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Federal judge asked to order BP oil spill claims administrator to set payment rules for oil and gas service companies

Federal judge asked to order BP oil spill claims administrator to set payment rules for oil and gas service companies

The federal Minerals Management Service and its successor, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, halted offshore drilling for six months while the rules for drillers were rewritten and the investigation into the causes of the Deepwater Horizon accident was proceeding. The processing of permits for drilling in shallow water also slowed for several months, prompting the label permitorium.

At the insistence of BP, the settlement agreement specifically excludes “moratoria losses” for oil and gas service companies, which some contend could total billions of dollars. The companies will be allowed to attempt to collect those losses as part of the ongoing civil lawsuit, which includes claims filed against BP and other companies that were not made part of the economic settlement agreement.

BP contends losses resulting from the moratoria are the responsibility of the federal government.

But the settlement agreement does allow the oil and gas service companies to collect for other losses caused by the spill, and it is the rules to be used to determine those losses that are at issue, according to the motion.

The settlement agreement included language calling for BP and the plaintiffs’ attorneys to agree on guidance for the claims administrator to use in determining what losses were the result of the spill and what losses were caused by the moratoria.

Read more here.

August 29, 2013Read More
Water, Sediment & Seafood Samples From The Deepwater Horizon Spill Questioned

Water, Sediment & Seafood Samples From The Deepwater Horizon Spill Questioned

Via The New York Times

In what is no doubt unshocking news to anyone whose been following the case (or went to the beach over the past couple year, officials are now saying that the actual contamination of the oceans after the Deepwater Horizon Drilling Rig exploded may be severely higher than initially claimed.

In fact, this latest study found components from the oil as far west as Galveston, Texas, and as far to the Southeast as the Florida Keys. The components found, though, are the real story – much higher levels of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (classified as probably carcinogenic) and volatile organic compounds than previously thought.

Just another reason to question the numbers and approval coming out of the organizations who are supposed to be in charge of keeping us safe.

August 20, 2013Read More
New Technologies on the Horizon: Better Filtering

New Technologies on the Horizon: Better Filtering

Sometimes, it’s worth looking at different industries to see what may be on the horizon for oil & gas in the future. We received an email from the folks over at Pure Water Technology of South Louisiana who presented us with the rather interesting idea of looking at filtering a little more closely. For those unaware, filtering is the process of removing inorganic and other hazardous materials from water. In addition, for many of Pure Water’s systems, things get added back in to the water, such as minerals or oxygen.

We’ll let them take it from here:

If you’re ever off-site, and back in headquarters, you’ve probably noticed water purification systems before. Now these traditional water coolers have a ton of issues. They’re old and outdated. And if your company is trying to accomplish any sort of positive environmental work – well, the plastic that all of that water comes delivered in essentially removes and positive impact you were having. Time to get a new bottled water dispenser!

Thankfully newer technologies have improved their systems, and given us the pure water filters we use today. So how exactly do they work?

Our most common ones follow a 5 step process. First, the sediment filter removes larger particles. Then, the carbon block filter filters out organic material you don’t want. Then, a reverse osmosis membrane removes inorganic materials like lead or arsenic. Fourth, an activated carbon filter helps add a little polish to the taste, and finally the activated oxygen injection provides you with the purification that you always want.

Is this necessarily going to be the future of oil & gas. There’s no way to tell for sure. But what is important is that you understand the various technologies that may be going into the future pipelines of today. Because only by researching current technologies, will you be able to take advantage of future ones.

Ready to learn more? Visit us at http://purewatertechsla.com/

August 18, 2013Read More
Visit The Million Barrel Museum

Visit The Million Barrel Museum

Sometimes, you have to look on the lighter side of things. When JD from the Million Barrel Museum reached out, we had to share his story.

Thanks for letting me write here!

In Monahans, Texas, there lives a museum born out of the ground. It’s the Million Barrel Museum – and no, it’s not shaped like a barrel. It’s call such because that’s our capacity. When you’re 35 feet deep, you’ve earned the name.

Today, the Historical Commission has declared our attractions worth saving, and we’re proud to have them here. If you’re looking to learn more about the history of oil around the Gulf Coast (and in Texas,) stop on by.

Directions: Take I-20 exit 83, then drive west on Sealy Avenue for one and a half miles. You’ll know it when you see it!

August 17, 2013Read More
BP Suing The U.S. Govt. Over New Contracts

BP Suing The U.S. Govt. Over New Contracts

Via Huffington Post

Early this week, BP decided it was time to try to sue the U.S. Government over its decision to bar the company from getting new federal contracts – why were they barred? Perhaps you had forgetten about the Deepwater Horizon spill? No? We didn’t think so.

Interestingly enough, BP was only banned from new contracts. All their old ones are still existent (despite any dangers that may result as a part of their standing.)

The BP lawsuit is actually against the EPA, who is the organization that is preventing BP from getting new contracts. The EPA is working with the Justice Department to fight the contracts.

The next part of this story will most likely take place on September 30th, when a civil claims court will pick up a case concerning BP & the oil spill.

August 12, 2013Read More
Cleaner Crude Oil Tank Solution: The Twister

Cleaner Crude Oil Tank Solution: The Twister

We’re always happy to share solutions that help make the oil & gas industry a safer and cleaner place for everyone on the Gulf Coast. One such company is Waterline Tank Technologies, LLC, whose creation “The Twister” they’ll discuss today.

When companies need to store crude oil, they turn to industrial sized storage tanks. But when the crude oil stays in these tanks for a lengthy amount of time, build-up occurs where the sludge hardens to a point where it cannot be removed simply through normal pumping. Various methods have been suggested and tried, but all are either too costly or ineffective. In comes our new solution, and the most innovative piece of tank cleaning equipment in years: The Twister.

The Twister is the only device that allows the operator of it complete manual control from outside of the tank (say goodbye to hours of training for dealing with confined spaces.) By manually directing the flow of liquids through The Twister’s nozzle, an operator can prevent problematic canyons from being formed within the sludge / tank bottoms, which will typically result if a fixed nozzle is being used.

Looking for the cold hard statistics about how well this works?

  • Made of carbon steel
  • Swivel joint rated to 1000 psi cold working pressure
  • Nitrile seals
  • Stainless steel bearings, protecting from line fluid up to 225 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Jet can sweet 150 degrees across

Ready to enter the next generation of crude oil tank cleaning? Get in touch with us today by checking out our website or calling 225-637-4700.

August 2, 2013Read More
Walter Oil & Gas Corp’s Rig Fire Relaxes as Rig Stays Barely Standing

Walter Oil & Gas Corp’s Rig Fire Relaxes as Rig Stays Barely Standing

Via Oil & Gas Journal

The rig fire this week aboard Walter Oil & Gas Corp’s well, which started in the early morning hours of July 23rd, is still burning, although signs are looking slightly brighter lately.

The initial fire caused the evacuation of 44 people. The rig and well are located 55 miles offshore Louisiana in 154 feet of water. The rig is still standing, although no one can be sure of how much damage has been done to its structural integrity.

Response efforts will most likely be ongoing throughout the week, as emergency responders try to make sure that the situation gets no worse.

July 26, 2013Read More
U.S. Crude Oil Eliminates 3 Year Discount Versus Brent

U.S. Crude Oil Eliminates 3 Year Discount Versus Brent

Via Reuters

U.S. crude oil prices, after a surprisingly good series of time, have finally eliminated the 3 year discount that had existed between their prices and the global benchmark Brent.

The U.S. oil futures finally reaching such a point of parity is a strong sign for those investing in oil, as investors suspect strength through an increasing number of pipelines bringing the crude out of the gulf.

July 22, 2013Read More