Friday, June 11, 2010
BP = Broken pipe
This little machine pictured above is a little invention from Kevin Costner that can process oil at 200 gallons per minute. He's gotten a lot of attention of late for his invention but come to find out that the technology has been around for a while. A Fla. company called Voraxial has a machine that will do 3500 gpm or 100,000 barrels per day. Sounds great doesn't it? It would have been until BP put a slight fly in the ointment. These machines work on the principle that oil is lighter than water. By spinning out the water with centrifugal force the oil is left to be collected. BP in their infinite wisdom has been dumping thousands of gallons of dispersant on the flow effectively changing the weight of the oil. I heard that when Costner ran some test runs of his machine it failed.
There's some 50 BP engineers working on this spill. I'll bet they have more degrees than a thermometer, but not one of them has a lick of common sense.
So BP lies and tries to cover this up as scientists from the Gulf coast states are carefully trying to put this CSI together. Just got an email from the CSB (Chemical Safety Board) saying that they were asked by the feds to investigate. CSB is an outfit that investigates industrial accidents. They have no authority to issue fines or penalties so they are objective. They aren't political. They just want to find out the causes of an accident so that companies can change their operations.
But here's a snippet of just some of what's going on in the background:
MIAMI, Florida - University of Miami professor Hans Graber said Thursday that evidence of the spill on the surface of the Gulf waters should have decreased by now if the cap had significantly minimized the flow. That is not the case. The Coast Guard says the containment cap is capturing 630,000 gallons a day and pumping it to a ship at the surface. That amount could nearly double by next week to roughly 1.17 million gallons. Graber could not explain the discrepancy, but one possiblity is that the amount of oil escaping the well increased when a pipe was cut to place the containment cap.
This is kind of scary when you consider all the dispersants BP is using.
More later as soon as I can find a good Friday beaver shot.