Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: BP, Chevron, Deepwater Horizon, Exxon, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraqi oil production, Kurdish oil, Kurdish oil production, kurdistan, Kurds, macondo, production sharing agreements, Tony Hayward, Total, Total SA
The Kurdish region plans to increase output to 2 million barrels a day by 2019, Michael Howard, an adviser to Kurdistan Natural Resources Minister Ashti Hawrami, said in a June 10 phone interview. It has signed energy agreements with about 50 companies and plans to increase output to 1 million barrels a day by 2015 from about 300,000 barrels a day now, he said.
Kurdish authorities recognize production-sharing agreements, which give investors a share of any oil they may produce, whereas Iraq’s Oil Ministry offers only fee-based service contracts. This has attracted interest from investors such as Norway’s Statoil ASA (STL) that are unhappy with the central government’s contract terms for exploration and production.
Exxon Mobil Corp., Chevron Corp. and Total SA (FP) are flouting warnings by the government against seeking separate deals with the Kurds, whom Iraq’s Oil Ministry accuses of “smuggling” oil from the country.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: BP, corexit, Deepwater Horizon, flesh eating bacteria, GOM, lesions, red snapper, shrimp without eyes
A list of disturbing and depressing, some will say alarmist, links, via Naked Capitalism via George Washington’s Blog: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2012/04/guest-post-the-gulf-ecosystem-is-being-decimated.html
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: Anadarko, BP, cetacians, deepwater, Deepwater Horizon, dolphins, GOM, Gulf of Mexico, oil spill, Transocean, whales
2010-2012 Cetacean Unusual Mortality Event in Northern Gulf of Mexico – Office of Protected Resources – NOAA Fisheries
Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 (as amended), an Unusual Mortality Event (UME) has been declared for cetaceans (whales and dolphins) in the northern Gulf of Mexico (Texas/Louisiana border through Franklin County, FL) from February 2010 through the present.
Note: These numbers are preliminary and may be subject to change. As of March 18, 2012, the UME involves 693 Cetacean “strandings” in the Northern Gulf of Mexico (5% stranded alive and 95% stranded dead).
Filed under: maps | Tags: Alaska, BOP, Chukchi Sea, corexit, Deepwater Horizon, energy, North Slope, oil drilling, peak oil, Shell
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: blowout, blowout preventer, BOP, Chukchi Sea, corexit, Deepwater Horizon, dispersant, OSRP, Shell
So there are some spaces in the URL as provided by the US govt. for Shell’s OSRP for the Chukchi Sea:
http://www.bsee.gov/OSRP/Shell- Chukchi-OSRP .aspx
Take the spaces out and you can find the 450-page pdf of the OSRP:
The OSRP sounds very familiar.
The plan, in the event of a blowout, involves trying to trigger a non-responsive blowout preventer with a remote sub. And it involves the infamous “booms” deployed by contractors. And response to any spill will involve spraying a whole lot of Corexit:
Another oil spill response option includes the use of dispersants. When these chemicals are applied, oil begins to separate in to microscopic particulates. After that, the oil is either diluted to the point that it no longer impacts the environment or digested by organisms that consume oil.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: arctic oil spill, blowout, Chukchi, Chukchi Sea, corexit, Deepwater Horizon, Department of Interior, oil spill, Royal Dutch Shell, Salazar, Shell
Department of Interior press release provides this link to Shell’s spill response plan which was approved on Feb. 17:
A copy of Shell’s OSRP for the Chukchi Sea is available at: http://www.bsee.gov/OSRP/Shell- Chukchi-OSRP .aspx.
But clicking on the DOI’s link to the OSRP (Oil Spill Response Plan) for the Chukchi Sea leads to this NO PAGE FOUND business:
I guess we’ll just have to trust the department’s “fact sheet.” The “fact sheet” says everything is just great.