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Red Flags Were Ignored Aboard Doomed Rig ( Oil Spill resulted - from Deepwater Horizon Rig )
Wall Street Journal ^ | MAY 13, 2010 | RUSSELL GOLD And NEIL KING JR.

Posted on 05/13/2010 12:49:21 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Managers at oil giant BP PLC decided to forge ahead in finishing work on the doomed Deepwater Horizon rig despite some tests suggesting that highly combustible gas had seeped into the well, according to testimony released by congressional investigators and documents seen by The Wall Street Journal.

The move to start withdrawing heavy drilling fluid that prevents gas from escaping the well, despite some worrisome tests and before a final cement plug could be placed in the well, raises questions about the judgments made on the rig in the hours before an explosion erupted into the night air of April 20, killing 11 and eventually leaving oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: bp; deephorz; deepwaterhorizon; energy; offshore; oil; oilspill

1 posted on 05/13/2010 12:49:21 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: All
Related thread with Much Detail:

Congressional Testimony and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (Best summary yet - Technicals )

2 posted on 05/13/2010 12:52:23 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Still say sabotage....


3 posted on 05/13/2010 12:53:16 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (What)
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To: Sacajaweau

How would that have happened?


4 posted on 05/13/2010 12:59:50 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Sacajaweau

I say BP didn’t want top spend the Mone and time ( 10 days and 5 Million ) to try and fix a fuzzy problem.( per the article )


5 posted on 05/13/2010 1:01:41 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
I say BP didn’t want to spend the Money and time

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6 posted on 05/13/2010 1:02:44 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Sacajaweau

Still say sabotage....

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What evidence sways you towards that conclusion?


7 posted on 05/13/2010 1:03:23 PM PDT by dmz
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To: steelyourfaith; NormsRevenge; Fred Nerks; blam; SunkenCiv; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; BOBTHENAILER; ..

Must read....ping


8 posted on 05/13/2010 1:04:07 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Sacajaweau

And more I learn of the details, combined with a couple decades in the oil/gas industry, the more certain I am that it was not sabotage.


9 posted on 05/13/2010 1:05:35 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: dmz; Sacajaweau
I bet the 5 BP exes on board had no real offshore experience but were concerned about the Money....

And the BP personnel were concerned about promotions....

10 posted on 05/13/2010 1:08:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thread from yesterday:

Deepwater Horizon Well Failed Key Test ( Some hours before the blowout & explosion )

11 posted on 05/13/2010 1:14:23 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: SueRae

fyi


12 posted on 05/13/2010 1:15:28 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: your local physicist

It was a Money decision.


13 posted on 05/13/2010 1:17:39 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Great job on these threads Earnest; I’ve learned more about this in the last week thanks to you and your linked threads than through any other source.

Keep it up!


14 posted on 05/13/2010 1:52:49 PM PDT by Bean Counter (We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office -- Aesop)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ernest, I’ve looked for any standard operating procedure that the government had in place in the event of a serious spill.

I’ve not found one at MMS or googling.

Do you know of any crisis management steps the government was on record with regarding serious oil spills? Thanks.


15 posted on 05/13/2010 2:04:12 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: thackney

The only way for something like that (the S word) to occur would be if someone dumped about 50lbs of sugar in the final cement bin before it was pressured up.


16 posted on 05/13/2010 2:18:52 PM PDT by Deaf Smith (When a Texan takes his chances, you know chances will be taken that's for sure.)
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To: Deaf Smith

That only creates a blowout.

Lots of blowouts happen and don’t go this far south.

This was multiple things going wrong, both procedure and mechanical.


17 posted on 05/13/2010 2:32:28 PM PDT by thackney (life is fragile, handle with prayer)
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To: xzins

I have no idea,...you might be the expert .


18 posted on 05/13/2010 2:37:51 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I’m the guy who’s looking for but still hasn’t gotten his hands on a gov’t SOP for the event of a major oilrig spill.


19 posted on 05/13/2010 3:00:11 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

Why should the government have that?


20 posted on 05/13/2010 3:02:46 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; ...
The move to start withdrawing heavy drilling fluid that prevents gas from escaping the well, despite some worrisome tests and before a final cement plug could be placed in the well, raises questions about the judgments made on the rig in the hours before an explosion erupted into the night air of April 20, killing 11 and eventually leaving oil pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.
Thanks Ernest_at_the_Beach.
21 posted on 05/13/2010 3:27:00 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well done again. I’m catching up on my reading. Somebody dropped the ball bigtime.

I just hope that the guys on site and those working behind the scenes are able to get the leak stopped safely and quickly. We will feel the impact of this for the rest of our lives, I’m afraid. Waiting for the call for the public’s help once the cleanup and salvage begins.


22 posted on 05/13/2010 4:08:53 PM PDT by SueRae
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

bump


23 posted on 05/13/2010 4:41:20 PM PDT by VOA
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Because the deptmt of the interior claims that area of ocean. So, no diff than a forest fire...for which they do have auto steps they go through when a fire starts in a fed forest.


24 posted on 05/13/2010 4:53:55 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins
Step one: Blame someone,anyone.

Step two: Repeat step one.

Step three: Hold a Congressional Hearing tying up all the major executives of the companies who are working on the problem, if possible while they are working on it. Use the hearing to prove how much the Government "cares" and to show they are "doing something"....

Oh. You meant something constructive. nevermind

25 posted on 05/13/2010 10:15:51 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe; Thunder 6; LTCJ; P-Marlowe; Ernest_at_the_Beach

They are spending their time talking about the companies involved. No one is talking about the government’s responsibilities once the spill took place.

I’m wondering if there was an SOP (standard operating procedure) in place, and if there was, where it is. The Department of the Interior’s sub-unit, the MMS, claims responsibility for offshore continental shelf areas and control over drilling. They even collect monies and control that aspect of it very tightly.

Or

I’m wondering if there was not an SOP in place, and why in the world there wasn’t one given that they’ve had decades to put one in place.


26 posted on 05/14/2010 4:00:02 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: xzins

You know there was a sudden reorganization of the Governmental Agencies involved with activity offshore....happened after the spill.


27 posted on 05/14/2010 7:03:35 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

At this point, I don’t entirely believe the story from BP managers about this oil spill. The decision to withdraw the drilling mud even though tests showed likely leakage of gas into the well was too reckless of a decision for BP executives to make. I would believe that story if this decision was made by a young upstart oil producer with little experience in offshore drilling, but I don’t entirely believe it from BP. For BP executives, that decision was just too reckless and risky. I suspect that some of the BP managers who have talked to investigators are misleading investigators or at least not telling the whole story.

FBI and congressional investigators should be aggressively questioning BP managers and asking them the same kinds of questions in different ways in an effort to find inconsistent statements or outright lies. I don’t think we’ve heard the whole truth about this disaster yet.


28 posted on 05/14/2010 10:23:42 AM PDT by your local physicist (Gridlock is good...in Washington.)
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To: xzins
I’m wondering if there was not an SOP in place, and why in the world there wasn’t one given that they’ve had decades to put one in place.

It was right there, in the energy bill...

Chances are the FedGov was caught with its knickers down as badly as FEMA was after hurricane Andrew. That would explain the finger pointing, etc., by the government even better than the bloviating and posturing for the cameras in an election year.

29 posted on 05/14/2010 10:44:57 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: xzins

The Coast Guard is lead agency for spill response.

Search for “USCG pollution contingency plan” and you will find tons of info.

There are vessel response plans, area plans, regional plans etc. There is a plan for all scenarios, very detailed. Have fun!


30 posted on 05/14/2010 12:39:54 PM PDT by ThirdMate
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