Archive for the “BP Oil Spill” Category

This guy must have attended the Tony Hayward school of PR. J. Wayne Leonard (aka “Melt Down” Leonard), CEO of Entergy, flamed out big-time at a recent investor meeting. As the NYPost put it: The clueless CEO in charge of the upstate Indian Point nuclear plant had a stunning meltdown in judgment when he kicked […]

NPR has a good rundown on what one interviewee calls the “Fog of Research,” with respect to studying the effects of the BP oil leak. Basically, there are a lot of studies going on, but they are not well-coordinated. This state of affairs could lead to duplication of effort and important issues being missed, among […]

CNNMoney has a lengthy piece on BP’s safety culture and how it wasn’t at all up to snuff, pointing out some eye-opening facts, such as BP had strict guidelines barring employees from carrying a cup of coffee without a lid — but no standard procedure for how to conduct a “negative-pressure test,” a critical last […]

It seems to me we should be able to see all the test results on gulf seafood. And it’s a bit worrying that, as reported by the WSJ: If a seafood sample passes a sniff test—in which trained officials smell it both raw and cooked—it is sent for chemical testing.

It appears that abnormally low dissolved oxygen levels are not being created by bacteria using the oil/dispersant mix as a food source. This information is being viewed by some as evidence that using dispersants was the right choice. However, I think it’s too soon to tell if this is good news, because, for example,  toxicity […]

Scientists at public universities who are funded by BP are being told by BP that they can’t reveal their oil-spill results while litigation is pending. I’m not sure I buy it. (Caveat: I’m not an attorney.) States like NC have public records statutes making all state records, except for trade secrets, the property of the […]

I don’t think fish should be tested for safety using smell, any more than looking at how clear the fish eyes are. Many Gulf fishermen agree. What is needed is a comprehensive composite testing program: puree a whole lot of fish in a  huge blender, and analyze the resulting mash using state-of-the-art techniques of chemistry. […]

The leaked BP oil appears to be dissipating relatively rapidly, due to a number of factors, one of which I identified earlier: the higher temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico as opposed to the arctic. These high temperatures help speed the release of volatile compounds into the air (note: this increases worker exposures that will […]

AP reports that Crews were working Tuesday to contain and clean up more than 800,000 gallons of oil that poured into a creek and flowed into the Kalamazoo River in southern Michigan, coating birds and fish. It’s interesting to note that the pipeline’s uses include carrying tar sand oil to a BP refinery. I wonder […]