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This fire initially was the biggest fire ever in the world. But every day we exceeded those numbers…

Al Jazeera reports on US witness claims BP gas explosion cover-up. Full article with video here.

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BP Claims Fund Pays out $5 Billion to Spill Victims

Bloomberg reported today that BP Plc paid more than $5 billion to 204,434 claimants in the past year from the fund created to compensate victims from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.  The claims facility draws on more than … Continue reading

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BP Report: Blames Transocean And Halliburton

While BP claims their internal investigation was free from any senior management input, it was subject to many reviews from BP internal legal team. Hopefully the incident will provide the necessary wake-up call to the true cost of oil and … Continue reading

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What Happened on the Deepwater Horizon

Here’s a great diagram of what went wrong with the Deepwater Horizon drilling. Click on the image for a larger version Graphic provided by Emmett Mayer III and Dan Shea / The Times-Picayune Source: Staff Research

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Raising the Blowout Preventer for Evidence

The raising of the BOP from the Macondo Well is not just a safety precaution. The BOP is also evidence that may reveal how the Gulf oil spill happened. The 450 ton BOP resting a mile below the surface of … Continue reading

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BP’s Gulf Well May Not Be Permanently Killed Until September

There’s a new Bloomberg article out there that reports that a team of federal scientists and BP engineers is looking at either attaching a pressure-control system to the top of the well or installing a new blowout preventer, an emergency … Continue reading

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BP Starts Cement Plugging of Gulf Well

In what is being described as a ‘milestone’ for the Macondo Well in the Gulf of Mexico, BP began pouring cement into the well. Earlier this week, BP pumped heavy drilling mud into the top of the Macondo well, pushing … Continue reading

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Sealing Cap and the Latest Well Update

The latest well integrity tests on the sealing cap show the Macondo well has been successfully closed. BP continues to monitor the pressure, temperature, seafloor, seismic, sonar, and acoustics activity in the area to confirm that the well doesn’t continue … Continue reading

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Relief Wells

Will the relief wells work? The problem is that there is another 2,000 foot well branching off from the current well. Will the new relief wells intersect the well below the first attempt and the second attempt? Or is it … Continue reading

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BP Well Casing

Details on the well casing program used by BP. Reference: Macondo History Before the Blowout

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BP Response

It would be great if BP’s response was a little more tech/web 2.0 friendly. Why aren’t they fostering the creative ideas from so many people with talented minds. Instead, submitters to the response form are sent to the following site … Continue reading

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BP Pipe Into Reservoir: long string

What was BP thinking when they chose the unconventional single long pipe design into the reservoir? From the WSJ article The cement job was especially important on this well because of a BP design choice that some petroleum engineers call … Continue reading

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BP Intended To Plug and Abandon Well Before Explosion

Prior to the BP oil well explosion on April 20, 2010, BP hired Halliburton (the cementing contractor) to plug the well and temporarily abandon it, a standard practice in the industry. Still, by mid-April, the well seemed a qualified success. … Continue reading

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Latest Attempt: Collar, Cap, and Collector

Let’s hope that the new cap proves the well is solid and intact. If it proves that the well when capped is forcing the oil out of other parts of the broken BOP or into the seabed (below the seafloor) … Continue reading

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New BP Cap Procedure

Here is the latest attempt to stop the flow of oil from the leaking well. Let’s hope it works. Once the new cap is installed tests will be performed to calculate the pressure of the oil flowing from the pipe. … Continue reading

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BP Status Update

Blow Out Preventer Detail BP technical briefing and update on Gulf of Mexico oil spill 10 May 2010 Tony Hayward Failure of the Large Dome: A lot more gas involved in leak than previously believed. Moving to a smaller dome … Continue reading

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BP Investor Presentation

Q. How was the $20 billion number for the compensation package established? A. Negotiation with the government. Nervousness with the cap of liability of $75 million based on oil and gas law of 1995. BP has assured that all the … Continue reading

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Macondo Well Information

This chart shows the design, depth, diameter, and temperature of the Macondo Well where the oil from the BP oil spill is leaking from. PDF of Macondo Well

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