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VIDEO: "The Roughneck's Lament"

Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted June 14, 2010

The statistics about the oil spill continue to come in, showing that the size and the scope of the response are unprecedented. At last report, there were hundreds of vessels and more than 25,000 people--scientists, engineers, wildlife experts, shrimpers and others--working together to battle the spill and plug the well.

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Each of these individuals has a story to tell, but few are as poignant as those told to The New York Times aboard a drilling rig. These offshore oil workers recently learned that the administration's six-month deepwater drilling moratorium could destroy their jobs and force the rig to move overseas.

Their stories are available in a video called "The Roughneck's Lament."


Jane Van Ryan was formerly senior communications manager and new media advisor at the American Petroleum Institute (API), where she wrote blog posts and produced podcasts and videos. Before coming to API, Jane managed communications for a large science and engineering corporation, and for a top-tier research and engineering university. A few years ago, you might have seen her in your living room when she delivered the news on television. Jane officially retired from API in 2011 and now freelances as an independent communications consultant when not gardening at her farm in Virginia.