Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Thursday, June 3, 2010 11:05 pm

No words

Filed under: Evil — Lex @ 11:05 pm
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UPDATE: Commenter Woli: “This is how King Midas must have felt.”

Wednesday, June 2, 2010 8:28 pm

“A roiling, alligator-filled wall of flame.”

Filed under: Sad — Lex @ 8:28 pm
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What’s the worst-case scenario for Deepwater Horizon?


Tuesday, June 1, 2010 9:53 pm

Well, I won’t say the horse is out of the barn …

… but 11 people are dead and one hell of a lot of oil is out of the ground. Still, the fact that Justice has finally gotten off its rear end and opened a criminal investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster is welcome, if grossly tardy, news.

I hope they’ll throw the book at BP and Transocean, at least — for once, Halliburton might actually be blameless, although a decent investigation will tell us. At the least, someone at BP needs to be looking at 11 counts of manslaughter, and I would pile on the charges, everything from destruction of federal property to mopery. Decades from now, I want the testicles of descendants yet unborn of oil-company executives everywhere to shrivel up into their bellies when the tale of what finally happened to those responsible for this tragedy is recounted.

Friday, May 28, 2010 8:59 pm

Lock ’em up

What laws have been broken in the Deepwater Horizon disaster? Bloomberg’s Ann Woolner has what may be only a partial list.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 2:31 pm

We’re losing, but the Times-Picayune is full of WIN

Great American journalism has tended to be born from crises, and nowhere in this country in the past half-decade has there been more of a crisis than Louisiana. New Orleans’ Times-Picayune, in an era in which print journalism supposedly is dying, has risen magnificently to the challenge:

BP hired a top oilfield service company to test the strength of cement linings on the Deepwater Horizon’s well, but sent the firm’s workers home 11 hours before the rig exploded April 20 without performing a final check that a top cementing company executive called “the only test that can really determine the actual effectiveness” of the well’s seal.

A spokesman for the testing firm, Schlumberger, said BP had a Schlumberger team and equipment for sending acoustic testing lines down the well “on standby” from April 18 to April 20. But BP never asked the Schlumberger crew to perform the acoustic test and sent its members back to Louisiana on a regularly scheduled helicopter flight at 11 a.m., Schlumberger spokesman Stephen T. Harris said. …

According to [Halliburton official Tim] Probert, government regulators at the Minerals Management Service don’t require a well owner like BP to order a cement bond log unless it feels uncertain about any of the earlier tests. It’s not clear what the results of the positive and negative pressure tests were.

(h/t: Ritholtz)

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