Attitude is everything.
I'm just sayin'.
Attitude is everything.
I'm just sayin'.
company man 1 (June 27th, 2010)
I can't vouch for it's accuracy but this is a pretty good visualization on BP's well's and leases in the GoM. It starts out showing the oil slicks.
thanks alvis, interesting video
Jindal vetoes bill to open oil spill records
Any litigants would have access to the records via discovery any way right? So is this position to prevent early access to these documents?In his veto letter, the governor said the legislation would have hurt the state's position in future litigation against BP PLC, the oil giant that leased the rig which exploded April 20 in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and causing the disaster.
"This bill would allow BP and other parties with potential liability to the state to obtain information retained by any state agency responding to this tragic event," Jindal wrote, saying such access could jeopardize the state's position in seeking legal remedy for the spill's damage.
Blowout prevention is not a matter of the number of valves in the preventer system, their arrangement, or the ability of people to operate them. Although these things — along with a number of techniques — are important, they are not the prime essential. Blowout prevention is a frame of mind existing throughout the drilling crew and supervisory staff. A determination on the part of the operator’s management to eliminate blowouts is far more valuable than the addition of several pieces of equipment to control blowouts."
"... is a frame of mind existing throughout the ... crew and supervisory staff."
This is the perfect definition of a "Safety Culture." I worked for the first 31 years of my working life for a company that embraced these policies, I thought that everyone worked that way, that it was Standard Operating Procedure. Then the market down turn came and the company decided we should see how things were done in the outside world. Since then I have had my eyes opened. One job I done did not have a "Safety Culture" in place. I did not want to quit but I was very thankful to be laid off before I had to witness somebody being killed.
Go back to your crews and develope a "Safety Culture" and maintain it!
The part of the document that Pumpjack Hand copied was interesting and informative, I wish I could get the entire document.
It applies to high-risk wells, which it defines as any offshore well within 200 miles of the US coast, including shallow water.
Cement bond logs required for all cement jobs.
BOPs must have 2 sets of blind shears and 2 sets of casing shear rams, spaced so that a tool or tool joint cannot obstruct both. Independent hydraulics and activation of each set of rams. ROV accessible control panels. Third party re-certification of the BOP every 6 months.
Real-time telemetry from the BOP control system to a secure location available to the Feds.
The well design must have 3 independently tested barriers across each flow path during completion or abandonment. 2 of the 3 barriers must be mechanical.
The CEO has to attest that
1) the BOP and other well control measures will prevent a blowout;
2) there is a spill response plan in case there is a blowout;
3) relief wells can start within 15 days and complete with 90 days when there is a blowout.
Civil penalties under the act up to $75,000 per day for failure to comply, rising to $150,000 per day in the case of "serious, irreperable or immediate" damage.
Criminal penalties for "knowing and willful" violation up to $10,000,000 and 10 years in prison for each day the violation persists.
Oh, and we are going to have a committee of independent scientists to make recommendations.
I think the BOP stuff is a no-brainer. If there is a joint blocking the blind rams then requiring 2 sets of blind rams allows the politicians to say "Look! We fixed the problem."
There's no requirement for real-time telemetry for the drilling data. Just the BOP controls. That's seems like a miss to me.
The attestation is meaningless. Either it shuts down the industry (which I don't think is the intention), or like Sarbanes-Oxley, it will require lots more paperwork that doesn't really change stuff on the ground.
I suspect this will mean that the CEO has to attest that a blowout won't happen, but if it does, then he gets a pass provided the relief wells kill it within 90-ish days.
It might be interpreted as meaning the operator is fined $150,000 per day until it is killed (the well, not the operator), but since that's maybe 15% of the daily cost of drilling 2 relief wells I don't think it matters much.
This is a draft. The lobbyists haven't started grinding it down yet.
In the hosp setting, we have safety first, and it s really worthwhile,; sometimes, it seems redundant, but when you have your fellow worker, co sign for high risks meds, and they find an error, you sigh with relief, that you had that best practise, in place. People are human, and working 12 hour shifts, mental fatigue, can cloud judgements, and people not intentionally are vulnerable to human error. Safety first, can save your life, and your comrades.
dsmith (June 27th, 2010)
And you skirted around my other point, my point is the sure fire way to get back to work is if a system is in place capable of handling all occurrences. From what Iím reading, some are saying a system was in place that could deal all occurrences including operator error, and it was drilling crew error that allowed the blowout. Others are saying that an unforeseeable event occurred due to operator error, and there was nothing the drilling crew could do about it, so the well control system evidently canít handle all scenarios.
a. Since no operator has a plan for worse case scenario
b. Since all operators have cut a corner or two,
c. Then if we go back to work there is always a chance lightening could strike twice unless there is a well control system in place that can deal with all occurrences including operator error.
So the govít has covered itself with a ban, the court has overturned the ban. Say we get back to work quickly and lightening strikes twice then the blame is onÖ.. or we may go a very long time if weíre luckyÖ. Do you feel luckyÖ. well do ya?
Iím just staring into the abyss and itís staring back into me. So which driller would you work floors for?
Alcor,please read this:http://georgewashington2.blogspot.co...d-blowout.html