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Gulf Oil Spill New Capping Stack Being Deployed
Martys Musings - Environment
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 11:28

After several weeks of very little apparent activity it seems there are some significant changes about to happen with the gushing BP Macondo 252 Oil Well in the Gulf of Mexico.

It has been reported that the Blowout Preventer has started to lean. Readings obtained from the inclinometer indicate that it is now leaning at about 15-17 degrees off perpendicular. Given that the BOP weighs in at around 450 tonnes it is quite likely that once the center of gravity moves enough it could pull the entire structure over and either detach it from the casing or bend and crack the casing.

Cameron have been working on a new Capping Stack for the last two months and this is now being moved from the manufacturing plant in Berwick, LA to Port Forchon. It is expected that this will be then be deployed to the Macondo wellsite and placed over the existing well casing and attached directly to the well bore after removing the Lower Marine Riser Package. Looks like they are going to disconnect the LMRP at the VectoGray H-4 connector and replace it with this stack.

 

The images below give an idea of the size of what we are dealing with.

   
   

 

Given that the BOP is already on a lean and the condition of the bore below the seabed is not known it is unclear how the casing will support the additional weight, It appears they intend to disconnect the entire 1/3 upper portion of what most of us see as the BOP stack, which is actually the Lower Marine Riser Package (LMRP), and replace it with this new unit.

The engineers have to know that there is most likely still drill pipe in there, one at least....maybe a crashed bent and broken up drill pipe with 2 sections next to each other...or perhaps the production casing....but in any case?....a bunch of pipes that should need to be cut away....how?....I do not know.....pincher, saw...it's just unknown right now...

 

Either way Im not convinced this is a good option. There are other ways of achieving similar results with less risk.

 
How are Oil Wells Made
Martys Musings - Environment
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 10:56

With the current focus being on the Gulf Oil Spill many people are wondering how offshore oil wells are made.

The TreesFullOfMoney website provides a great illustrated overview of the process.

 

Read more...
 
The Gulf Oil Spill Beyond Human Ability to Stop
Martys Musings - Environment
Tuesday, 15 June 2010 12:22

"Even though I thought I understood the severity, I see now that I didn’t. I couldn’t.

Its nearly impossible to absorb the fate that this situation has presented us."

It is not possible for BP to stop the damaged Deepwater Horizon oil well - at least not anytime soon.

BP do not have the capability to stop the well, no one does. This is beyond human fixing and without radical intervention it will not stop anytime soon. Experts believe it could take 20 years for the reservoir to empty. We should be hopeful for the relief wells that are being drilled, as they offer the best chance of stopping or slowing the oil. However, my hope has been somewhat defeated.

Some of the latest rumors and conversations about this situation, point to the idea that the relief wells are already failing and that there are more areas blowing out oil than any of us are aware of. I wouldn’t normally put a lot on internet rumors, but honestly, they are proving to be pretty accurate.

I’m starting to understand very well why BP has not done what they should have. I now understand why the government has been useless.

They are planning for a nightmare that none of us can imagine. Whether this is a false flag or a genuine accident, is not something I want to discuss right now. What matters now is to realize that everyone is doing nothing because it will not matter in a few months. 

We are now faced with a scenario that could decide whether life on planet Earth will continue to benefit from survival.  According to some predictions, the planet may undergo drastic changes - becoming, possibly, an Extinction Level Event (ELE).

Further Reading at: http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1097505/pg1

 

 

 
Gulf Oil Spill Media Blackout Hides Doomsday Scenario
Martys Musings - Environment
Monday, 14 June 2010 12:49

Oil and Gas Leaks From Cracks In Seabed Confirmed. Videos show Gulf Oil Spill Now Leaking From Sea Floor as well.

The evidence is growing stronger and stronger that there is substantial damage beneath the sea floor and oil is now leaking from multiple sites around the damaged BOP. I hope they are wrong, because if not this could end VERY badly.. Talking ELE (Extinction Level Event) here folks..

 

There is mounting evidence that the real reason the Top Kill failed was that while using their 30,000 horse power pumps to deliver upwards of 2,700 gallons a minute of drilling mud into the well, the well casing fractured deep below the ocean floor. This meant that sufficient quantities of mud could not be pumped in quickly enough to overcome the leaks and that oil is now leaking around the bore deep under the ocean floor and directly into the sea. Oil leaks have now been discovered seeping up through the ocean floor and cracks in rocks up to a mile away from the Blowout Preventer. 

 

This has enormous impacts on both the amount of oil leaking into the Gulf, and the prospects for quickly stopping the leak this summer. The Doomsday Scenario is that if the well casing has exploded beneath the seabed then there is NO WAY to stop the flow until the relief well reaches the damaged well shaft. This could take until Christmas. These reports are denied by BP, but video evidence seems to suggest otherwise.

The situation is that with the pressure now being released from the oil reservoir, the weight of 5000 feet of water is pressing down can be sufficiently strong to force the seabed downwards cracking the mantle.

The consequences of this truly are a Doomsday Scenario.

This is what some people fear has occurred. It is also why the "top kill" process was halted. If the casing is compromised the well is that much more difficult to shut down, including the risk that the relief wells may not be enough. If the relief wells do not result in stopping the flow, the next and drastic step is to implode the well on top of itself, which carries other risks as well.

Oil And Gas Leaks From Cracks In Seabed Seabed Confirmed – Videos Show Gulf Oil Spill Leaking From Seafloor

via USAHitman

BP Admits There is a Crack in the Ocean Floor!! Cover Up!!!!

via USAHitman

 
BP's Second Spill - Lessons Learned
Martys Musings - Environment
Friday, 11 June 2010 11:22

A lighthearted look at methods employed by BP to stop the Gulf Oil Spill. 

 
Deepwater Horizon Spill Will Be The Most Costly Cleanup Yet
Martys Musings - Environment
Friday, 11 June 2010 10:33

The Deepwater Horizon incident while not the biggest oil spill (yet) will certainly be the most costly in terms of cleanup. FastCompany has produced an infographic showing the size and cleanup costs associated with 6 of the worst "accidental" spills.

Worlds Worst Oil Spills

 

 

 
We Love Water Rockets
Thursday, 10 June 2010 17:48

We Love Water Rockets

 
Visualize the Gulf Oil Spill
Martys Musings - Environment
Thursday, 10 June 2010 10:57

Want to see how big the Gulf Oil Spill is really becoming. 

 

Hit the read more link for a visualisation of the size of the slick over Christchurch, New Zealand. 

Read more...
 
Another Gulf Oil Well Leaking
Martys Musings - Environment
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 13:53

Scientists analyzing satellite imagery of the Gulf of Mexico at SkyTruth have discovered another 10 mile long plume which appears to originate from another well. 

SkyTruth.org which monitors environmental problems using satellites first reported the second leak on its website on May 15, 2010. It appears from analysis of images that the well has been leaking since at least the 30 April 2010.

The slick is about 10 miles long and while decidedly smaller than the Deepwater Horizon spill is still visible from space in numerous images. It appears to originate from the Ocean Saratoga which is owned by Diamond Offshore and currently leased to Taylor Energy. The Taylor Energy website is currently offline, displaying only a home page with no information or links.

Officials with Diamond Offshore, which owns the drilling rig, said that they could not comment on the ongoing spill and referred the Press-Register to well owner Taylor Energy Co., which hired Diamond. Taylor Energy officials did not return calls seeking comment. Officials at the National Response Centre only say that the spill had been reported, but would not say when it began. 

 

For further information you can read the full story at:

http://blog.skytruth.org/2010/06/routine-gulf-monitoring-heres-why-we.html

 
BP Knew About Problems Controlling Well.
Martys Musings - Environment
Tuesday, 08 June 2010 10:18

Day 49 and the oil continues to gush from the damaged Deepwater Horizon (MC252) Oil Rig. The containment cap has been placed over the riser but really it seems to be ineffective. The volume of oil still leaking from the bottom of the cap appears to be just as much as before, despite BP claiming they are removing 11 thousand barrels a day out of up to 100,000 barrels leaking each day..  

Evidence is now starting to emerge that BP knew there were concerns about the well weeks prior to the disaster.

Wives of two of the victims testifying before a special meeting of the House Energy subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations in Chalmette have both testified thier husbands told them in the weeks before the explosion about problems they had in controlling the well.  

"This well was different in the fact that they were having so many problems, and so many things were happening, and it was just kind of out of hand."

One survivor who jumped from the oil rig into the oily water below has said a "company man"  disregarded the standard operating procedures and safety measures in an effort to "speed up" the process of the drilling. They said that when pieces of the Blow Out Preventer had shown signs of disintegration, this person in position of power told them to disregard that and proceed.

Also, a worker decribed in a radio interview that the management had for the first time ever told them not to use a certain amount of what they call "mud" which is like a lubricant used for the drill and also to equalize pressure form the oil below. 

So, from this I now understand that they stopped following the rules because of greed.

 

 

 
Heart wrenching Images of Death by Oil
Martys Musings - Environment
Friday, 04 June 2010 21:36

The Huffington Post has a heart wrenching gallery of over 90 pictures of Death by Oil in their Animals in Peril photo gallery.

The death and destruction of the Gulf of Mexico has only just begun. More and more picture like this will emerge for years to come. 

 
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