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Mississippi Canyon Block 252

BP: Tone Deaf to the End

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 12.28.2014 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

BP has argued that, since total flow rate was never measured we have no way of calculating the volume. To this day the company disputes the US government's estimate of 4.2 million barrels spilled into the Gulf, arguing that it was half that.

Four Years After the Blowout... Has Anything Changed?

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

Beyond the obvious effects of this massive oil spill, and the ongoing court battle between the government, plaintiffs, and BP, the question needs to be asked: After the worst offshore blowout in US history, did we learn anything?

'Circle of Trust' at BP Did Not Include the Government

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 01.15.2013 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

In a closed door deposition last month, Marcia McNutt, head of the U.S. Geological Survey, testified that BP did not disclose critical information to the government about the flow rate, and company emails clearly instructed BP employees to not disclose information outside the "circle of trust."

Persistent Oil Sheen at Macondo Well Site

Robert L. Cavnar | Posted 12.27.2012 | Green
Robert L. Cavnar

There is a real problem at the site. Oil is definitely there, and it is a true problem. Think about it. From April 20, 2010 to July 15, 2010, the well flowed something around 5 million barrels of oil into the ocean environment. Only a small portion of that oil was recovered or burned.

Undefeated: The Gulf Coast 6 Months After the Blowout

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

The crucible of the Gulf provides a harrowing example of the insanity we now consider normal.

Too Little, Too Soon: Six Months After the Blowout

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

Here we are, poised to go back into the deepwater, doing the same thing we were doing before the disaster on the Deepwater Horizon, with the same equipment, same rigs, and same systems.

BP's Internal Report Doesn't Hold Up Under Academy Scrutiny

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

As opposed to the National Academy Engineering panel, the president's panel continues to focus on investigating what happened environmentally after the blowout as opposed to seeking out the actual causes of the blowout.

BP Accident Report Out...Points Finger at Everyone Else

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

The long awaited internal report on the blowout of Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well from BP was released this week, a 200 plus page treatise with pag...

BP's Fishing Folly is a Complete Failure

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

Admiral Allen announced today that BP's fishing job being undertaken on their Mississippi Canyon Block 252 well has been called off due to total failu...

Adm. Allen Confused -- So, Now, Everybody Else Is, Too

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

It looks like the "static kill" did the opposite of what BP and Allen had suggested. It certainly hasn't accelerated the relief well. To the contrary, it has caused interminable delays.

Questions BP Needs to Answer

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

Until these questions are answered by BP, we have no real information to tell us that the well is dead, or even safe.

The Crime of the Century: What BP and the US Government Don't Want You to Know, Part I

Jerry Cope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jerry Cope

To judge from most media coverage, the beaches are open, the fishing restrictions being lifted and the Gulf resorts open for business in a safe environment. We spent the last few weeks along the Gulf coast, and the reality is distinctly different.

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.

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.

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 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.

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

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

BP Singlehandedly Sets Offshore Drilling Back 50 Years

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