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Blowout Preventer

Marcus Baram

Big Oil Fought Off Rules Requiring Equipment To Prevent Blowouts

HuffingtonPost.com | Marcus Baram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

For over a decade, the oil industry has aggressively fought safety regulations intended to prevent accidents and blowouts on offshore oil drilling rig...

BP Starts Talking About Blowout Well -- Sort Of

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

BP's approach to this week's Offshore Technology Conference is wrong. Instead of hiding, BP should take advantage of this resource, call a meeting of these professionals and let them go to work.

Blowout Preventer is "Not Closed, ... is Not Going to Close"

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

It appears as though the containment structure is the only chance BP has of slowing the growth of the spill, at least until they get the well killed by a relief well, or if well bore damage slows the flow by itself.

Mid-July Kill Possible? BP Explanation Almost Lost in Translation

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

BP released another instructional video that sort of explains what they are planning; leaving out key how's and why's and throwing in just enough oil speak so as to be distracting from the otherwise good illustration.

Conflicting Reports: Were BOP Hydraulics Leaking? BP Dead Silent

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

It's become clear that well design, short cuts, impatience, and bad judgment led to the blowout in the first place. The other issue is why the blowout preventer did not close as designed.

Lifting the Deepwater Moratorium: Loss of Life Takes Backseat

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

Yesterday a federal judge in New Orleans refused to stay his order lifting a 6 month drilling ban on deepwater drilling that he issued on Tuesday. Ma...

Bill Nelson: Keeping Florida (and Planet Earth) Safe From Big Oil

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) has a reputation as a staunch advocate for all Floridians and a moderate voice in the increasingly partisan world of national politics. Now, he's a leading responder to the Gulf spill.

What BP Could Learn From NASA

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Philip Neches

NASA put itself through a wrenching shakedown before resuming space shuttle operations after the Challenger disaster and investigation. Who wants to bet that BP has the right stuff?

Is the Drilling Moratorium Really Long Enough? No, Not Really

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

Shortly after the BP's Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well blew out, President Obama imposed a six month moratorium on deepwater drilling, pending concl...

Can't You Just Crimp Well Shut? How About Nuking It? Nope...

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

I'm getting lots of emails from folks who are suggesting all kinds of ideas to stop the flow of BP's blowout well in the Gulf. While I appreciate the...

New Rule: You Drill Here, You Live Here

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

Here's a new rule: All corporations owning or servicing these wells must be managed by CEOs who are permanently based in the US.

BP Shareholders, Give Tony Hayward His Life Back. Fire Him

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Alaska Dispatch News

BP Chief Executive Tony Hayward told shareholders last week that the well technology that should have prevented the Gulf oil spill wasn't failsafe. Ye...

My Industry -- the Oil Industry -- Should Be Ashamed of Itself

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

It's time for the industry to get on the right side of reform and improvements, not taking our usual negative positions, wielding our army of lobbyists, having to be dragged by the hair to do the right thing.

The Gulf Oil Spill: What Peak Oil Looks Like

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Philip Neches

It's a lot cheaper to invest in technologies like wind, solar, and biofuel that are proven on Earth than to pursue the sirens of Titan.

Top Kill Likely a Failure

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

I'm beginning to suspect that BP knows the top kill has failed, but that they are continuing to pump mud out on the ocean floor rather than admit it.

Gulf Oil Spill: Meet the Blow Out Preventer

Dr. Philip Neches | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Philip Neches

Blow out preventers are not new technology. But like any technology, they are only as safe and effective as the people and procedures that use them.

From "Drill, Baby, Drill!" to "Spill, Baby, Spill!" Now What?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

The damage to our environment, our economy, millions of lives, and our national confidence is done. But there are steps we can take to prevent this from happening again. Here are a few:

BP Singlehandedly Sets Offshore Drilling Back 50 Years

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

By developing our own oil and gas resources, along with conservation, we can extend our decline curve to give us time to develop alternate sources of energy including wind, bio, solar, and, yes, nuclear

BP Top Kill. Today? Finally?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

BP has been moving the date for the top kill on almost a daily basis, using vague explanations about staging, equipment, etc. There may be something else going on, and, based on BP's past, you can almost be sure there is.

BP's Story Changes Again -- Top Kill Delayed, Less Oil Being Recovered

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

Oil on the beach and interminable delays, in addition to dozens of "press briefings" where nothing is really said, has fed a growing frustration in the press and fear among the public that BP either doesn't know what it's doing, or is not being honest.

Next Question to BP: What's Taking So Long?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

It's clear now that BP is not going to be forthcoming. It's time for an independent group of engineers and scientists be inserted into the BP response center to assure that outgoing information is complete and accurate

Question for BP and the MMS - What is the Real Flow From the Blowout?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

After viewing the subsea videos of BP's blowout well last night, I am renewing my question to BP and the MMS... What is the real flow from the well?

Top Kill Is BP's Next Step

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

One of the BP's best bets to control the oil well might be the top kill -- a two step process to using plugging agents followed by heavy mud or cement, to stop the flow of oil in the Gulf.

BP Announces Success of Riser Tool -- But Remains Coy

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

BP announced that they were moving oil to the surface for containment with a riser tool, but backed off an earlier statement that they could contain 85% of the leak.

BP Blowout -- From Little Information to an Abundance, Mostly Conflicting

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Robert L. Cavnar

Clearly, BP/Transocean missed critical signs. The well was talking to them, but nobody was listening, especially the ones who were ironically at the party celebrating their safety record.