Brazil says oil slick has shrunk

Brazil says oil slick has shrunk

There are 1 comment on the Albany Times Union story from Nov 22, 2011, titled Brazil says oil slick has shrunk. In it, Albany Times Union reports that:

The size of the oil slick at a well operated by U.S.-based Chevron Corp. off the coast of Rio de Janeiro state is more than 80 percent smaller than it was four days ago, said Brazil's National Petroleum Agency Tuesday.

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Dwight Baker

Eagle Pass, TX

#1 Nov 23, 2011
BIG OIL Sticking to a story that seems to be
TOO HOT TO HANDLE
By Dwight Baker
[email protected]
11/23/11

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Brazil says oil slick has shrunk
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EXCERPT

The Brazilian regulator's statement said the spill "is under control" and that only a small amount of oil continues oozing out of cracks on the ocean floor near Chevron's well.

On Monday, Brazil's environmental agency said it will fine Chevron nearly $28 million.

The agency said it will fine the oil company the maximum $27.6 million (50 million reais) allowed under current Brazilian law.

Brazil's Environment Minister Izabella Teixeira said that as an investigation into the leak continues, Chevron could face "five or six" other fines of the same amount if more infractions are found.

Chevron Corp. officials have accepted responsibility for the spill but reject accusations they didn't notify local authorities quickly enough or properly manage the cleanup.

"Chevron strongly asserts that its personnel were trained and prepared to address a potential incident of this type and responded immediately from the moment of first notification," the firm said in its Tuesday statement. "The company again notes that its combined efforts greatly diminished the size of the sheen and stopped the source of the seep flow within only four days of first detection."

George Buck, chief operating officer for Chevron's Brazilian division, has said the spill occurred because Chevron underestimated the pressure in an underwater reservoir.

Chevron was drilling an appraisal well about 230 miles (370 kilometers) off the northeastern coast of Rio state when crude oil rushed upward and eventually escaped into the surrounding seabed.

The oil has leaked through at least seven narrow fissures, all within 160 feet (50 meters) of the wellhead on the ocean floor.

MY TAKE

BIG OIL first second third fourth TAKES or Response to what whom and how things have gone wrong is much like hearing the GOP’s candidate’s debate. Meaning the story line can change depending who is holding the mic at the bully pulpit.

Thus in this Chevron BIG OIL blowout was it caused by bad drilling practices or a faulty BOP? That story line or take has changed from day to day does that mean bad reporting? Who knows?

Yet here we sit this day before Thanksgiving thinking how much more can these story lines change and in some terms remain sane?

See today the Take or Response to what went wrong has changed back again now Chevron is stating the following.
The oil has leaked through at least seven narrow fissures, all within 160 feet (50 meters) of the wellhead on the ocean floor.

In my years of oil and gas experience and knowing how drilling should ensue that statement connected with drilling into a formation where higher pressures were held MADE NO SENSE AT ALL.

Finally: What is the truth?

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