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Well, thank goodness the paperwork is not dangerous...
Still believed to be a ticking time bomb in the Gulf, a federal investigation has declared the working conditions at the Atlantis deepwater platform, operating in water nearly 2000 feet deeper than the Deepwater Horizon drilled, are safe.
A database of thousands of documents related to the performance of the rig was found to be "disorganized, inadequate, and confusing" but did not jeopardize workers at the site. After an 11-month probe, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) said the violations were "unfounded" based on statements from a former BP contractor that workers on the platform lacked access to critical engineer-approved drawings of the facility.
Industry experts liken the database to an "operating manual" that is critical to being able to respond to an accident or technical problem, particularly if they involve components thousands of metres under the water.
Abbott said in a statement that he was "disappointed but not really surprised." He took a jab at the ocean energy bureau, previously known as the Minerals Management Service, which he said aims first "to protect themselves and then the oil companies."
After the blowout at BP's Macondo well last year, lawmakers seized on the Atlantis platform allegations and insisted that government regulators shut down the facility while Abbott's claims were investigated. But regulators rejected that request.
...but the BOP doesn't work...
Does this second story seem to conflict slightly with the first? We know from the first story that apparently the Atlantis has bad paperwork. Other than workplace stress that might cause a heart attack, paperwork doesn't usually kill people. Did Cameron install the BOP on the Atlantis? One would think so. And do the same problems with the BOP exist there? How close are we to seeing 200,000 barrels a day gush from that rig, and in even deeper water? In the event of another blowout, would the BOP and comm pods on the Atlantis prove to be as flawed as the ones on the Deepwater Horizon?
The control pods for the blowout preventer on the Deepwater Horizon did not work... because of a fundamental design flaw that resulted in the inability to control the well in the event of a blowout. Federal investigators asked Friday that more testing be done on the BOP currently at NASA's Michoud facility near New Orleans. The U.S. Chemical Safety Board has objected to the government's decision to halt testing of the blowout preventer on Friday. The team is jointly run by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management Regulation and Enforcement.
The safety board has been among the groups allowed to monitor the testing.
The Norwegian firm doing the testing, Det Norske Veritas, is expected to submit its findings by March 20.The BOP just sat there for two months, and now they need more time? What the hell were they waiting for? For everyone to forget it ever happened?
* Update: But maybe any report from the Dauphin Island Sea Lab should be taken with a half-ton of salt...because of where their funding apparently comes from...
Scientists at the Dauphin Island sea lab on the Alabama Gulf Coast are trying everything in an effort to come to a conclusion on what is causing the deaths of bottlenose dolphins in record numbers during the first two months of 2011. The 87 dolphins, forty-six of which were infants or stillborn, is a twelve-fold increase from the usual mortality rate.
The die-off had prompted fears that exposure to toxins from the BP spill had interfered with last year's calving season, causing miscarriages.
However, scientists at the Dauphin Island sea lab in Alabama suggested the dolphins may have succumbed to the cumulative stresses of the BP spill, disease such as the outbreak of a measles-type illness, or a sudden gush of extremely cold fresh water from the Mississippi – all of which lowered their resistance.
Apache Corporationbought a $7bn package of oil fields from BP immediately after the Gulf of Mexico spill. It was the first disposal made by BP as it sought to cover the cost of the accident.
Damn the torpedoes...and the blowouts, and the lawsuits...full steam ahead!
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said an oil partnership TNK-BP may help develop Kara Sea oil fields if agreeable terms are offered to Russian companies.BP-Reliance deal may usher fresh oil, gas investments
BP’s $7.2-billion-deal to jump into India’s oil and gas sector with Reliance Industries is the first sign of new investment that could attract more players, helping to boost output and meet surging demand.
And what do you do with a drunken sailor? Take him back to court...
Exxon Mobil Back in Court Over $100 Million Valdez Oil Spill Claim
Who knew all we needed was oobleck?
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PLEASE visit Pam LaPier's diary to find out how you can help the Gulf now and in the future. We don't have to be idle! And thanks to Crashing Vor and Pam LaPier for working on this!Previous Gulf Watcher diaries:
|3-04-11 08:01 AM||Gulf Watchers Friday - The Drilling Clock is Ticking - BP Catastrophe AUV #482||Lorinda Pike|
|3-02-11 06:04 AM||Gulf Watchers Wednesday - BP Partner Gets 1st Deepwater Drilling Permit - BP Catastrophe AUV #481||peraspera|
|2-27-11 12:00 PM||Gulf Watchers Sunday - Feinberg (Finally) Meets with Louisana Tribes - BP Catastrophe AUV #480||Yasuragi|
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