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Old 06-03-2010, 10:25 AM   #141
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12 ROV feeds of them working on the pipe. You don't see as much from that single BP feed published first. Pipe was cut off and now it's flowing up unrestricted. Waiting for the cap to come. Good way to waste a lot of time watching these.

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Well, latest update.... Deepwater drilling has already been suspnded for at least 6 months, and the Obama administration has just announced that it is shutting down all drilling the the Gulf of Mexico, regardless of water depth.
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A friend of mine use to work for Diamond Offshore, one of the deep water drilling companies. He said that if drilling is shutdown in the Gulf, their rigs would most likely move to Brazil, where there is a high demand for deep water rigs.

So, who wins and who looses? The U.S. will not develop their resources, and we will become even more dependent on foreign resources. Alternate energy is not currently feasible without subsidies. Subsidies the U.S. does not have. In the long term, the U.S. will drill off it's coast. When the major oil fields of the world are dry, the U.S. fields will be tapped, IMHO. Oil and natural gas = cheap energy. Until that equation changes, off shore oil will be drilled.

BP averages about 20 billion a year in net profits. A couple of days ago they said the blow out has cost them 500 million in clean up cost. Sure looks like they are not only more technically capable to take care of this, but financially in better shape also. http://www.marketwatch.com/investing.../BP/financials

This is the 'cause de jour' for the press, and they are doing there customary great job blowing it out of proportion!
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Here's a question about this cap thing: You have a pipe that loosely connected on top of the leaking pipe. BP says that they won't be able to get all of the oil, so presumably some oil will be leaking out the sides of this loose connection.

But if you had the proper amount of suction on this capture pipe, why couldn't it get it al?. That is, if the suction pressure is so high that it pulls seawater into through the gaps, how would oil escape? True you'd get an oil water mixture at the surface, but the primary goal is to stop the leaking.

Another question: how deep is this well from the ocean floor to the oil pocket?
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And what are they going to do with all that oily salt water they suck up?
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Here's a question about this cap thing: You have a pipe that loosely connected on top of the leaking pipe. BP says that they won't be able to get all of the oil, so presumably some oil will be leaking out the sides of this loose connection.

But if you had the proper amount of suction on this capture pipe, why couldn't it get it al?. That is, if the suction pressure is so high that it pulls seawater into through the gaps, how would oil escape? True you'd get an oil water mixture at the surface, but the primary goal is to stop the leaking.

Another question: how deep is this well from the ocean floor to the oil pocket?
Don't know if this is the correct answer but my understanding is, if they pulled too much suction, at that depth, pressure and temperature they may run into the gas hydrate problems that freeze up the hydocarbons and run into the same problems they had with the larger high hat they tried a few weeks ago.

I think the total depth is 18,000', 5000' to the sea floor and 13000' to the oil reservoir.
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There's so much oil, and yet so far, the effects have been minimal. A few videos of marshes and beaches with a small amount of oil.
That has changed with these videos:

Pressure Builds after Latest BP Snag - CBS News Video

Oil-Covered Birds Show Distress - CBS News Video
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Here's another question the news media have not answered. This isn't any kind of anti-BP rant, I'm just curious about how things are supposed to work. When BP says it will pay for all damages caused by the spill, do they mean they will pay, for example, the wages of a dishwasher in Florida who is laid off because reservations at the resort are way down?
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Thanks Al. Those images are an apt reply to all the posturing done by us humans so far.
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Here's a question about this cap thing: You have a pipe that loosely connected on top of the leaking pipe. BP says that they won't be able to get all of the oil, so presumably some oil will be leaking out the sides of this loose connection.

But if you had the proper amount of suction on this capture pipe, why couldn't it get it al?. That is, if the suction pressure is so high that it pulls seawater into through the gaps, how would oil escape? True you'd get an oil water mixture at the surface, but the primary goal is to stop the leaking.

Another question: how deep is this well from the ocean floor to the oil pocket?
misnomer #1 about oil and nat gas - it isn't pockets, pools or underground caves. the oil is actually within porous rock. but to answer the question, anywhere from 18,000' (or what ever the TD, total depth of the well is). of course, it could be anywhere in the well (within reason, i wouldn't expect it to be too shallow). if anyone tells exactly where it is coming from, they are lying.

misnomer #2 about oil and nat gas - it isn't pumped. well, it can be. but, it relies on it's lighter density (you can transfer that to pressure) to create a pressure differential and flow to the surface. this is called natural flow. of course, people have become accustomed to seeing the pumpjacks of west texas (or bakersfield). offshore, these don't exist, mainly b/c of deck space and a fail-safe safety valve about 300' below the mudline which is mandated by the MMS (and no, this well would not have had one installed yet, don't start that....). then there is the saying, it's much better to blow than suck. while your dirty mind chews on that, you can just about double the horse power for sucking opposed to blowing. meaning more space and more cost. throw natural gas into the mix, horsepower requirements go through the roof, or you gas lock your pump. my opinion is that bp has no intention to hook a pump up to this if capping is successful. finding one would be a problem and then getting hooked into the system somehow would be another problem...but not impossible. one step at a time...i would image the cap would give a decent seal, maybe not perfect, but a 90% or so solution.

you can also use oil and water's dislike of each other to separate the two...think salad dressing.
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The Texas beaches have never been the same. Big old nasty tarballs came up for years, and you needed special solvents to clean them off your skin. Even now on the "white" beaches the sand still has dark mixed in, and you still get a dark stain on your feet.
I'm not disputing the fact that there have been man-caused oil residue come ashore in Texas. But Texas beaches, like most other seashores, have always had natural occurring oil seepage washing up. Ancient indians along the coast used oil and tar they found on the shores to make paints for ceremonial decorations. Early Anglo settlers in places like Port Aransas used to collect tar balls along the beaches to waterproof their roofs, grease wagon wheels, etc.

I've read several reports in the last couple of weeks of tar balls washing ashore in places like Florida, that were not from the BP platform. But the only way that was determined was by a scientific analysis of the oil. Those tar balls you see could have come from a spill, a flushed bilge, a leak from a ship, or from Mother Nature herself.

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...you can just about double the horse power for sucking opposed to blowing. meaning more space and more cost. throw natural gas into the mix, horsepower requirements go through the roof, or you gas lock your pump.
Thanks for the interesting info.

I'd think that at this point, cost and deck space would take a back seat to removing as much oil as possible.
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Thanks for the interesting info.

I'd think that at this point, cost and deck space would take a back seat to removing as much oil as possible.
cost i agree with. deck space...you can't just shift some numbers around on paper for that. i've worked on the enterprise, the rig dedicated to the problem well. while she's a big ship (800 feet or so long, 30 something feet wide), there isn't a lot of space on her. although, she is setup to do well testing and has the processing facilities for that. finding and powering a multiphase pump would be difficult...

hopefully this mess gets worked out soon...
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I've been looking at the live feed. Although there's a lot of oil coming out the sides, BP says they've yet to close the vents that will prevent that.
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Here's another question the news media have not answered. This isn't any kind of anti-BP rant, I'm just curious about how things are supposed to work. When BP says it will pay for all damages caused by the spill, do they mean they will pay, for example, the wages of a dishwasher in Florida who is laid off because reservations at the resort are way down?

Now that is an interesting question.... but here is what I think will happen... they will pay the resort some money based on whatever... and the resort will KEEP the money...

A lawyere here can probably say about liability better.... but I think that it has to be a direct cause.. so... the resort can not get people in because of oil on the beach.. but the local McD does not since the oil did not affect them... even though they do not have any tourists coming in to buy their burgers...

SOOO, the guys who own fishing boats get money... their deck hands do not..

This is just my opinion.....

Hey, maybe someone from Alaska who went through this can chime in...
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Talked to my nephew who lives on the AL coast and he says oil has arrived on the beaches there. Not a surprise but really is a shame. He said it looks like a ghost town compared to what it normally is this time of year. Fortunately his restaurant is located in Daphne, AL close to Mobile, so his business is still good. His customers are primarily locals. But there will be lot's of businesses that will not survive on the coast who are dependent on tourist. And you can bet, each and everyone of these businesses will not be compensated by BP.

Oil ashore at Gulf Shores, Ala., smell in air - BusinessWeek
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Talked to my nephew who lives on the AL coast and he says oil has arrived on the beaches there. Not a surprise but really is a shame. He said it looks like a ghost town compared to what it normally is this time of year. Fortunately his restaurant is located in Daphne, AL close to Mobile, so his business is still good. His customers are primarily locals. But there will be lot's of businesses that will not survive on the coast who are dependent on tourist. And you can bet, each and everyone of these businesses will not be compensated by BP.

Oil ashore at Gulf Shores, Ala., smell in air - BusinessWeek

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When left to their own devices, the Oil Companies...

Nigeria's agony dwarfs the Gulf oil spill. The US and Europe ignore it | Environment | The Observer

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This point was backed by Williams Mkpa, a community leader in Ibeno: "Oil companies do not value our life; they want us to all die. In the past two years, we have experienced 10 oil spills and fishermen can no longer sustain their families. It is not tolerable."

With 606 oilfields, the Niger delta supplies 40% of all the crude the United States imports and is the world capital of oil pollution. Life expectancy in its rural communities, half of which have no access to clean water, has fallen to little more than 40 years over the past two generations. Locals blame the oil that pollutes their land and can scarcely believe the contrast with the steps taken by BP and the US government to try to stop the Gulf oil leak and to protect the Louisiana shoreline from pollution.

"If this Gulf accident had happened in Nigeria, neither the government nor the company would have paid much attention," said the writer Ben Ikari, a member of the Ogoni people. "This kind of spill happens all the time in the delta."
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