Monday, November 29, 2010

Shrimpers Say Nets and Shrimp Covered With Oil, After Shrimping Trip Off Louisiana Coast


Monday, November 22, 2010

Oil Spill: BP won't put clock on beach cleanup

Oil remains offshore, on beaches and in Escambia County bays. However, BP and government officials won't guess how long it will take to get it cleaned up.

"Time is a difficult thing to define. ... We don't know when it's going to be," said Michael LaTorre, a representative for BP's local shoreline assessment teams.

BP and government officials had a public forum Thursday in Pensacola to discuss the ongoing fallout from the BP oil spill in Escambia County.

The forum, which was held in the Escambia County Commission chambers, included local BP representatives and officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tar-balls Washing Ashore in FL.

Chuck Barnes, Alabama Surfrider member, has been active in following the Gulf situation "post spill".

He created this blog to keep us all informed.   

Just last week, he spotted tar-balls washing ashore after a swell.  As he mentions, the tar balls are soft and black, meaning there is little weathering which means the oil could be potentially as toxic as it was the day it seeped out of the well.  

Monday, November 15, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

Greenland wants $2 billion bond from oil firms keen to drill in its Arctic waters

A satellite image of Greenland. Photograph: EIL Austria/Nasa/Alamy

Greenland is demanding that oil companies bidding to drill in huge areas of its Arctic waters each pay an estimated $2bn (£1.25bn) upfront "bond" to meet the clean-up costs from any large spill.

The condition, which is thought to be the first of its kind anywhere in the world, will please environmentalists and could encourage other governments to follow suit in the wake of BP's Gulf of Mexico disaster. Half a dozen energy companies – thought to include Shell, Cairn Energy, Statoil, the Danish companies Dong and Maersk Oil – are in negotiations with the Greenland government about the licensing round, the largest for years.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Foreign oil isn't the problem, it's consumption

"If we were to magically wake up tomorrow and find that we could satisfy all of our demand for oil domestically, without having to import a barrel of oil," he said, "it would really not make any difference in terms of our national security, economic security or vulnerability to oil stocks."