BP Oil Spill

On anniversary of BP explosion, Gulf Coast communities reflect, plan ahead

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 12:55

6:04 minutes (5.55 MB)

Today marks the six-month anniversary of the explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig that led to the worst oil disaster in US history. The April 20th explosion killed 11 workers and is the subject of an ongoing government investigation. In September, BP and government scientists declared the immediate disaster "over" but for Gulf residents, the recovery is just beginning.

Efforts to restore Gulf coastline follow BP disaster

Wed, 10/20/2010 - 12:52

4:21 minutes (3.98 MB)

As the BP oil disaster unfolded, tens of thousands of people from all over the world signed up to volunteer in the Gulf of Mexico. But opportunities were scarce. Much of the clean-up was restricted to full-time workers with special training and professionals with wildlife experience. But some found ways to help the coastline, even if it wasn’t directly related to the oil spill. FSRN’S Katjusa Cisar signed up with one environmental group to help restore marshes in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. She files this Reporter’s Notebook about her experiences.

BP investigation into explosion emphasizes ‘shared responsibility’ and technical fixes

Wed, 09/08/2010 - 13:31

6:14 minutes (5.71 MB)

Today BP released findings from its four-month internal investigation into the cause of the April explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that killed 11 workers and led to the worst oil disaster in US history.

The 193-page report, posted on the company's website, finds failings in the work performed on the well leading up to the disaster; it says BP engineers and Transocean rig workers misinterpreted pressure tests; and that the blow out preventer, designed to avert such an accident, failed to operate correctly. BP declined FSRN’s requests for an interview. To find out more, we're joined by Kieran Suckling, the executive director of the Center for Biological Diversity, an environmental advocacy group that has been critical of the BP response to the disaster.

In related news, a federal study released Tuesday found that oxygen levels in the ocean near the damaged well had dropped by 20 percent, but that the levels weren't low enough to create dead zones. The Houston Chronicle reports that the study drew on 419 locations in the Gulf over three months. Scientists had warned that the extensive use of underwater dispersants could lead to lower oxygen levels which could kill fish and other organisms.

To view the BP report: http://www.bp.com/sectiongenericarticle.do?categoryId=9034902&contentId=...

Oil platform fire renews debate over drilling ban in Gulf of Mexico

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 13:24

5:30 minutes (5.03 MB)

The House Committee on Energy and Commerce has requested a response from Mariner Energy, the oil and gas company that operates the platform that caught fire yesterday in the Gulf of Mexico. Committee chairs gave a deadline of next Friday, September 10 for CEO Scott Josey to respond. Thursday's fire has renewed the focus on safety in oil and gas production in the Gulf - and increased debate over a moratorium on deepwater drilling in the region.

For more we're joined by Jacqueline Savitz. She's a senior scientist and director of climate and pollution campaigns at Oceana, an ocean conservation group.

New Orleans residents offer mixed feelings on oil drilling after latest accident

Fri, 09/03/2010 - 13:23

3:55 minutes (3.59 MB)

News of Thursday morning's fire on the oil and gas platform in the Gulf of Mexico spread quickly through the region.  With the experience of the BP oil disaster still fresh, New Orleans residents on Frenchmen Street shared their views on drilling with FSRN's Zoe Sullivan.

We heard from Leroy Cargrum, Joseph Martin, Alvin MacMillan, Chuck Laventure, and Jack Bishop.

Investigation into BP spill questions accountability in lead up to explosion

Thu, 08/26/2010 - 13:12

3:28 minutes (3.17 MB)

An investigation into the causes of the BP oil spill continued today in Houston. Members of the Coast Guard, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, and attorneys from all sides questioned BP executives about safety culture and accountability - at times investigators grew frustrated with a web of authority that made it unclear who was really in charge in the lead-up to the disaster. Tanya Snyder reports.

BP damage claims process presents challenges to Gulf residents

Mon, 08/23/2010 - 13:06

4:50 minutes (4.43 MB)

Oil executives are back in the hot seat today. Federal investigators looking into the cause of the April explosion that set off the worst spill in US history questioned one official from BP and two from Transocean, the company that owns the rig. Today’s hearing took place in Houston. It’s the fourth of the ongoing investigation. Also today, the oil spill damage claims process officially shifts from BP to Kenneth Feinberg, who administered the 9/11 victims fund. Feinberg has been hired to do the same for those who suffered economic losses due to the oil spill – but may find this situation even more complicated. Tanya Snyder reports.

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