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29/06/10 - BP Says Oil Spill Cleanup Operation May Be Delayed as Storm Strengthens

BP Plc said its efforts to contain the largest oil spill in U.S. history in the Gulf of Mexico may be disrupted as Tropical Storm Alex strengthens.

Alex, the first named system of this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, has already forced the evacuation of some offshore rigs in the Gulf. BP has been collecting gushing oil from the Macondo well through two systems feeding crude to the Discoverer Enterprise and the Q4000 drilling rig, with a capacity of as much as 28,000 barrels a day. Full article

28/06/10 - BP oil spill costs reach $2.65bn

BP has said the cost of cleaning up the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico has now reached $2.65bn (£1.76bn). The oil giant said this included the cost of the spill response, containment, relief well drilling, grants to Gulf states and claims paid.

The total has risen to an average of $100,000 a day over the past three days - the highest daily average so far. The company said more than 39,000 people were now involved in the response effort. More than 80,000 claims had been submitted, BP said, and it had made 41,000 payments totalling more than $128m.

BP added it was too early to quantify other potential costs and liabilities arising from the incident. Full article

24/06/10 - Pensacola Beach Covered in Tar Balls

Pensacola Beach, Fla. - Along at least eight miles of this part of the Florida coast, tar balls from the Gulf oil spill washed ashore Tuesday night.

"My friends went swimming last night and came out covered in oil," says Heidi Grace, a visitor from New Orleans. "I cried. It's heartbreaking."

This is most likely the largest beach fall of oil yet along one of America's most popular vacation destinations. The scene could repeat itself in the coming days, petroleum experts say. Full article

24/06/10 BP refits Gulf of Mexico oil cap after accident

BP says it has reinstalled a containment cap on its blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico after an accident unleashed a torrent of oil.

BP was forced to remove the cap after an underwater robot bumped into the venting system.
Gas had risen through the vent that carried warm water down to prevent ice-like crystals from forming in the cap.
The cap has been partially containing the leaking oil and directing some of it to a surface ship.
The decision to remove the cap for repairs meant that oil was flowing unhindered into the ocean for about 10 hours on Wednesday.
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21/06/10 BP 'estimated higher oil amount' from Gulf well leak

A BP document has revealed the company estimated that 100,000 barrels of oil a day could, in theory, flow from the ruptured Gulf of Mexico well.
That amount, included in an undated internal document released by US Congressman Ed Markey, is nearly twice the current US estimate of the leak.
BP says the 100,000 figure is not relevant as it is not based on reality.
US lawmakers have repeatedly accused BP of not being straightforward about the true size of the spill.   Full article

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The Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the BP oil disaster or the Macondo blowout) is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history Some estimates placed it by late May or early June, 2010, as among the largest oil spills in the world with tens of millions of gallons spilled to date. The spill stems from a sea floor oil gusher that resulted from the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others.

TOil spill live pictureshe gusher, now estimated by the quasi-official Flow Rate Technical Group to be flowing at 35,000 to 60,000 barrels (1,500,000 to 2,500,000 US gallons; 5,600 to 9,500 cubic metres) of crude oil per day, originates from a deepwater wellhead 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface. The exact spill flow rate is uncertain due to the difficulty of installing measurement devices at that depth and is a matter of ongoing debate. The resulting oil slick covers a surface area of at least 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2), with the exact size and location of the slick fluctuating from day to day depending on weather conditions. Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of oil not visible at the surface.

Experts fear that the spill will result in an environmental disaster, with extensive impact already on marine and wildlife habitats. The spill has also damaged the Gulf of Mexico fishing and tourism industries. There have been a variety of ongoing efforts to stem the flow of oil at the wellhead. Crews have been working to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands and estuaries along the northern Gulf coast, using skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, and sand-filled barricades along shorelines. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party in the incident, and officials have said the company will be held accountable for all cleanup costs resulting from the oil spill

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