Fire On The Horizon

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Sep 132010

Fire On The Horizon book CoverInevitably the Deepwater Horizon tragedy will produce a whole sludge of instant books, most with the accent on F*%ks News-style polemics but one will certainly stand out from the crowd: Fire On The Horizon by fellow blogista John Konrad of gCaptain and Tom Schroder.

John has just formally announced the book: “We are proud to announce that gCaptain’s founder and editor in chief, John Konrad, got a book deal! The upcoming book titled Fire on the Horizon: The Untold Story of the Gulf Oil Disaster is being published by HarperCollins publisher David Hirshey and co-written with help from the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Tom Shroder.

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DWH Saviours Dumped Oil In Antarctica

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Aug 022010

Lawrence M. Gould - Bringing Oil To The Antarctic

A Louisiana firm whose crews were highly praised for their actions during the Deepwater Horizon tragedy has pleaded guilty to dumping waste oil in Antarctica while on contract to the US National Science Foundation.

Offshore Vessels LLC (OSV), formerly Edison Chouest Offshore, has entered a plea of guilty to knowingly discharging waste oil from one of its vessels, in violation of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), the Justice Department has announced. OSV, based in Louisiana, entered the plea in U.S. District Court in New Orleans.

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Delving Into Deepwater – Tolerable Risks?

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Jul 072010


US Refused The Lessons Of Piper Alpha

A full understanding of how the Deepwater Horizon explosion came about and the many failures of omission and commission must wait for the publication of the belatedly-launched Chemical Safety Board investigation. What is clear is that the US learned little from the Piper Alpha disaster, which had such an impact in Europe.

Had those lessons been learned, 11 workers may have been alive today, working on a rig which, on the day of its destruction, was celebrating a safety record.

That said, and with the necessary caveat regarding eyewitness testimony and the reliability of memory under and after traumatic incidents, MAC is providing the following analysis by Bill Campbell B.Sc. MIET C.Eng. retired Shell International Health and Safety Group auditor. It was original made available on the Step Change in Safety website.

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Skimmers and Trainers From EMSA

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Jul 022010

emsa In this EMSA month’s newsletter…

– Transport Commissioner Kallas meet the teams behind EMSA

– EMSA skimmer goes America… to help with Gulf oil spill response

– Safemed II experts meet at EMSA

– New Inspection Regime “training for trainers” kicks off

– 5+5 Defence Initiative at EMSA

Download a copy here

Emergency Waiver to the Jones Act Proposed

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Jun 212010

Hutchison PortraitWASHINGTON, DC Republican US Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison from Texas has calling for an emergency waiver of the Jones Act, which requires many foreign vessels to go through a lengthy bureaucratic approval process in order to assist with the oil cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico. Hutchison, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, said she will introduce legislation to temporarily waive the Jones Act to allow foreign marine vessels to help with the cleanup. This extended waiver would be applied for a period of time that is necessary to respond and restore the waters of the Gulf.

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Montara Inquiry Report

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Jun 202010

imageFellow Blogista Denis Bryant brought this press release from Australia’s Minister for Resources and Energy to MAC’s attention and makes the wry comment: “Except for the difference in water depth, the Montara incident bears many similarities to the Gulf of Mexico incident. History repeats itself so that we can make the same mistake more than once.

The Australian Government hasreceived the findings of the Montara Commission of Inquiry into the uncontrolled oil and gas release from the Montara Wellhead Platform, which occurred from 21 August to 3 November 2009.

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Publication of Note: DWH Spill And Complexity

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Jun 162010

imageAmid much political grandstanding and playing to the gallery in the hearings at the Energy and Environment Subcommittee of the Energy and Commerce Committee is a briefing paper of particular interest by Professor Tad W. Patzek which looks at safety and corporate complexity and the illusion of control.

Says Professor Patzek: “Horrible things happen, see Figure 1, when complex technologies and procedures overtake humans, who service the technologies falsely assuming complete control.

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Kiwis Head For Gulf Spill

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Jun 042010

image Two technical experts from Maritime New Zealand, MNZ, have flown to the United States at the invitation of one of the oil spill response companies assisting with the clean-up of the Gulf of Mexico spill.

An oil spill equipment technician and a response planning officer from MNZ’s Marine Pollution Response Service, MPRS, have been seconded to support the Deepwater Horizon spill response.

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Salazar Orders Six Month Moratorium on Deepwater Drilling

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Jun 012010

image US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today called for aggressive new operating standards and requirements for offshore energy companies and ordered a six-month moratorium on deepwater drilling.  He also canceled a pending lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico and a proposed lease sale off the coast of Virginia, and suspended proposed exploratory drilling in the Arctic.

The recommendations in the 30-Day Safety Report Salazar sent President Obama include a recertification of all Blowout Preventers (BOPs) for floating drilling operations; stronger well control practices, blowout prevention and intervention procedures; tougher inspections for deepwater drilling operations; and expanded safety and training programs for rig workers.

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