Tony Hayward Speaks at British Commons…and a response

So, couple of days ago, Mr. Hayward was questioned about British Petroleum’s safety record in England by the MPs and apparently, he had more to say to his local pol’s then he did when Congress had their go a few months back, you remember, when he gave an hour-long version of “Oh, I didn’t know.” This time around, he offered up these gems: In discussing all BP had … Continue reading Tony Hayward Speaks at British Commons…and a response

Headlines: Gulf Coast and Beyond

Criminal charges being considered against BP in Gulf oil rig tragedy – Times Picayune Hurricanes May Carry Toxic Chemicals from Crude Oil and Dispersant Inland – Washington Blog FDA’s standards for Gulf seafood may be lower than those in past oil spills – Press Register John McCain Says He’s Too Old and Tired for Any New Ideas of His Own – HuffingtonPost ‘Censoring’ of Craigslist … Continue reading Headlines: Gulf Coast and Beyond

The Gulf? Don’t Nobody Know Nothing Never – Me Neither, Except for…

I remember one night many years ago, walking down Decatur Street in the Quarter as the darkness was coming on, challenging the streetlamps to do their best. It was a beautiful February evening, colder but not freezing and as I glanced in the river’s direction I smiled at the sight of a rolling fog bank, moving slow, silent and concealing. Stopping at the corner of the square, I … Continue reading The Gulf? Don’t Nobody Know Nothing Never – Me Neither, Except for…

Headlines: Gulf Coast and Beyond…

Fish research vessel drafted for use at BP oil spill site – Times Picayune Feds order more pressure tests before relief well drilling can restart – Times Picayune WikiLeaks: We Won’t Be Threatened by Pentagon – AP BP clears itself over oil spill disaster – Daily Mail Yes, a British Paper Just How Badly Have We Screwed Up the Gulf Ecosystem? Maddow on Vitter: Hooker, … Continue reading Headlines: Gulf Coast and Beyond…

Relief Well to be Completed After All…Static Kill Not So Successful

From the Times-Picayune: BP’s blown-out oil well in the Gulf of Mexico is not yet plugged for good, and work on what’s been touted as the permanent solution will need to continue, the federal government said Friday. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen, the government’s point man for the spill response, said during a news conference Friday that crews must move forward drilling the relief … Continue reading Relief Well to be Completed After All…Static Kill Not So Successful

Did the Status Kill Work? Dissenting from the Company Storyline…shared opinions

Well, well, well…it appears all is not well in Macondo-ville after all… According to most mainstream media outlets the Static Kill worked out just fine, in fact, they are now even debating the actual need for completing the relief wells. Cue Thad Allen, circa August 3rd when talking about any possibility of not completing the relief wells to finally seal the Macondo: “There should be … Continue reading Did the Status Kill Work? Dissenting from the Company Storyline…shared opinions

The Static Kill Complete? BP to begin pumping cement into the well.

Thad Allen “granted” permission Wednesday evening for BP to begin cementing the Macondo well now that the static kill is complete. According to BP, the oil has been suppressed and the pressure inside the well is in a “static” condition. Several valves that were in use to regulate the pressure inside the blow out preventer have now been turned off, no longer necessary. Allen stated … Continue reading The Static Kill Complete? BP to begin pumping cement into the well.

Update on the Static Kill…what’s the issue with the relief wells? ie…Who’s in Charge?

From the Times-Picayune: BP embarked Tuesday on an operation that could seal the biggest offshore oil leak in U.S. history once and for all, forcing mud down the throat of its blown-out well in a tactic known variously as “bullheading” or a “static kill.” The pressure in the well dropped quickly in the first 90 minutes of the procedure, a sign that everything was going … Continue reading Update on the Static Kill…what’s the issue with the relief wells? ie…Who’s in Charge?

A Few Notes on the Static Kill…some benefits, a few risks, a series of half-truths

According to the Washington Post, the static kill could begin as early as Monday night, part of a two pronged plan to seal the Macondo well for good. The idea is to pump mud into the capped well, very slowly and push the oil all the way back down to its source rock, 2.5 miles below the seafloor. However, “the static kill is not the … Continue reading A Few Notes on the Static Kill…some benefits, a few risks, a series of half-truths