22nd June 2010
IT’S RAINING OIL IN NEW ORLEANS
OIL DRILLING EXPERT: ‘METHANE BUBBLE A HOAX’
Respected author and militia expert J.B. Campbell has worked most of
his life in the oil fields of the world, and has an insider’s
perspective that many people, especially those manipulating the news,
don’t want to hear. He writes:
It appears that BP drilled to 18,000' as claimed. I don't find any
evidence they went deeper, as Williams and others have claimed. But
that's from sea level, which means the well bore was about 13,000'
from the sea bed. That's not very remarkable. But there are lots of
bad things that happened. Rense asked me to write a "concise" piece,
which went as follows:
Senator Nelson has suggested that the BP well casing, the steel tube
through which oil and gas are produced, is damaged or in some way
"pierced." What is likelier is that the cement job done by
Halliburton did not produce a good bond between the casing and the
earth surrounding it, allowing oil and gas to leak upwards from the
production zone to the surface on the outside of the casing. If that
is the case, the well has cratered and there is no way to control the
flow. Reports of plumes of oil appearing some miles from the
wellhead would indicate this, if the reports are correct. BP says
they cannot find these plumes.
According to the electrical engineer interviewed on 60 Minutes, the
annular blowout preventer had been ripped and wrecked by dragging 16'
of drill pipe through it inadvertently during drilling operations
The annular BOP, which we call a bag, is a very heavy duty rubber
bladder that is expanded with hydraulic fluid and makes a pretty good
seal around the drill pipe. It's usually about five feet tall and is
right under the rig floor, on top of the mechanical rams, which are
much more powerful. The one on the sea bed was probably a lot bigger.
You can pull drill pipe through it without harm if you need to get
the tool joint up high enough to connect or disconnect another joint.
But you're not supposed to drag a tool joint through it (the upset
ends of DP, where they connect). That can wreck the bag.
The guy said that pieces of rubber were fished out of the mud pit!
So they knew that the bag was no good. How drilling operations could
continue, or casing could be run with a wrecked bag is not
understandable. The MMS guy and the State of Louisiana guy were on
the rig to observe the pressure tests on Halliburton's two cement
plugs and the cement job on the casing. And, once you cement the
casing (pump cement from the casing shoe up the outside between casing
and earth, filling the space with fast-setting cement to prevent oil
or gas from leaking up the backside to the surface or into other
sensitive zones), then you run a cement bond log (CBL) to see how good
the cement job was, to see if the cement may have channeled and left
open voids in critical areas, or whatever. Halliburton and the
company man figure the capacity of the space to fill with cement,
based on caliper logs that were run on a wire line before casing was
run into the hole. Then you pump maybe twice as much cement as needed
just to make sure, in case you lose circulation and lose cement into
the formation, failing to fill it all the way up. Schlumberger was
hired to run the cement bond log and had been waiting on the rig for
two days to run these logs.
BUT, the BP company man told them to forget it - go on home. We
don't want a CBL! Of course, the federal guy and the state guy are
there to approve the CBL and they let Schlumberger be run off? This
is unheard of. ESPECIALLY considering that this well had been kicking
for weeks, presumably ever since they drilled into the zone of
production. So the drilling fluid (mud) was not quite heavy enough to
control the gas coming out of the formation. The engineers may have
wanted it slightly underbalanced to protect the zone (you try not to
mess up the zone with mud if you can avoid it).
So, we don't know how good the Halliburton cement job was - no CBL.
The danger here with such a high-pressure well is that gas may leak
up the backside, between casing and earth, and then there's no way to
control it. It can lead to the ultimate nightmare - a crater.
Halliburton also placed two cement temporary abandonment plugs, one
down at TD (total depth) and one higher up. Both plugs had to have
been pressure tested to the satisfaction of the government guys and
the BOP had to be pressure tested, ditto. This is where it gets a
little murky. All of the components of the BOP have to be tested:
the bag, the pipe rams, the blind rams and the shear rams. But there
was drill pipe in the hole so the blind and shear rams couldn't be
tested. And we know the bag was wrecked, so it couldn't pass. So
they could have tested the pipe rams (that shut around the drill
pipe) but how could the government guys accept just one test?
Then, the incredible order by the company man to displace the well
with sea water when they're already very underbalanced, or maybe
exactly balanced. Sea water is forty percent lighter than the mud
they were using! This order reportedly led to a shouting match
between the company man and the toolpusher and driller, who must have
told him he was insane. The company man has admitted that he was
inexperienced! But that's no excuse for a suicidal order that is
guaranteed to result in a blowout. We go to well control schools all
the time, just to stay sharp and practice on BOP simulators with very
difficult problems thrown at us. We practice the ways to circulate
out the gas bubble before it can rise and expand uncontrollably. We
have to be certified on this every two years.
Now, I'm still wondering where all this kicking gas was coming from
in a cased and cemented and plugged well. They say it was methane,
but how does wild methane get into a cased and plugged well? The
plugs were obviously no good, so how could they proceed without
running new cement plugs? Where were the government guys?
So, they were drilling a high-pressure well with a broken, untested
BOP with the knowledge of the federal and state reps. BP ordered
critical heavy drilling mud (weight unknown) to be replaced with sea
water, during which changeover the blowout naturally occurred. That's
why there was the shouting match, and I'm surprised the Transocean
hands would even follow such an insane order. The pusher should have
called his supervisor and had the company man run off, or at least
bawled out by BP for issuing such an order. Saving money by reusing
the mud is one thing - we do it all the time - but never on a kicking
well. The question is, how could a cased and plugged well kick?
Where was the gas coming from?
Was the company man actually following orders from above? Now we
learn that BP's CEO is also CEO of Goldman Sachs International and
that GS shorted Transocean before the blowout and sold 40% of its
stock in BP! This is just too much. Leuren Moret calls this sort of
thing Disaster Capitalism which always has a hidden purpose, usually
having to do with making obscene profits.
I'm still wondering why the Texas-proved oil-eating microbes are not
being used. Who benefits from destroying the Gulf Coast?
When I was with ARCO (today BP), I was ordered to drill with water
instead of mud on a six-well program near Santa Maria, in order to
save money because we were in a lost-circulation area where mud just
disappears into the formation. But you still need mud for lubrication
and to prevent sticking. When you get stuck in the hole, you have to
use dangerous jars and sometimes the rig falls over from the violent
action and guys get hurt or killed. So I refused the order to use
water, much to the consternation of my boss, who was trying to have me
do exactly that - get stuck in the hole and justify firing me. I
continued to use drilling fluid and drilled all six wells to
completion successfully. There wasn't anything my boss could say
because there's no way to justify such an order. The BP company man
could have told his BP bosses to get stuffed, but he didn't have the
knowledge or experience or guts to do it.
Rense didn't like it - no comment. I suspect a lot of oil and gas
have been leaking out of the sea bed forever, just as you see out here
in Santa Barbara, both on land and in the SB Channel.
I am thinking that the methane bubble thing is a hoax, along with the
"drilled to 30,000' secretly" and the tsunami. The casing did not get
a good cement job by Halliburton, and even Halliburton wanted
Schlumberger to do the cement bond long to check how good the cement
job was. But the BP guy deliberately disobeyed the casing program and
he had to have been authorized or ordered to do that. It is really
incomprehensible. It appears to be Agenda 21, which I wasn't familiar
with until recently.
Attached are some of the crazy objections we've been getting from the
professional environmental orgs, and the UN on our Ocean Plastic
All the best,
ILLUSION OF A FALSE SPILL: THE ASPHALT VOLCANO
TOXIC IRRATIONALITY DRIVING AMERICA
THE SPILL, THE SCANDAL AND THE PRESIDENT
GULF COAST WEATHER EYE
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