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Noble rig leaves U.S. Gulf for Brazil
03-05-2011, 07:11 AM #1
Tacolover II Member
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People/Americans are going to regret actions like this. Every barrel of oil not produced from the Gulf will be coming from oversea further increasing our dependence on foreign oil. The likelihood of a ocean Tanker accident is far greater than a blowout.

"Noble Corp. in January announced plans to move one of its deep-water drilling rigs out of the Gulf of Mexico amid a spill-related slowdown in activity. This week, the Swiss-based driller made good on its promise.

It loaded the Noble Clyde Boudreaux, an ultra-deepwater semisubmersible, on a ship in Pascagoula, Miss., that will carry the rig 5,000 miles to Brazil, where it has a contract with Shell.

That new contract, starting in April, will last for a year and is $290,000 per day, which is less than the previous Gulf lease, Noble said.

Noble, Diamond Offshore and other offshore drilling contractors have recently moved rigs out of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico in response to regulatory delays in issue new drilling permits in the wake of the BP oil spill last year.

Last week, the Interior Department approved the first deep-water drilling permit since a five-month moratorium on the practice was lifted in October. But the oil and gas industry says the process must move faster or more rigs will leave, jobs will be lost and U.S. offshore oil production will decline.

Officials with the Interior’s Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement deny they are stalling and dispute industry claims there is a backlog of permits awaiting approval. They contend the permitting process is necessarily taking longer than it did prior to the deadly BP blowout. Operators must prove they can comply with tougher safety and environmental rules implemented after the disaster, the bureau said."


03-05-2011, 07:26 AM #2
Tacolover II Member
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Here's one for Shadow...

03-05-2011, 05:43 PM #3
Shadow Incognito Anonymous
I struggle with that Taco, seems the more questions I ask the less answers I have. My first thought on the vid is, they want jobs, they want gasoline, they just don't want the consequences of having it. Let Alberta have the pollution and the pipelines. They want it both ways and it doesn't work like that. dunno.gif
03-05-2011, 06:40 PM #4
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(03-05-2011, 05:43 PM)Shadow Wrote:  I struggle with that Taco, seems the more questions I ask the less answers I have. My first thought on the vid is, they want jobs, they want gasoline, they just don't want the consequences of having it. Let Alberta have the pollution and the pipelines. They want it both ways and it doesn't work like that. dunno.gif

Shadow most questions are too broad that have no simple answers and you have to understand the transport and refining business which I have minimal knowledge in. If my father was alive today he could answer all that. That was his gig, graduated from University of Alberta/Edmonton and was GM of a refinery there and. Transferred to Calgary, Toronto, Montreal, back to Toronto then to Houston by the time I was 11-years old. All this was his Gig.

I'll try some; Crude oil is used to make many products besides gasoline. The heavier the crude, the longer the chemical bond/molecule. The further they break down that molecule the higher the grade of product is example lik motor oil, diesel, gasoline, kerosene, jet fuel etc etc
Refiners use a blend of crudes to produce their product. Depending on the efficiency of the refineries, higher efficiencies yields more product.

The heavier the crude the more processes the crude goes through to reach the desired product. Commonly cracking the molecule, many different cracking methods, usually superheating the compound and adding a catalyst... Sorry

So anyway these pipelines do not just go to 1-destination but to many adding to a overall blend. Some refineries take more say Tarsand "heavy" than others depending on the refinery type and size. Kind of like having a pipeline from the grocery store to your house with your house being the refinery.

These different blends come from all over the world, some pipelined, some via tankers. For this reason it is more efficient to refine closer to end user and have the multiple products transported out a long distance, hence 1-pipeline to many. 1- dedicated to gas,1-kerosene, 1-to jet fuel etc etc. Once refined product goes to storage with terminals and tanked over to retailers that purchase the product so with the US population is much higher than say Canada it just makes more sense to transport the crude.

This is just minimal basic stuff as I understand it. But a story does come to mind.
Years back weather patterns shifted (natural occurrence) and their was a concern CANADIAN pollution was environmentally destroying some lakes close to the border all the people were pointing a finger at Canadian manufacturing causing the problem. These lakes were considered "dead" with no oxygen. Bad bad Canadians. So Canada sent their top environmentalists that worked with American environmentalists and the culprit was found to be Ducks and Geese migratory patterns had shifted also and all the duck and goose crap polluted the lakes. TRUE chuckle.gif

Another case of pointing fingers towards issues that are not even pertinent. My philosophy is always know the facts before making a judgment, not before.

03-05-2011, 07:06 PM #5
Tacolover II Member
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This is not the lake I was referring to but has some valid points...

"“One adult Canada goose can excrete one pound of feces every day,” Clayton said. “You can only image the poundage involved with a large gaggle of geese.”



So does this make a poop thread??
03-06-2011, 01:41 AM #6
Octo Mother Superior
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yes chuckle.gifban.gif
03-06-2011, 02:09 AM #7
JayRodney ⓐⓛⓘⓔⓝ
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İmage Is this our first poop thread?




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