"This is exactly what I deduced early on. They did not have a viable cement job, did not properly test it, and nature through Boyles Law took over. There was no one persons error, but the entire operation was not being overseen/ interpreted properly.…"
"Deeper, now that was funny, I don't care who you are! Thanks, LOL! Fellas, There are some of us still concerned about this static kill or (bullheading) against this formation. The existing casing, casing seat, cement job, and original BOP have…"
"Mark, I think your comments are unfair to those who have "been there and done that". Agreed, methane gas is expressed to the surface all over the world as we speak. But OMI this is different.I was on a well in south La. that took a high…"
"Curtis, unfortunately I tend to agree. Actually I've been concerned about the hard shut in from the start. IMO everything from the cap down has been compromised as a result of 80 days of exposure to uncontrolled oil and gas (along with sand…"
"Fellas, I just heard Axelrod say "this is the worst environmental disaster in history". Nay, nay I say. The worst environmental disaster in history has and will continue to be the excruiating bloviation that comes from the mouth of…"
"Deeper, believe me when I say that I am the last person that is advocating the shut down of offshore drilling in the GOM or anywhere else it may be productive in this "good ol USA". Nor am I advocating the nationalization of the U.S. oil…"
"RichS, just got an opportunity to read your post. Thanks so much for you informed and well worded entry. Fellas, in my original post I proposed that the cause of this disaster was due to there being communication between the high pressure drilled…"
"LOL!!! This rates right up there with "get the keys to the V-door from the toolpusher" and "ask the motorman for a tube of light bulb grease". Ive been away and catching up. Sure has been some excellent work done by some very…"
""Ace", thanks for the great pictures. The only thing is they sure make me feel old. I've been on a deepwater rig before, but nothing like this. The one I was on was out of Scotland and still had the old fashion drill floor. Wow, this…"
"Gerry, for the most part this is what I'm proposing but remember this is only a "scenario". Putting a hole in the ground to total depth of 18, 000' is actually full of subtleties. Being balanced or a little above in the hole is…"
"Moody, you're right. The information on this discussion is is absolutely the best available. Myself, as an old hand, have beenwatching this situation from day one and it really is a unique situation. This is the "mother of all…"
"Ace, thanks so much for your welcome. I was pretty nervous about posting as I've been out of the oilfield for a long time. But you know that athough the technology may change, the principles stay the same. Once again, thanks. David."
"Fellas, I,ve been following this discussion from day one and have been humbled and impresed with the number of knowledgeable hands that have posted. So, at the risk of looking, well, less than intelligent here is my take on this.
"Mark, I couldn't agree more. This is a situation that is well beyond the general public or press to understand. All the grandstanding and political maneuvering is of no help at all. There are clearly some of the best minds in the industry on…"