Transocean to pay $1.4 billion in fines for Macondo blowout, spill – Oil & Gas Journal.

Loren Steffy wrote a great piece today about the 300 plus citations for safety and environmental violations issued to Black Elk Energy and the lack of consequences for those violations.  As I’ve written about many times before, the safety culture in the oil and gas industry is something that is really difficult to change, especially in service companies that do sub-contract work for operators. Read the rest of this entry

BP Banned; the Difficult Road Back

This morning, the EPA announced that BP has been banned from acquiring any new US government contracts due to its “lack of business integrity”.  The agency said the ban will continue until BP proves that it can meet government established business standards.  The ban does not effect current contracts.  Read the rest of this entry

Good article by FuelFix about Black Elk Energy’s history of dozens of warnings and citations from regulators for its Gulf of Mexico operations.

This morning, the Houston Chronicle reported on the $21 per barrel price differential between West Texas and Cushing, Oklahoma a major pipeline hub and pricing point for crude oil.  With the advent of horizontal and hydraulic fracturing technology, the US is producing almost 50% of its daily needs.  This reduces the need to import oil from countries who hate us, but has, at the same time, created huge price differentials in different parts of the country because of the shortage of pipeline capacity.


We may know later today what criminal penalties the US government will impose on BP for its tragic blowout and subsequent oil spill that polluted the Gulf Of Mexico in 2010. FuelFix, the energy blog for the Houston Chronicle, and Reuters are reporting that settlement has been reached, and the fine could be the largest in US history rising into the billions. Anonymous sources are also reporting the 2 BP employees may also face manslaughter charges in connection with the deaths that occurred on the rig on April 20, 2010. Read the rest of this entry

Persistent Oil Sheen at Macondo Well Site

There has been a persistent oil sheen near the site of BP’s Macondo well blowout in the Gulf of Mexico ever since the well was shut in and eventually plugged in late 2010.  Alarmists use that oil sheen as some kind of evidence that the well is flowing, alleging a massive conspiracy to cover up the fact that it can’t be controlled.  It’s not flowing. Read the rest of this entry

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