Saturday, July 17, 2010

Oil Drum beat on Well Integrity Tests

Did BP call the plumber?~slabbed
~Jonsson reports that six weeks ago, University of California, Berkeley, engineering professor Robert Bea received a late-night call from an anonymous plumber. According to Bea — who had formerly worked as an oil-industry executive before his present gig as an academically backed manager of engineering crises — the “mystery plumber” reached out to him because he had an idea for how to plug BP’s busted well in the Gulf. The plumber provided Bea with sketches of a containment cap that upgraded some of the design flaws in the cap the oil company deployed in its unsuccessful bid to plug the leak several weeks ago. Bea passed the plumber’s sketches on to a contact at the Coast Guard, and to a panel of experts who were evaluating proposed schemes to repair the leak submitted by the general public. Jonsson writes that when Bea first got a glimpse of the containment cap that has stopped the flow of oil into the Gulf, he noticed striking similarities to the designs dreamed up by the plumber.

Widespread oyster deaths found on Louisiana reefs

Oil spill's threat to fowl not always obvious ~John DeSantis
A pelican covered in oil flaps its wings on Raccoon Island Thursday afternoon off Terrebonne Parish.

BP oil sightings, latest reports from LA

BP Launches Effort To Control Scientific Research Of Oil Disaster

Alabama Teen Considers Oil Spill a Call to Action

IRS offering help to oil leak victims

Good news~American Zombie

Make sure floodwall pilings are sound

Nearly Five Years Later Still No Levee Commission, Why?~Sandy Rosenthal

43 Days 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey

Sportsman’s Ladies Got That Good Good Food~Red Cotton, Gambit

“Island Aid” for Grand Isle
~Kevin Allman, Gambit

~A benefit poster by local artist Christy Works-Boutte was unveiled.
Prints will be sold for $30, and the original will be auctioned off at Island Aid.
For more info, check the event’s

The annual Ernie K-Doe ball,
the Bingo! Show and more~Keith Spera

Matt Daughters Photography

1 comment:

Horatio Algeranon said...

In Will the BP Cap Hold? (July 16) van Heerden is quoted as saying

"So far we have 63 miles of coastline impacted by heavy oiling." --

"In the BP video, van Heerden says shoreline cleanup assessment teams have surveyed more than 1,200 miles of shoreline and found that 10 percent is heavily oiled." (, July 10)

It is certainly possible that van Heerden has simply been misquoted, but if not, what do the two quotes taken together mean?

Is van Heerden saying that only about half the coastline that was "heavily oiled" (according to BP) was "impacted"? (whatever "impacted" means)

Or is van Heerden(1) simply disagreeing with van Heerden(2) on this issue?

It's confusing (and might be especially so to a jury seeing those two statements)