Holy Cow! Some things in the petroleum sector have our heads spinning of late. We are seeing new strategic positioning with regards to impending environmental regulations and policies. No mere tweaking of positions, we seem to be seeing the stirrings of a wholesale shift in some long-entrenched positions. While I am not naïve and it… Read more »
I opened up the Fall 2018 Semester with a presentation to our English 107 class covering an overview of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill. These undergraduates are just beginning to explore the Santa Barbara Oil Spill waitlist a series of writing pieces for this Advanced Composition course at CSU Channel Islands.
Thanks to the just-passed Trump Tax Bill (and associated language therein unrelated to taxes), the federal government’s Department of the Interior is poised to open up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge‘s so called 1002 (“ten-oh-two”) lands to new oil and gas exploration.
The International Oil Spill Response Technical Seminar brought together over 150 representatives of national government, oil industry and oil spill response companies and shows China is beginning to take oil spill preparations seriously. A variety of topics were discussed in various sessions including legal, management, and engineering issues. For example the International Maritime Organization presented on… Read more »
Thanks to our friends at Axios, NPR, Vox, and the army of local and national media for their great reporting efforts going on across the Gulf right now. This post is gleaned from a range of news feeds. Arkema Plant We have new reports of two explosions at the Arkema chemical plant in Crosby, Texas… Read more »
Two years ago today (about 18 hours after the initial release), our field teams were onsite at El Capitan State Beach monitoring sandy beach conditions just prior to the arrival of the spreading oil slick from the Plains All American Pipeline break’s epicenter at Refugio State Beach. We’ve learned much over the ensuing two years… Read more »
This via our friends at Tulane’s TUWaterWays: A proposed coal terminal in Plaquemines Parish is coming into conflict with the Coastal Master Plan, leading to questions about the future of a major restoration project in the Plan. In addition to the proposed terminal, the new facility, owned by Ram Terminals, would include a railroad… Read more »
To some, the impact of the 1969 Santa Barbara Oil Spill was environmental. To be sure there was ecological harm all around (see any of my old lectures if you are curious about that). But the bigger impacts were upon the burgeoning Environmental Movement, igniting of a generation of environmental activism, birthing a new paradigm/cultural… Read more »
Wow! Our venerable, longtime offshore and coastal oil and gas producer here in Ventura and Santa Barbara–Venoco–has shuttered operations and is entering bankruptcy. On Monday (April 17, 2017), Venoco filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. This was their second filing within the past year for Bankruptcy protection, but all… Read more »
British Petroleum’s (BP) oil and gas well on Alaska’s Northern Slope (formally the BPXA Flow Station 1 Drill Site 2 Well 3 Release) that blew out on Friday continues to spill petroleum. The remoteness of the site translates into essentially all the info coming from BP (or via state authorities who are in turn passing… Read more »
We are in southern Louisiana with my ESRM 492: Service Learning in New Orleans class. Today we head down to lower Plaquemines Parish and it just so happens at 2am this morning we had a small spill of oil in the river. Details are still flowing in and the Coast Guard are responding, but so… Read more »
Chennai Oil Spill
Our friends in India are battling a new oil spill that began in the early morning hours of Saturday, January 28, 2017. The cargo ships BM Maple (UK flagged) and Dawn Kanchipuram (Indian flagged) collided about 4 km outside the mouth of Kamrajar Harbor, itself about 24 km north of Chennai Port, Chennai in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The Dawn… Read more »
A few distinct, but unrelated experiences have brought the issue of plastic balloons in the ocean into frequent conversation this week. It began with last Saturday’s annual California Coastal Cleanup Day. I happened to be out on Santa Cruz Island with my son’s Boy Scout Troop. Our 30 scouts made quick work of the debris… Read more »
Ojai Oil Tank On Fire
A now more than 12 alarm fire erupted within the past hour in Ojai, California (in western Ventura County). The incident was reported at 8:35 a.m. near Highway 150 and Topa Lane roughly here ( 34.438417°, -119.132719°): The incident was originally thought to be a burning oil derrick, but subsequent reports have clarified that it is instead a… Read more »
Rio’s Toxic Olympic Waters
Every two years the Olympic Games roll around and we are treated to endless commentary and an amazingly small amount of actual sport (at least on NBC Universal Channels that have a stranglehold on U.S. broadcasts via their $7.75 billion contract). Outside of the NBC hype machine, we have seen a pattern in recent years of… Read more »
Ball of Confusion: Hall Canyon 1 Month On
It is almost one month since our most recent energy infrastructure foundering: Crimson Pipeline’s release of crude oil into the hills above the City of Ventura. Lots of developments continue to burble up as we all try to figure out the next surprise.
Hall Canyon Spill
Yet another start of the summer and yet another pipeline break on the south coast.
Refugio Oil Spill History: Timeline Part 1
The one-year anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill has brought with it a raft of renewed interest in this oil spill and the consequences as we now see them. We’ve done a good deal of media over the last couple of weeks. Add to that plenty of breaking stories from all quarters (often speaking to… Read more »
Toast that repair guy…
Raise that Glass The one year anniversary of the Refugio Oil Spill is fast approaching. Lots of folks have been asking my colleagues and me about the impacts of this spill now that we have the perspective of a year. Well, first and foremost, I’m hugely appreciative to the repair man.
Coastal Commission Pushback
To say that the California Coastal Commission has been in something of an upheaval in recent months is an understatement. The insanity even rubbed off on me and one of the boards I serve on (but that is a story for later). The ouster of the Commission’s Executive Director in closed-doored session and with barely… Read more »