While I certainly don't minimize the human, economic, and ecological consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, I must tip my hat to British Petroleum for the depth and availability of the data they gather with respect to energy use.
Likely I should have found it before, but I've just stumbled upon US
Energy in Context: Data & Analysis of US Energy Supply, Production
& Consumption, a freely available 360 page pdf compendium whose
richness of information I've only barely begun to evaluate.
The document was published in October, 2008 so the data is a couple of
years old and, of course, the Deepwater Horizon disaster is not
But if you're interested in any aspect of energy production, delivery,
or consumption (keeping in mind that energy is never produced or
consumed, but y'all know what I and they mean) this is a "must
download." It even includes a lengthy chapter on the technology of oil
and gas extraction, concentrating at length on offshore drilling in the
Gulf of Mexico. Ironically enough, it includes much data on oil spills.
Another must for the energy analyst is bp's
Statistical Review of World Energy 2010. Here, you'll find links to
a comprehensive library of pdfs, Excel spreadsheets, and a java
"Energy charting tool" that I've only just started to play with.
If energy is your passion, these are invaluable sources. I hope that
the loss of stock value and public credibility doesn't have the same
effect on BP as the U.S. budget cuts had on the Energy Information Agency.