Here we go again!

This just in, the Gulf of Mexico has just been hit with yet another oil spill.

A Houston-based oil company has accepted responsibility for a mysterious spill near Grand Isle, although it says it remains “surprised” that what it thought was a minor discharge from a long dormant well could have produced miles-long slicks.

Yes, kids, you did read that correctly, word has it that there is a 30-mile long oil slick that is spreading across the Gulf, near Louisiana’s Grand Isle — which was one of the hardest-hit places during the last spill to devastate the Coast. Further, since most folks in the U.S. (not living along the Gulf Coast) hardly seem able to remember the BP spill itself, they’re probably even less likely to remember that the AP discovered tens of thousands of unproducing wells, much like the one that’s currently gushing oil now throughout the recently soiled and then cleaned Gulf waters & shores.

According to the AP, many of these wells were improperly sealed, then and were accidents waiting to happen.

If you’ll recall, there are an estimated 27,000 abandoned oil wells spread out across the Gulf. 3,500 of those have been left ‘temporarily’ (read: poorly) sealed, often for decades. The oil company claims it was in the process of plugging the now-leaking well permanently, and that it was “surprised” so much oil escaped.

Something about “forgetting the past” comes to mind.

The Perfessor

BP and the burning Ring Of Fire

Some BP employees made this music video of the oil spill burns. Of the nearly 4 million barrels of oil spilled by the Macondo oil spill, about 300,000 barrels were burned in situ, which is to say, in place.

The size of this fire can't hold a candle to the size of the rest of the spill

Enjoy the spectacle.
Set to the music of Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire” *

(*) … not to be confused with BP’s “Rig Of Fire”

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Let’s talk about relief wells, Part 4

To help wrap up the relief well chat, here’s Kent Wells with his discussion with the relief well and the static kill.

When the relief well hits the oil annulus

Apparently, they want to work with the static kill first, which was much like the top kill attempt. Later in the video you can see what happens with the relief well kill. Click for the vid Continue reading Let’s talk about relief wells, Part 4

The 3 ram stack install video

Another five minutes of your life to be bored with, here’s the YouTube of the install for the 3 ram stack. This is the valve setup that will be doing the shutting off of the top of the well.

I like the part where it got set down early, and it set down so hard the water shook the ROV camera.

Insert part A into part B. Like IKEA at 45 million dollars a day

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Forward into the past

Not to make light of what is happening in the Gulf of Mexico, nor to detract from the posts that Walt is making (zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz), but I though that I’d add this little bit of BP-related silliness to your Monday morning.

This may look like the work of a prankster, some PhotoShop kid with too much time on their hands, but no, this was once (and still is, I guess) a real thing.

Released in the 1970s, this BP-endorsed board game wasn’t exactly a hit, but it’s sure a hit with collectors now, with old copies being dug up and dusted off in the wake of the Louisiana Gulf disaster.

The game had up to four players taking control of deep-sea oil rigs. While there was money to be made and pipes to be laid, there were also dangers, like…well, “Blow-out! Rig damaged. Oil slick clean-up costs. Pay $1million.”

The game is probably rubbish, hence its obscurity, but who cares when the box art is that poignant, and that creepy.

Now I know that this looks like some kind of sick Photoshop atrocity, but, rest assured, that no, it is not. It is an actual ’70s board game that was endorsed by BP. Seriously.

George Santayana said, “those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it” here is proof of a sort.

Right about now I’m sort of expecting the little mole men form that Old Superman movie to start climbing out of the well.

The Perfessor

The man in charge of the relief well effort

Nice puff piece on the John Wright in the Houston Chronicle

His margin of error: 3½ inches.

“If there is anxiety, it is created by the expectation you have to do it on the first try and the whole world knowing about it,” Wright, who is aboard the Development Driller III rig in the Gulf, told the Houston Chronicle in an e-mail.

“If you make it, you’re a hero. If you miss, I would expect it to be like missing the winning field goal in the Super Bowl. Either way, it will be something you will play over and over the rest of your life,” Wright said.

“I got an e-mail this morning telling me that I will be personally responsible for the next move up in the stock market if the intersection and kill is successful on the first try. Las Vegas will be booking odds next.”