Today’s Louisiana hearing: Rig operators and oil companies often in conflict

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There is a “natural conflict” between oil companies paying the bills for an offshore drilling operation and the owner and operator of a rig doing the work, drilling consultant Carl Smith testified today. “There are some operators that want to impose time pressure to get things done faster,” while many rig owners will insist on […]
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Today’s Louisiana hearing: Safety devices failed

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Safety devices meant to keep volatile gas from entering the Deepwater Horizon’s engine room and then to keeping engines from over-revving apparently failed, Transocean’s chief mechanic aboard the rig at the time of the deadly April 20 accident testified this morning. Douglas Brown said today at a Coast Guard-MMS hearings in Kenner, La., that air […]
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Today’s Louisiana hearing: Argument on rig (updated)

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Douglas Brown, chief mechanic on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, testified today that BP and Transocean officials argued on the morning of the April 20 explosion over procedures to take place that day. One senior Transocean official who disagreed with BP’s planned procedures on the day of the explosion expressed fatalistic resignation following a dispute […]
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Republican questions whether ‘use-it-or-lose-it’ fees spur risky drilling

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Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., today questioned whether Obama administration-backed “use-it-or-lose-it” style fees on non-productive drilling leases encourage energy companies to take risks that could lead to disasters like the oil spill in the gulf of Mexico. The administration and some lawmakers in Congress have butted heads with oil and gas companies over the fees, with […]
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Nelson bill aims to close ‘revolving door’ between MMS, industry

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Sen. Bill Nelson today began advancing a plan that aims to close what he called a “revolving door” between the federal regulators that oversee offshore drilling and the oil and gas companies they police. Nelson’s move comes in the wake of a new inspector general report that revealed Louisiana-based employees of the Minerals Management Service […]

Oil dispersant debate tamer than we think

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In a new blog post at Oil Patch Online, Allen Brooks writes that the media may be making too much over the discussion about BP’s use of chemical dispersants in the Gulf spill. To listen to the media reports over the supposed dispute between the government and BP about the use of chemical dispersant on […]
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Saving Lousiana wetlands from Gulf spill

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Oil from the spill in the Gulf of Mexico is creeping closer to southern Louisiana’s fragile wetlands and the best way to deal with it once it lands just might be to set it on fire. So far about 65 miles of Louisiana’s coastline has been hit by the spill, the Christian Science Monitor said. […]
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Chron Energy Newslinks | 05.26.10 | Waiting for the kill. Well design had fatal flaw.

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• Top kill could come today, carries risks with the reward. • BP says this morning tests to start top kill ongoing. • Poor well desgin could be root cause of blowout, say observers. • BP’s internal investigation says little about its own procedures (although it’s getting at more details, says Congress). • BP chairman […]
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Inside the BP Incident Command Center

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When top kill operations to stem the leak at BP’s Macondo well get fired up out in the Gulf of Mexico (hopefully this morning) there will likely be hundreds of industry and government engineers and scientists holding their collective breath in Building 4 of BP’s West Houston Campus. This is where the oil giant’s Incident […]

Report finds warning signs at well just before blowout

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A series of warning signs revealed troubles at BP’s Macondo well during the hour leading up to its blowout April 20 and the resulting explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig, according to details BP provided today to a House panel investigating the incident. BP delivered the preliminary report — based on its internal investigation — […]
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