Oil Well Disaster
Posted 06 May 2010 - 11:35 PM
Posted 08 May 2010 - 06:32 AM
"This has not been done before and it will undoubtedly have some complications," he added.
Suttles said the dome was about 200 feet above the seabed on Friday afternoon and it was being moved over the wellhead.
Like BP, the U.S. Coast Guard worked Friday to manage expectations about the success of the operation. "This is going to take a few days and this is not going to be something instantaneous," Coast Guard Rear Adm. Mary Landry said at Friday's news conference. "And it may or may not work."
Posted 08 May 2010 - 08:22 AM
[at the time of the explosion] a group of BP executives were on board the Deepwater Horizon rig celebrating the project's safety record...
Another commentator wonders if fireboats pouring thousands of tons of water on the rig actually caused it to collapse, similar to the Normandie disaster.
-City of Victoria website, 2009
Posted 08 May 2010 - 10:30 PM
Crews dealt setback in placing containment dome in Gulf oil spill
Biloxi, Mississippi (CNN) -- The effort to place a massive containment dome over a gushing underwater wellhead in the Gulf of Mexico was dealt a setback when a large volume of hydrates -- icelike crystals that form when gas combines with water -- accumulated inside the vessel, a BP official said Saturday.
The dome was moved off to the side of the wellhead and is resting on the seabed while crews work to overcome the challenge, a process expected to take at least two days, BP's chief operations officer Doug Suttles said.
Suttles declined to call it a failed operation but said "What we attempted to do last night didn't work."
Suttles said the gas hydrates are lighter than water and, as a result, made the dome buoyant. The crystals also blocked the top of the dome, which would prevent oil from being funneled up to a drill ship.
Posted 09 May 2010 - 08:44 PM
Next step to stop oil: Throw garbage at it.
"The next tactic is going to be something they call a junk shot," "They'll take a bunch of debris -- shredded up tires, golf balls and things like that -- and under very high pressure, shoot it into the preventer itself and see if they can clog it up and stop the leak."
They sure were not prepared for any disaster like this. They seem to be making it up as they go along.
Where is Captain Nemo and the Nautilus when they need him?
Posted 10 May 2010 - 05:56 AM
Pet's fur can help clean oily Gulf Coast. By Matt Hickman, Mother Nature Network
If you've been keeping tabs on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, you've probably been wondering how exactly you can help.
Well, for those of you with furry, four-legged flatmates, it can be as easy as sweeping the floors and collecting all that errant fur and hair.
So how exactly can hoarding pet fur help with cleaning up one of the worst environmental disasters in recent memory? Enter Matter of Trust, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that's been accepting donations of non-filthy pet fur and human hair since 1998 to craft oil-absorbing hairmats -- described as "flat square dreadlocks" -- and hair-stuffed containment booms made from recycled pantyhose.
These hairy contraptions are effective at soaking-up oil and they don't require any new resources ... just stuff you'd normally trash (or compost) unless you're into, umm, stockpiling fur.
In addition to pet owners, groomers and salon owners can get involved too by sending in bulk shipments of hair/fur. In fact, as of Tuesday, 400,000 pounds of hair was en route to the Gulf Coast.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
How about bunnies for BP ?
Posted 10 May 2010 - 09:11 AM
On another note, I do like the idea of returning the tires to where they first came from. Perhaps in a few million years they will have turned back into crude providing a valuable renewable resource
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Posted 12 May 2010 - 11:23 AM
'Top hat' reaches Gulf of Mexico floor, BP says
Venice, Louisiana (CNN)-- The "top hat" oil containment device has reached the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico and should be in position over a leaking well head and operational by the end of the week, BP said Wednesday. A larger containment vessel was unsuccessful in stopping the flow of oil from the gusher about 5,000 feet underwater. The spill is sending 210,000 gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico each day.
The "top hat," a 5-foot-tall, 4-foot-diameter structure, weighs less than 2 tons. The structure was deployed by the drill ship Enterprise.
BP built the smaller dome after a much larger, four-story containment vessel designed to cap the larger of two leaks in the well developed glitches Saturday. Ice-like hydrate crystals formed when gas combined with water and blocked the top of the dome, making it buoyant.
The new device would keep most of the water out at the beginning of the capping process and would allow engineers to pump in methanol to keep the hydrates from forming, said Doug Suttles, BP's chief operating officer for exploration and production. Methanol is a simple alcohol that can be used as an antifreeze.
BP is legally required to cover economic damages from the spill up to $75 million. But Florida Sen. Bill Nelson has introduced legislation that would raise the liability cap to $10 billion.
"If this gusher continues for several months, it's going to cover up the Gulf Coast and it's going to get down into the loop current, and that's going to take it down the Florida Keys and up the east coast of Florida," Nelson said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union.
"And you are talking about massive economic loss to our tourism, our beaches, to our fisheries, very possibly disruption of our military testing and training," he said.
Posted 13 May 2010 - 10:39 PM
Missing data causing rig reconstruction mystery
By ALLEN G. BREED and CURT ANDERSON, Associated Press Writers Allen G. Breed And Curt Anderson, Associated Press Writers – Thu May 13, 7:31 pm ET
A "black box" can reveal why an airplane crashed or how fast a car was going in the instant before an accident. Yet there are no records of a critical safety test supposedly performed during the fateful hours before the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico.
They went down with the rig.
While some data were being transmitted to shore for safekeeping right up until the April 20 blast, officials from Transocean, the rig owner, told Congress that the last seven hours of its data are missing and that all written logs were lost in the explosion.
The gap poses a mystery for investigators: What decisions were made — and what warnings might have been ignored? Earlier tests, which suggested that explosive gas was leaking from the mile-deep well, were preserved.
Posted 14 May 2010 - 07:20 PM
Will Hurricane Season Mean “Oilmageddon” For The United States?
The 2010 hurricane season - combined with the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil spill - could prove devastating to the entire South and Mexico, dropping millions of gallons of “oil rain” and sending surges of oil far inland, a potential “Oilmageddon,” according to Shark Divers.
Posted 14 May 2010 - 10:30 PM
Posted 14 May 2010 - 11:56 PM
-City of Victoria website, 2009
Posted 15 May 2010 - 05:54 AM
And we want these clowns to be drilling into the Arctic.
Posted 15 May 2010 - 12:18 PM
Are chemical dispersants doing more harm than good?
Some scientists and the EPA disagree on the issue
By Curt Chapman
FAIRHOPE, Ala. — The potential long-term impact of using chemical dispersants as part of BP’s plan of attack against the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico
That’s the word coming from a group of toxicology experts, led by Dr. William Sawyer, addressing the Gulf Oil Disaster Recovery Group, a group of lawyers claiming to protect the interests of those affected by the crisis. The group represents the United Fishermen’s Association and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN), among others.
National Academy of Sciences and National Research Council publications indicate there is insufficient baseline data to determine the environmental and ecologic fate of petroleum spills and their effects in the marine environment, according to Sawyer. The lack of adequate research makes decision-making related to major spill containment and remediation dicey at best, he stated in a press release.
“The dispersants used in the BP cleanup efforts, known as Corexit 9500 and Corexit EC9527A, are also known as deodorized kerosene,” said Sawyer. “With respect to marine toxicity and potential human health risks, studies of kerosene exposures strongly indicate potential health risks to volunteers, workers, sea turtles, dolphins, breathing reptiles and all species which need to surface for air exchanges, as well as birds and all other mammals.
“Additionally, I have considered marine species which surface for atmospheric inhalation such as sea turtles, dolphins and other species which are especially vulnerable to aspiration toxicity of Corexit 9500 into the lung while surfacing.”
Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said Wednesday that the use of both Nalco products has been approved by the federal agency, and are therefore safe to use. She noted that while BP is fully authorized to use dispersants at the surface, it is only in the testing phase regarding the effectiveness of such chemicals at the source of the leak, some 5,000 feet below the surface.
“There are restrictions to protect the health of the Gulf Coast,” Jackson said. “The EPA is monitoring air quality, and BP is not authorized for the full-scale use of dispersants underwater at this time. We don’t want to replace one challenge with another.”
Posted 16 May 2010 - 09:04 PM
Technicials says tube successfully inserted, and they are pumping the fluids into a container. So far over 5.4 million gallons have leaked out. If that doesn't work the plan is to insert some mud back in to slow the flow. There may be a plan to try imodium next.
Posted 17 May 2010 - 07:24 PM
Scientists: Large plums detected in Gulf may pose new threat
By the CNN Wire Staff
While efforts to mop oil off the surface of the Gulf of Mexico stretch into a fifth week, more potentially hazardous oil could be lurking below the surface in large oil plumes, scientists said Monday -- a previously unseen phenomenon they are eager to learn more about.
Posted 19 May 2010 - 11:53 AM
Tar balls found on Florida Keys beaches Monday and Tuesday are not from a massive oil spill off the coast of Louisiana, the Coast Guard said Wednesday. However, "the conclusion that these tar balls are not from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident in no way diminishes the need to continue to aggressively identify and clean up tar ball-contaminated areas in the Florida Keys," said Coast Guard Capt. Pat DeQuattro, commanding officer of Sector Key West.
The tar balls nevertheless have raised fears that oil from the Gulf spill is headed to the coastlines of Florida and beyond.
Researchers and federal officials seem to agree that a plume of oil is being dragged into the Gulf of Mexico's Loop Current. The current flows through the Yucatan Channel between Cuba and Mexico, and then northward, where it loops just south of the Florida Keys and travels to the west side of the western Bahamas, according to meteorologists.
The European Space Agency issued a statement Wednesday saying satellite images show the oil is in the Loop Current.
"With these images from space, we have visible proof that at least oil from the surface of the water has reached the current," Bertrand Chapron of Ifremer, the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, said in the statement.
Also Tuesday, NOAA shut down fishing in a larger part of the Gulf over which the federal government has jurisdiction: a total of 45,728 square miles, which is 19 percent of the Gulf, NOAA Administrator Jane Lubchenco said.
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Posted 20 May 2010 - 06:12 AM
Oil arrives on La. shore, edges into key current.
NEW ORLEANS – Heavy, sticky oil from a massive monthlong spill was starting to clog Louisiana marshes on the Gulf of Mexico as another edge of the partly submerged crude reached a powerful current that could take it to Florida and beyond.
Brown ooze that coated marsh grasses and hung in the shallow water of a wetland at Louisiana's southeastern tip was the first heavy oil seen on shore since a BP seafloor well blew out following an April 20 rig explosion. Gov. Bobby Jindal declared Wednesday it was just the outer edge of the real spill, much heavier than the oily sheen seen before.
About 70 BP workers are taking more suggestions at a tip line center in Houston. The company plans to test one idea from Kevin Costner, the "Waterworld" and "Field of Dreams" actor who has invested more than $24 million on developing a centrifuge that can be dropped into the slick and separate the water from oil, storing the petroleum in tanks. "It's like a big vacuum cleaner," said Costner's business partner, John Houghtaling II of New Orleans, "These machines are ready to be employed. The technology is familiar to the industry."
Posted 21 May 2010 - 07:23 AM
After one month this oil well disaster does not seem to be any closer to being solved. The engineers, scientists and workers were all caught flat footed, and are making up their emergency disaster kits as they go along.
Apart from the people immediately impacted living along the shoreline of the Gulf, the story is getting put somewhat on the back burner. There is lots of blame to go around, but are we making the proper changes in policy and security to be prepared for the next oil rig "accident".
But was it an accident?
North American troops are involved in a war, and the rules of war have changed. During World War II much of the bombing in Europe was aimed at infrastructure. How do we know that the infrastructure of North America is not being targeted today? Since 911 there have been several attempts to blow up passenger planes, and more recently a failed car bombing in Times Square. Eventually these crackpots will succeed.
Lets face it, our infrastructure is vulnerable, and the floating oil rigs that fuel our economy would be an easy target for a boat load of explosives.
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