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Fears Confirmed that Isaac Stirred Up Macondo Oil

Posted in Gas Industry, Oil Drilling with tags , , , on September 7, 2012 by amandarandjtech
by  Jon Mainwaring

Rigzone Staff


Thursday, September 06, 2012

Original article found here

Fears Confirmed that Isaac Stirred Up Macondo Oil

Fears that Hurricane Isaac might have stirred up crude oil left over in the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon accident more than two years ago have been confirmed by BP after officials closed a 13-mile stretch of beach Tuesday due to tar balls and oil being reported.

According to the Associated Press, a BP spokesman said late Wednesday that the company was working with the Coast Guard, state officials and land managers to clean up oil on the Fourchon beach on the Louisiana coast and that clean-up crews would be there Thursday.

On Tuesday the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary announced the emergency closure of a portion of coastal waters due the emergence of a large tar mat and concentrations of tar balls on beaches in the area. The LDWF banned all commercial fishing in these waters.

BP still has hundreds of workers operating on the Gulf Coast cleaning up oil that was leaked into the GOM from the Macondo prospect, where Deepwater Horizon was drilling.

The BP spokesman added that the storm had served a good purpose since it had made visible where the company can clean up.

Last week the Huffington Post reported that Garret Graves, chairman of Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, had warned up to one million barrels of oil is estimated to remain in the GOM because BP had failed to clean it all up.

In a statement sent to Rigzone on Thursday at noon (UK time) BP said:

“As anticipated prior to Hurricane Isaac making landfall, there are reports of residual Macondo oil along the shorelines near Fouchon Beach and Grand Isle. These are areas that were in active response prior to Isaac, so it was expected by the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team – which includes the United States Coast Guard, state representatives, other federal representatives, and BP – that these could be areas where highly weathered residual oil might be exposed.

“In accordance with the GCIMT’s Severe Weather Contingency Plan, with the arrival of Hurricane Isaac operations were suspended across the response area.  As areas are opened by the FOSC and appropriate safety assessments have been completed, we are redeploying crews to these areas to resume response operations.

“Under the direction of the Coast Guard and in accordance with the Gulf Coast Incident Management Team sampling protocols, we also anticipate testing this material to determine its origin.

“It is important to note, however, that there have been 90 reports of oil releases from other sources since the storm, and it is imperative that the parties responsible for that oil act in the same manner as BP and respond quickly in following Coast Guard directions.”

Fears Confirmed that Isaac Stirred Up Macondo Oil

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First Ladies of O&G

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on July 13, 2012 by amandarandjtech
First Ladies of O&G: Frontline Females Retrace Steps Forward
by  Robin Dupre

Rigzone Staff


Thursday, July 12, 2012

First Ladies of O&G: Frontline Females Retrace Steps Forward

In the southern part of the United States, past the bayous and swamp lands, lies an offshore world that was once only too familiar to men. An offshore oil rig is home, for a short period of time, to many men and women working in the energy industry.

These cramped quarters, where men and women live together for weeks at a time forces them to mesh, complement and live as one. But what many newcomers fully don’t comprehend is what it took – mistakes, experiences and life changing events – for the gender differences to become obsolete in the eyes of the roustabouts and roughnecks manning the drill.

“I have no clue what it is like for women in the oil field today,” stated Martha Scott, a retired oil rig worker. “For me, one of the female pioneers in the oil field, I believe it could be summed up as respect and forgiveness. It was new for all of us… and there needed to be a respect to the new ground that we were treading, as well as forgiveness for transgressions that might occur while learning the way of this new path.”

In 1964, the federal government passed the Civil Rights Act  prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex and national origin. A year before, the Equal Pay Act of 1963 was entered, protecting men and women who perform substantially equal work in the same establishment from sex-based wage discrimination.

These two laws helped pave the way for Martha Scott and Valerie Hensley, two best friends that met on an oil rig in a male-dominated industry with the same goal in mind – to make a good living working hard in the oil and gas industry, just like everybody else.

USA Drilling Rig Report

Posted in Gas Industry, Oil Drilling with tags , on June 8, 2012 by amandarandjtech

Please see site for updated detail list of rigs

As of May 25, 2012, there are 1,983 rigs in the USA, a change of 136 added since this time last year.  Please visit the link above for a detailed listing of these rigs.  We’re very excited to be a part of such a strong and constantly growing industry.