Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus oil pipeline ruptures in Mayflower, Arkansas. Estimates are now about 4,500 barrels. A 40 home subdivision has been evacuated.
Transocean files motion claiming that BP lied about flow rate, and the well could have been killed 2 months earlier.
Last night, Rachel Maddow reported on the Coast Guard investigation of the Noble Discoverer, one of the drill ships being used by Shell for offshore drilling in the Arctic. The Discoverer, built in 1966 and refurbished a couple times, last in 2009, was cited for 16 violations of safety and operational standards. Read the rest of this entry
Rising US crude oil production knocking a hole in OPEC’s power over us.
Federal Judge Sarah Vance in New Orleans approved its settlement agreement with the Justice Department yesterday. Not everyone is happy, however. Ashley Manuel, the daughter of Blair Manuel, one of the 11 workers killed by the blowout on April 20, 2010 said,
“If I had my wish it would be that the three representatives from BP who sat in my grandparents’ living room and lied to my face about the accident would sit in jail and feel the same pain and loss I feel.”
After all of the mishaps during Shell’s short Arctic drilling season this year, which included a failed and damaged containment dome, sea ice delays, the drillship Discoverer losing its moorings and almost running aground, and last week’s near disaster as the drillship Kulluk ran slipped its towline in heavy weather and ran aground off of Kodiak Island, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has order an expedited assessment of the program. I have expressed my concerns about the risks of Arctic offshore drilling on this blog before, and these challenges have underscored those risks, and they haven’t even drilled to the productive interval yet. All new programs have problems getting off the ground; the problem here is that the conditions are so harsh that the margin for error is virtually non-existent. The OGJ article about Salazar’s order is below: