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Fire on the Horizon

John Konrad | Posted 06.19.2011 | Green
John Konrad

The investigations into the Deepwater Horizon rig's demise over the one year since that tragedy have all pointed toward the corrupting influence of the same forces I experienced first hand working for the same company.

Transocean Execs Get Bonuses For 'Best Year In Safety,' Despite Gulf Disaster

AP | JORDAN ROBERTSON | Posted 06.02.2011 | Business

SAN FRANCISCO — Transocean Ltd. gave its top executives bonuses for achieving the "best year in safety performance in our company's history" &nd...

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.

The Business Case Against Overseas Tax Havens

Chuck Collins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Chuck Collins

In the U.S., thanks in part to overseas tax havens, we have one tax system for multinational companies and wealthy individuals -- and another for small businesses and ordinary taxpayers.

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?

Explaining BP's Explanation: Next Effort to Stop Oil

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

BP's latest solution may work, but why did it take 2 1/2 months to build? In one of its presentations, BP said that this was one of the first ideas they had. If that's true, why didn't they just build the thing?

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.

Transocean's Long History Of Testing, Violating Offshore Drilling Regulations

New York Times | BARRY MEIER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Transocean is the world's largest offshore drilling company, but until its Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico in April, few American...

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.  The...

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.

Oil Industry's "Island Vacations" from Regulation

Sen. Ed Markey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Sen. Ed Markey

The administration's safety pause isn't about ending offshore drilling, it is about ending the oil industry's practice of offshoring the safety of rigs by using various "island getaways" from regulation.

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.&nbs...

Dispatch From the Deepwater Horizon Site

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

Impressive doesn't describe the scene here in the Gulf. With three semi-submersibles plus the drillship Enterprise, this is probably the most intense drilling effort in the history of offshore exploration.

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...

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 appreciat...

Enough is Enough - Time for BP to Sit Down, Shut Up

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

Enough is enough.  We're now at day 52, and it is absolutely, positively clear that BP has been completely overrun and it's management is in full...