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Long-Term Recovery Plan issued for Gulf after BP Oil Spill

America’s Gulf Coast; A Long Term Recovery Plan after the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, 130 pp. Sept.29, 2010. The report does not have a table of contents or an executive summary. The only summary I could find was the press … Continue reading

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Administrative changes needed to improve federal preparedness and response

In an article titled All Together Now, there is a discussion of the coordination needed at the federal level for disasters generally and for an oil spill in particular.  The article is subtitled: Collaboration-minded feds discover that getting agencies to … Continue reading

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Mixed Views from Scientists re Environmental Effects of BP Oil Spill

Some good news is always welcome. Gulf Spill May Defy Darkest Predictions, NY Times, Sept. 13. Nevertheless, not everyone is optimistic.  Some additional scientific work indicates significant amounts of oil have settled to the floor of the seabed. Scientists Find … 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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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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BP Oil Disaster–Where is the oil?

Yesterday we reported the official estimate  that almost 5 million barrels of oil have been released into the gulf, yet, everyone seems to be asking the same question: Where did it all go?  A couple of interesting sources are available … Continue reading

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BP Oil Spill–New Spill Estimates: almost 5 million barrels

New spill estimates released August 2 suggest that 4.9 million barrels of oil (give or take 10%), or 205,000,000 gallons have been released from the Deepwater Horizon oil well.  Of that, they estimate that about 16%, or 800,000 barrels (33.6 million … Continue reading

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Oil Spill Disaster – July 30 – commercial fishing to resume

  Two news articles about the resumption of fishing off the LA coast: Commercial fishing east of Mississippi River could reopen this week; and another account in Bloomberg News. The decision to resume fishing was supported by the U.S. Food and … Continue reading

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Oil Spill – June 12 – anxiety about effects of spilled oil

BP told to step up containment, WSJ, June 12. The U.S. has given BP PLC two days to devise a more aggressive plan for containing oil leaking from its damaged deepwater well into the Gulf of Mexico, as tension surrounding … Continue reading

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Oil Spill – risk considerations June 11

Additional concerns about the environmental and ecological outcomes.  See Spill May Harbor Unique Hazards , Wall St. Journal, June 11. “This is a three-dimensional spill,” said Columbia University oceanographer…”The physics, the chemistry and the biology action are very different when … Continue reading

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