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  1. Gringo says

    Actually, we should hope for no action on NObama’s score, lest he stop all offshore drilling. I have read headline claims to that effect from blogs linking to his press conference, though I haven’t seen that in actual text below headlines.
     
    I don’t know what NObama could have done. He is not an oil industry professional, and when he attempts to opine on oil and gas matters, such as the inflated tires incident, he merely shows his ignorance while he stubbornly  maintains that to the contrary, he knows the subject.
     
    BP and the oil industry are those who have the expertise, such as it is, to cap the well. The feds do not have this expertise. Though judging from comments from Louisiana Governor Jindal, the Feds have been slow in getting a cleanup program ready for the coast- which would be in their ballpark, perhaps.
     
     
    From what I have read in the WSJ, my take is that BP did not follow standard industry procedures in many cases- most likely to save time and money on a well that had gone on longer than anticipated. The most egregious  was to replace dense drilling mud with seawater with about half the density of the drilling mud, before setting a final bottom plug. The well blew out while they were doing it. Like, duh.  As one commenter said in a May 11 WSJ article, that was like popping cork on a bottle of champagne. ( link in  desert sun comments)  Dumb and dumber.
     
    http://professional.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704026204575266560930780190.html  WSJ has had a number of  good articles in the last 3 weeks. This is perhaps the best.
    http://www.desertsun.co.uk/blog/?p=552  I add in some comments spiced with my oil field trash background, which better explain the above paragraph. Also links to WSJ articles.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/27/AR2010052701172.html Press conference is on the air, but no Vaughan Meador this time!

  2. Charles Martel says

    I think the Peggy of old may be trying to shed the elitist skin she put on once she found out that liberals would invite her to all their nice parties if she would just make the teensiest curtsy to the emperor-god.

    Now she’s positioning herself to be able to show people like us that Obama never really had her bamboozled, and that she was manning the barricades in spirit with us all along.

    She makes a damned good point about Carville’s diabtribe signaling permission to jump ship. Because he’s the Clintons’ Golem, I think ol’ James is preparing the way for Hillary in 2012.

  3. SADIE says

    shed the elitist skin -
     
    Ouch Charles, reads like Peggy just self- circumcised herself .
     
    Nothing much to add to the two enlightened posts – that means you too, Gringo except…..
    If Carville rantings are a signal for a Hillary run in 2012, she had best be wearing a Mae West.  There are some of us of with attention span beyond a fly on the wall. Today’s outing of the former Clinton offerings, while the current Clinton is Sec’y of State to Joe Sestak, should make more than waves. Just had to get the ‘is’ word in here, it is so Clintonian.

  4. BrianE says

    Because he’s the Clintons’ Golem, I think ol’ James is preparing the way for Hillary in 2012.- Charles Martel
     
    That was my first thought, Hillary’s running if she sees more openings like this one.
     
    I was not surprised at Obama’s lethargic response to the spill. I’m sure his administration decided that long term the blame will stick on BP, not on him. Waiting as long as he did to feign concern leads me to the conclusion he wanted as much oil as possible washing onto southern beaches to seal the deal against any offshore drilling (in-spite of his recent move in that direction).
     
    The democrat response to “drill, baby, drill”– “spill, baby, spill”.

  5. Charles Martel says

    “Waiting as long as he did to feign concern leads me to the conclusion he wanted as much oil as possible washing onto southern beaches to seal the deal against any offshore drilling (in-spite of his recent move in that direction).”

    Good call, Brian. A classic example of Rahm’s admonition to never let a crisis go to waste.

  6. Gringo says

    NObama’s attempt to place all the blame on BP will not work, because it appears that MMS had approved a permit  to remove the  dense drilling mud with  much lighter seawater before setting the plug. Which is a recipe for disaster. As a previous commenter at the WSJ stated, it was like popping the cork on a bottle of champagne. ( The dense drilling fluid held the gas down. Replacing the dense drilling fluid with seawater about half the density of the drilling fluid being used  apparently enabled the gas to rise. It is no accident that the more practical-minded Transocean drilling people disagreed with what BP was doing.)
     
    From yesterday’s WSJ (“BP Decisions Set Stage for Disaster”):

    In documents presented to Congress, BP has hypothesized that gas could have gotten into the inside of the pipe through a failure of the cement at the bottom of the well. BP was planning to set a second, backup cement plug in the well before declaring its work done.
    But workers began removing mud before setting this plug, leaving little to prevent any gas inside the pipe from rising to the rig. That plan was approved by the MMS on April 16, according to the permit reviewed by the Journal.
     

    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704026204575266560930780190.html
    The best article thus far on what led up to the blowout. Sorry about the bad link before.
     

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