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Gun Violence Is Not Normal. Or Patriotic.

I'm sitting here in Denver, watching local coverage of yet another mass shooting by a gun nut, this time in a theatre during a midnight screening of the new Batman movie. At this time, 12 are reported dead, 50 wounded. The televised scenes at the theatre and the arrested shooter's apartment show police who are all heavily armed, all dressed in storm trooper black military uniforms. Only a few miles from the scene of the Columbine shootings in 1999, where 12 students and one teacher were killed, and 21 others wounded, this massacre has rocked Denver. Just like after the Columbine shootings, the Arizona shooting where Gabby Giffords was critically shot, 8 others killed, and 9 wounded, the Virginia Tech massacre, and the Trayvon Martin shooting, there will be lots of bloviating by pundits on all sides of the gun argument. Politicos will be looking for any reason to advance their personal cause based on the personal circumstances/ideology/politics/mental state of the shooter, all trying
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Bob Cavnar is a 30-year veteran of the oil and gas industry with deep experience in operations, start-ups, turn-arounds, and management of both public and private companies. He was most recently President and Chief Executive Officer of Milagro Exploration, a large, privately held oil and gas exploration firm based in Houston, Texas with operations along the Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi Gulf Coasts, and offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. Cavnar holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Southern Methodist University and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School. He blogs at dailyhurricane.com.


What’s Changed About Deepwater Drilling Since Macondo? Not a Lot.

April 20th at 9:50 pm central time marked the exact time that BP’s deepwater well named Macondo blew out, killing eleven workers, destroying Transocean’s Deepwater Horizon, and putting 5 million barrels of oil into the water 5,000 feet below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico.  Most of the world has moved on since then, […]
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Arrest of BP Engineer Exposes the Smoking Gun?

Today, the Justice Department arrested a former BP engineer on two counts of obstruction of justice for allegedly destroying hundreds of text messages that included details of flow rate calculations of their blown out Macondo well in the days immediately following the Gulf disaster on April 20, 2010, just over two years ago. The engineer, […]
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The Fight for Equality from MLK to Occupy Wall Street

When it comes to tangibly honoring great Americans, Washington tends to drag its collective feet, usually decades, before making room along the Mall for a tribute. The notable exception is the Viet Nam war memorial that was completed a mere 7 years after the war ended; the impetus to build it so quickly was the […]
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Final Government Report on BP Blowout Cites “Poor Risk Management

Today, The Joint Investigation Team (“JIT”), made up of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (“BOEMRE”) (formerly “MMS”) and the United States Coast Guard issued its final report on it’s investigation of BP’s Macondo Well Blowout and subsequent oil spill that occurred on April 20, 2010. The report came in 2 volumes, […]
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Are We The People Ready for Hurricane Irene?

At this hour, rain bands are coming ashore at Nags Head, North Carolina. The main body of the storm is expected ashore between 2 and 6 am eastern time. This massive storm is then forecast to run north up the East Coast of the US, crossing Washington, DC, Delaware, New York and Philadelphia, then up […]
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Preliminary Deepwater Horizon Report Rips Transocean, Marshall Islands

(April 23rd) Late yesterday, the Deepwater Horizon Joint Investigation board issued a preliminary report of its findings related to causes of the Macondo well disaster that come under the jurisdiction of the Coast Guard.  This report focused only on the vessel, its condition, and the actions of the crew that caused the explosions and loss […]
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Transocean Execs Shamed into Donating Safety Bonuses, Keep the Rest

You’ve probably heard by now that Transocean announced last week that 2010 was its “best year for safety performance” based on incident rate statistics even though their offshore rig, the Deepwater Horizon, burned down and sank during the largest blowout and oilspill in the history of the US. Eleven workers were killed in the disaster, […]
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More Bad News: BOEMRE Halts Floating Facility Startup Due to Equipment Failure

Brazilian producer Petrobras announced yesterday that the BOEMRE ordered a halt to the startup of its Chinook/Cascade deepwater floating production, storage, and offloading (FPSO) facility that had just been permitted a few weeks ago.  The halt was ordered due to the failure of a buoyancy can that supports the free standing risers that bring oil […]
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Back to Square One? BOP Investigator Admits to Key Error in Report

Yesterday, under intense questioning from the attorney for blowout preventer (BOP) manufacturer Cameron International, the project manager for Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the company who led the investigation of the BOP, admitted an error in the computer model they used to determine the cause of failure of the BOP during the BP well blowout last […]
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Good for Rachel…She’s Staying After the Deepwater Horizon BOP Story

Tonight, Rachel Maddow stayed after the story in which I played a small part last night…that subsea blowout preventers (BOPs) cannot reliably contain deepwater blowouts.  Apparently, the Department of Interior is unhappy with her coverage of this story, but I believe she is correct in shining a bright light on this issue.  Currently, the US […]
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