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New Government Report: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Coastal Wetland and Wildlife Impacts and Response
by M. Lynne Corn and Claudia Copeland
Paperback, 24 pages, 2010, $20.00
ISBN: 9781437936506

The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, 2010, and the resulting oil spill began a cascade of effects on the coastal areas of the Gulf and on the wealth of species that inhabit those areas. These wetlands, like those elsewhere, have value for water quality, flood control, shoreline protection, and recreation.

Contents of this report: (1) Introduction; (2) Why Are Wetlands Important?; (3) Coastal Wetlands and Assets in the Gulf of Mexico; (4) Oil Spills: Impacts on Wetland Habitats and Animals; (5) Weather and Storms; (6) Mitigation and Cleanup of Wetlands; (7) Oil Spill Response; (8) Cleanup and Recovery Issues; (9) Conclusion. Charts and tables.

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August 5, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Oil Spills: Cost of Major Spills May Impact Viability of Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 1437935117)

Oil Spills: Cost of Major Spills May Impact Viability of Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund: Congressional Testimony (ISBN: 1437935117)
By Susan A. Fleming
(Paperback, 27 pages, 2010, $20)

On April 20, 2010, an explosion at the mobile offshore drilling unit Deepwater Horizon resulted in a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The spill’s total cost is unknown, but may result in considerable costs to the private sector, as well as federal, state, and local governments.

The Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) set up a system that places the liability — up to specified limits — on the responsible party. The Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (Fund), administered by the Coast Guard, pays for costs not paid for by the responsible party. This testimony focuses on: (1) how oil spills are paid for; (2) the factors that affect major oil spill costs; and (3) implications of major oil spill costs for the Fund. Charts and tables.

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June 30, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress (ISBN: 143793417X)

Potential Stafford Act Declarations for the Gulf Coast Oil Spill: Issues for Congress (ISBN: 143793417X)
By Francis X. McCarthy
(Paperback, 11 pages, 2010, $10)

The Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act presents several options, and could provide a number of programs, to address the Gulf Coast oil spill. An emergency declaration under the Stafford Act would appear a potential approach to the current situation since it is intended to lessen the impact of an imminent disaster.

Contents of this report: (1) The Stafford Act Declaration Process; (2) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)’s Role in the Exxon Valdez Incident; (3) Possible FEMA Involvement in the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Response; (4) Federal Coordination, Mitigation, and Long-Term Recovery; (5) Arguments Regarding a Stafford Act Declaration for the Response; (6) Uncertain Prospects for Recovery of Disaster Relief Fund Expenditures; (7) Federal Options.

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June 24, 2010 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (ISBN: 1437934730)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Selected Issues for Congress (ISBN: 1437934730)
By Curry L. Hagerty and Jonathan L. Ramseur
(Paperback, 33 pages, 2010, $25)

On April 20, 2010, an explosion and fire occurred on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. This resulted in 11 worker fatalities, a massive oil release, and a national response effort in the Gulf of Mexico region by the federal and state governments as well as British Petroleum (BP).

The bipartisan commission named by President Obama in May to study the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the future of American offshore drilling will hold its first formal meeting in mid-July at the earliest, most likely delaying the delivery of its final report into next year, reports the New York Times.

Contents of this report: (1) Intro.; (2) Setting in the Gulf of Mexico: Oil and Gas Recovery; Weather and Ocean Currents; Biological Resources; (3) Offshore Oil and Gas Drilling Technology; (4) Federal Statutory Framework; (5) Federal Regulatory Framework; (6) Environmental and Economic Impacts; (7) Labor Issues; (8) Reorganization of Minerals Management Service (MMS); (9) Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Issues; Exxon Valdez; Recent Regional Disaster History; (10) Conclusion. Charts and tables.

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June 21, 2010 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: Oil Spills in U.S. Coastal Waters: Background, Governance, and Issues for Congress (ISBN: 9781437934069)

Oil Spills in U.S. Coastal Waters: Background, Governance, and Issues for Congress (ISBN: 9781437934069)
By Jonathan L. Ramseur (Paperback, 34 pages, 2010, $20)

This past week has seen the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico worsen, despite attempts to plug the gushing oil well. Carol M. Browner, President Obama’s climate change and energy policy adviser, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she was concerned about the impact that the hurricane season could have on the continuing environmental crisis.

This report’s contents: (1) Background: Oil Spills (OS) in U.S. Coastal Waters; Impacts of OS in Aquatic Environment: Acute Impacts; Chronic Impacts; Ecosystem Recovery; Economic Costs of OS: Cleanup Costs; Natural Resources Damages; Other Economic Costs; (2) OS Governance: Federal Authorities: Exxon Valdez OS: 1990 Oil Pollution Act; Other Federal Laws; International Conventions: MARPOL 73/78; Intervention Convention; Federal Agencies Responsibilities: Response; Prevention and Preparedness; Federal Funding for the OS Liability Trust Fund: Background; Trust Fund Ceiling; Fund Projections, and Vulnerability; State Laws; (3) Threat of Future OS in U.S. Coastal Waters: Possibilities for Future OS: U.S. Oil Imports and Possible OS; Level of Preparedness. Illustrations.

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June 1, 2010 at 7:00 am Leave a comment

New Government Report: U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Prospects and Processes (ISBN: 9781437934106)

U.S. Offshore Oil and Gas Resources: Prospects and Processes (ISBN: 9781437934106)
By Marc Humphries, Robert Pirog, Gene Whitney
(Paperback, 29 pages, 2010, $20)

This past week has seen the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico worsen, despite attempts to plug the gushing oil well. Carol M. Browner, President Obama’s climate change and energy policy adviser, told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that she was concerned about the impact that the hurricane season could have on the continuing environmental crisis.

This report’s contents: (1) Introduction and Background; (2) Legislative Issues; (3) U.S. Oil and Gas Supply and Demand: U.S. Oil, and Natural Gas Markets; Econ. Effects; Greater OCS Access and Supply; (4) Oil and Gas Reserves and Resources in the OCS; Resource Estimates and Technological Change; OCS Resource Estimates; Resource Estimates by Planning Area, and by Water Depth; (5) OCS Leasing Process and Program; (6) OCS Revenues: Revenue Sharing or Not?; Royalty Revenue Estimates; Environmental Concerns Associated with Offshore Exploration and Development; Offshore Areas Currently Protected; General Environmental Regulations and Requirements for Offshore Exploration and Production; (7) Environmental Impact Statements: Oil Spills and Leaks; Seismic Surveys and Industrial Noise. Illustrations.

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May 31, 2010 at 6:00 am Leave a comment


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