Updates on the Oil Slick in the Gulf ...

Updates on the Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico

There are 119 comments on the New York Times story from Apr 30, 2010, titled Updates on the Oil Slick in the Gulf of Mexico. In it, New York Times reports that:

As my colleague Campbell Robertson reports , "Coast Guard officials were investigating reports early Friday morning that oil from a massive spill in the Gulf of Mexico had washed ashore overnight." The Lede will track news of the oil slick's spread on Friday.

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Since: Feb 07

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#2 Apr 30, 2010
Other countries have not stopped production, yet we will. The WH is pandering again.
long gone

AOL

#3 Apr 30, 2010
This will end up a bigger disaster than anyone ever thought. Why didn't BP ,or whoever was in charge have the right equuipment on hand. A big inverted funnel type device to place over the leak might have been all that was needed to prevent this expensive disaster. I guess we can all expect to pay another 3-5cents per gal for the clean up. Bummer.

Since: Dec 08

Medina, TX

#4 Apr 30, 2010
Russia and China are now drilling offshore of Florida yet Obama is going to shut down American drilling. Doesn't anyone in government have a lick of sense?
TedsLiver

Oakland, CA

#5 Apr 30, 2010
sailorman2 wrote:
Russia and China are now drilling offshore of Florida yet Obama is going to shut down American drilling. Doesn't anyone in government have a lick of sense?
Answer: Certainly not Obama!!
TedsLiver

Oakland, CA

#6 Apr 30, 2010
RayOne wrote:
Other countries have not stopped production, yet we will. The WH is pandering again.
It is all part of the socialist plan to make us dependent on big government.

Since: Nov 09

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#7 Apr 30, 2010
B.P should be shut down.This is hell for the gulf and thoes who live there.
Slambo

United States

#8 Apr 30, 2010
Blowout preventers have never worked right. Questionable engineering design, shoddy manufacture, inadequate testing in operational environments, improper handling, installation and spotty maintenance all add up to F-A-I-L.

The Gulf was rapidly approaching deadzone status before this. Completing attainment of that status in short order is now guaranteed thanks to the mega corp BP fat cats willfully raping the planet for mere profit.

The human race does it again.

“It's 420 here.”

Since: Jun 07

cold comfort farm

#9 Apr 30, 2010
There's a lot of blame to be had by all parties. I would have thought our energy department or whatever it is called would have mandated the blow-out device at the wellhead itself. But apparently you don't have to have any expertise to head an agency and issue dictates that seem reasonable. Maybe Halliburton and the drill operator should have insisted on it. Or BP. Regardless, there are a lot of agencies and military resources running around with a lot confusion. In that regard, I fault the current administration for a lack of leadership. And...with Napolitano heading HSA and, I guess FEMA, I am less than impressed by the lack of cooordination and all the finger-pointing.
I am sorry that the marine industry is going to suffer untold loses of harvest and jobs, and that sanctuaries are imperiled, but someone has to take a lead in a game plan,(it has to be more than Obama dispatching four or five cabinet people to fly down and assess the problem) and it isn't happening.
God forbid if he sends Biden down there!...."Mr. President,'I mean,'Holy Shit!', this is a big fucking deal!'"
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#10 Apr 30, 2010
Cement job at underwater well probed as possible cause of spill
By KEVIN G. HALL
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON -- An inadequate underwater cement job during the deepwater drilling process is emerging as a potential cause of the devastating oil spill off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.

Officials haven't said what they think caused the April 20 explosion that led to the sinking two days later of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, owned by Transocean Ltd. But industry speculation points to a process where cement is used to seal cracks in the ocean floor surrounding the tubing through which crude oil flows.

Transocean operated the drilling rig under contract for British oil giant BP Plc., the largest oil producer in the U.S. portion of the gulf and a company with a spotty safety history. Transocean has said the global construction titan Halliburton had just completed "cementing" the 18,000-foot-long well around the time of the explosion.

In a statement Friday, Halliburton confirmed that it was the "cementer" hired for the job and said it had completed its job about 20 hours prior to the explosion.

"The cement slurry design was consistent with that utilized in other similar applications," the company said. It said all procedures had been "in accordance with accepted industry practice approved by our customers."

Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/30/1606988...
pappy

Dallas, TX

#11 Apr 30, 2010
You can thank Cheney for the oil companies not having a blowout device at the botttom of the wells-- If I understand right that was in part of the deal making with the ennergy meeting at the white house remember that gathering of all the oil titans. It seems odd to me that an emergency shut off valve is used in a lot of countries and not used in our country in deep drilling oil rigs. Bad news for yu folks that make a living in the coastal waters of the gulf. that oil spill is going to kill the peoples way to make a living in those waters for years to come and BP will have you folks in court for years and death do you part. But folks will still be able to buy those asian imports of shrimp and fish.

“It's 420 here.”

Since: Jun 07

cold comfort farm

#12 Apr 30, 2010
Lucretia wrote:
Cement job at underwater well probed as possible cause of spill
By KEVIN G. HALL
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON -- An inadequate underwater cement job during the deepwater drilling process is emerging as a potential cause of the devastating oil spill off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.
Officials haven't said what they think caused the April 20 explosion that led to the sinking two days later of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, owned by Transocean Ltd. But industry speculation points to a process where cement is used to seal cracks in the ocean floor surrounding the tubing through which crude oil flows.
Transocean operated the drilling rig under contract for British oil giant BP Plc., the largest oil producer in the U.S. portion of the gulf and a company with a spotty safety history. Transocean has said the global construction titan Halliburton had just completed "cementing" the 18,000-foot-long well around the time of the explosion.
In a statement Friday, Halliburton confirmed that it was the "cementer" hired for the job and said it had completed its job about 20 hours prior to the explosion.
"The cement slurry design was consistent with that utilized in other similar applications," the company said. It said all procedures had been "in accordance with accepted industry practice approved by our customers."
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/30/1606988...
I certainly am not a mason, but how do you place cement at those depths and expect it to set up?
LOL

Tampa, FL

#13 Apr 30, 2010
This is a wonderful opportunity for Arizona to get rid of a million illegal mexicans.

Here's the plan.....obama orders the capture of 1 million illegal mexicans.
Send them to the Gulf coast,throw them in the water and make them splash around until the oil slick goes in the other direction....

Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#14 May 1, 2010
too droll to troll wrote:
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I certainly am not a mason, but how do you place cement at those depths and expect it to set up?
I have know idea. I am sure,as this story develops that the media will explain the process.

In the meantime, we could always call Dick Cheney.
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#15 May 1, 2010
pappy wrote:
You can thank Cheney for the oil companies not having a blowout device at the botttom of the wells-- If I understand right that was in part of the deal making with the ennergy meeting at the white house remember that gathering of all the oil titans. It seems odd to me that an emergency shut off valve is used in a lot of countries and not used in our country in deep drilling oil rigs.
Are you referring to this meeting: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/...

Document Says Oil Chiefs Met With Cheney Task Force
Nov. 2005
A White House document shows that executives from big oil companies met with Vice President Cheney's energy task force in 2001 -- something long suspected by environmentalists but denied as recently as last week by industry officials testifying before Congress.

The document, obtained this week by The Washington Post, shows that officials from Exxon Mobil Corp., Conoco (before its merger with Phillips), Shell Oil Co. and BP America Inc. met in the White House complex with the Cheney aides who were developing a national energy policy, parts of which became law and parts of which are still being debated.

In a joint hearing last week of the Senate Energy and Commerce committees, the chief executives of Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and ConocoPhillips said their firms did not participate in the 2001 task force. The president of Shell Oil said his company did not participate "to my knowledge," and the chief of BP America Inc. said he did not know.

Chevron was not named in the White House document, but the Government Accountability Office has found that Chevron was one of several companies that "gave detailed energy policy recommendations" to the task force.

In addition, Cheney had a separate meeting with John Browne, BP's chief executive, according to a person familiar with the task force's work; that meeting is not noted in the document.

The task force's activities attracted complaints from environmentalists, who said they were shut out of the task force discussions while corporate interests were present. The meetings were held in secret and the White House refused to release a list of participants. The task force was made up primarily of Cabinet-level officials. Judicial Watch and the Sierra Club unsuccessfully sued to obtain the records.

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), who posed the question about the task force, said he will ask the Justice Department today to investigate. "The White House went to great lengths to keep these meetings secret, and now oil executives may be lying to Congress about their role in the Cheney task force," Lautenberg said.

Lea Anne McBride, a spokeswoman for Cheney, declined to comment on the document. She said that the courts have upheld "the constitutional right of the president and vice president to obtain information in confidentiality."

The executives were not under oath when they testified, so they are not vulnerable to charges of perjury; committee Democrats had protested the decision by Commerce Chairman Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) not to swear in the executives. But a person can be fined or imprisoned for up to five years for making "any materially false, fictitious or fraudulent statement or representation" to Congress...

Ronnie Chappell, a spokesman for BP, declined to comment on the task force meetings...

The person familiar with the task force's work, who requested anonymity out of concern about retribution, said the document was based on records kept by the Secret Service of people admitted to the White House complex. This person said most meetings were with Andrew Lundquist, the task force's executive director, and Cheney aide Karen Y. Knutson.

Shell Oil president John Hofmeister, who has held his job since earlier this year, answered last. "Not to my knowledge," he said...
Glasnos

Deltona, FL

#16 May 1, 2010
too droll to troll wrote:
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I certainly am not a mason, but how do you place cement at those depths and expect it to set up?
There is a type of cement that sets under water. They use it on bridge columns.

I wouldn't be too quick to blame BP ... there is a chance this was a muslim terror attack. It would be a perfect target. We'll wait and see. Obama will try and cover it up if it is, and blame big oil... But if BP comes up with no definite answer ... my money is on terrorism
Lucretia

North Ridgeville, OH

#17 May 1, 2010
Also found this: http://www.historycommons.org/timeline.jsp...

Cheney was in charge.
LOL

Tampa, FL

#18 May 1, 2010
Glasnos wrote:
<quoted text>
There is a type of cement that sets under water. They use it on bridge columns.
I wouldn't be too quick to blame BP ... there is a chance this was a muslim terror attack. It would be a perfect target. We'll wait and see. Obama will try and cover it up if it is, and blame big oil... But if BP comes up with no definite answer ... my money is on terrorism
obama said Bush caused the leak.......
he said Bush has been secretly taking scuba diving lessons on his ranch and had oil leak starting equipment in his truck.

Since: Feb 07

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#19 May 1, 2010
LOL wrote:
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obama said Bush caused the leak.......
he said Bush has been secretly taking scuba diving lessons on his ranch and had oil leak starting equipment in his truck.
This is just as I thought.
WTF

Calgary, Canada

#20 May 1, 2010
Lucretia wrote:
Cement job at underwater well probed as possible cause of spill
By KEVIN G. HALL
McClatchy Newspapers
WASHINGTON -- An inadequate underwater cement job during the deepwater drilling process is emerging as a potential cause of the devastating oil spill off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico.
Officials haven't said what they think caused the April 20 explosion that led to the sinking two days later of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, owned by Transocean Ltd. But industry speculation points to a process where cement is used to seal cracks in the ocean floor surrounding the tubing through which crude oil flows.
Transocean operated the drilling rig under contract for British oil giant BP Plc., the largest oil producer in the U.S. portion of the gulf and a company with a spotty safety history. Transocean has said the global construction titan Halliburton had just completed "cementing" the 18,000-foot-long well around the time of the explosion.
In a statement Friday, Halliburton confirmed that it was the "cementer" hired for the job and said it had completed its job about 20 hours prior to the explosion.
"The cement slurry design was consistent with that utilized in other similar applications," the company said. It said all procedures had been "in accordance with accepted industry practice approved by our customers."
Read more: http://www.miamiherald.com/2010/04/30/1606988...
You had room for alot more characters in your copy/paste post that you posted. Why didnt you copy/paste the next quote? I'll do it for you:

"It is premature and irresponsible to speculate on any specific causal issues," the statement said.

You nor Kevin Hall know anything about deepwater drilling much less drilling at all. The only reason Halliburton is coming up is because all the lefties want to bring Cheney into this. EVERY CEMENT JOB is done (or should be) under the supervision of the BP drilling supervisor. It is also the BP drilling supervisors responsibility to make sure that the cement job is good and that the well is not "flowing". Halliburton follows the procedures sent out there by BP. Halliburton MAKES NO DECISIONS ON HOW MUCH OR THE WEIGHT(which hold back the pressure)cement will be pumped. NO ONE can guarantee a GOOD CEMENT JOB, because NO ONE can see down there.

Halliburton is the best cement company out there, and BP is one of the safest I have ever been around. But I have only been in the oilfield (drilling)since 1985, so what do I know huh? Maybe you, Kevin Hall and all these other copy/posters have more experience huh?
WTF

Calgary, Canada

#21 May 1, 2010
pappy wrote:
You can thank Cheney for the oil companies not having a blowout device at the botttom of the wells-- If I understand right that was in part of the deal making with the ennergy meeting at the white house remember that gathering of all the oil titans. It seems odd to me that an emergency shut off valve is used in a lot of countries and not used in our country in deep drilling oil rigs. Bad news for yu folks that make a living in the coastal waters of the gulf. that oil spill is going to kill the peoples way to make a living in those waters for years to come and BP will have you folks in court for years and death do you part. But folks will still be able to buy those asian imports of shrimp and fish.
Every drilling rig in the world has BOP's (blow out devices as you call it)because you dont know what you are talking about like the rest!!!

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