The BP Oil Spill has impacted the environment enough to have the government try to regulate the oil industry. This is a timeline of the recent regulations.
Created by EllenEssien on Feb 22, 2011
Last updated: 03/03/11 at 11:42 PM
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A debate between congressmen and corporations over whether or not to create tougher off shore drilling regulations. The White House oil spill commission co-chair Bill Reilly said, "None of the major aspects of offshore drilling safety — not the regulatory oversight, not the industry safety standards, not the spill response practices — kept pace with the push into deepwater," agreeing with the commission chair man's report on believing that U.S. government needs to expand its drilling regulations, as well as set up an independent drilling safety agency.
Other oppose the tougher regulations in fear it will raise production of gas, causing gas prices to go up, and to further slow the exploratory pace.
The oil leakage by BP's oil rig Deepwater Horizon was officially sealed today. The relief well being drilled intersected the blown-out well Thursday September 16, and crews started pumping in cement on Friday September 17 to permanently plug the original ruined well.
BP making progress of stopping the leak of the oil spill by capping the well
Rep. Joe Barton of Texas, the top Republican on the committee, apologized to Hayward, CEO of BP, for what he described as a "shakedown" at the White House the day before. He was referring to the deal worked out between the Obama administration and BP to set up a $20 billion fund administered by a third party to pay for damages from the catastrophic oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Obama made a speech on the energy and climate policy, saying he was “happy to look at other ideas and approaches from either party, as long they seriously tackle our addiction to fossil fuels.”
Critics were doubtful about Obama's speech would help pass the bill he proposing. They believe that to accomplish pulling away from fossil fuels, we must build a strong and competitive clean energy industry, and rapidly drive down the price of low-carbon power and transportation technologies. These investments could potentially be included as part of a comprehensive energy package, building upon the proposed American Clean Energy Leadership Act.
Obama basically states that we need more stern regulations because of the accident that happen with the oil spill with BP so it will not happen again
in the hearings by the cogressional and administration panels finds Emerging oil rig evidence shows lack of regulations.
Executives from BP, Transocean and Halliburton appear at congressional hearings in Washington. Senate Energy committee chairman Jeff Bingaman says that it appeared that the explosion on the rig was due to a "cascade of errors, technical, human and regulatory. The executives blame each other's companies.
BP successfully attaches a valve to the end of the broken drilling pipe at the Macondo well in a bid to end the flow of oil into the US Gulf. BP says one of the three leaks has been shut off by capping a valve, but that would not reduce the amount of oil gushing out. BP is in charge of the cleanup and President Barack Obama says the company is responsible for the costs.
BP executives face Congress in a closed session. The White House also backs a Senate proposal to increase the limit on liability payouts from $75 million to $10 billion for future oil spills.
On April 27, 2010, BP received permits to drill a relief well, half a mile away from the site of the Deepwater Horizon. On this day, May 2, 2010, BP began drilling a relief well near the site of the Deepwater Horizon; Estimated time to completion was three months.
President Barrack Obama made his first visit to the Gulf Coast to survey the damage and clean up efforts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill first hand. He also spoke up about energy and how to obtain a clean energy environment.
Obama puts a halt on new offshore drilling until causes of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill could be determined.
BP stating that they are battling federal regulators over how many layers of safeguards would be needed to prevent a deepwater well from this type of accident.
Rear Admiral Mary Landry announces in a news conference that a NOA scientist concluded that oil was spilling into the gulf at a rate of 5,000 barrels of oil each day. This was five times the initial estimated amount provided on April 24th.
The oil slick from the Deepwater Horizon advanced to within 20 miles of the Louisiana coastline. Coast Guard officials announced that they were considering a controlled burn to mitigate the damage.
Rear Admiral Mary Landry was quoted as saying that no oil was leaking into the Gulf from the well head or at the water's surface, and she claimed that the oil that was being contained was residual from the explosion and sinking. She revises it by saying, ""We thought what we were dealing with as of yesterday was a surface residual [oil] from the mobile offshore drilling unit. In addition to that is oil emanating from the well." Officials released estimates that as much as 700,000 gallons of diesel may have been on board the rig, and the well itself appeared to be leaking approximately 1,000 barrels of oil each day.
Admiral Mary Landry, of the United States Coast Guard, states that currently, there is no oil leaking off the coast of Louisiana.
A second explosion occurs on the Deepwater Horizon. This time, the rig sinks after burning for 36 hours.
On the morning of 4/22/10 the Deep Water Horizons sinks to the bottom of the ocean floor.
At approximately 9:45 am CDT, the oil rig,Deepwater Horizon, explodes in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 men working on the platform and injuring 17 others. This explosion is caused by methane gas from the well, under high pressure, shooting all the way up and out of the drill column, expanding onto the platform, and then igniting and exploding.
BP responded to the proposed regulations from Minerals Management Service in a letter dated Sept. 14, 2009, the day before the commenting period closed. The company said the new rules were unnecessary because "the industry's current safety and environmental statistics demonstrate that the voluntary programs ... have been and continue to be very successful."
On June 17, 2009, the Minerals Management Service proposed rules to require oil and gas operators to develop and implement "safety and environmental management systems" for offshore drilling. In essence, the new regulations would require oil companies to create more documentation about their safety procedures and share them with workers and inspectors.