I do not often recommend that folks head over to the WSJ for anything, but today I make an exception. As BP continues to spin this disaster as a failure of technology - the BOP's failure. Someone from the oil and gas industry has finally come along and declared Bull Shit!
Terry Barr, the writer of this letter to the editor in response to Hayward's WSJ Op Ed on June 4th, is President of Samson Oil and Gas Limited which is a Australian based oil & gas company holding extensive development and exploration acreage in the USA. So I think the man knows of which he speaks. He clearly lays the blame on BP and the failure of it's people to follow standard industry practices that could have prevented this disaster BOP failure or not.
Just one of the money quotes:
Mr. Hayward and BP have taken the position that this tragedy is all about a fail-safe blow-out preventer (BOP) failing, but in reality the BOP is really the backup system, and yes we expect that it will work. However, all of the industry practice and construction systems are aimed at ensuring that one never has to use that device. Thus the industry has for decades relied on a dense mud system to keep the hydrocarbons in the reservoir and everything that is done to maintain wellbore integrity is tested, and where a wellbore integrity test fails, remedial action is taken.
This well failed its casing integrity test and nothing was done. The data collected during a critical operation to monitor hydrocarbon inflow was ignored and nothing was done. This spill is about human failure and it is time BP put its hand up and admitted that.
I strongly suggest every one head over to WSJ and read the whole play by play as laid out by Mr. Barr. It's clear, concise and lays the blame squarely where it must be put. BP!
Yes this diary is more than a tad short, but I really could not think of a thing that I could say that would make Mr Barr's words and information more powerful.