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Top Kill Procedure Starting -- Even With BOP Leaks

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

I have now been listening to both BP and government representatives for two weeks explaining the static kill, and have yet to hear an intelligent, cogent argument for why they're doing this.

BP ROV Video of Leaking Wellhead Cut Off for Third Day - Why?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Yesterday in his daily presser, Adm. Allen said that all is well with the well, and that BP may be ready to pump the Static Kill (Top Kill II) to cove...

100 Days of "The Well From Hell"

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

In the deep water, there is virtually no room for error, stupidity or bad design. Add hubris, and you get what we've been dealing with now for 100 days.

Oh, Great: Tropical Storm Direct Hit -- BP Shutting Down

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

The National Hurricane Center this morning forecasted a 70% chance that Invest 97, now just south of the Bahamas, would form into a tropical cyclone. Destination? The central Gulf.

Rift Grows Between Government and BP

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

One thing BP has proven without a shadow of a doubt is if you don't ask the right question, they are more than happy to just sit there and not answer the relevant questions.

BP Holding the Gulf Hostage to Hide Actual Flow Rate?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Last evening, in an email statement, National Incident Commander, Thad Allen, ordered BP to reopen the well at the completion of the current shut in t...

BP Well Test Continues -- Data Sparse, But One Bit of Good News

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Kent Wells just completed his morning McBriefing, lasting a whopping 8 minutes, including questions (limit one per customer, follow ups not allowed, no coupons accepted).

BP "Test" -- Gush, Baby, Gush as We Wait, Baby, Wait

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Aside from the tens of thousands of barrels roaring into the Gulf unabated, BP are taking huge risks in further damage to the well by undertaking an operation whose objectives are still not clear.

Well Integrity Test - Where Did That Come From?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

There are so many cooks in the kitchen that the pot is boiling over while the chefs all stand around arguing about spices. I don't think anyone is actually in charge, and if anyone is, they are not interested in giving any real information.

Deepwater Moratorium Becomes "Suspension," But Still Needed

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

I've been saying for weeks now that the US should change its offshore policy to "if you drill here, you live here". How hard is that?

Government Awakens from Coma: Forces BP to Contain the Well

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

For the last 81 days, I've been watching the government, perpetually 2 steps behind BP, fail time after time to keep BP honest, or even understand the...

BP Blowout: Containment Effort Halted

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

It's time to step back from deepwater development not only until we have a reliable way to keep disasters from happening, but more importantly, until we know how to cope quickly when they do.

BP's Incentive: To Not Capture All the Oil

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

While they have every incentive to get the well killed, BP also has every incentive to not capture 100% of the well flow until they do. As soon as they do, then a real, measurable spill number will be in front of the public.

BP Dragging Partners into the Mess

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

BP has said it is going to pay all the costs for the clean-up and "all legitimate claims." This obligation also falls to the non-ops, that is, unless BP is guilty of gross negligence or willful misconduct.

Subsea Drilling: How Do They Work on the Ocean Floor?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

I've gotten lots of questions the last week about my posts on the BP blowout of their Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well and how they do all the work o...

BP Relief Well Inching Closer

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

View image This morning, BP announced that their first relief well is at 17,725' and that they have completed their sixth ranging run. They are well...

A View From Inside BP: "Hubris" Before the Blowout

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Hubris. Illusions of grandeur. Deepwater overseers had been so successful (lucky) that they were over-confident. Having never experienced this kind of failure, it was inconceivable to them that it could happen. It did.

BP Starts Talking About Blowout Well -- Sort Of

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
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 | Green
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.

BP's Dudley Implicitly Supports Deepwater Moratorium

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Yesterday, Bob Dudley, BP director and new CEO of the company's new Gulf Coast Restoration Organization, sat for a live online interview with Ray Suar...

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

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
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 | Green
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 | Green
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...

So Now What?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

While assuring us that BP will pay for this clean-up, the president gave no real details on how he plans on accomplishing that. His meeting with BP executives Wednesday could bring some result, but I'm not holding my breath.

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

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
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...