BP Chief Tony Hayward To Be Ousted

When lists are made of the most inept, gaffe prone, tin-eared executives of mayor companies one name will doubtless be at the top.  No one better exemplifies all that is wrong in the corporate culture than BP Chief Tony Hayward.  No one will ever forget his bumbling attitude, and arrogant demeanor during the time he was head of BP, while the most disastrous environmental event was killing the Gulf Of Mexico.  So it comes as no surprise BP has decided it is time for him to get the heck out of Dodge.  One can only hope he gets a golden parachute for all the fine work he has done.

BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward has been negotiating the terms of his exit from the company, the BBC has learnt.

A formal announcement is likely within the next 24 hours.

Deepwater Horizon’s Alarms Turned Off So Folks Could Sleep!

There is no way anyone can make up half of what is in the morning press today.  First I hear that the Eisenhower Expressway in Chicago is shut down to heavy rains and flooding, and now this.

Critical fire and gas leak alarm systems had been disabled for at least a year aboard the Deepwater Horizon because the rig’s leaders didn’t want to wake up to false alarms, a rig chief engineer tech told federal investigators.

“I discovered it was ‘inhibited’ about a year ago,” said Mike Williams, the chief engineer tech who worked for rig owner Transocean aboard the Deepwater Horizon, which erupted in flames April 20, killing 11 men and starting the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Leak Detected In BP Oil Disaster In The Gulf

I am sure that BP will give us the most reliable and honest information pertaining to this ‘seepage’, given that they are such a honorable company.

The federal government’s oil spill response director says testing has revealed that there is a “detected seep a distance from the well” and has ordered BP to quickly notify the government if other leaks are found.

“When seeps are detected, you are directed to marshal resources, quickly investigate, and report findings to the government in no more than four hours,” retired Adm. Thad Allen said in a letter to BP Chief Managing Director Bob

Dudley. “I direct you to provide me a written procedure for opening the choke valve as quickly as possible without damaging the well should hydrocarbon seepage near the well head be confirmed.”

BP spokesman Mark Salt said Sunday night that he had no information about the leak mentioned in Allen’s letter. The letter does not provide further details about where the leak was spotted or how big it is.

It was unclear from Allen’s letter, released Sunday evening, whether testing on the well had been extended. It was scheduled to last at least until 4 p.m. Sunday. Earlier in the day Allen said officials could decide to extend it in 24-hour increments.

Graphic Of Precision Drilling In The Gulf Of Mexico To Stop Oil Flow

This is a great summation for those of us who have a hard time visualizing what is taking place under the Gulf Of Mexico, and what it takes to stop the oil disaster.  Click the picture below for a large interesting presentation.


Storm Threatens Coastal Louisiana

These fearful events will be with us for many months to come.

UPDATE….That system that forecasters thought might become Tropical Storm Bonnie before it made landfall in Louisiana never did, according to the National Hurricane Center.

A storm packing winds up to 45 mph in the Gulf of Mexico is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm before it tears into coastal Louisiana Monday evening, the National Hurricane Center said.

“Wind gusts of 35 to 45 mph (are) possible over the affected area through this evening,” the center said in an advisory. “These storms could produce rainfall amounts of one to three inches in a short period of time.”

It said the storm, centered Monday afternoon about 50 miles south-southeast of Morgan City, Louisiana, was already packing sustained winds near tropical storm force. The BP well capping operations are located off the Louisiana coast.

There was a “high chance” the system will become the second named storm of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season before it makes landfall in the Terrebonne Parish area near Caillou Bay early Monday evening, the Miami-based hurricane center said.

Tropical Storm Update For Gulf Of Mexico Oil Disaster Region

This blog post will be updated many times over the following days as this potential disaster pushes towards the Gulf of Mexico.

June 27, 2010

Forecasters say Alex has weakened to a tropical depression, but the cyclone is expected to regain strength in the coming days as it moves out over warmer waters in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Hurricane Center in Miami said Sunday that Alex could eventually become a hurricane. Its current track has it making landfall again later in the week over Mexico, well away from the area in the Gulf of Mexico where BP PLC is trying to stop a massive oil leak.

On Saturday, Alex swept through the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize with torrential downpours.

June 26, 2010

Tropical Storm Alex was strengthening fast in the western Caribbean on Saturday, and forecasters said it too soon to say if it would hit the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami said early Saturday that the storm has maximum sustained winds of about 65 mph (100 kph). Hurricane speed is at least 75 mph (120 kph).

The weather was deteriorating in Belize, Mexico, and along the Yucatan Peninsula, the hurricane center said. Most storm models show Alex traveling over the peninsula over the weekend, hurricane forecaster Jack Bevens said.

Bevens noted it’s too soon to say with certainty if the storm will pass over the oiled Gulf, though for now it’s not expected to hit the spill. A storm’s predicted track can quickly change as conditions shift.

A tropical storm warning is in effect for the coast of Belize and the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, which separates the Caribbean Sea from the Gulf of Mexico.

Somewhere between 69 million and 132 million gallons of crude have spewed into the water since the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded April 20, killing 11 workers.

June 25, 2010

The first tropical depression of the 2010 Atlantic hurricane season appears imminent in the Western Caribbean, as the areal coverage and intensity of heavy thunderstorm activity associated with the tropical wave (Invest 93L) continue to increase. The storm has developed a surface circulation near 16.5N, 82.5W at 8am EDT, about 100 miles northeast of the Nicaragua/Honduras border. This is far enough from land that development will be slowed only slightly. Satellite loops show a poorly organized system, with only a modest amount of heavy thunderstorm activity near the center. However, the developing storm is affecting the weather across the entire Western Caribbean, and bands of heavy thunderstorms are quickly building over a large region. Pressures at ground stations and buoys all across the Western Caribbean have been falling significantly over the past day (Figure 2.) Water vapor satellite loops show that moist air surrounds 93L, and there is not much dry air to slow down development.

Tropical Storm Forming, Expected To Hit Gulf, Oil Disaster Grows

This is what many have feared. 

The coming days are going to be intense.  A massive oil disaster caused by BP will now likely be impacted by a tropical storm.  The first of many such storms that will be a part of that region’s weather for the next several months.  Those who follow the stock market already know that oil went up as crude-oil futures jumped Friday, challenging their highest levels since early May.  This is but the start of more economic worry, and environmental calamity if the storm charts a path that pushes the oil into marshes or pristine beaches.

A low-pressure area over the western Caribbean now has an 80% chance of developing into a tropical depression as it heads toward the Yucatan Peninsula and the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center reports in their 2:00 p.m. update.

If a depression and then a storm does form, it would be named Alex, and could play havoc with Gulf oil cleanup operations. Tropical depressions have wind speeds of below 39 mph, and become named tropical storms when their wind speeds surpass 39 mph.

An Air Force reconnaissance plane will be investigating the disturbance later today to determine whether a tropical cyclone has formed, the center says.

Political Cartoons Of BP Oil Disaster

Political cartoons are at times more cutting and to the point than some written editorials.  Here are some fine examples of cartoons that strike to the heart of the BP disaster.  For more click here.