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More disaster updates

(1) Behind Scenes of Gulf Oil Spill, Acrimony and Stress. NY Times , Aug. 27. Interesting account of the behind the scenes struggles between BP and the federal government and among the many engineers involved. (2) Regarding Pakistan, the dimensions … Continue reading

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Minerals Management Service – what went wrong

Feature story in today’s Wash. Post about the MMS. How the Minerals Management Service’s partnership with industry led to failure; Wash. Post, August 24. The story of how a little-known federal agency became an extension of the industry it oversaw … Continue reading

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Huge underwater plume from BP Oil Spill

Alarming news about the size and characteristics of the underwater oil, according to front page story in the Wall St. Journal. Study Says Gulf Oil Spill Caused Manhattan-Size Plume At the height of the Deepwater Horizon spill, oil escaping from … Continue reading

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The long-view on the Gulf Oil Spill

Scientists Dispute Government Stance on the Lingering Effects of Gulf Oil. ProPublica,  August 17, 2010. …scientists seemed, on the whole, rather skeptical when a government report said most of the oil from BP’s well was gone from the Gulf of Mexico. … Continue reading

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New Report on Health Effects of Oil Spill — National Academy of Medicine

For those interested in the health effects of the BP Oil spill, the full text of report can be downloaded free download from the National Academy of Sciences; August 2010.  This is a large report (207 pp.).  Assessing the Effects … Continue reading

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Hurricane Katrina and the Oil Spill — comments in the news

Here are two more takes on New Orleans five years after H. Katrina. Lessons in Resilience from New Orleans, Andrew Revkin’s blog of August 13, citing geographer Bob Kates. and NOLA on Hurricane Katrina;. Turning to the aftermath of the … Continue reading

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Oil Spill Disaster — “lessons learned” discussed

Critical Lessons from the Federal Response to the Gulf Oil Spill (HSPI Commentary) from the Geo. Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute, August 10, 2010.  While I agree with only some of the authors’ opinions, I think this piece is … Continue reading

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Oil Spill – focus shifts to long-term effects

Worries about recovery come to the foreground, now that the well has been capped. See As oil spill cleanup shifts gears, gulf residents fear they’ll be forgotten. The [LA] state government said this week that erosion eats away 29 square … Continue reading

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Oil Spill Disaster – regulating oil and gas drilling is hard to do

One has to wonder if the “public interest” is being served, given that the regulation of oil and gas drilling at both federal and state levels is under attack by industry forces. See Drilling Industry and Gubernatorial Candidates Move to … Continue reading

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Oil Spill Update – -Not all clear just yet

NOAA issued a major report on August 4, titled Federal Science Report Details Fate of Oil from BP Spill.  The full text of that report ( 5 pages) is available here. Nevertheless, other scientists are questioning the methodology and results … Continue reading

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