Topics: Blowout could spill 58 million gallons of oil in Arctic, federal agency says; Arctic oil spill clean-up plans are 'thoroughly inadequate', industry warned; BP Is Fined $25 Million For ’06 Pipeline Spills; High-pressure deepwater well capping stack unveiled at offshore conference; BP investigates oil mats off Perdido Key; Attorneys in oil spill litigation now debate how trial should proceed; Anadarko may settle some Macondo spill claims, BP claims office closing, ARCO, BP Gas Station Operators Sue BP
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|Shell wants to gamble the fragile Arctic environment against what they term a "minimal" risk of a worst case blowout. I guess Shell would like everyone to ignore the the fact that big oil couldn't even muster a pitiful response to the Deepwater Horizon blowout where weather conditions are a great deal friendlier than they are in the Arctic. One would expect that this embarrassing fact is why any mention of Shell's proposed spill response having been tested in Arctic conditions is completely AWOL in the story.
In the wake of the BP catastrophe Shell has chutzpah to use "minimal" risk as an argument to be allowed to take risks that they do not have the capability to handle. Also, AWOL from the story is any mention about the ability of any government entity having the equipment and qualified personnel to competently supervise any cleanup effort. The Coast Guard has a whopping three icebreakers. The two that can handle heavy ice were stuck in port with mechanical problems last June. The other is being retrofitted and won't be back at sea until 2013.
Environmental groups routinely have had to sue the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE) in order to try to get them to do the environmental reviews that they are supposed to be doing. When even the industry captive BOEMRE says that Shell isn't ready for Arctic drilling it should send off flashing neon warning signs.
The federal agency overseeing offshore drilling in Alaska says the worst-case scenario for a blowout in the Chukchi Sea lease could result in a spill of more than 58 million gallons of oil into Arctic waters.
Meanwhile, back in the reality-based world the good people at Pew Research pointed out Arctic spill response challenges in November. Shell's Arctic response plan is more delusional than BP's was for the Deepwater Horizon.
Thursday 11 November 2010 10.31 GMT
|If ever there was an argument for strengthening spill penalties to include meaningful fines and/or prison sentences as well as actually lowering the debarment hammer this case is it. BP continued to willfully ignore laws requiring them to properly maintain the Alaska pipeline after their first spill.
The $25 million fine is chump change to BP and it seems delusional to think that BP would pay any more attention to a third party babysitter than it has to regulators. Debarment and prison sentences for execs is likely to only way that BP could be persuaded to change its evil ways.
BP will pay $25 million in civil fines to settle charges arising from two spills from its network of pipelines in Alaska in 2006 and from a willful failure to comply with court orders to properly maintain the pipelines to prevent corrosion, federal officials announced on Tuesday.
Big oil, yet again, demonstrates its inability to grasp the irony of its own behavior. Their Helix Well Containment Group frets about locating its new whiz-bang containment toy away from the wrath of hurricanes but totally ignores the fact that surface ships needed to keep pressure off a capped well will have to leave a blown out well to spew during rough seas.
The risk of putting pressure on a blown out well is that the formation will fail leaving no way to contain the well short of emptying the entire formation which could take years. This is not a negligible risk in the Gulf where the geological formations are notoriously brittle.
...The Helix Well Containment Group is a cooperative effort of 24 Gulf oil companies. They have banded together and invested in spill-response technology to convince the federal government that they could return to drilling in the deep sea and stop a leak like last year's BP disaster, in which the massive device known as a blowout preventer failed to close in the well.
Over a year after BP launched its oil assault on the Gulf it seems that there is still not a timely procedure in place for removing oil mats from offshore. The mats break up in pieces and wash ashore on beaches when left to their own devices not to mention what evil they may be doing to the ocean environment if left in place.
A BP operations team at the Florida Gulf Coast Restoration is investigating two more sunken oil mats discovered in the Gulf of Mexico just off of Perdido Key beach.
Litigants are wrangling over what aspects of the complex BP oil spill case should be included in what part of the the trial and when. Something is amiss in the American legal system when the court going through three depositions a day is considered to be an admirable achievement. Justice denied by being delayed seems to be baked into the system. Victims deserve better.
With more than 100,000 claims filed by last week's deadline for the February 2012 trial over the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster, attorneys in the case are now confronting their most difficult question yet: what, exactly, should that trial encompass?
Andarko is signaling a willingness to consider a negotiated settlement with BP. It will be interesting to see if BP negotiates in good faith or tries to bigfoot Andarko the way they have the Gulf victims.
Anadarko Petroleum Corp (APC.N), part owner of BP Plc's (BP.L) (BP.N) blown out Gulf of Mexico well, said on Tuesday it may settle some oil spill claims even though the oil and gas company maintains it holds no liability for the accident.
|In a clear demonstration of just how much Louisiana politicians care about the suffering of their own people the state is just now getting around to convening a legislative oversight panel for the Gulf claims process.
A state lawmaker from Assumption Parish is the newest chairman of a legislative committee created to investigate the claims process associated with last year's Gulf oil disaster. State Rep. Joe Harrison, R-Napoleonville, said the Select Committee on Oversight of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility will probably meet for the first time over the next week or so.
BP further inconveniences its victims by closing a claims office. At this point BP isn't even pretending to care about its victims by putting up a PR front.
The Gulf Breeze office of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility — which processes claims for those who say they were damaged by last year's BP oil spill — will close on Monday, according to GCCF spokeswoman Amy Weiss.
BP adds its own franchise owners to the humongous list of its victims. This vile practice also adds to the price consumers pay at the pump.
Fifteen ARCO, BP, and am/pm franchise owners claim that BP manipulates gas supplies and prices, so as to deliver less gas when oil future prices are trending up and to deliver more gas at a higher price when oil future prices are trending down. The federal class action also claims that BP required franchisees to install a defective, centralized point-of-sale system that hurt their businesses and brought customer complaints.
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