Environment Forum

from Tales from the Trail:

White House commission wades into “Deep Water”

January 11, 2011

OILSPILL-BP/COMMISSIONThe great thing about presidential commissions is that they can soberly consider complicated matters and then offer unvarnished reports on what to do. The tough part is when that information rockets around Washington, as occurred after a White House commission issued its final report on the BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

from Reuters Investigates:

BP – Tough to price in the consequences

December 2, 2010

Two graphs tell an apparently conflicting story: analysts forecast a steady recovery in BP's dividends, but its valuation remains weak. Tom Bergin's close look at the potential costs facing BP as a result of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill helps explain the latter, but less so the former.

from Reuters Investigates:

Oil under ice

November 11, 2010

Still there

Still there

BP's Macondo Gulf spill would be nothing compared to the effect of a drilling accident in the Arctic, Jessica Bachman reports from "the foulest place in all of Russia."  Scientists and Russian officials are just starting to wake up to the fact that "if something happens on the Arctic Barents Sea in November it would be, 'OK, we'll come back for you in March,'" Jessica says.

That sinking feeling along the U.S. Gulf Coast

August 11, 2010

OIL-SPILL/The oil is no longer gushing into the Gulf of Mexico from the broken BP well, and a final “bottom kill” is in prospect — though delayed by an iffy weather forecast. That means the environment’s on the mend along the Gulf Coast, right?

from Tales from the Trail:

Should U.S. oil royalties pay for studies of BP spill’s environmental impact?

August 9, 2010

OIL-SPILL/Oil caused the mess in the Gulf of Mexico. Should U.S. oil royalties pay for scientists to study what happened, and what's still happening, to this complex environment?

from Tales from the Trail:

What does an oiled pelican look like?

July 19, 2010

OIL-SPILL/You've probably seen the disturbing images of pelicans so badly mired in leaking oil in the Gulf of Mexico that they can barely be distinguished as birds at all -- they look like part of the muck.

BP, oil and seabirds — Baltic Sea ducks had worse luck

July 8, 2010

gannetBP’s vast and spreading oil disaster is killing ever more birds and other wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico — but one of the worst spills for birds was a harmless-sounding 5 tonnes of oil in the Baltic Sea in 1976.

from The Great Debate UK:

BP Gulf of Mexico crisis will transform the oil industry

June 11, 2010

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-Kees Willemse is professor of off-shore engineering, Delft University.  The opinions expressed are his own.-

from Tales from the Trail:

Lockbox may be making a political comeback

June 9, 2010

Republicans may be coming around to former Vice President Al Gore's way of thinking. Not on climate change, but on the "lockbox."

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington spinmeisters start BP’s damage control

June 2, 2010

OIL-RIG/LEAKThe new public relations gurus hired by BP couldn't have started at a better time. The team, headed by Anne Womack-Kolton -- a former spokeswoman for Vice President Dick Cheney and the White House -- had just started work when they had to deal with an unfortunate statement by BP chief executive Tony Hayward.