Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Big Problem

art courtesy of Charlie Loving

Now that the so called Top Kill is officially dead, we seem to be moving forward with a new nice acronym called the LMRP (Lower Marine Riser Package). BP wants to cut the DP and put the LMRP on the BOP before they are SOL(LOL). Which they may already be because Attorney General Holder has just announced that he's starting a criminal investigation about the whole issue.

Here's the next plan according to the Oil Drum:

"The current plan is to carry out the operation in two parts, first the main body of the riser and contained DP will be cut using a large shearing machine, and then a precision cut will be made with a diamond wire cutter to prepare the surface to act as a support and seal for the LMRP. clip

For the second stage in the process, the riser and pipe will be cut, at the top of the BOP using a wire saw to cut through both pipes. The diamond wire, which is held under tension in the design, should give a relatively smooth surface that can be used for the sealing surface to the LMRP." If you are a gear queer. you can follow it all here.

As far as the criminal investigation goes, CL (a former oil well mud man) sent me this over the weekend:

This hasn't seemed to have gotten much circulation yet, and I think it really needs to. Seems that a crew from Schlumberger, on contract to BP, hightailed it off the platform at their own expense 6 hours before the blowout because BP refused their recommendation to shut down the well.

"BP contracted Schlumberger (SLB) to run the Cement Bond Log (CBL) test that was the final test on the plug that was skipped. The people testifying have been very coy about mentioning this, and you’ll see why.

SLB is an extremely highly regarded (and incredibly expensive) service company. They place a high standard on safety and train their workers to shut down unsafe operations.

SLB gets out to the Deepwater Horizon to run the CBL, and they find the well still kicking heavily, which it should not be that late in the operation. SLB orders the“company man” (BP’s man on the scene that runs the operation) to dump kill fluid down the well and shut-in the well.

The company man refuses.

SLB in the very next sentence asks for a helo(copter) to take all SLB personel back to shore. The company man says there are no more helo’s scheduled for the rest of the week (translation: you’re here to do a job, now do it). SLB gets on the horn to shore, calls SLB’s corporate HQ, and gets a helo flown out there at SLB’s expense and takes all SLB personel to shore.

Six hours later, the platform explodes."

BP is not only a Big Polluter,

BP has a big problem.



Blogger Glycotech said...

Wow. Thanks for posting.
Criminal sounds good. Just the sort of folk who belong in jail.
Still I had no idea a well could do so much damage.
One mistake one company. Ruins the entire Gulf of Mexico.
Maybe the east coast. Maybe the Caribbean.
Big problem.

7:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recidivism. That's where someone goes to jail for a long time after caught with the 3rd ...(fill in the blank normally small offense.) So Big Polluter - who would be Bellicose Polluter in the words of Carl Sagan should go to jail for a REALLY long time - at least all of its management and Board of Directors should go. Enron didn't kill people (unless you consider Bopal,) but their heirarchy went to jail. How many criminal convictions is this for BP? 4, 5?

Better yet - Crimes Against Humanity at the International Court of Justice in the Hague.

The Schlumberger story is amazing and has not been circulating.

7:09 PM  
Blogger memo said...

Don't give SLB too much credit. I worked for them back in the 70's. They are the prototype for the multinational corporation. Believe me they always do what is in the best interest of Shlumberger and if that included doing something bad for the environment it would be done. Cudos for their engineer on the rig who recognized the impending disaster and stood up to BP's company man in this instance, but I have seen it go the other way lots of times.

9:05 AM  
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