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Beyond Pointing – Part 7 – Transocean Rewards Its Executives

In a stunning abuse of statistics, Transocean, the company that was running the Deepwater Horizon rig that exploded and killed 11 workers, has awarded bonuses to its executives citing 2010 as “the best year in safety performance in our company’s history.” [...]

Beyond Pointing – Part 6 – Regulator Ignores Blowout Preventer Design Flaws

The investigation into the design and performance of the blowout preventer that failed and caused the Deepwater Horizon disaster should have lessons for the entire offshore drilling industry. Unfortunately, the regulators of that industry are ignoring the lessons. [...]

Beyond Pointing – Part 5 – Good News, Bad News For BP

With BP’s public relations machine still working hard to quell the uproar at the disaster and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, there was some good and some bad news for them yesterday. [...]

Beyond Pointing – Part 4 – BP Finally Seals The Well

BP finally sealed the Macondo 252 well, the site of the Deepwater Horizon disaster at 5:54 a.m. CST this morning, almost five months after the explosion that claimed the lives of eleven workers and affected the lives of many millions more. It still isn’t known, and we may never know, exactly how much oil and gas spilled into the Gulf of Mexico. [...]

Beyond Pointing – Part 3 – BP Releases Its Accident Investigation Report

BP has released its full internal report detailing its analysis of the Deepwater Horizon accident. It doesn’t contain anything that hasn’t been heard before, but it does clear up some confusion about exactly how they believe the oil and gas leakage occurred. [...]

The Right Wing Disinformation Machine

The Intelligence Community has been using propaganda and disinformation to worry and confuse the enemy since time immemorial. However, the GOP and its political channel, Fox News, is using the same techniques to cause confusion and mayhem to pursue their, so far ill-defined, agenda. [...]

BP Oil Leak Temporarily Stemmed

The watered down financial reform bill passed yesterday, but that event was eclipsed by BP’s announcement that they have temporarily capped the oil well that has been out of control for almost three months. Today we take a brief look at possible outcomes. [...]

Why Is The Taxpayer Subsidizing The Oil & Gas Companies?

The oil and gas industry has been very successful at providing campaign contributions and lobbying Congress over the years to minimize government regulation of their cash cow. They’re not only good at extracting favors, they also extract billions of Dollars in government subsidies every year. [...]

Businesses Prevail - The GOP Reveals Its Priorities

One of the strange things about a catastrophe is that politicians love to use such events to grandstand their wares. The BP disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is that it has sharply delineated the White House’s and the Republican opposition’s approach to who should be held accountable. [...]

Best Practices?

As the ongoing saga in the Gulf of Mexico evolves and congress interrogates BP executives, it’s worth having a look at the regulatory and safety regimes imposed on the offshore oil drilling industry here and overseas. The whole world is watching this incident and it’s already very obvious that The United States government has been lax in it’s oversight of the industry. [...]

BP Oil Disaster Spill Estimator

BP has consistently understated the amount of oil being spilled into the Gulf of Mexico every day since the blowout and explosion that destroyed the Deepwater Horizon rig on April 10, 2010. It may be that they don’t have an accurate figure, or they may simply be trying to stave off fines that may be related to the size of the spill. We’ve produced an estimator to try to track what may be happening. [...]

Beyond Pointing – Part 2 – Prevention Is Better Than Cure

The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico is still evolving. BP has managed to reduce the flow rate into the open ocean but a lot more remains to be done. In this article we look at what could have been done to avoid this disaster and to help avoid similar ones in the future. [...]

Beyond Pointing - Part 1 - Who's Who In The Gulf Disaster?

The catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico may run for a few more months, but the cleanup will take years and the legal fights could take decades, despite British Petroleum’s (BP’s) assurances that they will repair the damage and pay all costs. In this, the first of two articles on the situation, we’ll look at the major players, both before and after the accident occurred. [...]