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Oil Spill Commission Chairs Bill Reilly and Bob Graham interviewed by Ray Suarez at the Our Changing Oceans Conference

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National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) kicked off the 11th National Conference on Science, Policy and the Environment: Our Changing Oceans conference in Washington, DC with an interview of Oil Spill Commission Chairs Bill Reilly and Bob Graham being interviewed by PBS News Hour’s Ray Suarez.

An MP3 audio file of the interview can be downloaded at this link from the W.H. Nuckols Consulting website.

The Our Changing Oceans conference continues through January 21, 2011.

Commentary on additional sessions at this conference will appear on this blog as the week continues.

The author is a scientist by training and the owner of W.H. Nuckols Consulting, an environmental policy firm.  
A bio for Mr. Nuckols is located at www.WilliamHNuckols.com

Written by Will Nuckols

January 20, 2011 at 6:59 am

Does the System of Subcontractors in the Oil and Gas Industry Invite Finger Pointing?

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Back on August 25, 2010 I testified before the President’s Oil Spill Commission on August 25, 2010 in Washington, D.C. about subcontractors in the Oil and Gas industry, and whether this system which seems to invite finger pointing, is good for the United States. 

A clip of the testimony can be seen here.

The author is a scientist by training and the owner of W.H. Nuckols Consulting, an environmental policy firm.  
A bio for Mr. Nuckols is located at www.WilliamHNuckols.com

Written by Will Nuckols

December 2, 2010 at 10:16 pm

Focusing on U.S. government salvage capabilities at the Oil Spill Commission hearing in New Orleans

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While in New Orleans for the Oil Spill Commission’s 2-day hearing that kicked off their 6-month investigation of the causes of the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and to make recommendations to the President about the future of offshore drilling in the U.S., I provided testimony on the U.S. government’s salvage capabilities.

 Deputy Assistant Secretary of Energy Chris Smith introduces the session, followed by my 3-minutes of testimony in this video:

The author is a scientist by training and the owner of W.H. Nuckols Consulting, an environmental policy firm.  
A bio for Mr. Nuckols is located at www.WilliamHNuckols.com

Written by Will Nuckols

July 25, 2010 at 3:18 pm

It is the first meeting of the President’s oil spill commission here in New Orleans

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TV and newspapers interview the Oil Spill Commission in New Orleans

TV and print media interview the President's Oil Spill Commission this morning before the 2-day public meeting kicks off in New Orleans. Photo by Will Nuckols

 

It is Monday morning here at the Hilton Hotel in New Orleans, and the first meeting of the President’s oil spill commission has begun its work, starting the clock on the six-month time frame for a report to be provided to President Obama on the causes of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and recommendations on how offshore drilling should proceed in the future, given lessons learned from this spill.  

Even before the meeting began this morning, reporters were pressing Commission members for comments. Co-chair Bob Graham was asked pointed questions about the role of the Commission’s work and how the knowledge they are gaining will be applied to decisions about the administration moratorium on deepwater drilling.  

Senator Graham was quick to state that while the Commission is just starting its investigation, representatives from the Department of the Interior have been examining issues connected to the moratorium for some time.  Further pressed by reporters from AP and Reuters about whether the knowledge the Commission gains could be released in some sort of an interim report, Graham laid out several areas that will be investigated by both the Commission and also by DOI.  

1. Was the BP Deepwater Horizon accident and spill an outlier, or are the conditions that they experienced and the procedures on the Transocean  drill platform representative of procedures and difficulties experienced by other offshore drilling projects?  

2. Was the federal oversight, primarily MMS oversight, sufficient prior to the accident on the Deepwater Horizon? Post-reorganization at MMS, is it now sufficient?  

3. Was the drill site itself, from a perspective of geological forces, a particularly dangerous site?  How does that site compare with other sites where drilling is, or plans to occur, in the Gulf of Mexico?  

While DOI has been examining these issues for some time already, Graham stated that the Commission will share recommendations it develops as they become available.  

Graham was realistic about the Commission’s ability to provide detailed comment immediately. “DOI has been looking at this for some time, and we are meeting for the first time only today,”  

***additional posts from New Orleans will be made over the next three days as the commission meets and receives comments. Stay tuned…..  

The author is a scientist by training and the owner of W.H. Nuckols Consulting, an environmental policy firm.
A bio for Mr. Nuckols is located at www.WilliamHNuckols.com

Written by Will Nuckols

July 12, 2010 at 9:18 am