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Archive: May 9, 2010 - May 15, 2010

BP Atlantis rig' ssafety documents incomplete

A BP oil rig now operating in the Gulf of Mexico has lacked complete and accurate engineering documents, according to multiple documents and interviews, a deficiency which prompted one BP to warn these problems could "lead to catastrophic operator errors."

By Juliet Eilperin | May 15, 2010; 8:41 PM ET | Comments (5)

Review planned of gas company waivers on environmental analysis

The Obama administration announced Friday that it would review the way the Minerals Management Service routinely waives the need for oil and gas companies to conduct extensive environmental analyses under the National Environmental Policy Act for drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 14, 2010; 12:35 PM ET | Comments (81)

Unexpected praise in Louisiana for Obama administration's spill response

By Marc Kaufman Once it became clear that the explosion of the Deep Horizon oil rig was going to cause a major human and environmental disaster, the political question that quickly arose was whether President Obama would do a better...

By Mike Shepard | May 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

Army Corps speeds La. barrier island permitting

The massive barrier island restoration envisioned by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and the Plaquemines Parish president took a step closer to reality as the Army Corps of Engineers gave federal agencies a 24-hour deadline to voice any objections to the plan.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 13, 2010; 9:55 PM ET | Comments (1)

Updated: Climate bill has new drilling protections

The energy and climate bill Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Joseph I. Lieberman (I-Conn.) will unveil Wednesday will give nearby states the right to veto offshore oil drilling in a neighboring state, according to sources briefed on the plan, provided they pass a law saying they oppose it.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 11, 2010; 10:11 PM ET | Comments (4)

Salazar to split MMS into two agencies

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will around Tuesday afternoon he's splitting the embattled Minerals Management Service into two parts, according to an Interior official who asked not to be identified.

By Juliet Eilperin | May 11, 2010; 1:47 PM ET | Comments (34)

In one Gulf Coast town, disaster disrupts delicate harmony between fishing and oil

By Marc Kaufman Venice, La., is not an easy place to make sense of. On one side, you have two picturesque marinas with fleets of high-end boats that rightly claim to be the entryway to some of the world's...

By Mike Shepard | May 10, 2010; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dangers for Mississippi Delta sperm whale

As oil from the Deepwater Horizon gushes out and spreads, one noble creature that few would imagine is in grave danger is a subspecies of the huge and officially endangered sperm whale. A population estimated to be around 500 is known to live in the deep waters that drop off from the end of the Mississippi Delta - in other words, just where the deepwater Gulf oil business is newly drilling for oil.

By Marc Kaufman | May 9, 2010; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

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