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BP Builds “Floatels” To House Gulf Workers

I had suggested this as a methodology to construct housing quickly post-earthquake in Haiti. It is not aesthetic, but it is a heck of a lot better than living under a tarp. Used shipping containers can be purchased under $2,000. Putting in windows and doors is a matter of cutting them out. Insulation is nothing more than shot foam. With a basic bathroom and kitchen – you are looking at $10-12,000 a unit in quantity…

About 1/3 to 1/4th of the cost of any modular. Set it up as a production line and 30-40,000 of these can be converted, shipped, and delivered a month. They are earthquake proof, hurricane proof is anchored properly, and nearly indestructible – which is why they aren’t recycled and sit in giant scrap yards surrounding major ports.

BP FLoatel

Oil companies often have to house exploration crews in remote locations. They are experts at design, building, an construction of modular housing and it’s support infrastructure (sewer/electric/plumbing). I have no idea why none of them has ever felt the need to help the disaster areas with some public service in terms of expertise at doing this…

BP establishes floating hotels for workers in preparation for massive cleanup on Gulf Coast

The 40-foot-long corrugated steel boxes, resembling oversized white shipping containers, are stacked two high and three wide atop a barge at Port Fourchon, the oil industry’s hub on the Gulf of Mexico. The words “Martin Quarters” painted in black offer the only clue that they’re not stuffed with cargo.

This barge is a floating hotel, or “flotel,” set up by BP and several subcontractors to accommodate more than 500 workers hired to clean up the worst oil spill in U.S. history. Temporary housing is the only way to station workers at Port Fourchon, a massive shipyard that serves offshore oil rigs and is surrounded by ecologically sensitive marshes and beaches…

“There are no permanent residents here on the port,” said Dennis Link, a manager from a BP refinery who’s handling logistics at the 1,300-acre site that’s easily accessible by ship, but reachable on land only by a state road that snakes through the bayous.

On Monday afternoon, the living quarters on the flotel sat empty. Generators pumped in cool air and powered the lights, and at the foot of each bunk sat a towel, washcloth and individually wrapped bar of soap. If necessary, four tents on dry land nearby can house 500 more workers. Workers will likely be trucked in on the two-lane state road. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 1, 2010 in General

 

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Top Kill…No Kill at All

WRAPUP 4-BP fails to plug oil well with ‘top kill’

VENICE, La./HOUSTON, May 29 (Reuters) – BP Plc (BP.L) said on Saturday the complex “top kill” maneuver to plug its Gulf of Mexico oil well has failed, crushing hopes for a quick end to the largest oil spill in U.S. history already in its 40th day.

“We have not been able to stop the flow,” said Doug Suttles, the London-based oil giant’s chief operating officer.

“We have made the decision to move on to the next option,” he added.

That next option is called the lower marine riser package cap, one that captures oil from the well rather than plug it. Suttles said it could take four days or longer to show results.

U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Mary Landry, flanking Suttles at a daily briefing, said the news of the top kill failure was disappointing and that the best option for ending the spill was drilling a relief well which BP estimates will take two months.

The top kill maneuver started on Wednesday and involved pumping heavy fluids and other material into the well shaft to stifle the flow, then seal it with cement.

But it was fraught with risk because it had never been attempted at the depth of the well, a mile (1.6 km) beneath the sea.

The failure was a further blow to BP’s reputation and bottom line. The company has spent $940 million so far to try to plug the leak and clean up the sea and soiled marshlands vital to wildlife and fishing.

The news will also put further pressure on U.S. President Barack Obama, who is struggling to persuade Americans that his administration can handle the crisis. The plodding clean-up effort has sickened workers and left Gulf coast residents frustrated and angry.

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2010 in News

 

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Obama’s Katrina? Hardly.

The newest Republican game plan is to blame the oil spill on President Obama. Here is the Sno’ Ho’ claiming the Oil Companies supported President Obama…

Just so we don’t get lost in the thicket of thick-headed propaganda here – a quick reminder. This was at the 2008 Republican National Convention –

The HNIC – Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2010 in American Greed, Stupid Republican Tricks

 

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