Simply put, there are now many more new questions and concerns given the data and information that has been officially published.
The following cursory assessment presents a “report on the Reports” submitted to the Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference by BK LIM, Geohazards Specialist. We leave it to the reader to decide how to interpret the various basic discrepancies.
Gulf Oil Spill Remediation Conference
It would then mean the total depth of the well was only 18,360 ft BSL or 5,000 ft short of the 23,360 ft BSL the well was supposed to have reached at the time of blowout.
If the 10,000 ft mark is supposed to be below mudline (ML) we again run into another problem. The depth interval from seabed to 10,000 ft mark is equal to the depth interval from 10,000 to 15,000 ft and 15,000 to 20,000 ft. Now that cannot be right either.
For the seismic section to be consistent with the drilling information given out by BP, the correct depth scale should approximate to the assumed scale given on the right.
Thus, we come to the conclusion:
If simple facts and depths can be so confusing, what more can we expect from sophisticated analyses with missing facts? Can we trust BP’s internal investigation report (BP Deepwater_Horizon_Accident_Investigation_Report) to be credible when the depth information given out to the Oil Commission investigation team was slightly confused to a difference of 5,000 ft? Was it so surprising my previous article on The Forensic Analysis Of BP’s Bathymetric Chart, revealed so many errors and improprieties?
Who exactly does the BP mean when it says “Transocean?” Does it mean the top level management at the company, the mid-level employees, or the grassroots workers on the rig at the time of the explosion?
It doesn’t seem like BP has any ill will at all towards the top-level management at Transocean, or the CEO. BP has just gone ahead to extend its contract with Transocean at another rig in the same area. According to Reuters, BP has signed up Discoverer Enterprise for about a year and a half. The contract will run from February of 2011 to July of 2012.
Obviously, all is hunky Dory between Transocean and BP. So I’m guessing that when BP says “Transocean” is to blame for the oil rig explosion, it actually means the workers on the rig at the time of the explosion. I believe that when BP says Transocean is at fault, it actually means the Transocean employees who were on the rig at the time of the blast, including the rig managers and workers, and not the Transocean CEO or any other top level executive at the company.