Posts tagged as: oil spill

Technician said oil rig’s siren was kept silent

Technician said oil rig’s siren was kept silent

A rig worker on Friday told a government panel that the emergency alarm on the Deepwater Horizon was not fully activated the day the oil rig caught fire and exploded, killing 11 people and setting off the massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The general safety alarm was habitually set to “inhibited” to avoid [...]

BP on oil spill update: No leaks on capped wells for almost 48 hours

BP on oil spill update: No leaks on capped wells for almost 48 hours

During the final hours of the two-day trial run, BP’s experimental cap was still found to be holding up. The effort is the latest of the long line of attempts at keeping more oil from spilling over the Gulf of Mexico without busting a new leak in the well. According to BP PLC vice president [...]

BP makes progress in oil cleanup

BP makes progress in oil cleanup

As BP makes way for a more efficient collection system, it is making progress on removing a device capturing oil from its leaking Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. Sometime within the next seven days, BP expects to have a new seal on the gushing well and it will take two to three weeks [...]

World’s largest skimming vessel continues testing in Gulf (video)

World’s largest skimming vessel continues testing in Gulf (video)

On Sunday, a ship billed as the world’s largest skimming vessel will continue testing its abilities in the Gulf of Mexico. The A Whale could play a key role in oil cleanup efforts if the massive ship’s tests in a 5-by-5-mile area north of the underwater gusher are successful. The boat, which swallows water with [...]

US Coast Guard, BP resumes skimming of oil spill

US Coast Guard, BP resumes skimming of oil spill

After the first hurricane of the Atlantic season forced the US Coast Guard and BP to halt oil cleanup efforts for two days, skimming of spilled crude resumed in the Gulf of Mexico on Friday. Rough seas and high winds from Hurricane Alex brought all surface skimming, controlled burns of oil patches on the water [...]

Senators back congressional oil spill inquiry to counter ‘environmental bias’ of Obama commission

Senators back congressional oil spill inquiry to counter ‘environmental bias’ of Obama commission

On Wednesday, US senate Republicans advanced legislation that would create a congressionally appointed panel to investigate the Gulf of Mexico oil spill based on complaints that a competing presidential commission has an environmentalist tilt. In a 15-8 vote, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee added the congressional commission proposal to a broader offshore drilling [...]

Area of oil spill could be hit by tropical storm

Area of oil spill could be hit by tropical storm

The latest bad news for crews trying to contain and clean up the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, an effort plagued by setbacks for more than two months, is a tropical storm churning in the Caribbean. Packing 65-m.p.h. winds, tropical Storm Alex was lashing Belize late Saturday and is expected to cross [...]

Celebrity telethon rakes in $1.8 million for oil spill aid

“Everyone’s really pissed off,” said Jenny McCarthy to Ryan Seacrest, as they hosted last night’s Gulf Coast relief telethon on CNN. McCarthy was monitoring tweets about BP’s oil spill disaster. On the other hand, Larry King’s star-studded telethon, which was also held to help the people gravely affected by the oil spill in the Gulf [...]