Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Report: Gas set off blast (BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico)
Sun Herald ^ | May 7, 2010 | NOAKI SCHWARTZ and HARRY R. WEBER

Posted on 05/08/2010 12:56:32 AM PDT by Islander7

ON THE GULF OF MEXICO — The deadly blowout of an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was triggered by a bubble of methane gas that escaped from the well and shot up the drill column . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at sunherald.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: ecology; economy; mississippi; oil; oilspill
“What we had learned when I worked as a drill-rig laborer was swoosh, boom, run,” Bea said. “The swoosh is the gas, boom is the explosion and run is what you better be doing.”
1 posted on 05/08/2010 12:56:32 AM PDT by Islander7
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Islander7

Ruff necks.


2 posted on 05/08/2010 3:38:51 AM PDT by crz
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7
bubble of methane gas

Basically a huge fart....

3 posted on 05/08/2010 4:18:22 AM PDT by central_va ( http://www.15thvirginia.org)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

where there is oil, there is always methane gas. Hard to believe they had not foreseen this.


4 posted on 05/08/2010 4:32:22 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

Nope, I don’t believe it. It don’t wash.


5 posted on 05/08/2010 5:36:08 AM PDT by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DGHoodini

It is the convenient explanation for sure.


6 posted on 05/08/2010 6:33:52 AM PDT by Shady (The Fairness Doctrine is ANYTHING but fair!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Buckeye McFrog

yeah yeah yeah and a spark ignited the center fuel tank on TWA800, a truck bomb blew up the Murrah building, David Korresh immolated himself intentionally and Oswald acted alone and the attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise.

with the wreck at a depth of 5,000 ft ain’t nobody gonna figure out what happened

certainly our favorite story tellers the looney-left media


7 posted on 05/08/2010 6:37:32 AM PDT by Mike Acker
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: DGHoodini

If the down hole pressure was miscalculated when the drilling mud was replaced with salt water, it could very easily cause a blow out. Some reports have said the blowout occured on the outside of the casing, this one contradicts that.

There so many unanswered questions and misinformation that I don’t know what to believe about it.


8 posted on 05/08/2010 6:37:56 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

Gas set off blast (BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico)

Then, why were SWAT teams sent to the gulf by Obama?


9 posted on 05/08/2010 6:40:55 AM PDT by chainsaw ( 'You know that your landing gear is up and locked when it takes full power to taxi to the terminal)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

If the kick broke down the shoe, and the cement bond around the casing was not logged for integrity, the blow-out could easily be going outside the casing.

I have seen it many times over my career.

BP screwed the pooch big time on this one.


10 posted on 05/08/2010 6:46:12 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: chainsaw

Someone else has pointed out that the victims have remained completely anonymous. Why are they treated differently than the recent coal-mine victims? Or have I just missed that part?


11 posted on 05/08/2010 6:48:37 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

For a technical answer to your question. They knew ahead of time that they were creating an imbalance. This is a standard procedure, to displace drilling fluid (Mud) with production fluid, (salt water) which in this case was Sea Water at 8.6 PPG.

They set a bridge plug above the casing shoe to secure the well so they could complete the procedure and the well for production.

The error was, they knew the well was unstable and had historical abnormalities. Yet, they went ahead and completed it anyway. And, the way they did it was nothing short of gross incompetence and near criminal neglect.


12 posted on 05/08/2010 6:56:11 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: PSYCHO-FREEP
"BP screwed the pooch big time on this one."

Wasn't Transocean running the rig's drilling operations? Wouldn't it have been their call that the salt water was at sufficient weight to replace the mud?

13 posted on 05/08/2010 6:57:52 AM PDT by Justa
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Justa

The Drilling Contractor does not make the call on production procedures. That responsibility lies with the Lease Operator. (BP)

The Rig personnel maintain the rig and follow orders from the Operator/Consultant according to the Drilling Program written by the Operator. (BP)

And they had a Bridge Plug set to allow them to displace the well with production fluid. (Sea Water)


14 posted on 05/08/2010 7:02:01 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Islander7
Report: Gas set off blast (BP rig in the Gulf of Mexico)

Dang! I thought it was the fire flies!! < /sarcasm >

15 posted on 05/08/2010 7:03:29 AM PDT by Bigun ("It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." Voltaire)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: chainsaw
Then, why were SWAT teams sent to the gulf by Obama?

Because Obama is an idiot?

16 posted on 05/08/2010 7:10:26 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP ( Give me Liberty, or give me an M-24A2!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: PSYCHO-FREEP
BP screwed the pooch big time on this one.

Not just BP. Halliburton was cementing the hole when it blew.

Been many, many moons since I worked the oil patch, but I remember service companies taking dangerous short cuts.

17 posted on 05/08/2010 8:39:46 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Islander7
Thank you for pointing that out.

That is the one constant through all discussion and inquiry regarding these accidents.

The slick silk suited Scrooges always bray loudly outside the burning debris how every safety precaution was taken, while every lowly working Bob Cratchet crawling from the wreckage says, "oh, yeah, we had to take the shortcut".

18 posted on 05/08/2010 9:07:20 AM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: norraad

Well, those short cuts were demanded by management in a non-verbal fashion, if you get my drift.


19 posted on 05/08/2010 9:14:23 AM PDT by Islander7 (If you want to anger conservatives, lie to them. If you want to anger liberals, tell them the truth.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Islander7
As the workers removed pressure from the drilling column and introduced heat to set the cement seal around the wellhead, the chemical reaction created heat, destabilizing the seal and allowing a gas bubble to form inside the pipe.

Pressure and heat is always with you, within limits, but the seal didn't hold. I think the problem will be found in the sealing process.

20 posted on 05/08/2010 10:31:52 AM PDT by Donald Rumsfeld Fan (Sarah Palin "the Thrilla from Wasilla")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

“Well, those short cuts were demanded by management in a non-verbal fashion, if you get my drift.”
/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////

I don’t know anything about the oil business but at the last manufacturing plant where I worked the safety program was rather strange. There were meetings and videos and a lot of hooplah about safety but in practice major dangers were often ignored while a big fuss was made over nitpicking little crap that was beyond belief. It would have made fodder for a great comedy but living in the midst of it every work day was maddening.


21 posted on 05/08/2010 10:32:20 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

When I learned that the big bosses were on board, it made me think “sabotage”....again


22 posted on 05/08/2010 1:35:08 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Sacajaweau

Yes, the terrorism the ‘’bosses’’ learnt at the London School of Economics make mudlem madmen look like pikers.


23 posted on 05/10/2010 4:23:26 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 22 | View Replies]

To: Islander7

The most believable explaination came from a rig hand who said that BP overdrilled their TD by several 1000 feet but Halliburton cemented to the on paper well depth. This left a 3000+ foot gap at the bottom of the casing that was not cemented properly allowing methane to seep around the casing and it blew up...


24 posted on 05/21/2010 2:40:42 AM PDT by oilman1000
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson