This slide should be the fourth law of thermodynamics pic.twitter.com/f27oJVkNqV /@theagilepirate via @wilbanks
— Paul Kedrosky (@pkedrosky) May 30, 2014
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Saturday, June 7, 2014
The CSB has shed some new light to the subject. The report is a very interesting read.
I still don't buy that the CSB thesis on the BOP failure (buckling via effective compression with an operable Deadman) is more plausible than the one suggested by the USCG (no working Deadman, pipe string buckling via rig drift off, BSR activation most likely by the ROV intervention), but it is plausible and there is some data to support the CSB version. Both are completely plausible and it's mostly a judgement call on which is the more likely culprit (something not at all unusual, given the paucity of hard data).
Overall, there isn't much new that would effect BP, Transocean, etc. (although Transocean's maintenance people look like a bunch of Bubba's that don't know what end of a wrench to turn), but it raises some serious questions about BOP design that the industry at large needs to answer.
Friday, May 23, 2014
Sunday, May 11, 2014
In 1895 there were only 2 cars in the entire state of Ohio...and they got in a wreck with each other. #TrueStory— Edwin Edwards (@EdwinWEdwards) May 10, 2014
"@EdwinWEdwards: In 1895 there were only 2 cars in the entire state of Ohio...and they got in a wreck with each other." EWE saw it happen— Noladishu (@Noladishu) May 10, 2014
@Noladishu that's how I know it's true. Saw it with my own eyes!— Edwin Edwards (@EdwinWEdwards) May 10, 2014
@Noladishu that was back when the still let me practice law...made $7 dollars off that accident. That was BIG money in those days— Edwin Edwards (@EdwinWEdwards) May 10, 2014
God bless whoever taught Edwin Edwards how to use Twitter.
The Dumbo Octopus, captured by NOAA's Okeanos mission in the Gulf of Mexico. Towards the end, it also makes its arms into corkscrews. Why? We have absolutely no idea because, before a month ago, nobody had ever seen them do that. They also studied Asphalt Volcanoes and Chemosynthetic Bacteria feeding on seeps on the same mission.
Octopi are pretty smart. This one unscrews the lid of the jar from the inside to escape:
Thursday, May 8, 2014
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Four years ago, what we'd come to call the Macondo blowout / Deepwater Horizon / the BP Oil Spill occurred. The Atlantic / 4 Years Ago, Photo Essay
Federal Government Report on Oil Spill [PDF]
For reference: ~4.9 million barrels total
Note that the government narrowed in on a single number which was then subjected to peer review and was published far in advance of the trial. For a ballpark figure, it amounted to an average of ~50,000 barrels/day.
BP Report on how much oil spilled
For reference: ~3.26 million barrels total
Note that BP actually had about 3 different numbers, all of which coalesced around ~40,000 barrels/day. Both the Feds and BP agreed on the total oil collected by the capping stack before the well was finally shut off.
"Mark your calendars: Phase 3 of #BP oil spill trial, the "penalty phase," to begin 1/20/15 and end 2/5, per order issued this morning."