gulf coast spill

  • Gulf spill: Small bacteria proved big help

    Shortly after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists found methane concentrations 100,000 times above normal levels and feared the worst for the area’s eco-system. Now it appears one of the biggest heroes in this disaster saga came in the form of one of the smallest living organisms known to man. […]

  • Gulf disaster turns national catastrophe

    By Bill Balgord BP and the Obama administration couldn’t have made a bigger mess of the Gulf, whether the latest cap holds or not. For 50 days, the administration left clean-up to the London-based company, while a U.S. president remained detached. BP, many of whose executives contributed to Obama’s presidential campaign, received a federal safety […]

  • CFACT update from the Gulf coast

    By Jillian LeMelle On Flag Day (June 14), CFACT Director of Policy Research Duggan Flanakin led a team of three staffers and three Collegian students from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette on a boat tour departing from LaFitte, Louisiana, and out to Queen Bess Island, the nesting home of Louisiana’s state bird, the brown […]

  • A few questions for President Obama

    America needs decisive leaders who understand what government can (and cannot) do to stop the Gulf gusher, clean up the mess, and get business, jobs and prosperity back on track. Instead, President Obama sounds like an anti-business Community Organizer in Chief – pointing fingers, making baseless claims about ending our “addiction to oil,” and leaving […]

  • BP and the unmitigated disaster

    By Alan Caruba The Gulf of Mexico could turn into a giant dead zone if some means cannot be found to staunch the flow of oil and toxic gases emerging from the damaged well beneath the Deepwater Horizon. Industry insiders who understand the engineering of wells are beginning to speak openly among themselves of an […]

  • Capitalizing on the latest crisis

    By Bishop Harry Jackson, Jr., Niger Innis and Reverend Samuel Rodriquez Business and capitalism are dirty words in many White House and progressive circles, except in two ways. Business is good when it can be co-opted and manipulated by government to advance “progressive” energy, social or economic agendas. And capitalism is a virtue in the […]

  • Oil addiction lies

    By Alan Caruba The biggest lie being told to Americans these days is that we are “addicted” to oil and that we must convert our economy and society away from its use. The first time I recall hearing this was during George W. Bush’s 2006 State of the Union Speech and, frankly, I was astounded […]

  • Offshore drilling: Policy reform vs political grandstanding

    By Dave Juday   Congress has – so far – convened or scheduled well more than a dozen oversight and investigative hearings on the Deepwater Horizon oil well disaster.   According to Senate Energy Committee Chairman Jeff Bingaman (D-NM), his committee’s goal was to “create a thorough factual record and an informed discussion of the very […]

  • Once a government pet, BP now a capitalist tool

    By Timothy P. Carney, Washington Examiner As BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig was sinking on April 22, Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., was on the phone with allies in his push for climate legislation, telling them he would soon roll out the Senate climate bill with the support of the utility industry and three oil companies […]

  • Oil Spill puts BP in troubled water

      The giant oil spill off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico is a bitter reminder that providing Americans with reliable and affordable energy is serious business.  Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the April 20 explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig that killed eleven workers and raised fears of widespread […]

  • FAQ: Gulf Oil Spill

    The April 20 explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon platform was a tragedy on many levels.  Not only were lives lost and people injured, but the impacts of the oil seepage continue to wreak havoc on marine animals, ecosystems and the livelihoods of area residents and local fisherman.  In the wake of this tragedy, CFACT recently […]

  • Oil Spill: How to check the status of a beach

      For more information on the condition or status of a beach, please visit:  Florida Alabama Mississippi Louisiana Texas To report oiled shoreline: Please contact the hotline at 866-448-581 To report oiled wildlife: To report oiled or injured wildlife, please call 866-557-1401. Please do not attempt to rescue or clean wildlife yourself.  

  • BP Oil Spill Resources

    As national and state governments, as well as BP, along the Gulf Coast assess the potential impacts of oil on the coastline, government agencies remain on high alert to protect our coastline, natural resources and abundant wildlife and fish.  Most states are installing protective barriers, called booms, along the shorelines and  workers and volunteers are […]

  • Oil drilling minimizes natural oil leaks

    By Nicolas Loris There’s a plan out there that will create jobs, collect revenue for state and federal governments and improve the environment. And it won’t come at any cost to the taxpayer but if the administration doesn’t act, it will be a net drain on the economy. 1.) What is it? 2.) Why haven’t […]

  • Lessons from the Gulf blowout

    Transocean’s semi-submersible drilling vessel Deepwater Horizon was finishing work on a wellbore that had found oil 18,000 feet beneath the seafloor, in mile-deep water fifty miles off the Louisiana coast. Supervisors in the control cabin overlooking the drilling operations area were directing routine procedures to cement, plug and seal the borehole, replace heavy drilling fluids […]