I put straightforward questions to BK Lim and got a smokescreen
of runaround in response, instead of straightforward answers.
In part of that response, BK Lim said:
I had intentionally left many technical gaps in all my postings
since July 2010. I had expected most all these to surface and my
answers can actually be found hidden in my previous articles and comments.
I and others read your articles assuming you were acting in good faith;
being up front; and stating clearly without artifice what you believed
based on your professional experience. Now I find that either you are
wriggling out of errors or claiming to be playing silly mind games.
Read my Questions and the lame responses by BK Lim:
BK's work is bullshit, he is doing no one any service.
There is no shining light when you use made up facts. I can
see where people not familar with the drilling process could
mistake his distortions as fact, the truth is not one of his
predicitions are based on fact.
NEW ORLEANS — The cap that ended BP's three-month oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico was set to come off Thursday as a prelude to raising a massive, failed piece of equipment and preparing for a final seal on the broken seafloor well.
Engineers and the government were not expecting crude to break out again when the cap is lifted, but the government wasn't offering any guarantees and oil collection vessels were set to be on standby on the surface just in case.
The cap is an elongated metal cylinder that was placed on top of the failed blowout preventer to finally stop the flow of oil and gas July 15. With the cap gone, the old blowout preventer can be removed and a new one put in place before engineers try to seal the well for good deep underground.
Once the cap and blowout preventer are removed, a lot will be riding on the stability of a plug that was created when mud and cement were pumped down into the well from the top. Essentially, the pressure exerted downward served to counter the pressure coming up.
But Rice University engineering professor George Hirasaki said there is still uncertainty about whether the cement settled everywhere it needed to in order to keep oil and gas from finding its way up.
"Just because it didn't flow when they tested it doesn't mean the cement displaced all of the oil and gas," Hirasaki said.
That's why many people have felt that finishing a relief well and pumping mud and cement in through the bottom would be the ultimate solution to the crisis, said Hirasaki, who was involved in the oil containment effort in the Bay Marchand field off Louisiana after a rig burned in the early 1970s.
The government still plans on ordering BP PLC, the majority owner of the well, to do the so-called bottom kill operation. But it believes the wisest course is to put on a new blowout preventer first to deal with any pressure that is caused when the relief well intersects the blown-out well....
There are some more flies in the ointment
-ones not mentioned by AP:
They plan to pull up the old blowout preventer with and estimated
3,000 feet of broken drill pipe still hanging attached. But as you
see above, the drill pipe is likely cemented to the well casing.
So they will use 80,000lbs of pull in excess of that need to raise
the BOP and pipe --in order to free the drill pipe from the cement.
That's risky for sure.
Then with the BOP slightly raised, they plan to sever the pipe with
a pincer and just let the 3,000 feet of pipe fall down the well.
The aim of all this is to get a new blowout preventer in place so
that they can contain any potential blowout when the relief well
drives through the last few few feet to intersect the original well
at 11,000+ feet below.
They have to have that protection in place, because regardless
of the cheery spin of success, there may be pressured oil from
the reservoir in the outer gap between the well casing and the
raw well bore.
If so, there is a threat of a new blowout.
We have been on hold with this well precisely because of
the dangers of this BOP lift and the relief well intersection.
We'll see. _________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
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Posted: Thu Sep 02, 2010 7:18 pm Post subject:
Woke up to this news this morning.
WTF is going on?
Firefighters extinguish massive blaze after US oil platform explodes
From: AP September 03, 2010 6:51AM .
Oil rig explosion in Gulf
An offshore petroleum platform exploded and has been burning in the Gulf of Mexico.
AN oil platform has exploded in flames off the coast of Louisiana, sparking fears of a new oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
All 13 crew members were rescued and firefighters later managed to extinguish the massive blaze.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Bill Coklough initially said an oil sheen, about 308 metres wide, was spotted near the platform, 320km west of the site of BP's massive spill in April.
However the Coast Guard later said it was unable to locate the slick.
“The fire is out, and Coast Guard helicopters on scene and vessels on scene have no reports of a visible sheen in the water,” Captain Peter Troedsson, chief of staff for the Eighth Coast Guard District, told reporters.
“There's no report or an evidence of leaks, but we continue to investigate and to monitor that situation to make sure that that doesn't change.”
Fire engulfed the offshore platform 145 kilometres south of the Louisiana coast and massive plumes of grey smoke billowed into the sky as rescuers rushed to fish out the workers.
Workers told rescue crews that they managed to shut down the wells before evacuating the platform and had spotted a thin sheen of oil spreading for about a mile.
The company that owns the platform, Houston-based Mariner Energy, did not know what caused the blast, which was reported by a helicopter flying over the area. Seven Coast Guard helicopters, two aircraft and three ships were sent to the scene.
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said Mariner officials told him there were seven active production wells on the platform, and they were shut down shortly after the fire broke out.
The platform is in about 100 metres of water. Its location is considered shallow water, much less than the approximately 1,500 metres where BP's well spewed oil and gas for three months after the April rig explosion.
Responding to any oil spill in shallow water would be much easier than in deep water, where crews depend on remote-operated vehicles access equipment on the sea floor.
A homeland security update said the platform was producing 222,558 litres of oil and 900,000 cubic feet of gas per day.
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said the administration has “response assets ready for deployment should we receive reports of pollution in the water”.
Crew members were found floating in the water, huddled together in survival outfits called “gumby suits”.
“These guys had the presence of mind, used their training to get into those gumby suits before they entered the water,” Coast Guard spokesman Chief Petty Officer John Edwards said.
Coast Guard Cmdr Cheri Ben-Iesau said one person was injured, but the company said there were no injuries.
There are about 3,400 platforms operating in the Gulf, according to the American Petroleum Institute. Together they pump about a third of the America's domestic oil, forming the backbone of the country's petroleum industry.
Platforms are vastly different from oil rigs like the Deepwater Horizon. They are usually brought in after wells are already drilled and sealed.
“A production platform is much more stable,” said Andy Radford, an API expert on offshore oil drilling. “On a drilling rig, you're actually drilling the well. You're cutting. You're pumping mud down the hole. You have a lot more activity on a drilling rig.”
In contrast, platforms are usually placed atop stable wells where the oil is flowing at a predictable pressure, he said. A majority of platforms in the Gulf do not require crews on board.
Many platforms, especially those in shallower water, stand on legs that are drilled into the sea floor. Like a giant octopus, they spread numerous pipelines across the sea floor and can tap into many wells at once.
Platforms do not have blowout preventers, but they are usually equipped with a series of redundant valves that can shut off oil and gas at different points along the pipeline.
Just read your article about publishing media reports and dont know whether ive transgressed?
If i have, sorry bud. Delete as required.
Don't sweat it.
They're not about to give me free publicity by targeting us.
Keeping us off the radar has been their strategy for years.
cheers. _________________ Minds are like parachutes.
They only function when open.
Joined: 17 Sep 2006 Posts: 489 Location: A Wonderful World
Posted: Mon Sep 06, 2010 3:16 am Post subject:
Several volatile hydrocarbons found in crude oil were detected in the blood of several residents from the Orange Beach, AL area. Among the hydrocarbons tested, several were detected at abnormally high levels including ethylbenzene, xylene, hexane. These individuals were not directly involved in BP's clean-up operations, nor had they been exposed to any industrial environment where the presence of these compounds would be of concern. Therefore, it can be assumed that residents living near the Gulf of Mexico shoreline are at risk of exposure to aerosolized VOC's moving inland from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The blood test performed on these individuals is called the Volatile Solvents Profile (Metametrix.com). The test can be obtained and administered by any physician with the ability to perform a simple blood draw. The test will be shipped to a laboratory for analysis and returned to your doctor for interpretation and treatment.
The Gulf of Mexico is facing a significant threat to human health, which needs to be documented in a stringent and concrete manner. A multitude of symptoms have been reported ranging from subtle to severe; these include skin rashes and infections, upper respiratory burning, congestion and cough, headaches, nausea, vomiting, and neurological symptoms such as short-term loss of memory and coordination.
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