims Commission report is inaccurate and misleading NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- President Obama's National Oil Spill Commission released a chapter of its report last week drawing concerns from multiple voices on the issue due to the controversial nature of its findings. While the chapter argues the causes of the Macondo oil spill were due to oversights, and outright mistakes from a...

2011-01-09 00:43:45

Houston maritime lawyers of Arnold & Itkin LLP say safety reforms are needed to protect offshore workers. Houston, Texas (PRWEB) January 7, 2011 Houston maritime accident lawyer Kurt Arnold says the resounding message of the presidential panel investigating the BP oil spill is that another catastrophic offshore platform accident could occur unless the oil and gas industry makes significant safety reforms. "The oil spill commission's finding that many of the cost-cutting decisions made...

2011-01-07 11:20:21

When interviewed by the BBC, the now retired BP boss Tony Hayward admitted to his company's insufficient response to the Deepwater Horizon rig accident in the Gulf of Mexico. Could the company have been better prepared for what turned out to be one of the biggest oil disasters in history? "We were making it up day to day," Hayward said of BP's rescue plan. Together with chairman of the board, Carl-Henrik Svenberg, he was held responsible for 11 dead and 17 injured workers. According to the...

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2011-01-06 09:25:00

The National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling has found that all three primary parties involved in the environmental disaster were at least partially to blame, and that a catastrophe of this manner could happen again unless there are significant changes in the industry. An excerpt of the commission's final report, which is scheduled to be delivered to President Barack Obama next week, was released to the media and posted on the organization's official...

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2010-12-16 06:35:00

BP and eight other companies have had lawsuits brought against them for the first time by the United States for billions of dollars in damages from the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, which has been labeled the worst oil disaster in US history. The complaint was filed by the US Justice Department with a federal court in New Orleans, where thousands of individuals and small businesses have already sued the British oil company. Attorney General Eric Holder said the complaint alleges...