THE GULF OF MEXICO
Map of the Gulf of Mexico
ECOWATCH MAY 13 2016
NEWS MAY 12 2016 - Almost 90,000 gallons of crude oil gushed from a Shell oil facility into the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast on Thursday, leaving a
13 x 2 mile sheen of oil on the waves according to federal authorities.
12 APRIL 2012 - Shares in Royal Dutch Shell had dropped 4pc in London in early trading after the company said it had send a spill response vessel and asked for aerial surveillance to investigate the oil sheen "out of prudent caution", but by mid-afternoon they were down just 0.9pc. They closed down just 0.5pc at £21.74.
16 FEBRUARY 2016
Judge Carl J. Barbier of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana granted summary judgment in favor of the various commercial oil spill response companies involved in the federal government’s response to the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
DOLPHIN DEATHS - Study finds link with unusual frequency of deaths.
ECOWATCH MAY 21 2015
ABC NEWS, APRIL 1 2015 - OIL RIG EXPLOSION IN GULF OF MEXICO KILLS 4
The Gulf of Mexico is turning into an accident blackspot with explosions in 2014 and 2015. An explosion and ensuing fire on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on the 1st of April 2015 left four dead and injured 45 others, according to the Mexican state-run Pemex oil company. Pemex said that 300 workers had been evacuated after the fire broke out on their Abkatun Permanente platform.
Pemex is quoted as saying in a statement that no spill occurred: "The fire that broke today at the Abkatun processing platform in Campeche did not cause an oil spill in the sea. Authorities only registered a runoff, which is being contained by specialised vessels."
According to Pemex, among those killed was a contractor for the Mexican oil services company, Cotemar. Employees who escaped told the Associated Press that some people were forced to jump into the shallow waters to escape the blaze. Original story By GILLIAN MOHNEY
ABC NEWS, NOVEMBER 20 2014 - 1 KILLED, 3 INJURED IN OIL RIG EXPLOSION
One person was killed and three others were injured in an explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico on the 20th of November 2014, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). The three injured workers were undergoing treatment in a medical facility on the rig, said the BSEE at the time.
The explosion happened about 4 p.m. on board an oil rig roughly 12 miles off the coast of New Orleans.
The oil rig is owned by Houston-based Fieldwood Energy, which reported the explosion. The rig wasn't in production at the time of the explosion, said the BSEE.
The damage was limited to the explosion area and no pollution was reported. It was unclear what caused the explosion. The BSEE was investigating.
THE GREAT INVISIBLE NEW YORK TIMES 28 OCT 2014
“The Great Invisible,” Margaret Brown’s quietly infuriating documentary film about the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, includes depressing information that many would probably be happier not knowing.
Since the catastrophe, which began with an oil rig explosion that killed 11 workers and led to a discharge of millions of barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the company that operated the rig, BP, has cleaned up less than one-third of the spill, according to the film. More than four years later, Congress has yet to pass any safety legislation for the petroleum industry. Of the multibillion-dollar profits made by BP over a recent three-year period, the film says, less than a tenth of 1 percent was spent on safety. After a brief moratorium on offshore drilling, the ban was lifted, and there are now more rigs in the Gulf of Mexico than before the disaster.
The film, for which BP executives declined to be interviewed, is not a thunderous, finger-pointing exposé of corporate greed and mismanagement. Nor is it a dry, fact-filled history of the disaster or an analysis of the technology of oil drilling. The 92-minute movie also leaves it for others to explore the spill’s ecological and environmental impact. There are a few obligatory images of sea birds coated with oil and aerial shots of oil slicks destined for the Gulf Coast.
The principal focus is on the everyday people whose lives were disrupted. A similar emphasis on human beings informed Ms. Brown’s acclaimed 2008 documentary, “The Order of Myths,” an exploration of Mardi Gras culture in Mobile, Ala.
The new film’s ground-level perspective includes interviews with several people who received minimal compensation from the $20 billion trust fund established to settle claims from the spill. The mistrustful attitude of these tough, independent workers near the bottom of the economic ladder toward those near the top is the underlying theme here. The glaring contrast between grim oyster shuckers and idled fishermen and Houston executives crowing about the fundamental importance of oil to the economy suggests a tragic disconnect between society’s haves and have-nots.
Caught in the middle are people like Douglas Harold Brown, the Deepwater Horizon’s chief mechanic, who was aboard the rig when the explosion took place. Mr. Brown delivers a moment-by-moment account of the disaster, while the screen shows the inferno of billowing smoke and flames. Mr. Brown details how he and the workers on the rig were pressured to eliminate jobs to save money. “Everybody knew” the dangers, he says. “It makes me feel guilty, because I played along. I knew what I was doing was wrong.” He links that failure to a macho culture in the oil business that glorifies risk-taking.
One of the most revealing scenes shows the chief executives of top oil companies answering questions before Congress and sounding like guilty, overgrown boys facing a grade school principal after being caught cheating. In another scene, a smug industry honcho gloatingly surmises that the American thirst for oil is so enormous that if the supply were cut off, the economy would collapse within hours.
The film’s portrayal of the trust fund, administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg, suggests that money was mismanaged and cut off prematurely. Many who were promised restitution received one or two small checks, then nothing. Mr. Feinberg, who comes across as highhanded and grandiose, acknowledges that he “overpromised” prompt delivery of relief.
Amid the cynicism, evasion and denial, a local hero stands out. Roosevelt Harris, a volunteer at a food pantry in Bayou La Batre, billed as Alabama’s seafood capital, advises the embittered and despairing workers who lost their jobs and homes to file claims. Such is their lack of faith in the system that they would rather not bother.
Bunk McNulty - "...advises the embittered and despairing workers who lost their jobs and homes to file claims. Such is their lack of faith in the system...
Jose - You gotta think about the executives at BP, how they can sleep at night and if they can, what kind of people they have become. And no doubt...
Marc Schenker - Perhaps 60 Minutes and Scott Pelley could do a follow up to the utterly shameless PR segment they did featuring the oh so sad and suffering...
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