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BP Could Drill in Gulf Again

posted by Jake Richardson
Oct 28, 2011

British Petroleum’s plan to drill in the Gulf of Mexico again was approved by the Obama administration. It was their first oil drilling plan approved for the Gulf since the huge oil spill the company caused in 2010. Their newly approved plan calls for the drilling of four exploratory wells about two hundred miles from the Louisiana coast. 

It is shocking a company that caused so much damage to the Gulf’s ecology and regional economy would possibly be allowed to drill there again so soon after the destruction. “Comprehensive safety legislation hasn’t passed Congress, and BP hasn’t paid the fines they owe for their spill, yet BP is being given back the keys to drill in the gulf, said Congressman Edward J. Markey, from Massachusetts. (Source: biologicaldiversity.org)

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NOAA: BP oil spill may have contributed high mortality rate of dolphins

By Karen Nelson
Biloxi Sun-Herald
Oct. 28, 2011

GULFPORT -- NOAA officials called a national media briefing Thursday and said that the BP oil spill could have played a role in the high number of dolphin deaths in the northern Gulf since 2010. But they said further testing is needed to draw any conclusions.
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BP's Gulf Oil Spill: 1 Year Later

April 20, 2011

One year after the blowout at the Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent burning and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, what has been learned? Read more

We are to blame, our dependency on oil

Oil pollution in the Oceans, Arabian Sea, Persian Gulf, and Red Sea, Gulf of Mexico, Alaska’s waters
and the oil keeps flowing... I mean leaking, gushing, polluting

Trinidad oil company denies spill reached ocean

(AP) – Aug 13, 2010
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Trinidad's petroleum company said Friday that crews are cleaning up a spill that seeped into rivers, but denied claims by fishermen that the oil had reached the ocean.

Petroleum Company of Trinidad and Tobago Ltd. said it fixed a leak in an underground transfer pipe that released oil into the Godineau River and tributaries on the Caribbean island this week. (Read more)

BP is guilty of murder

Let's not forget about the 11 souls who lost their lives because of BP. Let's not forget about the lives ruined because of BP.

Deepwater Horizon oil spill

From Wikipedia

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the BP oil disaster or the Macondo blowout) is an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. It is the largest marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. The spill stemmed from a sea-floor oil gusher that resulted from the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others. On July 15, the leak was stopped by capping the gushing wellhead after releasing about 4.9 million barrels of crude oil. It was estimated that 53,000 barrels per day were escaping from the well just before it was capped. It is believed that the daily flow rate diminished over time, starting at about 62,000 barrels per day and decreasing as the reservoir of hydrocarbons feeding the gusher was gradually depleted

Big image of the Deepwater Horizon fire

Huge image of the Deepwater Horizon fire

Oil spill

From Wikipedia

An oil spill is a release of a liquid petroleum hydrocarbon into the environment due to human activity, and is a form of pollution. The term often refers to marine oil spills, where oil is released into the ocean or coastal waters. Oil spills include releases of crude oil from tankers, offshore platforms, drilling rigs and wells, as well as spills of refined petroleum products (such as gasoline, diesel) and their by-products, and heavier fuels used by large ships such as bunker fuel, or the spill of any oily refuse or waste oil. Spills may take months or even years to clean up

Oil Spills in the Oceans


Oil Spills: Impact on the Ocean

Water Encyclopedia

Oil wastes that enter the ocean come from many sources, some being accidental spills or leaks, and some being the results of chronic and careless habits in the use of oil and oil products. Most waste oil in the ocean consists of oily storm water drainage from cities and farms, untreated waste disposal from factories and industrial facilities, and unregulated recreational boating.

Read more: Oil Spills: Impact on the Ocean - sea, effects, temperature, percentage, important, largest, types, source, marine, oxygen, human

Projects by Students for Students

Oil Spills

Imagine yourself as a killer whale. You are swimming around when you decide to stick your head out of the water to take a breath. As you are taking a breath, you see a large stream of thick black oil heading your way. You go back under water only to find other animals dying one by one because the oil is damaging their bodies.

Oil Spills in the Oceans

Images - a picture is worth a thousand words

REPORT - Twenty Years Later, Impacts Of The Exxon Valdez Linger

by doug struck

Two decades after the Exxon Valdez spilled 11 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska’s waters, the Prince William Sound, its fishermen, and its wildlife have still not fully recovered.
Full Story at Yale e360

Ocean Titan, Ocean America return to service

Offshore staff

PASCAGOULA, Mississippi -- Two Diamond Offshore rigs, the Ocean Titan and the Ocean America, have been completed and returned to service, according Signal Offshore. The LeTourneau Class 64 jackup Ocean Titan entered Signal's East Pascagoula, Mississippi yard for modifications and repairs on March 6 and departed on April 14. The eight-column semisubmersible Ocean America spent 97 days on Signal's Dry Dock at Port Arthur, Texas undergoing periodic inspection procedures and customer-planned modifications. It was delivered on May 7.


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