Here’s the best page I’ve found with spill coverage, from the Houston Chronicle. According to that page, Obama will announce a 6 month drilling moratorium today, pending the outcome of a report from a Presidential commission.
The Chron commits a lot of journalism, such as this piece on the well design:
Given the complexity of the reservoir being drilled, the design chosen by BP and approved by federal regulators should have been changed, other observers say.
“The entire well construction, in my view, was cavalier,” said an engineer and industry consultant who asked not to be named. “They were putting a lot of faith in their calculations that things would not go wrong.”
That piece is from their energy beat reporter, Tom Fowler, who also has a blog on the site. With our focus on crummy DC reporting, it’s easy to forget that there are a lot of great beat reporters in Real America.