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May 4, 2010 at 3:11 pm #2685
Oil companies rally to help in Gulf cleanup
(Reuters) May 4, 2010 – The spread of a huge oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has rallied energy companies to work together in the cleanup effort.
A blown out undersea oil well owned by BP Plc is spilling about 5,000 barrels (210,000 gallons or 955,000 litres) a day, creating a slick measuring at least 130 miles (208km) by 70 miles (112 km).
Below is a list of what oil companies have done to assist in the cleanup effort:
Royal Dutch Shell:
– Given BP use of Shell’s Robert Training and Conference centre in Robert, Louisiana, for use as headquarters for coordinating cleanup efforts.
– Following BP’s request, given the company access to Shell’s ocean cleanup experts. Shell could not say how many are currently assisting BP.
– Given use of a drilling rig as a staging base, two supply vessels, an underwater vehicle and support vessel.
– It has provided experts to respond to BP’s request for technical advice on blowout preventers, dispersant injection, well construction and containment options.
– Is supporting Tier 3 spill response and cleanup cooperatives, such as Marine Spill Response Corporation, Clean Gulf, and Oil Spill Response Ltd., to provide personnel and equipment, such as dispersants, fire boom and radios.
– Procuring and manufacturing additional supplies of dispersant for potential use.
– Assigned personnel with expertise in subsea blowout preventer interventionand subsea construction to support BP.
– Personnel from Chevron’s 330,000 barrel-per-day Pascagoula, Mississippi, refinery joined the U.S. Coast Guard’s local incident command response team in Mobile, Alabama.
– BP contracted the Pascagoula refinery’s marine wildlife rescue portable trailer.
(Reporting by Steve James in New York and Kristen Hays in Houston; Editing by David Gregorio)
May 12, 2010 at 2:11 am #5636
BP’s murkey deep water future
Not only did the virtually impossible happen — a blowout on the Gulf of Mexico seabed a mile down — it happened to a top-notch oil team. BP’s debacle is the U.S. oil industry’s most serious setback, undercutting nearly 60 years of incremental progress in offshore drilling, and it could crimp future output from ultra-deep water, the source of an increasing share of America’s — and the world’s …
CNN Money – May 11 8:48 AM
Article Link @ http://money.cnn.com/2010/05/11/news/companies/BP_murky_future.fortune/index.htm?section=money_latest
May 12, 2010 at 2:14 am #5635
If you get tired of all Liberal Media hype on BP Horizon Spill which sounds like worst spill since Valdez & in world take trip down memory lane at some spill facts listed in this 2008 article. US spills like XOM & BP don’t even rank 34# on Global scale & are magnitudes below the top 10. The US still has best track record in world for Oil Industry – its just a dangerous business & like any industry accidents happen even with best programs in place.
The CNN report is just another Liberal media attack and support of Obama admin program to limit offshore drilling and eleminate fossil fuels (and industries that produce them).
Link article @ http://www.wearingthefuture.com/
10 Largest Oil Spills (The Valdez Doesn’t Make the List)
Written by Hank Green
Thursday, 28 February 2008
The Exxon Valdez, the tanker responsible for the worst oil spill in American history, has come back into the news this week, as the Supreme Court finally decides the price that Exxon will pay for ruining the fishing industry in Alaska. But it will likely surprise you to know that the Valdez spill was actually only the 34th largest oil spill in history.
125diggsdiggThese ten oil spills, all massively larger than the Exxon Valdez, were all smaller new stories, either because the ships were offshore, or dropped their toxic loads in less developed parts of the world. The Valdez spilled 10 million gallons off the coast of Alaska, the smallest spill in the top ten was four times larger.
- Kuwait – 1991 – 520 million gallons
Iraqi forces opened the valves of several oil tankers in order to slow the invasion of American troops. The oil slick was four inches thick and covered 4000 square miles of ocean.
- Mexico – 1980 – 100 million gallons
An accident in an oil well caused an explosion which then caused the well to collapse. The well remained open, spilling 30,000 gallons a day into the ocean for a full year.
- Trinidad and Tobago – 1979 – 90 million
During a tropical storm off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago, a Greek oil tanker collided with another ship, and lost nearly its entire cargo.
- Russia – 1994 – 84 million gallons
A broken pipeline in Russia leaked for eight months before it was noticed and repaired.
- Persian Gulf – 1983 – 80 million gallons
A tanker collided with a drilling platform which, eventually, collapsed into the sea. The well continued to spill oil into the ocean for seven months before it was repaired.
- South Africa – 1983 – 79 million gallons
A tanker cought fire and was abandoned before sinking 25 miles off the coast of Saldanha Bay.
- France – 1978 – 69 million gallons
A tanker’s rudder was broken in a severe storm, despite several ships responding to its distress call, the ship ran aground and broke in two. It’s entire payload was dumped into the English Channel.
- Angola – 1991 – more than 51 million gallons
The tanker expolded, exact quantity of spill unknown
- Italy – 1991 – 45 million gallons
The tanker exploded and sank off the coast of Italy and continued leaking it’s oil into the ocean for 12 years.
- Odyssey Oil Spill – 1988 – 40 million gallons
700 nautical miles off the cost of Nova Scotia.
The Exxon Valdez oil spill was a disaster, but so were the 33 oil spills that were, in fact, worse. Spills have slowed down in recent years, due to advances in logistics and tanker hulls. There are no longer any new single-hulled tankers being built…but there are still plenty that haven’t yet been decommissioned.
But as long as we’re dependent on the stuff, there will be accidents, as there were three in 2007 alone, one of over 3 million gallons of oil.
Thanks to Wikipedia and Associated Content
- Kuwait – 1991 – 520 million gallons
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