Friday, May 7, 2010


On Friday, BP began lowering a newly constructed 98-ton containment dome over two leaks in the Deepwater Horizon well at the seabed. BP is attempting to install the dome to funnel the oil up to a drilling rig.

A senior BP executive on Thursday told reporters at an event in Boston that after a week "we'll have a good idea" whether the dome works. Robert Dudley, BP's executive vice president for the Americas and Asia, also cautioned that such technology was untested at this depth, 5,000 feet below the surface.

Mr. Dudley said BP also was considering installing a "top kill" device, which would send a heavy liquid into the well to reduce the flow of leaking oil.


Les F said...

Regardless of who is at fault here,let's hope they can stop this disaster from getting any worse ( if possible to get worse) but I also hope it serves as a warning to NOT Allow drilling in Alaska's Wilderness or off the Coast of BC.....this is just dangerous stuff ,we already have enough pipelines going through much of this province & others including some pristine parts of the USA too.
Why the safety shutoff valves didn't work ,????Who Knows ? I wonder if they even had any ?
Now BP is the frontman to blame here, However would it surprise anyone to know that the infrastructure was provided by Good Old HALLIBURTON....Yup from the same people who brought you .......well you know ........Dick Cheney's company....I wonder if his first name is really _rick Cheney, with the 'P' being silent as in Psalm.............hahahahah

Les F said...

part of article from LA TIMES
Investigators delving into the possible cause of the massive gulf oil spill are focusing on the role of Houston-based Halliburton Co., the giant energy services company, which was responsible for cementing the drill into place below the water. The company acknowledged Friday that it had completed the final cementing of the oil well and pipe just 20 hours before the blowout last week.

In a letter to to Halliburton Chief Executive David J. Lesar on Friday, Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Beverly Hills) chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, and Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, called on Halliburton officials to provide all documents relating to "the possibility or risk of an explosion or blowout at the Deepwater Horizon rig and the status, adequacy, quality, monitoring, and inspection of the cementing work" by May 7.

Les F said...

Halliburton Company

"Overall, Halliburton's commercial position at the intersection of oil services, petro-diplomacy, and military support, backstopped by the omnipresence of its former CEO within the executive branch , had arguably built it into a private- sector amalgam of oil industry, corps of engineers, and intelligence agency. As such, the firm has taken up some of the delegated role and governmental influence Anthony sampson attributed to oil companies in the simpler years o the 1930's, 1940s, and 1950s. Halliburton's and Cheney's 2000 role in convincing the State Department to set aside CIA arguments and decide in favor of a project with Tyumen, a Russian oil company controversial for its KGB and mob links, was a case in point." Kevin Phillips, "American Dynasty"

Les F said...

Here is another opinion from a TV show called ED tv ?

Les F said...

Even Steinberg's couldn't blacken a chicken like this stuff........


Les F said...

Well unfortunatley the cone thing didn't work,& oil is still gushing into the Gulf ,this could be more damaging to everyone ,asmany of Canada's birds migrate through the Gulf Coast region too, not to mention the pristine beaches of the Gulf States as well as all over Florida:
Here's another story from todays Gazette:
British oil firm BP suffered a setback yesterday in its efforts to contain oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico with a huge metal dome when gas hydrates, similar to ice crystals, formed on the inside of the structure, a blow to hopes of a quick solution to a growing environmental disaster.

Word of the snag came as balls of tar appeared in waters off a popular Alabama island beach.

More than 700,000 litres is gushing into the Gulf of Mexico every day from the Deepwater Horizon rig, which exploded on April 20.

The Gulf Coast disaster, which experts say could eclipse the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill, has raised questions about what Canada is doing to prevent similar incidents, and how authorities would clean up a major spill. In the Exxon spill in Prince William Sound, 41 million litres of crude oil was dumped into habitat for salmon, sea otters, seals and seabirds, eventually covering 2,100 kilometres of coastline.

Next week, the House of Commons natural-resources committee will begin hearings into whether the country's laws and regulations are tough enough to prevent a disaster on the scale of the Gulf Coast spill.

"We have serious concerns about the lack of rules in a Canadian context, and the lack of capacity to respond to a major spill, particularly in the Arctic," said Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP Nathan Cullen, who proposed the hearings.

Canada's offshore oil industry is relatively undeveloped compared with the Gulf of Mexico, which is dotted with several thousand platforms. There are only three offshore rigs -- Hibernia, Terra Nova and White Rose -- all located off Newfoundland. Other projects are in the offing, including Chevron's plans to drill in the much deeper water of the Orphan Basin.

In B.C., the federal government banned drilling off the coast in the early 1970s to stop oil and gas exploration in environmentally sensitive waters. The provincial government had hoped to have the ban overturned, although the issue has been on the back burner in recent years.

For environmentalists, another, more pressing threat has emerged: a proposal by Calgary-based pipeline company Enbridge to pipe oil from the Alberta oilsands to a port at Kitimat, then load it onto supertankers that would travel along the coast.

Tankers on B.C.'s coast raise several concerns, said Keith Martin, MP for Esquimalt-Juan de Fuca. "The biodiversity we have here is extraordinary, as are the number of people who rely on the natural habitat for their livelihood, especially in smaller communities," said Martin, adding the risk of earthquakes is also real, since the West Coast sits on tectonic plates that are shifting.

Former Liberal environment minister and Victoria MP David Anderson said B.C.'s rocky coastline, coupled with increasingly unpredictable and stormy weather, would make for dangerous conditions for oil tankers.

"The likelihood of a risk is high over the period of time we expect this port to be operating," he said, especially considering the "enormous number of shipments" that would likely run between B.C. and China.

Anderson also said the ecological value of the West Coast should be reason enough for the federal government to continue the moratorium on drilling and tankers. "There's the Skeena River and innumerable salmon streams ... marine wildlife such as grey whales, killer whales, porpoises, birds. [The risk] is just too high."

Les F said...

Want get nervous,One oil rig spewing oil into the Gulf of mexico is understandably not a good thing....but check out this map (circa 2006,)

Now remember this area is subject to quakes as well as normal poor contruction mistakes,and also unforseen disasters,maybe even someone targeting a rig to try & hurt North America in general.
This is a lot of Offshor Oil keep in mind they have been drilling without incident for many years,but also keep in mind that the previous US admin softened up the regs a bit to save a 'few' bucks....An estimated extra $500,000 would have added a 3rd failsafe device they call a percusion valave...(I will check it's correct name) but it essentially is Mandatory when drilling in the waters off Norway and other Country's.....Not So in the Gulf of Mexico,....Hmmm Record Profits,and they aren't made to use all the safety equipment available....Real Nice thanks Dick 'n W,.......
and you know what is coming,I'll bet on 'rising fuel prices' to offset the Oil Company loss's on this one.
and we will just sit back & take it...............................Yikes....... HF&RV

Les F said...

Remonds me of the Four most often used words in Newfoundland:
Say that out loud quickly over & over........................ HF&RV

Les F said...

This was their latest attempt. BP ( the frontman for Halliburton & Texas Ocean something or other) like to float the "We've spent $350 Million" so far to stop the spill,that figure as mentioned earlier represents 7 measley days of profit for these gouging buffoons & thieveing bastards in the oil business.
The sense of urgency doesn't really apply to them does it..and have you checked the prices at the pimp in the last couple of in Victoria it went up .05 cents a far. Guess who pays for the spill:,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hahahahah Bend Over everyone it's time for your enema.

Les F said...

courtesy of the sea shepherd society:

Les F said...

Hmmmmmm Sun Tan Oil takes on a new meaning.......

Yup there's a real shortage of oil on the planet.....Yea Right. the lying ba$tards can't even stop the flow of one well............hahahaha never mind the literally thousands & thousandsa of wells around the globe,,,,,
We are being screwed people,.............but of course that's just not possible is it, conspiracy theorists,dam them.............hahahahahah

Les F said...

Try to refer to this as an Oil Leak (you know like a 'stain' in your


Les F said...

So BP has been admitting to the oil spill being about 5000 barrels per day shooting into the Gulf of Mexico
Most analysis is that it is more likely somewhere in the 70,000 BARRELS PER DAY......
....Hmmmmmm an big OIL company with connections to Halliburton wouldn't lie would they:

In Life there are two kinds of people : Lion Tamers
and of course: Lying Ba$tards
I wonder which one the OIL People are: lol HF&RV

Les F said...

Given that uncertainty, the amount of material spewing from the pipe could range from 56,000 barrels to 84,000 barrels a day. It is important to note that it’s not all oil. The short video BP released starts out with a shot of methane, but at the end it seems to be mostly oil.

“There’s potentially some fluctuation back and forth between methane and oil,” Wereley said.

But assuming that the lion’s share of the material coming out of the pipe is oil, Wereley’s calculations show that the official estimates are too low.

.........................if anyone gives a crap, here's the rest of the story,or we can all bury our collective heads in the sand (hey we might find oil)......hahahahah

Les F said...

And a BP spokesman noted to AFP that the 5,000-barrels-a-day figure was provided by NOAA, a US federal agency, and the oil company had confidence in it.

There are 42 gallons of oil per barrel. The official estimate would mean that 210,000 gallons of oil are spewing into the Gulf each day. If the experts' estimates are closer to the mark, that would be raised that to nearly three million gallons a day.

BP has estimated that there are at least 50 million barrels of oil in the undersea reservoir that is gushing into the Gulf, according to The New York Times.

BP chief executive Tony Hayward, meanwhile, played down the size of the spill, saying it was "tiny" when compared to the expanse of water it was pouring into.

"The Gulf of Mexico is a very big ocean. The amount of volume of oil and dispersant we are putting into it is tiny in relation to the total water volume," BP chief executive Tony Hayward told British daily The Guardian

Les F said...

We have to remember that the oil companies pay a royalty to the host nations where they thieve the oil from,so lying about how much a well has ,is a longtime practice....and they make more money,geez not a bad business to be in no wonder old 'w' & his family & friends the Arabs,are so into this business.Now who could teach people to lie ,better than a poltician...........hahahahahah HF&RV

Les F said...

.....walks like a duck ,quacks like a duck......well you get the picture