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Exxon, Chevron, Total, Statoil Stoke Fires in Kurdistan as Tony Hayward Waits for Pipe

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.

via Tony Hayward Loads Trucks With Kurdish Oil Awaiting Pipe: Energy – Bloomberg.



The animals of the Gulf of Mexico

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



Swimming in Oil Not Preferred by Dolphins, 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).

via 2010-2012 Cetacean Unusual Mortality Event in Northern Gulf of Mexico – Office of Protected Resources – NOAA Fisheries.



Polar bear habitat and Chukchi Sea drilling
February 18, 2012, 14:00
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Via North Alaska Environmental Center.


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Spaces in the URL
February 18, 2012, 12:42
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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:

http://www.bsee.gov/OSRP/Shell-Chukchi-OSRP.aspx

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.



Shell’s Arctic Spill Response Plan Gone Missing

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:

http://www.bsee.gov/error-page.aspx?aspxerrorpath=/osrp/shell-/

I guess we’ll just have to trust the department’s “fact sheet.” The “fact sheet” says everything is just great.




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