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Repsol suspends drilling operations

Anchorage Daily News online -- Work on hold while company investigates Qugruk blowout.

By ERIC LIDJI and KAY CASHMAN
Petroleum News

Published: February 25th, 2012 07:40 PM
Last Modified: February 25th, 2012 07:40 PM

Fulfilling a promise to the village of Nuiqsut before the start of its North Slope exploration program, Repsol E&P USA has suspended drilling operations while it investigates the cause of a blowout at one of its four North Slope exploration pads.

"We have temporarily suspended our drilling operations in Alaska while we investigate the incident to fully understand the cause and to put in place preventative measures for future drilling operations," Greg Smith, director of the U.S. Business Unit for the Spanish oil major said in an email on Feb. 22. "The decision to continue drilling operations is subject


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KAR120CSII
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 11:11:49 PM

Probably worse than their PR firm has been telling us? Another example of a 'failsafe' system gone wrong?
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 8:22:06 PM

ans they want to build a "safe" pipeline
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 7:37:31 PM

Makes sense, this was a very rare occurrence and a small one, but cover all the bases to avoid a repeat and get back to drilling.
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 6:21:37 PM

Shocking!
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 5:27:26 PM

Probably the same reason for the Gulf blowout. When you ignore/forego safety procedures in favor of schedule/production, you have a disaster waiting to occur.
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 5:18:28 PM

Looks bad.
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 3:27:32 PM

not good
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 12:53:31 PM

Sounds like they are trying to do the right thing.
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 12:00:07 PM

GEY IT DONE........
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Message Posted: Feb 26, 2012 11:44:30 AM

As long as drilling resumes for this community.
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