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Halliburton Briefs Cementing Facts on Rig Incident
As one of several service providers on the rig, Halliburton can confirm the following:
Halliburton performed a variety of services on the rig, including cementing, and had four employees stationed on the rig at the time of
the accident. Halliburton's employees returned to shore safely, due, in part, to the brave rescue efforts by the U.S. Coast Guard and other organizations.
Halliburton had completed the cementing of the final production casing string in accordance with the well design approximately 20 hours prior to the incident. The cement slurry design was consistent with that utilized in other similar applications. In accordance with accepted industry practice approved by our customers, tests demonstrating the integrity of the production casing string were completed.
At the time of the incident, well operations had not yet reached the point requiring the placement of the final cement plug which would
enable the planned temporary abandonment of the well, consistent with normal oilfield practice
Rest of article: Halliburton Briefs Cementing Facts on Rig Incident
Boots & Coots has entered into an agreement to purchase Halliburton Company's external abrasive jet cutting systems.
"We have worked in conjunction with Halliburton for several years coordinating the jet cutter in emergency response efforts both domestically and internationally," said Jerry Winchester, chief executive officer of Boots & Coots.
"The abrasive jet cutter is an important tool in our firefighting and blowout response business. We use it extensively as a method to cut damaged wellhead or pressure control equipment, decreasing the time personnel are in hazardous environments. The abrasive jet cutter is a time saving device that is safe to operate and brings significant value to customers by decreasing both the time to remove debris and the overall time to get the well back under control."
Full article: [url=http://www.rigzone.com/news/article.asp?a_id=80338]Boots & Coots Acquires Jet Cutting Systems from Halliburton[/ur]
Originally posted by Zosynspiracy
WHY THE HELL DON'T THEY SHOOT A MISSILE OR BOMB DOWN THAT OIL WELL AND JUST BLOW IT SHUT? A BUNKER BUSTER? WTF? We have bombs that could blow a #ing tunnel through the ocean floor. Is it because the President doesn't want to get the military involved or what?
A University of Florida professor and oceanographic expert says he believes the east coast of Florida might see the worst of the impact of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, state health officials say the chemical-like smell reported to be wafting occasionally across parts of the state, including Alachua and Marion counties, has not been definitively linked to the oil spill but that they continue to monitor the reports.
High winds and rough seas are hampering clean up efforts after an oil rig exploded spewing oil into the Gulf of Mexico off Louisiana a week and a half ago. The weather is preventing workers from burning off the oil, containing it with floating booms, or sucking it up with skimmer vessels. The oil slick is now three quarters the size of Vancouver Island.
MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER (AP) — One expert warns that the amount of oil spewing from a sunken rig in the Gulf of Mexico could be much higher than previously thought. There also are worries that even more could escape if the crippled drilling equipment erodes further. Ian D. MacDonald, an oceanography professor at Florida State University, estimates that 8 million to 9 million gallons had spilled by April 28. That's about five times more than the Coast Guard has estimated.
Washington (CNN) -- As the oil slick from the recent offshore oil rig disaster makes its way to Gulf Coast shores -- expected to devastate the precious ecosystem and hurt struggling businesses -- the seeds of political fallout for the Obama administration are beginning to sprout. Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh said on his program that the oil slick disaster is "Obama's Katrina."
ROBERT (Louisiana) - WITH a looming environmental catastrophe on their hands, US authorities racing to contain a Gulf of Mexico oil slick have enrolled Louisiana's prisoners in the clean-up effort, Governor Bobby Jindal said on Friday.
The US Coast Guard now fears the underwater oil well spewing crude into the Gulf of Mexico could become an unchecked gusher shooting millions of litres of oil a day, the Mobile Press-Register reported on Saturday. Citing a confidential National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration report on the unfolding spill disaster, the Alabama newspaper said two additional release points had been found in the tangled pipe.
"If the riser pipe deteriorates further, the flow could become unchecked, resulting in a release volume an order of magnitude higher than previously thought," the paper quotes the report as saying.
Experts tick off the essentials: a relentless flow of oil from under the sea; a type of crude that mixes easily with water; a resultant gooey mixture that is hard to burn and even harder to clean; water that's home to vulnerable spawning grounds for new life; and a coastline with difficult-to-scrub marshlands. Gulf Coast experts have always talked about "the potential for a bad one," said Wes Tunnell, coastal ecology and oil spill expert at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. "And this is the bad one. This is just a biggie that finally happened."
It hasn't quite become a total disaster . But it's hard to imagine it not being devastating, said Ed Overton, who heads a federal chemical hazard assessment team for oil spills. The Louisiana State University professor has been testing samples of the spilled crude.He compared what's brewing to another Gulf Coast threat: "This has got all the characteristics of a Category 5 hurricane."
Pensacola, Florida - U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson painted a grim picture for Gulf beaches if some 200,000 gallons of oil discharging daily from the severely damaged Deepwater Horizon rig off Louisiana reach shore. "We are facing a very serious situation," the Orlando Democrat told a group of political and community leaders at the Pensacola Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Friday. "The winds over the next three days are moving the oil slick to the east and it is estimated it could be close to Florida by Monday."
A BP Plc well leaking oil into the Gulf of Mexico may trigger tighter regulation of supertankers shipping crude to the U.S., said Frontline Ltd., the largest operator of the vessels. Rules may be tightened to ban single-hull tankers, forcing refineries to charter double-hull carriers that reduce the risk of a spill, said Jens Martin Jensen, chief executive officer of Frontline's management unit.