I was on Viewpoint tonight with John Fugelsang and environmentalist Bill McKibben, talking about the Arkansas oil spill.  Have a look:

In my early career in the oilfield, when I was working on cement and frac crews, I breathed plenty of dust from cement, frac sand, and powdered guar used to make frac gel.  Throw in a little xylene and hydrochloric acid, and I think my lungs have experienced plenty of challenges.  Read the rest of this entry

Exxon Mobil’s Pegasus oil pipeline ruptures in Mayflower, Arkansas.  Estimates are now about 4,500 barrels.  A 40 home subdivision has been evacuated.

Exxon’s Pegasus Tar Sands Pipeline Ruptures in Central Arkansas | Occupy America.

Last week, on March 18th, LeNorman Operating, based in Oklahoma City, was engaging in multiple well operations on their lease in Hemphill County, Texas.  Halliburton was on location, frac’ing their Ruth 87-2H well, a Granite Wash completion; simultaneously, Read the rest of this entry

Statoil may halt plans to drill in the Chukchi Sea off of northwest Alaska citing the risks and costs.  In an interview at CERAWeek yesterday, EVP Tim Dodson said,

“Ultimately, you need more of a collaborative effort,” Dodson said in an interview. “I think we all agree that generically, this is not really the place to go it alone. This is the place where you need to be learning from each other (and) where you need to be sharing both experiences and sharing facilities and common costs.”

Statoil has decided to watch what happens with the Shell Arctic wells before they make a final decision about letting their leases go.

Fuel Fix » Statoil may abandon US Arctic drilling leases.

Transocean files motion claiming that BP lied about flow rate, and the well could have been killed 2 months earlier.

Rig owner cites BP’s low flow estimates – Houston Chronicle.

Noble Discoverer Cited for Safety Violations

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

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