Environmentalists and politicians are increasingly sounding off about BP and Russia’s state oil company Rosneft teaming up to drill in oil’s new frontier: the Arctic. Read more
In its final report, the presidential commission investigating the Gulf Oil Spill called for scientists to play a more important role in the federal government’s decisions about where to allow offshore oil production and also in how the government responds to spills.
It certainly doesn’t look good. Federal investigators have confirmed that the White House altered a peer-reviewed report last May to expand a six-month drilling moratorium following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The decision sparked complaints from the peer-reviewers themselves, who said they never signed off on such a recommendation. Read more
A late-breaking session was added to Monday’s schedule at the Geological Society of America meeting in Denver, Colorado, to discuss the status of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill. The talk, titled “An Update on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Where is the Oil Now?” aimed to provide an update on how much oil is left in the environment, where it all went, what scientists are doing to find it, and what long-term impacts can be expected.
It’s that time of year, when a few elite scientists are recognized for years of hard work tackling the great problems of the day. Yes, IgNobel season is upon us.
BP’s Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico was finally shut down on 18 September, as a final squirt of cement sealed the source of America’s largest ever oil spill.