Posted by Al Lewison October 25, 2010 Gulf Spill /
BP’s CEO Bob Dudley wants to crank up the drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico now that the company’s notorious oil spill is a fading headline.
It’s not so much the drilling, but the spilling, that gets people mad. And Dudley says he wants to prove to the world that deep water drilling is safe now that his company has already proven it can be quite unsafe.
“We were certainly not perfect in our response, but we have tried to do the right thing,” he said. ”We are making significant changes to our organization as a result of the accident. … That is the standard by which we expect to be judged as we work to restore trust in BP.”
Click here to read more from the Associated Press. Are you ready to let BP back in the water?
Where did all the oil go? It’s a question that will take at least hundreds of millions of dollars to answer.
Scientists are scrambling to the Gulf of Mexico to get a piece of the research-action pie, the Associated Press reports. But footing the bills are BP and the federal government. And neither will want to share all their findings with the public, given their legal positions.
Explanations for where the oil went vary. The official government explanation is that BP cleaned up most of it and mother nature took care of the rest. Others have said BP merely sunk much of the spill using toxic chemicals, and that it all lies on the sea floor, for now.
Whatever threats the BP spill continues to impose will take years to understand. And once scientists begin to understand what is happening, they may not be able to tell us what they know.
BP has put a permanent end to its leaking oil well, putting and end to its disaster but to the story. The amount of damage done by the spewing well is still being calculated. I talk about it on Denver’s NBC affiliate, 9News, along with America’s growing poverty rate and something called “corn sugar.”
Posted by Al Lewison September 15, 2010 Gulf Spill /
Dan and Jeri Clark of Denver bought a beach store in Mexico Beach, Fla., at the start of the year, and they have had an usually rough go with a cold winter, a stalled economic recovery and then the oil spill.
But all is not as bad as it sounds in the news. Despite sweeping setbacks that are largely out of the Clark’s control, they say the year may not end up so bad after all. Their white sand beach wasn’t sacked by tar balls and remains as beautiful as ever.
Posted by Al Lewison September 14, 2010 Gulf Spill /
BP’s payments to fishermen are getting snagged in the bureacracy beneath Kenneth Feinberg, who was appointed by the Obama Administration to manage a $20 billion fund for oil spill victims. Feinberg, a fine orator, has offered a lot of reasons why this is happenening, but fishermen are left saying, “Show me the money.” I talk about it with Fox Business News Anchor David Asman.
Lorrie Williams and Bud Waltman of Ocean Springs, Miss., haven’t returned to their crabbing business after seeing what’s washing up on their beach. The couple took me on a tour of the beach, a few blocks from their home. Here is a video and some photos I took along the way. Click here to my column on Williams and Waltman.
Posted by Al Lewison September 06, 2010 Gulf Spill /
I flew into New Orleans last Sunday and have been driving the Gulf, looking for stories about economic disruption and recovery. I talk about it on Denver’s NBC affliliate, 9News, with anchor Eric Kahnert.