West Africa oil boom overlooks tattered environmental safety net

By Christiane Badgley

Industry regulation and disaster plans missing as Ghana ramps up production

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ghana":

"… 2011, fishermen working near the Jubilee oil field 60 km. off the coast of Ghana spotted a large oil slick floating towards land.The next day a dark, syrup …"

"… e, coating beaches of several fishing communities and waterfront hotels in Ghana’s Ahanta West District, the coastal strip closest to the country’s new …"

"… out the future,” said Kyei Kwadwo Yamoah of the Friends of the Nation, a Ghanaian community development organization.Even as the Jubilee field was in dev …"

"… ists, official silence surrounding the November incident was evidence that Ghana lacked the ability to properly oversee offshore oil operations.Reports by …"

Fishing and the offshore oil industry: A delicate imbalance

By Christiane Badgley

Fishing and the offshore oil industry in Ghana

Excerpts from this story referencing "Ghana":

"… dents along the Gulf of Mexico stood by the oil industry.In December 2010, Ghana, a nation of 24 million people, became the latest African nation to join t …"

"… the petroleum club. Its Jubilee field, approximately 60 km. (40 miles) off Ghana’s coast, is the first of what will likely be several deep-water oil deve …"

"… t will likely be several deep-water oil development projects. Drilling off Ghana over the next 20 years may be worth as much as $20 billion in export reven …"

"… ts on the Delta ecosystem.Ishac Diwan, the World Bank country director for Ghana, believes the country can manage and benefit from its oil. The Internation …"

Fact Check: Permitting some fudging on oil stats

By Margaret L. Ryan

Obama official defends slow drilling record with selective use of data

Excerpts from this story referencing "oil industry":

"… gument on the number of permits issued in 2009, when the recession-plagued oil industry asked for the fewest permits in five years.But 2004 was the last year the …"

"… drilling permits at the 2009 rate of around eight a month. In between, the oil industry went through four years of boom before busting with the rest of the econom …"

National Academy releases interim report on Deepwater Horizon

By Aaron Mehta

The National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council have just released preliminary findings on what caused the explosion a

Haphazard firefighting might have sunk BP oil rig

By Aaron Mehta and John Solomon

The Coast Guard has gathered evidence it failed to follow its own firefighting policy during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and is investiga

Excerpts from this story referencing "Marshall":

"… entative for Transocean did not reply to repeated requests for comment.The Marshall Islands, which as the flag state for the Deepwater Horizon is taking part …"

Coast Guard logs reveal early spill estimate of 8,000 barrels a day

By John Solomon and Aaron Mehta

Coast Guard officials grasped the potential threat of a catastrophic spill within hours of the explosion on board the Deepwater Horizon dril

Big oil wields ultra deep influence

By Laura Peterson

Legislators push for energy industry tax breaks, regulatory changes to hunt for oil at the bottom of the sea