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Gulf oil spill: Oil companies to form emergency response system for future disasters

Four of the world’s biggest oil companies are expected to announce Thursday the formation of a rapid-deployment response system that will be made available to capture and contain future deep-water well blowouts, according to a document detailing the proposal.

The announcement from Exxon Mobil, ConocoPhillips, Chevron Corp. and Royal Dutch Shell did not specifically mention BP or the oil rig explosion and disaster in the gulf that has become the biggest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history.

But the clear implication was that the industry had a need to demonstrate that it would have emergency equipment in place along with trained personnel who would be ready to move within 24 hours of an accident.

"The oil and gas industry has long been recognized as a technological leader, and the American public expects us to improve our ability to respond immediately to offshore incidents,"  Jim Mulva, ConocoPhillips chairman and chief executive, said in a statement. "The creation and development of this sophisticated system will greatly enhance industry's ability to ensure a quick and effective response."

Among the biggest criticisms of BP’s performance in attempting to close off its crippled well was that it had no plans or equipment designed to handle such an emergency and was forced to attack the spill with trial-and-error techniques.

Representatives of the four companies said that it was important to try to restore confidence in the oil industry’s ability to respond quickly and to work together in the future. The companies said that they were putting $1 billion into the effort, to start.

"Chevron knows that it can only operate with the public’s confidence that the energy we need will be produced safely and reliably," John Watson, chairman and chief executive of Chevron, said in a statement. "We are committed to advancing safe operations through enhanced prevention, better well containment and intervention and improved spill response. This new system significantly enhances the industry’s ability to effectively respond to any unforeseen incidents."

The companies also will announce that they would form a nonprofit organization, the Marine Well Containment Co., that would operate and maintain the emergency response system. The companies also said that other members of the oil industry would be invited to participate. The executives said that the system could be in place in future disasters within two or three weeks at the latest.

The system “will include specially designed sub-sea containment equipment connected by manifolds, jumpers and risers to capture vessels that will store and offload the oil. Dedicated crews will ensure regular maintenance, inspection and readiness of the facilities and sub-sea equipment,” the companies said in a statement. Federal officials and some members of Congress have already been briefed on the new plan, the executives said.

The system they described did not exist before the BP spill and was not available for use in the current disaster, the executives said, because it had only been devised by engineers in the last month. But they added that the emergency equipment wouldn’t need to be used if proper well standards are being followed.

"If we all do our jobs properly, this system will never be used,"  Rex Tillerson, chairman and chief executive of ExxonMobil, said in a statement. "The extensive experience of industry shows that when the focus remains on safe operations and risk management, tragic incidents like the one we are witnessing in the Gulf of Mexico today should not occur."

-- Ronald D. White
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When it became evident that the gulf oil spill was a major spill and previous methods for sealing such a leak were questionable. The call went out for concepts and technical help to stop the leak.

Myself as well as many others stepped forward with advanced technology concepts
that were unfortunately either totally ignored by BP or put into a continuous cycle of requests for additional information. Government funding to become available at a later date.

Promised funding for such projects may someday be available but as for now it seems to be a waiting game. Waiting is a very dangerous game to play considering that currently there is no method of stopping a deep oil leak in a timely manner to avoid a major disaster. After witnessing the deep horizon event I as well as many others now consider every existing offshore well a potential time bomb just waiting to blow.

It has been well established over the years that to trust either the oil firms or the assigned regulatory agencies to maintain drilling safety on a consistent basis is a grievous and costly error. The only future defense we will have is to be able to apply new technology in a rapid response manner and minimize overall damage. That is the sole purpose of the system called EMOPP or “Electro Magnetic Oil Pipe Plugger”. Specifically designed to seal off a major deep well spills within days and not months.

There will of course be a period of time when oil firms will think twice about cost saving factors that create possible safety hazards. The politicians will voice there views through added legislation and agree in harmony “Never Again”.

The regulators will rededicate themselves to following even stronger guidelines. Unfortunately history has shown in many ways that in spite of good intentions we usually go back to “business as usual”

One question from a 70year old retired Design Engineer / Former US Marine !

How many times must we hit the same tripwire before we can honestly say,

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Mr. Joseph Kahoe
Fountain Valley, Ca.

If you feel called to take your part in the efforts to clean up after the oil spill disaster, start with buying a "Save our Gulf" Guy Harvey t-shirt from Bealls department store. Bealls is working to raise $150,000 for the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, to help study and restore damaged ecosystems and marine wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico.

You might think, given the size of the muck monster moving around the Gulf, that other countries would put deepwater drilling on pause, at least until they felt confident that oil companies could prevent a replay of the BP disaster off their coasts.

But you'd be underestimating the power of oil addiction.

The strategy of continuing to exploit the economic opportunities of deep-water wells even as the hazards they represent becomes clearer is being pursued the world over. Other countries -- including Brazil, Canada, Nigeria, and Angola -- are also moving forward with drilling, lured by oil reservoirs they are discovering that are two to six times as big as the average Gulf of Mexico reservoir and taking advantage of new opportunities offered by the U.S. moratorium.

It's great to hear the leading oil companies are taking the lead in ensuring a disaster like this does not happen again.

A device called the Electromagnetic Oil Well Plugger (EMOPP), developed by engineers Brandon Iglesias and Joseph Kahoe, is a rapidly deployable oil well plugger that is currently under review by engineers at LSU and has been submitted to BP for funding consideration. It may prove to be the tool every oil company operating offshore will need in their toolkit to prevent another oil leak disaster.

EMOPP was recently featured in an article in the Baton Rouge Advocate:

The oil industry is not going to stop drilling anytime soon. Whether this is a good or bad thing is a matter of your personal perspective. But the fact remains, the world, is currently dependent on oil and the easy to find stuff has been found. We need a fast and dependable solution to any future leaks.

Tony Hayward breaks his silence. Steals the microphone Kayne West style from Admiral Thad Allen and speaks his mind.

Read about who Mr. Hayward thinks are BP’s unsung heros!


As we enter one of the most aggressive hurricane seasons on record, I cannot even imagine what a hurricane would do with oil in the Gulf of Mexico. Dealing with oil on the beach is one thing, but what if we had to deal with it in our streets, in our businesses, in our homes? What if we had to rescue humans covered in oil? What if this is no longer isolated to just the Gulf Coast but found its way up the great rivers to our inner cities? Now imagine if you will, the dispersants mixed with oil which could possibly cause untold diseases and catastrophic health hazards of a biblical proportion. It staggers the imagination, or is it prophetic? What if we are dealing with the wrath of God? Please visit my website at Author of Final Warning


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