WTI Spikes Following News Of GOM Platform Loss Of Control, Spill

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Even if the last thing the tapering US "recovery" needed is a surge in energy costs, it may soon be getting them following yet another news flashback, this time to the 2010 GOM disaster. Just headlines for now from Bloomberg:


WTI meanwhile up another $0.70 just shy of $105. Time to rid the world of evil speculators once and for all.

The full story, which appeared earlier, in FuelFix:

Five workers were forced to evacuate a platform in the Gulf of Mexico on Monday evening when gas condensate began escaping from a Talos Energy well.


The decades-old well south of Louisiana has been inactive for 15 years and was in the process of being permanently abandoned. As workers conducted plugging and abandonment operations on Monday, salt water containing a small amount of gas and light condensate began to flow from the well, said Talos Energy president Timothy Duncan.


“In an abundance of caution, we decided to evacuate the platform and mobilize our spill response team,” Duncan said. “We are focused on the safety of our personnel while taking all appropriate measures to limit any environmental impact.”


Duncan speculated that the age of the tubing may have contributed to the incident.


Because the well taps into an old field first developed in the 1970s and was producing mostly water at a low-flowing pressure of 175 pounds per square inch when it was last operational in 1998, the new discharge may be leaking slowly with relatively few hydrocarbons.


Still, a light rainbow sheen was detected at the site. Workers estimated the sheen spanned an area four miles wide by three quarters of a mile long.


Duncan said the company was “doing everything we can to have the well under control as soon as possible, which we expect to be within the next 24 hours.”


Workers returned to the site Tuesday to work to bring the well under control.


The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement and Coast Guard are overseeing Talos’ response and will conduct an investigation of the incident. Agency officials are stationed at a command center in Houston, monitoring well control and pollution response efforts.


Coast Guard and safety bureau officials conducted an overflight of the site Tuesday and documented natural gas flowing from the well.


Two other wells at the platform were producing at the time and have subsequently been shut-in, federal officials said.


A private, Houston-based oil and gas company, Talos acquired the well from Energy Resource Technology in February.


The leaking well is located in Ship Shoal block 225, about 74 miles southwest of Port Fourchon, La. The facility has been the subject of an active idol iron removal program, approved by federal regulators at the safety bureau, under which Talos decommissions and removes old structures.

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Tue, 07/09/2013 - 16:56 | 3735251 The Shootist
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Uhh. Sigh.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 16:59 | 3735262 DoChenRollingBearing
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Indeed, ugh, not again.  Might be time to throw some perps in jail for sloppiness...  That would serve as an example to be extra-careful.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:02 | 3735271 CrimsonAvenger
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Yeah, they can say hi to Corzine while there. Oh, wait.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:13 | 3735308 ParkAveFlasher
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Another fabulous hurricane season on the way. 


Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:18 | 3735321 tip e. canoe
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wonder which city is going to play the gas ration game this year?

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:27 | 3735346 ParkAveFlasher
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It'll be NYC again.  Bloomy is nothing but cooperative with the CB agenda of capital controls (or supply controls, which is the same thing, because money won't move if it has no goods or services to chase).

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:29 | 3735356 malikai
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Let me be the first to call it: SPR release at $115 WTI.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:34 | 3735374 CPL
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It's tuesday.  Another 3 day's to go so people can take a breath.  Once the algo's get into it tommorrow it'll be completely over the top.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:49 | 3735412 noless
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Can we get some articles on domestic refinery capacity and utilization? Units stored and average flow/restoration of stock vs depletion?

Whose "hoarding" etc?

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:07 | 3735456 Flakmeister
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Or you could simply find the charts for yourself...

Hint: Google is your friend, hell, even Bing and Yahoo! can find them....

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:23 | 3735491 noless
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You didn't write that...


Looks like a downward trend.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:29 | 3735500 noless
Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:41 | 3735514 Flakmeister
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You answered your own questions... Do you really want a shill to tell you what they mean?

Edit: This is one my favs


I roll it out when asshats talk about "no new refineries"....

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:49 | 3735537 noless
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Please tell me what the above means.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:51 | 3735545 Flakmeister
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You are going to have to be a little more specific....

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:54 | 3735549 noless
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I think we already answered that.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:51 | 3735544 noless
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Because capacity directly correlates to "new refineries"? Compare our two most recent links bro..

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 19:01 | 3735560 Flakmeister
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No because asshats try to blame the EPA for a lack of new refineries while refining capacity has increased...

I have dinner guests coming shortly. I'll check back later....

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 19:09 | 3735582 noless
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Flak, don't get bent out of shape, i like you, i like what you contribute.

That said, i don't see the epa as a paragon of transparency and efficiency..

Trust me on this, i value a clean environment, but how we get there isn't as easy as trusting with full faith an agency that can be obstructed and bribed into worthlessness.

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 00:01 | 3736426 Flakmeister
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Not getttng bent out of shape by any means...

I trust the EPA despite all its flaws to monitor the quality of the air and water than I do for either of the Koch siblings or ANY corporate executive esp. those involved with fossil fuels... In fact, the EPA does a remarkable job considering the bullshit they have to deal with from an obstructionist Congress that is clearly in the hands of the worst polluters...

Go ahead junk away, but if you do, tell me what county you live in and I will show you the Mercury levels and life expectancy for that county and if enough you junk, we should be able to get enough data to show how strongly they anti-correlate....

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 02:28 | 3736638 Totentänzerlied
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You should know better than to think that enormous life expectancy is some kind of universal ideal or worthy goal, let alone a realistic option, and that there are no other nontrivial factors, for that matter. You're gonna have to do better than that, a lot better. Not that you can, evidently.

The rest of your post is good old naïveté mixed with outright shilling, ho-hum; would make a decent comedy routine.

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 08:34 | 3736956 Flakmeister
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Blow it out your ass...

Here is the data, keep deluding yourself, at least I know that my children and I are nowhere near a coal fired powerplant,


maybe I will post the data for Hg exposure and loss of IQ (that would explain many things)....

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 09:16 | 3737065 dunce
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Obama likes high oil prices, SPR releases are political eye wash so the real trigger for action is an impending election. The release will dominate the news for at least two days while real issues are pushed off to the side to be dealt with after the election. Despite this administrations best (or worst) efforts there is no supply shortage.

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 09:34 | 3737099 Flakmeister
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You seem to enjoy making shit up or are you simply living up to your avatar?

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 09:21 | 3737077 Cult of PersonALity
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Chicago !   My (kind of) Town!   Summer blends, winter blends,  it all blends.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:23 | 3735322 SHEEPFUKKER

Why can't these psychopaths just naked short to hell paper oil and make everything seem fine? 

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:27 | 3735349 ParkAveFlasher
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Oh, we'll be burning paper for energy soon enough.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 19:02 | 3735469 Flakmeister
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Could it be that oil is actually consumed unlike gold?

Edit: It is truly remarkable how the fucktards hit the down button without giving any thought to the matter.... Sigh

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 19:18 | 3735603 noless
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Then argue cogently and coherently with them.

You asked me to use google to find true refinery stats, the top hits are all eia.gov,

"In order to cure, you must first understand": Scientist in 28 days later

You honestly believe that the financial sector gives a fuck about oils natural state?

I can't argue with you, this is all completely insane.

Cue the plague monkeys.
(i largely agree with you)

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 00:00 | 3736436 Flakmeister
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That only works with some of them, the others don;t want to here shit about anything. Discussion must be rooted in facts, and if the facts are alien and denied, there is no argument...

If there is one lesson I would to pass on is that:

The first step towards true knowledge is to realize your ignorance. Only then can you learn... 

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 02:37 | 3736651 Totentänzerlied
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The irony, coming from you, oh my, that is fantastic!

Oh rationalists, empiricists, humanists, progressives, if not for all the horror you've created, you'd make the best jesters a king could have.

It's the blind leading the blind, but hey, at least they can "here"!

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 09:36 | 3737105 Flakmeister
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Have you ever added anything of use or interest here?

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:15 | 3735313 Divided States ...
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So much shit going on right now that I wouldnt be surprised if big fuckin monsters pop out from the ocean to destroy cities (ala the movie Pacific Rim coming out next week)...but unfortunately the only robots that humanity has right now are those effin HFT bots trying to scalp a few cents of each trade.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:15 | 3735314 bobola
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Interesting timing.  My bicycle count increased by 2 over the weekend.  Up to 8, now.

Let the oil price rise.


Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:19 | 3735326 prains
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16 legs wow must make for interesting pants

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:23 | 3735338 The Thunder Child
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Yeah but watch out for those trouser burps

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:27 | 3735352 prains
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taint convergence maximal

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:31 | 3735361 CrashisOptimistic
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You'll be able to get to the grocery story.

But the stuff that goes on those shelves won't.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:36 | 3735383 CPL
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Everyone will be reaching for a gardening tool and the help of a neighbour loooong before they touch their guns.


See how this is going to work yet?

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 22:45 | 3736208 johnQpublic
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surely you jest

a gun comes before labor for a non-insignificant portion of population

hint:non preppers

ethnically challenged

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:37 | 3735386 McMolotov
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Americans are, for the most part, fat and lazy. Ride a bike? Pffffft.

One more reason for El Presidente to declare amnesty for illegals and open the floodgates. We'll need rickshaw drivers.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 18:43 | 3735529 bobola
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Sad but true.

Talking about the money I don't spend at the gas pump or doctor's office would apparently be lost on this non-biking crowd.



Tue, 07/09/2013 - 19:03 | 3735565 Iriestx
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You'll spend what you save ten times over when you get hit by a car and have to pay your share of your Obamacare.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 21:44 | 3736029 ForTheWorld
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As a fellow rider of bicycles, be careful what you wish for - tyres, tubes, grease and lubricants are mostly oil based, so either start stocking up on the above, or at least ride on brilliantly smooth roads so things don't wear out as quickly.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 22:46 | 3736213 johnQpublic
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a decent quality bike does not use grease in any capacity

wax lubes only

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 17:27 | 3735353 Gringo Viejo
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Not to worry! I'm sure Talos will corexit.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 16:57 | 3735253 johngaltfla
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Figures. Just when our beaches started looking nice again. Time to break out the chemicals to poison my Gulf Beaches some more....

Wed, 07/10/2013 - 09:29 | 3737093 dunce
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The leakage as described is far from shore and will largely dissipate naturally. A sheen is only a molecule thick which normal wave action will break apart. Much ado about nothing.

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 16:57 | 3735256 quasimodo
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For what, I have no fucking clue, but it's gotta be bull(shit)ish for something

Tue, 07/09/2013 - 16:59 | 3735263 JailBank
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Bullish for cleanup crews! Now they can make a little extra coin and throw it in to the markets.

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