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  • Scientists conclude spilled Macondo oil biodegrading quickly

    08/05/2010 1:52:22 PM PDT · by thackney · 28 replies
    Oil & Gas Journal ^ | Aug 4, 2010 | Paula Dittrick
    Early observations and preliminary research results show most of the oil spilled from the Macondo well is biodegrading quickly, but more research and analysis is needed to determine long-term effects on marine life, a federal science report said. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the US Department of the Interior released a report Aug. 4 outlining measurement methods and best estimates of what happened to the spilled oil. US Environmental Protection Agency scientists also were involved. More than 25 government and independent scientists contributed to the calculation methods or the calculations. BP PLC, operator of the Macondo well, was...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Cementing the Well - and Open Thread

    08/05/2010 9:40:32 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | August 5, 2010 - 10:25am | Heading Out
    The Deepwater well has now reached a point where the mud inside the well is applying enough weight to the fluid in the formation that the flow of fluid, when such exists, is now from the well back into the rock. The well is sufficiently secure that, just before 7 pm CST Wednesday, Admiral Allen issued the following press release: Based on the successful completion of the static kill procedure and a positive evaluation of the test results, I have authorized BP to cement its damaged well. I made it clear that implementation of this procedure shall in no way...
  • Offshore-Drilling Overseer Vows Tough Probes of Oil Companies ( But Drilling Ban could end early )

    08/04/2010 10:29:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    Wall Street journal ^ | AUGUST 3, 2010, 4:52 P.M. ET | By Siobhan Hughes and Stephen Power
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--The new head of the U.S. Interior Department's offshore-drilling oversight agency vowed to make "aggressive investigations of oil and gas companies" a "hallmark" of the agency going forward. Michael Bromwich, sworn in less than two months ago as director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, also told reporters Tuesday the Obama administration hopes to be able to end a moratorium on deepwater drilling well before Nov. 30, when it is currently scheduled to expire. But Bromwich said any recommendations he makes on the ban will depend on what he learns from experts his agency is consulting in...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Tests End and the Kill Begins, Well Reaches Static Condition - Thread 2

    08/04/2010 9:13:48 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 25 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | August 4, 2010 - 10:10pm | Heading Out
    This is a second copy of this thread. The previous copy can be found at http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6810. Update Wednesday Morning: BP announced that the well had reached a static condition, a 'significant milestone', and it was able to stop pumping mud into the well. BP announced today that the MC252 well appears to have reached a static condition -- a significant milestone. The well pressure is now being controlled by the hydrostatic pressure of the drilling mud, which is the desired outcome of the static kill procedure carried out yesterday (US Central time). Pumping of heavy drilling mud into the well...
  • Allen: 'Static kill' is controlling oil well, but more work still ahead (Deepwater Horizon )

    08/04/2010 9:36:42 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 30 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, August 4, 2010; 12:22 PM | Joel Achenbach and William Branigin
    BP's blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico has reached a "static condition," the company said early Wednesday, meaning that pressure inside the well has been brought under control through a mud-pumping process that began Tuesday afternoon. BP called the achievement "a significant milestone" and said it stopped pumping mud into the Macondo well after about eight hours because the effort had been successful. "The well is now being monitored, per the agreed procedure, to ensure it remains static," the company said in a statement. "Further pumping of mud may or may not be required depending on results observed...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Start of the Static Kill

    08/03/2010 5:50:51 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 18 replies · 19+ views
    The Hill ^ | Ausgus 3, 2010 | Heading Out
    Progress on the relief well at the Deepwater Horizon well has now reached the point that BP have started the procedures for the top static kill of the well. There was a little delay in the installation of the casing for the relief well because, during the time that the well had been left untended during the last storm, the sides sloughed a little, and about 40 ft of debris accumulated in the bottom of the well. This was obviously more than had been expected, since the clearing run to remove this and condition the well took longer than originally...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Tests End and the Kill Begins

    08/04/2010 7:04:10 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 28 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | August 4, 2010 | Heading Out
    Overnight Monday night there was a second set of leaks detected in the BOP assembly sitting on top of the Deepwater well in the Gulf, however these were successfully stopped by Tuesday morning and the flow testing of the well began. Oil was pumped into the well at several different rates, starting at 1 barrel/minute and ending at 7 bpm. During this series of tests the pressure in the well was monitored, and the results were sufficiently satisfying – “Textbook”, as Kent Wells noted, that the well is now in process of being killed as mud is fed into the...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Static Kill to Begin Shortly - and Open Thread

    08/02/2010 8:41:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 45 replies · 20+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | August 2, 2010 - 10:30am | Gail the Actuary
    At Sunday's press conference, Admiral Allen indicated that static kill could start this evening (Monday evening) or on Tuesday.At the time of the press conference, the pressure had built up to 6,980 pounds per square inch (psi). Admiral Allen indicated this was the type of pattern that would be expected with well integrity. According to his report: As you know we are in the process right now of laying the final casing run for the relief well and with that casing has now been placed at the bottom of the well bore. It is – they are circulating fluids just...
  • BP's Deepwater Horizon - Oil to Stay Put; Dispersant Questions - and Open Thread (Aug 1, 2010)

    08/01/2010 8:09:59 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies · 3+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | August 1, 2010 - 10:20am | Gail the Actuary
    Last week, NOAA released a new study showing that the dispersed oil was not likely to travel far. In order for the oil to be dispersed very far, it would need to reach the Loop Current. At this point in time, the Loop Current is very far away, and there seems to be little chance the oil will travel that far. According to the report: Overflights in the past week have found only scattered patches of light sheen near the Mississippi Delta – an indication that aggressive efforts to capture and disperse the oil have been effective and that the...
  • BP Macondo Blowout - Static Top Kill vs. Bottom Kill: Weighing the Risks (July 31 )

    07/31/2010 12:51:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 4+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | July 31, 2010 - 10:47am | aeberman
    This post was up yesterday, but the discussion may have gotten confusing, because it was part of an open thread. I am putting the post back up, to facilitate discussion in a more organized manner. - Gail Author's Note: Art Berman (aeberman) is an Oil Drum staff member and geological consultant whose specialties are subsurface petroleum geology, seismic interpretation, and database design and management. He has been interviewed on CNN and BNN about the Deepwater Horizon disaster. William Semple collaborated on this post. Mr. Semple is a drilling engineer and independent drilling consultant with 37 years of experience in the...
  • MDMR and MDEQ Reopen Waters... (Let's Go Fishing! Mississippi)

    07/31/2010 7:45:12 AM PDT · by houeto · 52 replies · 2+ views
    Mississippi Department of Marine Resources ^ | 7/30/2010 | Mississippi DMR
    BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) and the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), in coordination with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), have ordered the reopening of Mississippi territorial waters north of the barrier islands to all commercial and recreational finfish and shrimp fishing activities that were part of the precautionary oil spill closures. This order takes effect at 6:01 p.m. today. All commercial and recreational crab and oyster fishing will remain closed in the affected area.
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - the Hundredth Day - and Open Thread

    07/29/2010 7:56:35 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies · 2+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | July 29, 2010 - 10:25am | Heading Out
    Admiral Allen held a press conference in the Gulf region (rather than recent ones held in Washington), in which he noted that the news of the rapid disappearance of the oil already emitted by the Deepwater well is raising questions as to how long to retain the different parts of the fleet assembled to deal with it. Well pressure continues to slowly build, and there are no signs that the well integrity has been breached. The problem of the skimmer fleet, and the distributed lengths of boom are non-trivial. Should a hurricane appear then the oil-contaminated boom segments can become...
  • BP's Deepwater Horizon - Static Top Kill vs. Bottom Kill: Weighing the Risks - and Open Thread

    07/30/2010 10:50:54 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 24 replies · 2+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | July 30, 2010 - 10:45am | aeberman
    Author's Note: Art Berman (aeberman) is an Oil Drum staff member and geological consultant whose specialties are subsurface petroleum geology, seismic interpretation, and database design and management. He has been interviewed on CNN and BNN about the Deepwater Horizon disaster. William Semple collaborated on this post. Mr. Semple is a drilling engineer and independent drilling consultant with 37 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He worked for 16 years with a major oil company and has 24 years of experience as a drilling supervisor. He has been a guest contributor on The Oil Drum writing about the...
  • Key step to kill Gulf gusher may happen sooner ( Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill )

    07/29/2010 1:21:02 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Google - AP ^ | July 29, 2010 – 1 hour ago | HARRY R. WEBER (AP)
    NEW ORLEANS — Preparations for step one of a two-step attempt to plug the Gulf oil gusher are going well and it could start by the weekend, the government's point man for the spill response said Thursday.The so-called static kill is intended to make the job of plugging the well for good easier, and it can begin as soon as crews finish work on the relief well needed for a permanent fix.Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said crews would drop in the casing for the relief well later Thursday, and that could speed up work on the static kill,...
  • A Critical Examination of Matt Simmons’ Claims on the Deepwater Spill (Who is Matt Simmons)

    07/29/2010 6:53:23 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 8 replies · 1+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | July29,2010 | Robert Rapier
    Matt Simmons, author of Twilight in the Desert, has long been one of the most famous and influential voices on the subject of peak oil. After the release of his book, Simmons rose to fame as Saudi Arabian oil production declined and global oil prices skyrocketed. However, Simmons has lately been making hyperbolic claims related to the deepwater spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Based on the scenarios Simmons has outlined, he argues for responses such as using a nuclear explosion to seal the well and evacuating 20 million people from the Gulf Coast. Extraordinary responses such as these would...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Clearing the Relief Well to Restart - and Open Thread

    07/29/2010 8:20:29 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies · 1+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | July 28, 2010 - 10:35am | Heading Out
    This thread is being closed. Please comment on http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6789. The work in the Gulf that is moving toward a more permanent solution to the leaking well beyond the current cap on the well is moving forward at a slow and cautionary pace. In his briefing at 2 pm Tuesday afternoon, Admiral Allen noted that the riser has now been connected between the Development Driller III and the BOP on the relief well. When that pipe is put into place it is full of seawater, and for a variety of reasons it is best that this is replaced with drilling mud...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Restarting Progress - and Open Thread

    07/27/2010 3:17:59 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | July 27, 2010 - 10:30am | Heading Out
    BP does not seem to have gone back to the daily briefings, let alone the twice-a-day ones that were being issued just a couple of weeks ago. Admiral Allen has given permission for the top and bottom kill (through the relief well (RW)) activities to continue. The Admiral also noted that the riser for the RW has been reattached, and the reconnection, removal of the plugging packer, and cleaning of the well is in process. It is estimated that the intersection with the original well will now occur on the 7th August, with the final set of casing being run...
  • Matthew Simmons: Lightning Rod for Gulf Oil Controversy

    07/26/2010 3:08:04 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 44 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | 07/25/2010 20:32 -0500 | George Washington
    → Washington’s BlogMatthew Simmons has made a lot of big claims about the oil spill (see videos below).Because of his background, Simmons has been interviewed repeatedly in television, newspaper and radio media. Simmons was an energy adviser to President George W. Bush, is an adviser to the Oil Depletion Analysis Centre, and is a member of the National Petroleum Council and the Council on Foreign Relations, and is former chairman and CEO of Simmons & Company International, an investment bank catering to oil companies.People have become polarized around Simmons as a lightning rod. For example, people who believe all of...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - After the Storm - and Open Thread

    07/26/2010 1:56:53 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 50 replies · 4+ views
    The Oil Drum ^ | July 26, 2010 - 10:25am | Heading Out
    The “Bonnie” storm has passed, and the different vessels are not only returned to the site, but are already making progress in returning to operations. As Admiral Allen noted on Sunday DDIII is now running the riser pipe down. They have 67 joints to complete, they've done 39 of those as of about 10:30 Central Daylight time this morning, need about five more hours to do that. They are planning to latch on to the well around midnight tonight. Development Driller II which was – had drill – was involved in drilling the backup well is returning to site and...
  • White House backed release of Lockerbie bomber

    07/25/2010 12:02:37 PM PDT · by cycle of discernment · 255 replies · 8+ views
    The Australian ^ | July 26, 2010 | Jason Allardyce and Tony Allen
    <p>THE US government secretly advised Scottish ministers it would be "far preferable" to free the Lockerbie bomber than jail him in Libya.</p> <p>Correspondence obtained by The Sunday Times reveals the Obama administration considered compassionate release more palatable than locking up Abdel Baset al-Megrahi in a Libyan prison.</p>