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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted September 3, 2010

A fire on an offshore platform in the Gulf of Mexico created a media furor yesterday. Several of the initial news reports contained inaccuracies that tended to exacerbate America's heightened awareness of--and sensitivity to--offshore drilling. The reaction was predictable: Politicians demanded answers, and environmental groups called on the government to keep the drilling moratorium in effect.

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 12, 2010

Work on the relief well resumed today after threatening weather in the Gulf led to a two-day drilling suspension. BP reports that the protective plug inserted into the well has been withdrawn and engineers are preparing to restart drilling. 

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 10, 2010

BP got the green light over the weekend to proceed with drilling the relief well that is expected to put the final nail in Macondo's coffin. As of Monday, August 9, the well had reached a depth of 17,909 feet. BP says it is likely to intersect Macondo's wellbore on August 15. 

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 6, 2010

"Not with a bang but a whimper." - T.S. Eliot

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 4, 2010

With the success of the static kill, another important step has been taken toward recovery from the worst marine oil spill in American history. It's estimated that 4.9 million barrels of oil, plus or minus 10 percent, poured into the Gulf of Mexico. 

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 4, 2010

BP's static kill has worked. In a statement posted this morning, BP reports that the Macondo well has reached "static condition," meaning that the heavy drilling mud pumped into the top of the well has overcome the pressure of the oil and gas attempting to flow up the wellbore. BP is calling the success of the static kill "a significant milestone." 

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted August 2, 2010

Today could be D-Day for the Macondo well. According to reports, BP is conducting a test to determine the likely success of killing the well from the top, while getting in position to assault the well from the bottom. 

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Jane Van Ryan

Jane Van Ryan
Posted July 30, 2010

Several activities are underway today that could have a significant impact on America's energy policy. They include congressional efforts to pass energy legislation as well as the killing of the leaking Macondo well. 

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