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  • Blown out well seals off gas leak by itself; operators ‘lucky’, experts say

    07/25/2013 6:32:14 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 25, 2013 | Emily Pickrell and Zain Shauk
    Natural gas stopped flowing from a runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico after sediment in the well blocked the uncontrolled flow, federal authorities reported Thursday. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the well “bridged over,” meaning small pieces of sediment and sand flowed into the well path, restricting the flow and countering the pressure. A fire that had engulfed a portion of the Hercules 265 jack-up rig was put out early Thursday morning, according to a Coast Guard report to Congress. “They are lucky,” said Bud Danenberger, a consultant and former chief of offshore regulatory programs at...
  • Oil Rig’s Owner Settles Gulf Spill Case for $1.4 Billion

    01/03/2013 12:51:29 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | Jan. 3, 2013 | By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department reached a $1.4 billion settlement Thursday with Transocean Ltd., the owner of the drilling rig that sank after an explosion killed 11 workers and spawned the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The proposed settlement resolves the department's civil and criminal probes of Transocean's role in the Deepwater Horizon rig disaster. It requires the Switzerland-based company to pay $1 billion in civil penalties and $400 million in criminal penalties and plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of violating the Clean Water Act, according to a court filing. . .
  • Petrobras gets permit for U.S. deep waters

    03/23/2011 9:59:17 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 56 replies
    WASHINGTON, March 18 (UPI) -- Washington has given Petrobras America Inc. permission to start oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico, a regulator said. The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement gave Petrobras approval to use a floating production storage offloading facility at its Cascade-Chinook project in the Gulf of Mexico. The approval marks the first time FPSO technology will be used in U.S. waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The oil and gas project is about 165 miles off the coast of Louisiana in 8,200 feet of water. The FPSO has a production capacity of...
  • How the White House Delivered a Crushing Economic Blow to the Gulf

    08/20/2012 4:23:48 PM PDT · by bayouranger · 31 replies
    pjmedia ^ | 20AUG12 | by Sen. David Vitter
    PJM EXCLUSIVE: Louisiana's GOP senator on how the cover-up to trump sound science in favor of political ideology keeps growing with each chapter. Here’s the book-jacket teaser: A major U.S. environmental disaster strikes. As Coast Guard and other heroes struggle to contain the unprecedented damage, a different scene unfolds in a dimly lit conference room in Washington. A small group of high-ranking political hacks and overzealous ideologues see an opportunity to manipulate the situation to advance their agenda. They doctor a key report on the disaster by experts in order to justify shutting down all exploration and new production. They...
  • Feds make 1st arrest in BP oil spill case

    04/24/2012 10:08:38 AM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    ap ^ | 4/24/12 | ap
    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Justice Department says the first criminal charges in the Deepwater Horizon disaster have been filed against a former BP engineer who allegedly destroyed evidence. Kurt Mix, of Katy, Texas was arrested on charges of intentionally destroying evidence. He faces two counts of obstruction of justice.
  • Obama administration may have edited 2010 report to favor Gulf oil drilling moratorium

    04/20/2012 6:22:02 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 13 replies
    Human Events ^ | 4/03/2012 | Audrey Hudson
    The Obama administration was subpoenaed Tuesday for documents that congressional investigators hope would shed light on how a government report was edited to indicate experts endorsed a moratorium on oil drilling in the Gulf following the Deepwater Horizon tragedy. Interior Department officials have refused to comply with repeated requests from the House Resources Committee to provide documents that lawmakers say would show if political appointees at the agency or White House were involved in the editing decision and whether it was intentional.
  • The Kerry Line: Kerry Supports Offshore Drilling in Florida

    04/23/2004 2:07:29 PM PDT · by RWR8189 · 23 replies · 319+ views
    George W. Bush ^ | April 23, 2004
      "I am committed to preserving Florida's natural beauty … There is no ambiguity in my position on drilling off the coast of Florida." - President Bush, 4/23/04 Kerry Supports Offshore Drilling In Florida Kerry Says He Favors Drilling Off The Coast Of Florida. "But Kerry said he would be in favor of drilling off the coast of Florida. 'I support oil drilling in the right places,' Kerry said. 'There is a capacity to protect what we have today - the protections for the coast of Florida - and still be able to drill in those locations where they're already...
  • Gulf Deepwater Drilling Ban’s Hidden Victims

    02/01/2012 12:41:43 PM PST · by raptor22 · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | Feberuary 1, 2012 | IBD staff
    Energy: Small- and medium-size businesses serving Louisiana's energy industry are shedding employees, dipping into personal savings or moving elsewhere to stay afloat. The administration's war on fossil fuels is taking its toll. The federal six-month moratorium on drilling that was issued in May 2010, after the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig, has been officially lifted, but it might as well still be in effect. The glacial permitting process put in place in the aftermath in the name of public safety is killing an industry pledged to wean us from the "energy of the past" will not mourn. A...
  • Is Deepwater Horizon the New Ecuador?

    01/31/2012 9:37:30 AM PST · by bananaman22 · 2 replies
    oilprice.com ^ | 01/30/2012 | Daniel Graeber
    Nearly two years after the worst accidental offshore oil spill in the history of the energy industry, some of the biggest companies in the world are busy pointing their legal fingers at one another in court over who has to pay what in claims, damages and fines over the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal judge this week ruled that BP is still obligated to a clause in its contract with Transocean that would protect the rig owner from damages related to the spill. That means BP still has to shell out money to settle claims filed by those...
  • Environmental Scientist Caught Agreeing To Ignore Her Own Data, Make Up New Claims

    12/13/2011 12:19:01 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 12 replies
    Wizbang Blog ^ | December 12, 2011 | Kevin
    Dr. Ann Maest is a managing scientist at Straus Consulting, and she’s the go to expert on all things groundwater. In the press release announcing her reappointment to the National Academy of Sciences, they mention that she is focused on the environmental effects of mining and petroleum extraction and production, and, more recently, on the effects of climate change on water quality. Maest is in high demand as an expert for those looking to stop oil and mineral exploration. She’s also heavily used by the federal government, even though after new details about her past work are coming to light...
  • Kern County's rich oil field of history

    11/28/2011 6:03:41 PM PST · by thecodont · 12 replies
    Los Angeles Times / LATimes.com ^ | November 27, 2011 | By Jay Jones, Special to the Los Angeles Times
    Reporting from Taft, Calif.— Anywhere else, linking an aromatic cup of coffee and a gooey glob of oil would quickly kill a restaurant. Not so in Taft, Calif., the Taft Crude Coffee House is a popular stop for hot coffee or iced mocha. And in an era when oil spills tend to be environmental disasters, people here are happy to provide directions to the Lakeview Gusher, even though it spewed more than 9 million barrels of oil, nearly twice the amount spilled in 2010 from the Deepwater Horizon, the ill-fated British Petroleum rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Over 18...
  • Anadarko to Pay BP $4 Billion for Deepwater

    10/17/2011 12:50:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 17 Oct 2011 | Guy Chazan
    LONDON—Anadarko Petroleum Co. agreed to pay BP PLC $4 billion to settle all claims between the two companies arising from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a development that reduced uncertainty about the British oil giant's ultimate liability for last year's disaster. Anadarko also will drop its allegations of gross negligence against the oil giant, a move which could increase the pressure on contractors Halliburton Co. and Transocean Ltd. to come to terms with BP. Legal observers say Anadarko's move was seen as likely after a final report by U.S. investigators last month into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon...
  • Drill, Cuba, Drill

    09/22/2011 4:55:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | September 22, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: Deep-water drilling will resume in the Florida Strait when a giant, semi-submersible oil rig en route from Singapore arrives later this fall. The bad news is it will not be American. While U.S. oil and energy prices "necessarily skyrocket," as President Obama once said they would under energy policies that have imposed a de facto ban on offshore drilling, a massive Chinese-built semi-submersible oil rig is on its way from Singapore to a drilling position off northwest Cuba perhaps as little as 50 miles from Key West, Fla. The long-predicted move could come as early as November, as...
  • Report spreads oil spill blame on BP, RIG, HAL ( Deep water Horizon Oil Spill 2010 )

    09/14/2011 12:19:52 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 15 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Sept. 14, 2011, 10:42 a.m. EDT | Steve Gelsi
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- The U.S. said Wednesday a 17-month study into the causes of the April 20, 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig and the leak in the Macondo oil well that triggered the largest maritime oil spill in U.S. history revealed the violation of "a number of federal offshore safety regulations" by BP PLC
  • WHOI study reports microbes consumed oil in Gulf slick at unexpected rates

    08/01/2011 2:06:36 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 33 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | 08-01-2011 | Provided by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
    More than a year after the largest oil spill in history, perhaps the dominant lingering question about the Deepwater Horizon spill is, "What happened to the oil?" Now, in the first published study to explain the role of microbes in breaking down the oil slick on the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) researchers have come up with answers that represent both surprisingly good news and a head-scratching mystery. In research scheduled to be published in the Aug. 2 online edition of Environmental Research Letters, the WHOI team studied samples from the surface oil slick...
  • BP wants to stop paying Gulf oil spill victims

    07/16/2011 6:10:02 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 25 replies · 1+ views
    AP via Google ^ | Jul 8, 2011
    CHICAGO — BP wants to stop paying most people affected by the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill for potential future damages because the region has recovered, a document released Friday said. The tourism industry is booming, all federal fishing grounds have reopened, and the shrimp catch has been plentiful, BP said. "The current economic data do not suggest that individual and business claimants face a material risk of future loss caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill," BP said in a 29-page document filed with the Gulf Coast Claim Facility, which is handling compensation claims. ... The compensation...
  • Exxon Mobil announces major Gulf find

    06/08/2011 2:04:55 PM PDT · by thackney · 35 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | June 8, 2011 | Simone Sebastian
    Exxon Mobil Corp. has made one of the largest oil and gas finds in the Gulf of Mexico in a decade, the company announced today. The oil major said it made two oil discoveries and a natural gas discovery in its Keathley Canyon blocks, including an oil discovery in the company’s first exploration well since last year’s moratorium on deep-water drilling. Exxon expects the combined finds to yield more than 700 million barrels of oil equivalent. More than 85 percent would be oil, the company said. Drilling early in 2010 turned up oil and natural gas at the well 250...
  • Gulf Oil Spill Could Have Been Stopped 48 days Earlier

    03/03/2011 12:00:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 36 replies
    american thinker ^ | 3/3/11 | Bruce Thompson
    For 48 days and nights, the Deepwater Horizon well spewed oil into the Gulf of Mexico, when it could have been shut down. We now know this: It is very likely that if the top kill had been designed to deliver more than 109 bpm of 16.4 ppg drilling fluid below the BOP stack for a sustained period, the Macondo blowout could have been stopped between May 26-28, 2010. Given that the well was successfully shut-in with the capping stack in July, and that the subsequent bullhead (static) kill was successful, certainly a higher rate top kill would have been...
  • BP Co-Owns Gulf Well That Got Deepwater Permit

    03/02/2011 9:42:49 AM PST · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | March 2, 2011 | Peter Faherty
    Earlier today I accused Interior Secretary Ken Salazar of a "cynical" approach to issuing deepwater drilling permits for the Gulf of Mexico. I did not realize how right I was. According to Kristen Hays of Reuters: BP Plc, whose Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico caused the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history last year, co-owns the well that was granted the first deepwater drilling permit since the disaster. BP is Noble Energy Inc's partner in the well, holding a 46.5 percent interest, BP said. Noble operates the Santiago well that received a permit from U.S....
  • Feds’ findings on oil spill to be delayed again

    02/26/2011 6:22:02 AM PST · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 25, 2011 | Jennifer Dlouhy
    A federal panel investigating the Deepwater Horizon disaster said Friday that its probe might not be complete until July 27 — 15 months after the well blowout that killed 11 workers and triggered the nation’s worst oil spill. The joint inquiry by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Interior Department had already received one extension and had planned to wrap up work by the end of March. But delays in testing the blowout preventer that failed to stop gushing oil at BP’s doomed Macondo well prompted the government to ask for more time. “The condition of the BOP, as well...
  • BP knew of problems, but left them unattended before Gulf oil well blowout, new report says

    02/18/2011 2:57:15 AM PST · by trumandogz · 25 replies
    Nola.com ^ | 2.17.11 | David Hammer
    New evidence unearthed by investigators shows that in some key moments before the Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, BP leaders were disengaged from critical tests and recognized major problems, but they failed to communicate their concerns or take corrective action.
  • White House's Contemptible Drilling Ban

    02/04/2011 5:02:37 PM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | February 4, 2011 | Staff
    Energy Policy: An administration that has no respect for Congress, the courts or the Constitution has been found in contempt for reissuing a drilling moratorium that a U.S. district judge found overly broad. The Obama administration's trouble with the courts has continued with a judge's ruling last week that the Interior Department's reinstating of a drilling moratorium followed by a de facto moratorium via an overly restrictive permitting process constituted contempt. The administration had issued a drilling moratorium in May in waters deeper than 500 feet after the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig off Louisiana that...
  • Carol Browner to Quit Obama Administration

    01/24/2011 7:08:39 PM PST · by kristinn · 102 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | Monday, January 24, 2011 | Anne E. Kornblut and Steven Mufson
    Updated 9:48 p.m. Carol Browner, an key adviser to President Obama on energy and environmental issues, plans to leave the White House, an administration official said Monday night. Her departure comes as something of a surprise. Browner had been deeply involved in negotiations over climate legislation, which passed the House but died in the Senate. And she had been a key part of the team helping to deal with and stop the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last year. The administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency for eight years under President Bill Clinton, she had been...
  • Apocalypse not

    01/22/2011 3:43:30 AM PST · by Scanian · 18 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 22, 2011 | Editorial
    So much for the environmental Apocalypse of 2010, or whatever it was that the greenies took to calling last April's Deepwater Horizon explosion and subsequent oil spill. First, it turned out that, just four months after the explosion, nearly all the oil that leaked into the Gulf of Mexico -- once estimated at 200 million gallons -- had disappeared with scant ill effect. Now a federally funded field study in the journal Science reports that some 200,000 tons of toxic methane gas from the spill -- which experts once estimated would remain in the gulf waters for as long as...
  • BP and Rosneft to Swap Stakes

    01/15/2011 8:43:18 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 7 replies
    The Wall St. Journal ^ | January 15, 2011 | GUY CHAZAN
    Deepening its already close ties with Russia, BP PLC unveiled a share-swap agreement with OAO Rosneft, that will give the state-controlled Russian oil company a 5% stake in BP and allow the U.K. oil giant to jointly explore and explore and develop parts of the Russian Arctic. The accord represents one of BP's boldest corporate moves since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a disaster that nearly destroyed it. BP will get 9.5% of Rosneft's shares in the transaction and access to an oil-rich swath of Russia's South Kara Sea. The stakes being swapped are each valued at about $8...
  • BP cost-cutting blamed for 'avoidable' Deepwater Horizon oil spill ( Commission Report )

    01/11/2011 8:10:43 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Thursday 6 January 2011 | Suzanne Goldenberg
    • Disaster could have been prevented – White House • Complacency 'could lead to another catastrophe' The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico was an avoidable disaster caused in part by a series of cost-cutting decisions made by BP and its partners, the White House oil commission has concluded.In a preview of its final report, due next week, the national oil spill commission said systemic management failure at BP, Transocean, and Halliburton caused the blow-out in the Gulf of Mexico, and warned that such a disaster would likely recur because of industry complacency.Many of the poor decisions taken on...
  • Bacteria devoured methane gas from gulf oil spill, scientists say

    01/07/2011 2:20:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 63 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 6, 2011 | Brian Vastag
    Last August, just two days into a research cruise to study methane gas spewed into the Gulf of Mexico by the Deepwater Horizon gusher, Texas A&M University oceanographer John Kessler turned to one of his colleagues and said, "Well, it looks like it might be gone. What do you think?" The huge wallop of methane burped up from deep inside the earth was, in fact, missing. Kessler and his colleagues now report in Science that a huge swarm of gas-gobbling bacteria swelled to consume nearly all of the estimated 200,000 tons of methane dumped into the gulf. ..... Besides providing...
  • Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours

    12/27/2010 12:42:39 AM PST · by brityank · 63 replies · 16+ views
    New York Times ^ | 25 December, 2010 | DAVID BARSTOW, DAVID ROHDE and STEPHANIE SAUL
    <p>The worst of the explosions gutted the Deepwater Horizon stem to stern.</p> <p>Crew members were cut down by shrapnel, hurled across rooms and buried under smoking wreckage. Some were swallowed by fireballs that raced through the oil rig’s shattered interior. Dazed and battered survivors, half-naked and dripping in highly combustible gas, crawled inch by inch in pitch darkness, willing themselves to the lifeboat deck.</p>
  • Sea Life Flourishes in the Gulf

    11/15/2010 7:00:40 AM PST · by kingattax · 66 replies · 1+ views
    National Review Online ^ | November 15, 2010 | Lou Dolinar
    The Great Oil Spill Panic of 2010 will go down in history as mass hysteria on par with the Dutch tulip bubble. The catastrophists were wrong (again) about the Deep Water Horizon oil spill. There have been no major fish die-offs. On the contrary, a comprehensive new study says that in some of the most heavily fished areas of the Gulf of Mexico, various forms of sea life, from shrimp to sharks, have seen their populations triple since before the spill. Some species, including shrimp and croaker, did even better. And meanwhile, the media has greatly exaggerated damage found in...
  • Govt's handling of science on oil spill questioned

    11/10/2010 6:43:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 2 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | November 10, 2010 | Dtna Cappiello
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The oil spill that damaged the Gulf of Mexico's reefs and wetlands is also threatening to stain the Obama administration's reputation for relying on science to guide policy. --snip-- Meanwhile, the owner of the rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, Transocean Ltd., is renewing its argument that federal investigators are in danger of allowing the blowout preventer, a key piece of evidence, to corrode as it awaits forensic analysis. Testing had not begun as of last week, the company says, some two months after it was raised from the seafloor. --snip-- "There are really only...
  • Halliburton down on letter from oil-spill probe- focuses on cementing job of stricken well)

    10/28/2010 1:41:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Oct. 28, 2010, 3:15 p.m. EDT | By Steve Gelsi, MarketWatch
    NEW YORK (MarketWatch) — Shares of Halliburton Co. fell sharply on Thursday after the lead lawyer for a presidential commission to investigate the Deepwater Horizon accident focused on the cement-sealing work, meant to prevent gas leakage from the stricken well that caused the death of 11 workers and the worst oil spill in U.S. history. A letter from the commission’s lawyer also points out that tests of the sealing job were either misinterpreted or not made by well owner BP PLC or Transocean Ltd. , the operator of the Deepwater Horizon rig. Halliburton stock dropped 10% at $30.94 in afternoon...
  • Halliburton Shares Crash on Cement Test

    10/28/2010 12:06:59 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 17 replies · 1+ views
    The Street ^ | 10.28.29
    NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Shares of Halliburton(NYSE:HAL) dropped by as much as 10% on Thursday afternoon after a presidential commission revealed that tests conducted before the BP Macondo oil spill showed that cement used by Halliburton were liable to create unstable conditions.
  • China's Will To Drill

    10/13/2010 7:55:07 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 2 replies · 3+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | October 13, 2010 | IBD staff
    Energy Policy: The administration lifts the Gulf drilling moratorium in time for the election, but it's not as good as it sounds. Meanwhile, China buys up Texas oil land to develop the energy reserves we won't. The lifting of the Gulf drilling ban imposed after the explosion of British Petroleum's Macondo well came as welcome news. But like anything this administration does, one must read the fine print. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced that the ban was being lifted before its Nov. 30 target because of the "the higher standards we have set" for drillers applying for new permits.
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Still Important things to discuss - Open Thread 2

    09/27/2010 2:53:16 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 27, 2010 - 9:24am | Gail the Actuary
    Since folks still want to discuss the oil spill related issues, this is another open thread. Note that there are a few oil spill related articles in Drumbeat.
  • Degraded Oil From BP Spill Coats Gulf Seafloor ( More research needed???? )

    09/22/2010 12:59:33 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 31 replies
    livescience.com ^ | 21 September 2010 05:45 pm ET | By Brett Israel
    NEW YORK - Now that BP's Deepwater Horizon oil well has been sealed, the long, hard work of assessing the damage begins even as the oil is dispersing throughout the Gulf. A research team from Columbia University in New York returned this past weekend (Sept. 17 to 19) from a tour of duty in the Gulf of Mexico with new data to attempt to measure the location and magnitude of subsurface oil plumes, and their effects on the marine ecosystem, which have recently been the focus of much debate.
  • John Wright - the man who killed BP's Gulf of Mexico oil spill well

    09/21/2010 3:22:07 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | Sep 21, 2010 8:53AM BST | Graham Ruddick
    "Man who does not include luck in his plan, often finds it." That is the Chinese proverb followed by John Wright, the man who has just successfully killed the leaking Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico. John Wright, the driller responsible for drilling the relief well to seal the Macondo well, the source of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion and oil spill.It is a saying that Wright kept his faith in over the past few days, as his relief well got ever close to intersecting with BP's leaking well. Speaking to The Daily Telegraph, the American admits that drilling...
  • The BP Oil Disaster: Big Government’s Dream Come True

    06/18/2010 5:50:24 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies · 294+ views
    FrontPageMag.com ^ | June 18, 2010 | Rich Tezupek
    If you thought President Obama’s address to the nation this week would have focused on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that is destroying the Gulf Coast economy, you would have been only partially correct. The president did mention what he called the “menacing cloud of black crude,” but the heart of his remarks was a political speech that attacked the president’s political enemies while pushing for a stock “green” agenda, including cap-and-trade legislation, that had no obvious connection to the menace in the Gulf Coast. What was supposed to be a leveling with the American people about the oil crisis...
  • BP's Deepwater Horizon - Closing the Well and the Series - and Open Thread

    09/20/2010 12:12:22 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 20, 2010 - 10:08am | Heading Out
    The operations to seal the Deepwater Horizon well in the Gulf have now succeeded in putting cement plugs into the well that have effectively ensured that it will remain dead. The well itself was effectively killed when the cement was injected some weeks ago, and the work since has been to ensure that some of the potential problems from subsequent failure of that cement could not occur. And so the relief well had shown that there were no effective quantities of hydrocarbon products in the annulus, meaning that the well failure had purely been through the shoe and up the...
  • Obama’s Drilling Moratorium Has Not Increased Unemployment in Gulf Region, Administration Report

    09/16/2010 10:29:23 AM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    ap ^ | 9/16/10 | Erica Werner
    Washington - The deepwater drilling moratorium in the Gulf of Mexico has not increased unemployment in the region, says a new report from the Obama administration that counters the dire predictions of oil industry officials and Gulf Coast residents. The report, being released at a Senate hearing Thursday, said the moratorium imposed after the BP oil spill might have temporarily cost 8,000 to 12,000 jobs on oil rigs and elsewhere. But it found no net job loss in the region, thanks in part to a big hiring push for cleanup crews and massive spending
  • BP's Deepwater Horizon - Well "Effectively Dead" - and Open Thread

    09/19/2010 2:02:57 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 19, 2010 - 10:50am | Gail the Actuary
    Update: Sunday, 11:40am: The well is effectively dead, according to Admiral Allen. The official statement is as follows: After months of extensive operations planning and execution under the direction and authority of the U.S. government science and engineering teams, BP has successfully completed the relief well by intersecting and cementing the well nearly 18,000 feet below the surface. With this development, which has been confirmed by the Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, we can finally announce that the Macondo 252 well is effectively dead. Additional regulatory steps will be undertaken but we can now state, definitively,...
  • Engineers: 1 more pressure test needed on BP well (Sorry, but Prime Rib, really?)

    09/18/2010 10:14:45 AM PDT · by devane617 · 30 replies
    AP via Bradenton.com ^ | 09/18/2010 | Harry Weber
    Crews working to seal BP's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico once and for all need to finish one more pressure test on a cement plug before declaring the well permanently dead, officials said Saturday. The crew plans to celebrate once the well is officially killed. "We're going to have a good meal together - prime rib," Robson said.
  • BP's Deepwater Horizon - Nearing Intersection - and Open Thread

    09/16/2010 10:14:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 16, 2010 - 10:29am | Heading Out
    Progress on the Deepwater Horizon well is going well enough that the Admiral considers it likely that the remaining work (other than plug and abandon) may be completed within the next four days. According to the transcript: . . .just to summarize again, in the last 24-hour period we proceeded to go ahead and drill to the intercept. At the time we started drilling we estimated that we were 3.5 horizontal feet away and 50 feet away from the intercept. We drilled down (inaudible), we went through the drill string, we put in a ranging tool just to make sure...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Approaching the Well and the Birth of Hope - and Open Thread

    09/15/2010 11:18:02 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 15, 2010 - 10:25am | Heading Out
    With very little change since yesterday in the situation in the Gulf, it may be time to start spreading these reviews out a little more, or if the well is intersected this week, to consider moving to more general topics. The DDIII drilled 30 of the remaining 50 ft between the relief well and the original Deepwater Horizon well on Monday. The drill was then retracted to make a ranging run, and once that is completed, one can assume that they might just go ahead and do the intersection on the next drilling pass.That will begin to generate the next...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - the Relief Well Starts and Miners Watch TV - and Open Thread

    09/14/2010 12:00:55 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 14, 2010 - 10:30am | Heading Out
    Admiral Allen issued a statement today, in regard to the situation at the Deepwater Horizon well: After extensive consultation between BP engineers and the federal science team, as well as reviewing data collected from measurements I authorized Friday, the Development Driller III today began the final steps towards the completion of the relief well that will intercept the Macondo 252 well and perform the bottom kill procedure.This accelerated progress was possible after several discussions between BP and the federal scientists and engineers, leading to the installation of a lock-down device over the weekend, which resulted in the necessary conditions to...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Locking the Hanger and Relief Well Role - and Open Thread

    09/13/2010 11:59:09 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 10 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 13, 2010 - 10:25am | Heading Out
    A short time ago I wrote about the concerns with the casing hanger in the Deepwater Horizon well, and the risk that it might lift and allow whatever fluid is in the annulus between the production casing and the well lining to be released. In his remarks on Friday Admiral Allen discussed that situation. At some point there has to be a seal on the top of the well to prevent fluid escaping from the annulus. The solution that he, the science team, and BP have reached is that the casing hanger will be locked into place, so that it...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Industry Task Forces Report - and Open Thread

    09/12/2010 9:48:08 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 12, 2010 - 10:50am | Gail the Actuary
    n response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, four industry task forces were formed, to look into better ways of preventing oil spills in deepwater locations, intervening when an oil spill does occur, and responding to oil that has been spilled. This week, two of the task forces made their reports; the other two task forces had made their reports in May. The American Petroleum Institute issued a briefing paper on the reports. The Subsea Task Force made 29 recommendations, which can be found in this report. One of the major recommendations was the formation of a Marine Well Containment...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Rig Workers had Chance to Prevent Explosion? - and Open Thread

    09/12/2010 9:43:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 19 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 11, 2010 - 10:50am | Gail the Actuary
    This thread is being closed. Please comment on http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6946. BP's new report giving their version of what happened at the time of the explosion comes to a rather surprising conclusion--that the blowout preventer worked, but too late. If the rig crew had taken different actions, the explosion and fire might have been prevented. According to a Wall Street Journal article titled Rig Workers Had Chance to Prevent Explosion: Contrary to what most oil industry experts thought based on testimony in government hearings, not only did the crew manage to activate the blowout preventer—the huge set of valves designed to shut...
  • BP's Deepwater Oil Spill - Evidence of Erosion - and Open Thread

    09/12/2010 9:39:17 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies
    The Oil Drum ^ | September 10, 2010 - 10:40am | Heading Out
    Update, 1:00pm EDT Friday: Admiral Allen has issued a letter, authorizing BP to proceed with specific aspects of the relief well intercept procedure. In particular, BP is to proceed with an evaluation of the current status of the casing hanger. If it is found to be correctly positioned, BP is to install the locking ring to secure the hangar, and then commence completion of the relief well. There was, apparently, no briefing on Thursday on the Deepwater Oil Spill. However RockyPaloma has put up a number of videos on Youtube showing an internal video inspection of the blowout preventer (BOP)...
  • Scientists Find Thick Layer Of Oil On Seafloor (oilspill)

    Scientists on a research vessel in the Gulf of Mexico are finding a substantial layer of oily sediment stretching for dozens of miles in all directions. Their discovery suggests that a lot of oil from the Deepwater Horizon didn't simply evaporate or dissipate into the water — it has settled to the seafloor.
  • BP Shares the Blame for Oil Spill Rig Blast

    09/08/2010 5:39:00 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | Wednesday, 8 Sep 2010 | 7:47 AM ET | By Reuters
    BP deflected much of the blame for a rig blast that led to the United States' worst-ever oil spill, releasing an internal report on Wednesday which said that drilling contractor Transocean had missed danger signs.BP defended its much-criticized well design and said failures on the rig, operated by Transocean [RIG  53.05  ---  UNCH  (0)   ], led to gas swamping the platform and creating the conditions for the explosion."Over a 40-minute period, the Transocean rig crew failed to recognize and act on the influx of hydrocarbons into the well," BP said in a statement.BP also criticized the cementing of the...