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Oil FAIL: Well, we can turn off the oil rig pr0n now

Much as I love The Oil Drum, and I do, there's just so much techno-pr0n on it, eh? Empty Wheel at FDL:

Here is a quick recap. Top Kill failed. Junk Shot failed. Top Kill and Junk Shot combined failed. The only thing BP has been successful at is failure, but they are very good at failure. There is a very good chance the key to all this failure is contained in this quote buried in the lower half of an article by oil and gas industry publication Upstream Online:

Flow from the Macondo well is not travelling up the main well bore, BP operations boss Doug Suttles said Tuesday, a revelation that supports theories that a cement failure played a part in the blowout.

“We actually believe the flow path is between two strings of the casing and not up the main wellbore,” Suttles said.

Suttles said BP could not be certain of the flow path but diagnostic tests on the well seem to indicate the flow is not coming up main bore.

A veteran industry source told UpstreamOnline that the news about the flow path “almost certainly confirms” what many suspected, that problems with the annular cement around the production casing played a part in the blowout.

The well itself has no structural integrity; it has not from the outset. The well was doomed to blow out and all these hair brained fixes BP has hucked to the clueless media and public were doomed to fail as well. This has been an insane ostrich head in the sand process, apparently all to salve a pissed public and angry mother nature because BP and the government have got nothing else and they know it.

Oh NOES! Kabuki!

[Pounds head on desk.]

And did you see this little item from AP, buried all the way at the end?

Scientists who study the Gulf said their efforts to track the spill had been hobbled by a shortage of research vessels.

That's odd. Or not.

UPDATE Pravda:

Drilling experts said they feared that BP's effort last week to stop the flow of oil and gas with heavy drilling mud might have done further damage to the well and the blowout preventer, possibly complicating the next effort to capture the oil and gas and bring them to surface vessels.

Some drilling experts said that the "top kill" effort failed over the weekend because the force of the oil and gas pushing up from the reservoir 13,000 feet below the seafloor was so great that it had shoved most of the drilling mud through the blowout preventer and into the sea.

Tadeusz W. Patzek, chairman of petroleum and geosystems engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, said it was the "equivalent of six or seven fire hoses blasting oil and gas up, while two fire hoses were used to blast the drilling mud down. They never stood much of a chance."

Sources at two companies involved with the well said that BP also discovered new damage inside the well below the seafloor and that, as a result, some of the drilling mud that was successfully forced into the well was going off to the side into rock formations.

"We discovered things that were broken in the sub-surface," said a BP official who spoke on the condition of anonymity. He said that mud was making it "out to the side, into the formation." The official said he could not describe what was damaged in the well.

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Submitted by Jack Crow on

Oil pouring into the Gulf right through to hurricane season. Israelis murdering unarmed humanitarians. Escalation in Afghanistan. McChrystal and Petraeus shopping US funded terrorism in Iran.

Gonna hug my kids a few extra times today.

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Submitted by gqmartinez on

Its important to wait at least a week before going out on a limb and touting something this administration (and the previous one as well) and their media allies make a big deal about. It seems every time these guys/gals (mostly guys) claim some victory that we are about to get bad news. its like no one bothered to learn a damn thing from "Mission Accomplished" and "Heck'uva a job".

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

Color me unsurprised. About a month ago I first heard WWL mention that the worst case was for it to leak until the relief well is finished in August, and my heart sank because I knew that this was exactly what would happen. Things are so bad already, and they will get 3 times worse (optimistically) before they get better.

We've got 60 pounds of frozen shrimp squirreled away; hopefully we don't lose power to a hurricane because these will probably be the last Louisiana shrimp we'll ever taste. Oysters, of course, are out of season and don't freeze well... so I'm glad I hit $3-dozen oyster night as much as I did this year. If there's any silver lining in this it's that the crawfish will be OK; if we lose all three, well, then we're Mississippi with a football team.

All I hear and see these days are burly old fishermen bursting into tears because their livelihoods are being unceremoniously erased.

Submitted by lambert on

And I wish you'd post or cross-post more from the ground (or the beach (or the water)) as the case may be. If we can get near real time coverage from Thailand...

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"Livelihoods are being unceremoniously erased"? That's the feature part. Where's the bug?

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Submitted by scarshapedstar on

I've been mulling over a disaster tour, but it's not quite as simple as driving down to Venice and trudging through 10 miles of marshland. Well, I guess it could be, but I don't feel like getting up close and personal with an alligator right now. :) I wonder if my dad's got his boat running again...