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  • What Offshore Oil Might Mean for an Independent Scotland

    09/18/2014 8:10:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    American Interest ^ | September 17, 2014 | WALTER RUSSELL MEAD & STAFF
    Thereís still plenty left to parse ahead of Scotlandís historic independence referendum tomorrow, not the least of which are very real concerns over what a ďyesĒ vote might mean for the countryís energy ambitions. The North Sea is lousy with oil deposits (though production from many of these seems to be tapering off), and many of the pro-independence agitators have campaigned on a desire to claim more of the revenues from these offshore plays. But as the New York Times reports, these fields could prove fractious for the Scotland-UK relationship: [A] yes vote on Thursday could lead to protracted wrangling...
  • Feds reveal details on Shellís Arctic ambitions

    09/17/2014 5:01:54 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    More details came to light Tuesday on Shellís plans for exploratory oil drilling in the Chukchi Sea north of Alaska, as federal regulators released a copy of the companyís broad Arctic drilling blueprint. Shell filed the document with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last month, a milestone in its quest to resume drilling in the region after its previous, attempt two years ago was marred by mishaps. Shell is aiming to drill up to six wells on separate lease blocks encompassing its Burger prospect in the Chukchi Sea, with work unfolding over several years. It plans to put two...
  • Industry Group: Brazil 'Falling Off World Oil Map' Over Failed Policies

    09/16/2014 6:02:03 AM PDT · by thackney · 21 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | September 16, 2014 | Jeb Blount
    Investors are losing interest in Brazil's oil industry as the country's energy policies raise costs, reduce efficiency and increase risk, Brazil's oil industry association, the IBP, said on Monday. Without changes Brazil will likely lose out to places such as Mexico, Iran, Iraq and Algeria where policies are becoming more open to private sector investment. "I went to the three largest oil conventions in the world this year and you hardly heard Brazil's name mentioned," Milton Costa Filho, Executive Secretary of the IBP told reporters at an industry event in Rio de Janeiro. "Brazil is falling off the world oil...
  • Botched safety test, extra drilling key to ďrecklessĒ BP ruling

    09/08/2014 5:26:02 AM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 5, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    A federal judgeís ruling that BP was reckless in the lead-up to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill hinged on mishandling of well integrity tests and a decision to drill deeper than was deemed safe, among other factors the judge said were ďmotivated by profit.Ē For years, the London oil company has been waging courtroom warfare over the events before the worst oil spill in U.S. history, pointing to alleged mistakes by cement contractor Halliburton and rig operator Transocean, which owned the Deepwater Horizon rig where 11 workers died in an explosion as the disaster unfolded. U.S. District Judge Carl...
  • After Offshore Oil Failure, Cuba Shifts Energy Focus

    08/12/2014 5:29:23 AM PDT · by thackney · 5 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | August 11, 2014 | Reuters
    Cuba has shifted its focus away from offshore oil, concentrating on renewable energy and improving output from onshore wells due to a lack of interest by foreign companies for further deepwater exploration,... With so much oil readily available around the world, oil companies...see little incentive in drilling off the Caribbean island, delaying the Cuban dream of oil wealth that could inject vigor into its socialist revolution... Russia's state-run Rosneft and the China National Petroleum Company separately agreed last month to help Communist-run Cuba extract more oil along the traditional northwest heavy oil belt, but did not sign on to deepwater...
  • Obama opens rift with greens: Moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling

    08/11/2014 2:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/11/2014 | Laura Barron Lopez
    President Obama is moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling in a major shift in U.S. policy that cuts against the administration's efforts to reduce global warming. Environmental groups applauding the president's pursuit of new power plant rules meant to reduce climate change are now preparing for a major battle over authorizing drilling in the Atlantic, and possibly the Arctic and Pacific oceans. President Obama is moving toward opening the Atlantic Ocean to drilling in a major shift in U.S. policy that cuts against the administration's efforts to reduce global warming. Environmental groups applauding the president's pursuit of new...
  • Exxon Oil Rig Enters Uncharted Waters of Russian Political Storm

    07/21/2014 6:54:24 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Reuters via Rig Zone ^ | July 21, 2014 | Balazs Koranyi and Gwladys Fouche
    An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, attracting international scrutiny and creating a dilemma for ExxonMobil. Exxon, the top U.S. oil major and the world's most valued oil company, is bringing the rig, called West Alpha, from Norway to the Russian Arctic. It is hoping for a major discovery in the Kara Sea with Russian partner Rosneft. The journey has begun just as the United States has slapped the toughest sanctions yet on Russia, including on Rosneft, over escalating violence in Ukraine. Further sanctions are likely after the...
  • Obama Approves Sonic Cannons, Reopening Oil Exploration Off US Eastern Shore(What's His Game Plan?)

    07/18/2014 1:54:58 PM PDT · by lbryce · 14 replies
    AP ^ | July 18, 2014 | JASON DEAREN
    Opening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil exploration for the first time in decades, the Obama administration on Friday approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by shooting sound waves 100 times louder than a jet engine through waters shared by endangered whales and turtles. The U.S. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management's approval of this technology is the first step toward identifying new oil and gas deposits in federal waters from Florida to Delaware
  • Feds OK first-in-decades oil studies off East Coast

    07/18/2014 11:21:43 AM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    The Obama administration on Friday gave the oil industry the green light to use air guns and sonic sensors to search for possible oil and gas under Atlantic waters, overriding environmentalists concerned that the seismic research can harm whales and other marine life. Although geophysical research companies will still have to apply for individual permits to conduct seismic studies along the south- and mid-Atlantic coast ó and undergo more rigorous environmental scrutiny of their specific plans ó the Interior Departmentís formal decision opens the door for the activity. Fridayís move also helps pave the way for possible drilling off the...
  • China Removes Contentious Oil Rig From Waters Claimed by Vietnam

    07/16/2014 5:47:29 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 6 replies
    Time ^ | 4:40 AM 7/16 | David Stout
    On Tuesday, the state-backed China Oilfield Services Limited said the billion-dollar platform, which had been drilling in the heart of highly contested waters claimed by Vietnam, had ďprecisely extracted the related geological data as plannedĒ and was being redeployed to sea blocks off Chinaís Hainan Island. (Please see full article at link)
  • In Push to Assert Rights, China Plans to Send 2nd Oil Rig to Waters Near Vietnam

    06/20/2014 6:00:47 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 4 replies
    New York Times ^ | JUNE 19, 2014 | JANE PERLEZ
    HANOI, Vietnam ó The day after tough talks between Vietnam and China that made no progress over a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea, the Chinese government said Thursday it was sending a second rig to waters close to Vietnam.
  • Chevron goes to extremes in the Gulf of Mexico

    06/10/2014 4:52:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fortune ^ | JUNE 9, 2014 | Brian O'Keefe
    The oil giant is spending billions to tap new oil fields in deepwater far offshore. Take an up-close look at how itís done. ďYou saw Jack? What was it like?Ē Jason Morehouse, 35, is wearing navy-blue coveralls. Around six feet tall, he has a buzzcut under his hardhat and a thick goatee that extends about two inches below his chin. At the moment heís giving me a tour of Tahitiónot the Polynesian island, but a $2.7 billion Chevron oil production platform about 190 miles south of New Orleans. Tahiti sits in more than 4,000 feet of water and is a...
  • China's Massive Disputed Oil Rig Near Vietnam Is Now Drilling

    05/27/2014 6:00:55 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    BI ^ | 5-27-2014 | Reuters
    China's Massive Disputed Oil Rig Near Vietnam Is Now Drilling ReutersMay 27, 2014, 6:20 AM ÔÉĀ A giant Chinese oil rig has finished its first round of drilling in South China Sea waters also claimed by Vietnam and moved to another site in the area, the rig's operator, China Oilfield Services Ltd (COSL), said on Tuesday. In a statement, COSL said exploration would still take place off the Xisha islands, China's name for the disputed Paracel chain, suggesting the rig was not moving far. In early May, the rig was deployed between the Paracel islands and the Vietnamese coast, sparking...
  • Drones give energy companies high hopes for safer work

    In the Alaskan tundra, inspecting a pipeline isnít easy. Most pipelines donít follow what few roads are there, so trucks often arenít an option. And using low-flying airplanes can be unsafe to pilots in snowy, windy weather. Now, though, the emergence of sophisticated, pilotless aircraft is presenting energy companies with another possibility for keeping an eye on operations in the Arctic and other harsh environments where they often work. Unmanned aerial vehicles flying over pipelines while outfitted with special sensors could detect leaks quickly. And thatís not the only potential application. Energy companies are testing drones to inspect hard-to-reach spaces...
  • Spill-containment system for Gulf nears completion

    05/07/2014 6:36:50 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 7, 2014 | Matthew Tresaugue
    Marine Well Containment Co. will complete an even larger system for responding to oil spills in the Gulf of Mexico by the end of the year. Marty Massey, the Houston-based companyís chief executive, told an Offshore Technology Conference audience Tuesday that the spill-containment system will be able to collect up to 100,000 barrels of oil a day from a leaking well in 10,000 feet of water. It includes a capping stack rated for 15,000 pounds of pressure per square inch. The expanded system will be available roughly four years after the non-profit company was formed by Exxon Mobil, Chevron Corp.,...
  • Failure marked Shellís Gulf quest before massive discovery

    05/07/2014 5:34:44 AM PDT · by thackney · 13 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 6, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    A decade before Royal Dutch Shell fired up production at one of the largest offshore facilities in the world, it drilled an expensive dry hole. Salt canopies laying on top of massive oil deposits in the Gulf of Mexico baffled 1990s seismic imaging technology that Shell used to decide where it could hit its payload. In 2003, the European oil giant struck an area that stunned geoscientists: its oil prospect was no where to be found. ďWe werenít sure what happened,Ē Robert Sloan, Shellís Mars B subsurface coordinator, said in a talk about Shellís massive Olympus platform during the Offshore...
  • Offshore industry has worst-case scenario technology at four strategic sites

    05/06/2014 5:38:26 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 5, 2014 | Ryan Holeywell
    The energy industry has deployed technology in four strategic sites worldwide thatís designed to stop the most devastating offshore blowouts. ďHopefully weíll never have to use it,Ē said Andrzej Kaczmarski of the Subsea Well Response Project, a non-profit joint initiative of the companies. But, he added, ďweíll be ready if anything Ö is needed.Ē Kaczmarski spoke about the project, launched in 2011, during the Offshore Technology Conference at NRG Park in Houston on Monday. The project was the result of a recommendation by the International Association of Oil & Gas Producers on the heels of the Deepwater Horizon offshore blowout...
  • Gulfís bounty commands attention amid shale drilling boom

    05/05/2014 5:27:52 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | May 4, 2014 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Seven decades after oil companies first bored wells beneath the Gulf of Mexico, it retains its allure, as recent discoveries tempt the industry with the prospect of pulling crude from 200-million-year-old rock buried miles below the seafloor. The Gulfís appeal is so strong that it anchors many oil companiesí portfolios, despite an onshore drilling boom that is putting rigs to work from North Dakota to West Texas. ďThis basin keeps reinventing itself,Ē said University of Texas Austin geologist John Snedden. ďWe keep finding new plays. And thatís why everybodyís here.Ē The oil riches of the Gulf and coastal territories around...
  • Four years later: BP busier than ever in the Gulf of Mexico

    04/21/2014 5:58:46 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | April 21, 2014 | Collin Eaton
    BPís oil empire began to shrink many decades before a massive oil spill first fouled the Gulf of Mexico and then nearly toppled its industry reign four years ago Sunday. Forty years ago, Saudi Arabia and other oil-rich states began to siphon BPís 1 billion barrels of Middle Eastern oil ó four-fifths of its reserves in 1975 ó into state-owned companies like Saudi Aramco. That tightening grip on global oil is one big reason BP, even after the worst offshore oil spill in American history, is doubling down on the Gulf of Mexico. The London oil company in 2012 sold...
  • Norway Giant N.Sea Oil Project Could Face Delay Over Power Plan

    03/26/2014 10:08:35 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | March 26, 2014 | Reuters
    Development of the Johan Sverdrup oilfield in the North Sea may be delayed by a year and cost more than planned if Norway's parliament insists on having it be powered from shore, the Dagens Naeringsliv daily newspaper reported on Wednesday. The biggest North Sea field find in decades, it has reserves of up to 2.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent and is expected to start production in 2019 at an initial cost estimated at 100 billion to 120 billion crowns ($16.4 billion-$19.7 billion). Statoil has committed to power the first phase from shore, a move in line with the government's...
  • BP regains ability to do work for government (exempt LA RAT Landrieu jazzed)

    03/15/2014 3:18:15 PM PDT · by Libloather · 2 replies
    Journal Gazette ^ | 3/14/14 | DINA CAPPIELLO
    **SNIP** The new chair of the Senate Energy Committee, Sen. Mary Landrieu, praised the agreement. ďBP has rightly been held responsible in a court of law and should continue to make whole the individuals and businesses that were impacted by the oil spill, but barring them from entering new contracts on top of that amounted to double jeopardy and set a terrible precedent that I hope will not be repeated,Ē said Landrieu, D-La. ďThe good news is that BP will now be able to participate in next weekís lease sale that will bring much-needed revenue to Louisiana and other oil-producing...
  • Deep-water giant begins production in Gulf of Mexico field (photos at link)

    02/04/2014 11:07:03 AM PST · by thackney · 20 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | February 4, 2014 | Zain Shauk
    Royal Dutch Shell has started production from its Olympus platform in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico that could extend production at the Mars field through 2050, the company said Tuesday. The Olympus platform, located in water 3,000 feet deep about 130 miles south of New Orleans, will eventually add up to 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to production from the Mars field. Itís the first major project Shell has launched in the Gulf since the partial federal drilling moratorium that lasted three months in 2010 after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, when BPís...
  • Supreme Court extends protections for multinational companies

    01/14/2014 1:17:18 PM PST · by Lurking Libertarian · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 14, 2014 | Robert Barnes
    The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended protection for multinational companies from lawsuits in the United States over conduct that took place in other countries. The justices threw out a case in California that sought damages from Daimler AG for its alleged complicity in atrocities committed in Argentinaís 1976-to-1983 ďDirty War.Ē The company manufactures Mercedes-Benz automobiles and has a subsidiary, Mercedes-Benz USA, that does business in California and other states. But Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for a unanimous court, said those connections were too tenuous to mean the company could be sued in U.S. courts. Ginsburg said that under the...
  • BP, ConocoPhillips announce Gulf of Mexico oil discovery

    12/18/2013 10:27:27 AM PST · by thackney · 29 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 18, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    BP and ConocoPhillips said Wednesday they have made a significant oil discovery at the jointly owned Gila prospect in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico. The Gila exploration well, about 300 miles southwest of New Orleans, is in nearly 5,000 feet of water and has total depth of more than 29,000 feet, pushing the boundaries of the latest offshore drilling technology with its high pressure and high temperature conditions. The reservoir is BPís third in the Paleogene system, where the company made its Kaskida and Tiber discoveries in 2006 and 2009. The Keathley Canyon, the site of the Gila discovery, was...
  • Governor McCrory raises North Carolina profile in offshore drilling push

    12/09/2013 9:17:01 AM PST · by tightoil67 · 3 replies
    NEWSOBSERVER ^ | 12/04/2013 | John Murawski
    DURHAM ó North Carolina is among a group of coastal states pressing the Obama administration to end a two-decade moratorium and allow offshore exploration for oil and natural gas. Advocates here are hoping to get North Carolina included on the federal list of ocean waters to be set aside for future exploration. Gov. Pat McCrory was recently made vice chairman of the two-year-old Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition, giving the state a higher profile in offshore drilling. McCrory described his involvement at an energy conference Wednesday organized by the N.C. Chamber, the state's influential business lobbying organization. Offshore drilling in...
  • Study: Atlantic drilling could give economy $23.5B boost

    12/08/2013 5:54:25 AM PST · by thackney · 22 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | December 5, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    If companies were allowed to drill for oil and gas in Atlantic waters off the East Coast, the work would help create nearly 280,000 new jobs and contribute some $23.5 billion to the U.S. economy each year by 2035, according to a study unveiled Thursday by two industry trade groups. The report by Sugar Land, Texas-based Quest Offshore Inc. also projects that the activity could yield 1.3 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, based on current estimates of the amount of crude and natural gas lurking along the East Coast. Commissioned by the National Ocean Industries Association and the...
  • Israel seeks to buy German missile boats to protect offshore gas

    12/05/2013 11:48:09 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Haaretz, Israel ^ | Barak Ravid | Barak Ravid
    In previous navy purchases, Germany agreed to cover one third of the cost as a way of expressing its commitment to Israelís security. Israel is seeking to buy advanced missile boats from Germany to protect drilling operations in its offshore natural gas fields. The government is hoping the deal can be concluded at a cost of about 1 billion euros. Israel previously bought six Dolphin submarines from Germany. The German government agreed to cover one third of the cost of those purchases, as a way of expressing its commitment to Israelís security. Berlin hasnít yet responded to the current request,...
  • Royal Dutch Shell: hull of world's largest floating oil platform launched in South Korea

    12/03/2013 6:34:43 AM PST · by oxcart · 16 replies
    Fox News/AP ^ | 12/03/13
    <p>Royal Dutch Shell PLC says it has completed building the hull of the world's largest floating facility, which has been constructed to process natural gas off the coast of western Australia.</p> <p>Shell said Tuesday that the 488-meter (1,600 foot) hull of the structure, known as "Prelude," was floated out of the dry dock in Geoje, South Korea where it is being built.</p>
  • ObamaCare cover girl revealed -- and she has not signed up (Foreign National)

    11/13/2013 8:26:06 AM PST · by null and void · 43 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | November 13, 2013
    The face of the ill-fated launch of ObamaCare belongs to a Maryland woman who didn't earn a dime for her trouble and, despite being eligible, hasn't even tried to enroll in the president's signature health insurance program. In exclusive comments to ABC News, the smiling brunette identified only as ďAdriana,Ē who previously adorned the Affordable Care Actís website, said cruel comments online linking her to the website's well-chronicled problems amounted to cyberbullying. A married mom from Maryland, she became known as "Glitch Girl," and several spoofs photoshopped the expression on her face to go with satirical versions of the site.
  • Russia Charges More Greenpeace Activists With Hooliganism

    10/30/2013 3:00:39 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 12 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 10/30/2013 | Ria Novosti
    MOSCOW, October 29 (RIA Novosti) Ė Russian authorities have filed hooliganism charges against at least five more Greenpeace activists detained last month during a protest at a state-owned oil rig in Arctic waters, the environmental organization said. Greenpeace said on its Twitter account that Anthony Perrett of the UK and Russian freelance photographer Denis Sinyakov have been ďpresented with hooliganism charges by Russia's Investigative Committee.Ē Earlier in the day, Greenpeace spokeswoman Maria Favorskaya said the same charges had been brought against Argentinean nationals Miguel Hernan Perez and Camilla Speziale and Colin Russell of Australia. A dozen other activists have been...
  • Michelle Obamaís Princeton classmate is executive at company that built Obamacare website

    10/25/2013 4:14:56 PM PDT · by Nachum · 108 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/25/13 | Patrick Howley
    First Lady Michelle Obamaís Princeton classmate is a top executive at the company that earned the no-bid contract to build the failed Obamacare website. Toni Townes-Whitley, Princeton class of í85, is senior vice president at CGI Federal, which earned the no-bid contract to build the $678 million Obamacare enrollment website at Healthcare.gov. CGI Federal is the U.S. arm of a Canadian company. Townes-Whitley and her Princeton classmate Michelle Obama are both members of the Association of Black Princeton Alumni.
  • Offshore fracking proves to be common

    10/24/2013 4:52:38 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Tri-Valley Dispatch ^ | October 23, 2013 | Associated Press
    The oil production technique known as fracking is more widespread and frequently used in the offshore platforms and man-made islands near some of Californiaís most populous and famous coastal communities than state officials believed. In waters off Long Beach, Seal Beach and Huntington Beach ó some of the regionís most popular surfing strands and tourist attractions ó oil companies have used fracking at least 203 times at six sites in the past two decades, according to interviews and drilling records obtained by The Associated Press through a public records request. Just this year in Long Beach Harbor, the nationís second-largest...
  • Gulf of Mexico moves toward a comeback (photos)

    10/21/2013 5:50:31 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | October 20, 2013 | Collin Eaton
    Polluted by crude, crises and fears of ceaseless political entanglements, the Gulf of Mexico looked endangered as an oil hub after BPís massive 86-day spill three years ago. But international oil companies, including BP, are ramping up in the largest U.S. offshore oil and gas region again, drilling some of the largest new fields and jostling for lucrative reserves as oil gets harder to find in the much-tapped reservoirs of the Middle East. The Gulf has accounted for 19 percent of U.S. oil production this year, according to the Energy Information Administration. Oil companies are set to unleash a backlog...
  • Pushing the Deepwater Frontier: Shell's Stones Project

    10/18/2013 4:58:51 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | October 17, 2013 | Jon Mainwaring
    In late August, French oilfield services firm Technip announced it had been awarded a contract by Shell Offshore Incorporated to lay the world's deepest gas pipeline. The work will be part of Royal Dutch Shell plc's 100 percent-owned and operated Stones project, which will see a production facility installed under 9,500 feet of water in the Walker Ridge area of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico Ė some 200 miles from New Orleans. So far, the world's deepest production platform is at the Independence project in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. "What we're trying to do is open up a new...
  • Russia Says Greenpeace Activists Will Be Prosecuted

    09/25/2013 12:17:40 AM PDT · by TexGrill · 9 replies
    Chosun Ilbo ^ | 09/25/2013 | Chosun Ilbo
    Environmental activists who protested at a Russian Arctic offshore oil platform last week will be prosecuted and could face piracy charges punishable by up to 15 years in prison, Russian investigators said on Tuesday. They said the "attack," in which Greenpeace activists tried scaling the Gazprom-owned Prirazlomnaya platform, Russia's first offshore Arctic oil platform, violated Russian sovereignty. "When a foreign ship full of electronic equipment intended for unknown purposes and a group of people, declaring themselves to be environmental activists, try to storm a drilling platform there are legitimate doubts about their intentions," the investigators said in a statement. The...
  • Seven plead guilty in Gulf oil spill settlement fraud

    09/24/2013 9:34:42 AM PDT · by thackney · 7 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | September 24, 2013 | Associated Press
    Seven people have pleaded guilty to stealing money from an oil spill settlement fund, Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange announced Monday. Five of the defendants were charged with theft of property. Theyíre collectively ordered to pay more than $20,000 in restitution, officials said. The defendants were indicted by a Mobile County grand jury on accusations that they created fake documents to file fraudulent claims saying they had lost income because of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010. Defendants who were paid from the settlement fund have been sentenced to between one and five years in prison. Their sentences...
  • Criminal case on "assaulting the sea-platform 'Prirazlomnaya" is open

    09/24/2013 2:47:51 AM PDT · by Freelance Warrior · 9 replies
    The investigative committee of the Russian Federation (in Russian) ^ | 09/24/2013 | The investigative committee of the Russian Federation
    Our North-Western department has opened a criminal case on probable violation of the part 3 article 227 of the Russian Criminal Code "piracy committed by an organised group". The investigators have claimed that a group of people, probably associated with the "Greenpeace" international ecological organization approached the sea platform "Prirazlomnaya" on the ship "Arctic Sunrise" and attempted an illegal descent onto that platform. Their illegal action was foiled by officers of the Murmansk province's border-guarding department of the FSB. We must state that the ship 'Arctic Sunrise' used by the persons who attempted an illegal descent onto "Prirazlomnaya" was in...
  • Russia to charge Greenpeace activists with piracy (5 to 15 years in penal colony)

    09/24/2013 2:21:29 AM PDT · by cunning_fish · 19 replies
    TVNZ ^ | September 24, 2013
    Greenpeace activists arrested after trying to board a Russian oil rig are likely to face piracy charges, local media reports. Two New Zealanders are among the crew of the protest vessel Arctic Sunrise who were confronted and detained by armed members of the Russian coastguard on Thursday. Authorities said the rig was in an exclusion zone, but Greenpeace argues its boat was in international waters. All the activists will be prosecuted for the "attack" on the oil rig, an investigative committee told Russian media. In a statement the committee said it had opened a criminal case on suspicion of piracy....
  • Armed Russian officials storm Greenpeace ship ...

    09/19/2013 10:25:29 PM PDT · by TexGrill · 15 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 09/19/2013 | Nick Lester
    Armed Russian officials have boarded a Greenpeace ship and arrested activists, including six Britons, protesting against oil drilling in the Arctic, according to the environmental group. The Arctic Sunrise is in the remote Pechora Sea in the Russian Arctic, near to Russian oil company Gazprom's Prirazlomnaya oil platform to try and prevent attempts to drill for oil in the region. Greenpeace said the Russian coastguard abseiled onto the Arctic Sunrise from helicopters and arrested 25 protesters on-board, including six UK nationals.
  • Anadarko pushes boundaries with newest deep-water platform (video)

    08/21/2013 6:19:22 AM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | August 20, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    INGLESIDE ó Of the towering oil platforms under construction along the Texas coast, one stands out because it canít yet stand. Itís a 23,000-ton cylindrical column the length of two football fields, and it must remain on its side at a noisy construction yard here until it is towed into place in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico and hoisted upright. The steel hull is too big to handle any other way. On a recent weekday, workers welded finishing touches to the 605-foot, 110-foot-diameter structure, a critical component to one of the several new platforms being completed in...
  • Russia 'blocks Greenpeace ship'

    08/21/2013 5:34:26 AM PDT · by fruser1 · 23 replies
    The Belfast Telegraph ^ | 21 August 2013 | unknown
    Russia has blocked a Greenpeace ship from entering Arctic waters where the environmentalist group was planning to protest against oil exploration activities by Rosneft and ExxonMobil, the group said. Russian authorities denied the icebreaker Arctic Sunrise entry to the Northern Sea Route, citing questions over the vessel's ice strengthening, Greenpeace said in a statement... ..."This is a thinly veiled attempt to stifle peaceful protest and keep international attention away from Arctic oil exploration in Russia," Greenpeace campaigner Christy Ferguson said in a statement... ...Greenpeace said it wanted to "expose" the offshore activities of Russian oil company Rosneft and US partner...
  • Synthetic Cactus Needles Could Clean Up Oil Spills

    08/12/2013 9:36:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    ScienceNOW ^ | 2013-08-06 | Jennifer Wong
    Leica DM4000M microscopySuper sucker. Copper needles could help remove oil from the ocean. Researchers looking for a better way to clean up oil spills are taking a cue from the humble cactus. A new study shows that synthetic needles based on those of the desert plant can take up oil droplets from the ocean much as the cactus takes up water from the air.Cactus needles have a curious effect on water. When tiny water droplets in the air land on them, the needles’ conical shape distorts them, nudging them into a clamlike shape. Because water droplets like to be circular,...
  • Blown out well seals off gas leak by itself; operators Ďluckyí, experts say

    07/25/2013 6:32:14 PM PDT · by thackney · 3 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 25, 2013 | Emily Pickrell and Zain Shauk
    Natural gas stopped flowing from a runaway well in the Gulf of Mexico after sediment in the well blocked the uncontrolled flow, federal authorities reported Thursday. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said the well ďbridged over,Ē meaning small pieces of sediment and sand flowed into the well path, restricting the flow and countering the pressure. A fire that had engulfed a portion of the Hercules 265 jack-up rig was put out early Thursday morning, according to a Coast Guard report to Congress. ďThey are lucky,Ē said Bud Danenberger, a consultant and former chief of offshore regulatory programs at...
  • Hercules Rig Fire Incident: BSEE Fails Test

    07/25/2013 9:04:29 AM PDT · by thackney · 2 replies
    gCaptain ^ | JULY 25, 2013 | ROB ALMEIDA
    A well blew out, a rig is abandoned, and a fire raged uncontrollably in the Gulf of Mexico for an entire day this week. For many, it was a stark reminder of the dangers involved in offshore drilling and in particular, the Deepwater Horizon disaster, an epic tragedy that unfolded in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Since then, the oil and gas industry has encountered enormous public scrutiny, and government oversight by an organization called the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). According to a statement on their website, ďBSEE works to promote safety, protect the environment, and...
  • Spill containment system headed for Texas coast

    07/24/2013 6:43:22 PM PDT · by thackney
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 24, 2013 | Zain Shauk
    The centerpiece of a more than $1 billion system for containing oil spills will be stored and maintained at a site in Ingleside, Texas, creating additional jobs in the coastal region known for its platform building capabilities. Marine Well Containment Company announced the decision Wednesday. The company says its system will be capable of containing oil spilling from wells in waters up to 10,000 feet deep. It can contain oil flowing at a rate of 100,000 barrels per day, according to Marine Well Containment Company. The system includes a large collection of components that will be stored and maintained either...
  • Companies prepare to battle blaze on Gulf rig after well leak

    07/24/2013 5:44:42 PM PDT · by thackney · 17 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 23, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    A blowout preventer may have ignited the fire that caused a Gulf of Mexico rig to partially collapse Wednesday, after a natural gas well blew out, federal authorities reported. A leak in the natural gas well, owned by Walter Oil & Gas, ignited a fire on a jack-up rig operated by Hercules Offshore late Tuesday night, hours after its 44 workers had been evacuated, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement. The blowout preventer has since collapsed and isolated the fire,reducing the danger of a fire on the remainder of the jack-up rig but making a top kill...
  • In Hermosa Beach, a sheen of divisiveness over oil's possible return

    07/22/2013 8:19:40 AM PDT · by thackney · 16 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | July 21, 2013 | Christine Mai-Duc
    In the waning days of the Los Angeles oil boom, prospectors struck black gold below Torrance and Long Beach, touching off a renewed oil fever in the South Bay. Beachgoers sunned themselves in the shadow of drilling rigs, and nearby Signal Hill became known as "Porcupine Hill" for its spiny forest of derricks. But Hermosa Beach remained a 1.5-square-mile oasis, thanks to a 1932 vote that banned new drilling within the city. More than 50 years later, Santa Monica-based Macpherson Oil dangled the prospect of tens of millions of dollars in royalties, and voters in then-cash-strapped Hermosa voted to lift...
  • Perry to lawmakers: Do more to advance offshore drilling

    07/21/2013 5:21:17 AM PDT · by thackney · 8 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 19, 2013 | Jennifer A. Dlouhy
    Congress can do more to advance offshore drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean while boosting the economies of coastal states, eight governors said Friday. Options rage from giving states a greater share of federal drilling royalties to passing legislation that would force the Interior Department to make more coastal tracts available for oil and gas development, the group of coastal governors said. The governors, including Texasí Rick Perry, made their pleas in a letter to their congressional delegations in the nationís capital. ďDuring this congress, legislators will consider several matters that directly and indirectly affect the future...
  • Shellís biggest oil platform heads for deep-water Gulf

    07/15/2013 1:25:26 PM PDT · by thackney · 33 replies
    Fuel Fix ^ | July 15, 2013 | Emily Pickrell
    Shellís Olympus platform is finally embarking on its last epic voyage. The Dutch companyís biggest and recently constructed tension leg platform started its final pre-production journey on Sunday, setting sail from the construction dock in Ingleside, Texas (near Corpus Christi) for a 425-mile voyage to the Mars B Field in the Gulf of Mexico. For the next ten days, multiple tugboats will haul the 120,000 ton Olympus through the Aransas Pass jetties to its site destination 130 miles south of New Orleans. Earlier this year, the hull made an 18,000-mile, two-month trek from South Korea to Ingleside. The Olympus is...
  • Transocean Sets World Record for Deepwater Drilling

    07/10/2013 6:46:22 PM PDT · by thackney · 4 replies
    Rig Zone ^ | July 09, 2013 | Cheang Chee Yew|
    Transocean Ltd. announced that its ultra-deepwater drillship Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 has set a new world record for the deepest water depth by an offshore drilling rig. The Dhirubhai Deepwater KG1 (UDW Drillship) recently drilled a well in 10,411 feet (3,174 meters) of water while working for India's Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) off the east coast of India. "This accomplishment surpasses Transoceanís prior world record of 10,385 feet of water (3,165 meters) also set by the KG1 while working for ONGC in India in February," Transocean said in a press release. ONGC reported that well # 1-D-1 in...