Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Oil Drilling News - PM Supplement



BP moving containment cap back into place, spokesman says


Statement from Admiral Allen on Issues with Oil Collection from the Wellhead

“I would tell you however though, we had an incident earlier today where they noticed that there was some kind of a gas rising through the vent that carries the warm water down that prohibits hydrates from forming.  Out of abundance of caution the Discover Enterprise removed the containment cap with the riser pipe and moved away until they could assess the condition. They have indicated that the problem was a Remotely Operated Vehicle that had been around the (inaudible) package that bumped into one of those vents that allows the excess oil to come out.  They actually closed it thereby creating pressure and the backflow potentially off the water vent. They are checking the containment cap right now that there are no hydrates in the containment cap.  They will attempt to reinstall the containment cap and begin producing later on today.  If there are hydrates they will probably have to rerun the pipeline, and that will take a considerable amount longer.”


Radar Satellite Image of Oil Plume, June 22 (Skytruth)


NOAA Opens More Than 8,000 Square Miles of Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico

“The most significant opening is an area due south of Mississippi which was closed Monday, June 21. Additionally, some smaller areas were opened off the Louisiana and central Florida coasts. The closed area now represents 78,597 square miles, which is approximately 32.5 percent of Gulf of Mexico federal waters.”


New Drilling Agency Will Have Investigative Arm




Hands across the Sand Protests Offshore Oil Drilling


Oil-drilling protest


Demonstration against offshore oil drilling Saturday (June 26) in Hilo


Coney Island Joins Protest Against Offshore Oil Drilling




YouTube Video - Pensacola Beach - Oil and Tar Washing Over My Feet June 23 2010


Threat to Florida Keys Subsides (for now)

“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has suspended daily production of offshore Transocean/BP oil spill trajectory maps because a change in ocean currents has minimized impact risks to the Florida Keys and most of the Florida peninsula. According to Billy Causey, superintendent of the southeast region for NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries, the northern end of the Loop Current has been pinched off into a large clockwise eddy called Eddy Franklin. Thus, there is no clear path for spilled oil to enter the Loop Current from the spill source in the northern Gulf of Mexico that is about 500 miles northwest of Key West. “