The Federal Government has been sort of quiet the last 24 hours.
Today July 20, 2010 10:00 am CST
National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen’s press briefing has been postponed until this afternoon. Details will be provided as they become available.
then a bit later,
Today July 20th 2010 11:31 am CST
Updated Media Advisory
Media briefing to provide update on ongoing Deepwater Horizon BP oil spill response efforts
Where: 7th Floor Conference Room
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Ave NW
When: Tuesday July 20,2020 3:30 pm EDT
Guess they want the DNC Villager Pundits, WAPO, and the Beltway to have a front row seat, and the locals in Louisiana, not so much.
I’m sure they won’t announce anything too exciting, but it will be in time for this evening’s news and and they will be reporting from in front of the Dept of Justice in DC, which makes a nice backdrop.
Headline from Nola.com David Hammer of the Times- Picayune BP did not suspend drilling operations after reporting leaking blow out preventer
Well site leader Ronald Sepulvado told a Marine Board investigative panel in Kenner that before he wrapped up his stint as BP’s top man on the rig four days before the April 20 accident, he reported that one of the control pods on the blowout preventer, or BOP, had a leak.
He said he told his supervisor in Houston, BP team leader John Guide, and assumed that Guide would notify federal regulators at the Minerals Management Service. According to investigators, that never happened.
Federal Regulation 250.451(d) states that if someone drilling in federal waters encounters “a BOP control station or pod that does not function properly” the rig must “suspend further drilling operations until that station or pod is operable.”
Asked if that was done, Sepulvado said it wasn’t.
Oh, and about the old, original, and now officially leaky BOP- it was serviced in CHINA before being put on top of the well. Story originates in the British press, of course.
The Guardian UK, Sunday July 18, 2010
Blow out preventer was sent to the Far East at BP’s request rather than overhauled in US
There is no evidence that the significant modifications to the blowout preventer (BOP), which were carried out in China in 2005, caused the equipment to fail. But industry lawyers said BP could be made liable for any mistakes that a Chinese subcontractor made carrying out the work. It would be almost impossible to secure damages in China, where international law is barely recognised.
This week David Cameron will travel to the US to meet Obama and other politicians where he will stress the importance of BP to the UK economy. Business figures such as Lord Jones, the UK trade ambassador and former CBI boss, criticised Cameron for not being sufficiently supportive of the company last month after he said that he “understood the US government’s frustrations” over BP’s failed attempts to stop the leak.
A government adviser said that Cameron and Obama shared common interests over the crisis, and that both wanted BP to survive the incident. BP accounts for over a tenth of all share dividends paid by UK companies, and pension funds rely on the income it generates. Politicians in the US want BP to make enough profits to pay potentially billions of dollars in compensation and damages arising from the spill.
BP needs cash. BP having garage sale, raises $1.7 billion. Announced today.
BP to sell assets in Vietnam and Pakistan to pay for oil spill Tue Jul 20, 2010
As British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to defend the energy giant before meeting President Barack Obama and U.S. senators, the energy company outlined its latest plans to raise money.
Exactly three months after an explosion on an offshore rig killed 11 workers and caused millions of barrels of crude to spill into the Gulf of Mexico, BP announced it would sell its Vietnam pipeline and upstream assets as well as its Pakistan assets.
Pakistan ? Isn’t that where we’ve had the CIA droning along looking for the Taliban lately ? US Secretary of State H. Clinton just announced a $1.5 billion aid package allegedly for domestic infrastructure for Pakistan yesterday….
Oh, now we get it. Sleight of hand !
If you thought “Top Kill” was dead, guess again, it might be back. Only now with the well wearing a sealing cap and ram stack on top, which has temporarily stopped the leak, they’re calling it a “Static Kill” or “Bullhead Kill.”
Upstream Online Jul 20, 2010
(Kent Wells of BP ) Wells characterised the second attempt as a “static kill” because the cap provides a closed system that has back pressure to pump against rather than the first “dynamic kill,” attempt, which essentially was pumping contest between the vessels on the surface and the producing reservoir.
It is the first time BP has talked about trying a second kill operation before the relief wells intercept the Macondo bore.
Wells said scientists realised it might be possible when pressure in the capping stack did not build as high as expected.
Because of the low pressure and the closed system, crews would not have to pump at as high rates and pressures as they did during the first attempt, Wells said.
This is important because BP was worried that high pressure could cause some of the components of the well to fail, he explained.
Even if the top kill is successful, BP will still finish the relief well to ensure that the Macondo bore is shut and stable.
Kent Wells of BP also claimed in the above story that the tests show the wellbore is likely not damaged. Pressure is at 6811 psi – pounds per square inch, and rising at about 1 psi per hour.
Oh, and the U.S. House of Lords, aka “the Senate,” is going to try to put the Kerry- Lieberman bastard love child energy bill on the floor of the Senate during the last week of July, before August recess, for a vote. The phrase they are using is “utility only.” This means the bill focuses on carbon emitted by utilities and not on manufacturers and industrial sources. Currently Lindsey Graham and Olympia Snowe, the reasonable
bait and switch Republicans, like the “utility only” approach. You know what that means later. Anything for those 60 votes because only in America is 51 not a majority, and since the election of Barack The Constitutional Law Scholar O’Bush in the year 2000, only the Senate writes legislation, and the House takes it or goes fish. Wait, there are no fish anymore…. Maj. Leader Reid of Nevada noticed he was up for re election, and decided to put this turkey on the floor July 26th. It’s not that opponent, nutcase neoconservaflatearthfundi Sharron Angle is a great candidate, it’s that she has the full bore power thrusters of the Oil Industry/Pentagon warhawks funding her, and the swiftboaters are just getting warmed up.
The Hill 7/13/2010
Jeff Bingaman (D, NM) amendment
It would reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the utility and potentially other industrial sectors by 17 percent by 2020 and 42 percent by 2030.
It would mandate that electric utilities participate in a cap-and-trade program by 2012 but allow manufacturers and other industrial sources to elect to “opt in” to the program. While some manufacturers who do not participate would not receive free emission allowances to offset higher electricity costs, local distribution company allowances would go to residential consumers and certain industrials regardless.
“New Mexico” means this bill will be full of goodies for the nuclear industry, which, because of its toxicity of the fuel and security concerns, is about as right wing as any segment of industry can get. More Homeland Security money, anyone ?
Opt – in. Yeah, sort of describes the entire Democratic administration so far, electing to “opt in” to the issues concerning the liberals whenever there is a need for a catchy buzzphrase or to get elected.
Should be fun !