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While oil companies have spent billions of dollars to drill deeper and farther out to sea, relatively little money and research have gone into finding new, improved ways to respond to oil spills in deepsea conditions like those in the Gulf of Mexico.
The first tropical depression of the Atlantic 2010 hurricane season has formed in the Western Caribbean, but it is unclear if it will pass over the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
It soon became clear that the “risk factors” section of the documents, in which BP would lay out the perceived risks to its bondholders, was too delicate an explanation to rush, says one of the people familiar with the matter, and the company realized it would likely need at least another week to finish the prospectus.
One of the major topics of conversation at the just-concluded economic forum in St. Petersburg, Russia, was energy, specifically oil and the situation in the Gulf. That’s not surprising, as Russia is very rich in oil, natural gas and other commodities.
The threat of a trade war between the US and China is greatly reduced. The move should help combat Chinese inflation a little by making imports less expensive. The only major country the Chinese have a trade surplus with is the US. Exporters to China should still see better trade as the richer currency buys more.
“Investors in BP should know that there’s now an alternative to the litigation system in place,” Kenneth Feinberg said in a telephone interview with CNBC Sunday afternoon. “I think that’s a really helpful sign if you’re an investor.”
All eyes in Washington, Wall Street and Main Street were turned on the Congressional show trial featuring beleaguered BP CEO Tony Hayward yesterday. Hayward was a disaster. He played dumb. He stonewalled. And he never got honest about BP's colossal failure of human judgment that caused this catastrophe. But folks, seriously, what did you expect?
BP executives met in London Friday with investment bankers to discuss a likely bond offering as early as Tuesday, according to a source familiar with the matter.
The Obama administration's six-month moratorium on oil drilling could benefit BP, John Kingston, director of oil at Platts, a provider of energy information, told CNBC.
Some on Wall Street are saying that BP may have to pay lenders as much as 2.5 percent more than it typically does on similar bond issues. What does this mean for BP stock and investors?
Gulf oil spill victims should file a claim as soon as possible, Ken Feinberg, head of the $20 Billion Fund to help victims said Thursday.
As I continue my week here on the Gulf Coast of Florida, I hear more and more real and anecdotal stories of contract cancellations for new home purchases and second homeowners walking away. There is no question that while oil has barely brushed the beaches here in Pensacola, the place is awash in fear. Fear and real estate are like, well, oil and water; they don't mix well.
Estimates show that the civil fine for the escaping oil alone could be $280 million a day, but criminal penalties, if imposed, could cause the costs to balloon still further. The NYT reports.
Forgive my silence on the blog for the past two days, but I've been in beastly hot Pensacola, Florida, preparing stories on mortgage mediation, and, of course, oil. President Obama dropped by the beach yesterday to talk to some local folks, while I spent the day in empty beach front mansions and empty ocean-view condos.
Sadly, President Obama, by persistently scolding BP and using inflammatory rhetoric, has done little to improve BP’s efforts to cap the well and mitigate the damage, or to foster effective cooperation between federal and state agencies that could improve those efforts.
Tests confirmed that some toxic compounds that would evaporate in a shallow-water spill are instead spreading, just as President Obama plans his fourth trip to the region. The NYT reports.
With no consensus among experts on how much oil is pouring from the wellhead, it is hard, if not impossible, to assess the containment cap’s effectiveness. The NYT reports.
As officials reported a gradual increase in the amount of oil being captured from a spewing wellhead at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico on Monday, BP said it plans to replace the cap collecting the crude with a slightly bigger device next month.
BP is trying to defend its corporate image with a major ad campaign after causing the largest oil spill in US history. The campaign includes a TV commercial featuring BP CEO Tony Hayward apologizing for the environmental disaster and explaining to viewers what the company is doing to repair the damage. The campaign has been met with mostly criticism.
BP cap collects at least 6,000 barrels of oil in its first 24 hours of use, but crude from that busted underwater oil well is showing up in greater quantities and farther east along the Gulf's once pristine white beaches.