Oil Leak 295 Spill Response

From the Deepwater Horizon Report: “ The Commission also looked at the effectiveness of the response to the spill. There were remarkable instances of dedication and heroism by individuals involved in the rescue and cleanup. Much was done well—and thanks to a combination of good luck and hard work, the worst-case scenarios did not all […]

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Oil Leak 294 Better Management

http://www.cromartyrising.com/wp-admin/options-general.phpAnother from the Deepwater Horizon Report “The well blew out because a number of separate risk factors, oversights, and outright mistakes combined to overwhelm the safeguards meant to prevent just such an event from happening. But most of the mistakes and oversights at Macondo can be traced back to a single overarching failure—a failure of […]

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Oil Leak 293 Black Isle Gathering

Cromarty Rising found an amazing up-take of people to sign the letter below to Scotland’s First Minister at a the Black Isle Gathering this weekend. The Cromarty Firth Port Authority are a Scottish trust port under the Scottish Government control, ship-to-ship transfers are planned where bottlenose dolphins rear their young and the FM could decline […]

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Oil Leak 291 Scottish Fracking Ban

So, the Scottish Government can ban fracking in the face of overwhelming public opposition: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-41484153 To quote the BBC: Mr Wheelhouse said the consultation came back with “overwhelming” opposition to fracking, with 99% of the 60,000 respondents supporting a ban. He said this showed that “there is no social licence for unconventional oil and gas to […]

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Oil Leak 290

Another from the Deepwater Horizon Report: “But that complacency affected government as well as industry. The Commission has documented the weaknesses and the inadequacies of the federal regulation and oversight, and made important recommendations for changes in legal authority, regulations, investments in expertise, and management.”  

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Oil Leak 289 Recurring Themes

From Deepwater Horizon: “There are recurring themes of missed warning signals, failure to share information, and a general lack of appreciation for the risks involved. In the view of the Commission, these findings highlight the importance of organizational culture and a consistent commitment to safety by industry, from the highest management levels on down.” When […]

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Oil Leak 288 Culture of Complacency

More from the Deepwater Horizon Report: ”In the years before the Macondo blowout, neither industry nor government adequately addressed these risks. Investments in safety, containment, and response equipment and practices failed to keep pace with the rapid move into deepwater drilling. Absent major crises, and given the remarkable financial returns available from deepwater reserves, the […]

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Oil Leak 287 An important victory

When an individual or group stands up for the environment in a court of law, costs are capped under the Aarhus convention, meaning that you know what you are getting into and won’t face ruin if you lose. The UK government tried to amend that and remove the cost cap – Friends of the Earth, […]

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Oil Leak 286 Moray Firth SAC management group – part 2

Following on from our last oil leak, here’s a link to the December 2016 minutes of the MF SAC management group: http://www.morayfirth-partnership.org/assets/files/SAC%20Minute/2016-12-14-MF-SAC-MG-Minute.pdf This time the Highland Council and CFPA failed to make it – however, MS, SEPA and SNH were all in attendance. Of interest to us, “Marine Scotland will continue to assess the risks […]

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Oil Leak 285 Moray Firth SAC Management Group

Finally, the Moray Firth SAC Management Group release their December 2016 minutes – you will remember this was the time when the “2nd application” was going to be submitted. It wasn’t. It’s taken until their recent 2017 meeting to approve the minutes. Before we get to that we thought we’d take a look at the June 2016 […]

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