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OGJ NEWSLETTER

Feb 26, 1990 BP is making significant progress on cleanup of the oil spill off Huntington Beach, Calif. (OGJ, Feb. 19, p. 30). It has removed all gross contamination from beaches and all oil from the water. A work force less than one third peak levels at about 300 began fine-polishing cleanup last week.

U.S. BRIEFS

Feb 26, 1990 MINERALS MANAGEMENT SERVICE set terms for OCS Sale 123 of 5,698 blocks covering 30.5 million acres in the Central Gulf of Mexico. The sale, scheduled Mar. 21 at Le Meridien Hotel, New Orleans, will offer tracts 3220 miles off Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama in 4-3,200 m of water.

ARKOMA BASIN TALLY UPDATED AS DEEP SEARCH GAINS PACE

Feb 26, 1990 M.G. Whitmire Bandera Petroleum Inc. Tulsa Recent events in the Arkoma basin bring to mind the old hunting story where the veteran hunter lures the new would-be hunter out at 4:30 AM in subfreezing temperatures, and after a few hours of keen excitement but extreme discomfort the new hunter asks, "Are we having fun yet?" Many newcomers to the basin who have been caught up in the excitement of the hunt, and spent a great deal of time and money, but have not yet enjoyed its rich rewards, are

EXXON, BP GRAPPLE WITH OIL SPILL PROBLEMS

Mar 5, 1990 Exxon Corp. and BP America continue to grapple with problems associated with oil spills off Alaska and California. A federal grand jury in Anchorage last week indicted Exxon and Exxon Shipping Co. on felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the Mar. 24, 1989, Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound off Alaska. The Justice Department said if Exxon is convicted on the five count criminal indictment, the company could face fines totaling more than $700 million.

SOUTH AMERICAN TURNING POINTS

Mar 5, 1990 Change is afoot in South America. The continent simmers in political and economic pressures. Some of the pressures already have altered business conditions for foreign oil companies. Many more likely will do so soon. All the main South American oil producing countries have struggling economies, underexplored resources, and great capital needs. That combination has created opportunities for foreign companies in some countries and should in all the others. But nationalistic resistance to

CLEAN AIR ACT AND PCB CLEANUP HOLD ATTENTION OF PROCESSORS, PIPELINES

Mar 5, 1990 Warren R. True Pipeline/Gas Processing Editor U.S. gas processing and pipeline operating companies are watching the congressional course of the Clean Air Act (CAA) reauthorization bill to learn what environmental hurdles await them in the near future. At the same time, the biggest recent environmental story affecting natural-gas transmission companies-PCB contamination at compressor sites-continues into another chapter.

INTERNATIONAL BRIEFS

Mar 5, 1990 TOTAL INDONESIA gauged an oil and gas/condensate discovery in the Mahakam area off Indonesia. Total 2B Sisi flowed 1,435 b/d of 36 gravity oil, 22 MMcfd of gas, and 1,245 b/d of 45-48 gravity condensate. The discovery, drilled as a replacement for a September 1988 blowout, bottomed at 15,385 ft in 253 ft of water. Total and Japan Petroleum Exploration Co. Ltd. unit Indonesia Petroleum Ltd. share the contractor interest 50-50.

GAS LINE PROJECTS ADVANCE, GAIN MEMBERS

Mar 5, 1990 Action continues on pipeline projects proposed to serve growing gas demand in California and the U.S. Northeast. Among the latest developments: Pacific Gas Transmission Co. and Pacific Gas & Electric Co. let contract to Bechtel Corp. to manage construction of the $1.2 billion expansion of their system from Canada to California.

OGJ NEWSLETTER

Mar 5, 1990 More oil spills bedevil industry (see story, p. 24). Illinois environmental officials hiked the estimate of a Feb. 19 crude spill caused by a pipeline rupture at Shell Oil Co.'s Wood River, Ill., refinery to 16,000 bbl, about 16 times the level Shell originally reported, state officials said. Illinois Environmental Protection Agency called for a study of the refinery, which has had a string of mishaps the past 2 years. In pipeline leaks alone, nearly 23,000 bbl of crude or product has been

FERC TO KEEP CREDITING PLAN FOR INTERSTATES

Mar 5, 1990 The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has declined to change its cross crediting mechanism in its open access transportation program for U.S. interstate gas pipelines. In Order 500-I, FERC denied requests for substantial changes in its final rule on the program.

TANKER TRAFFIC TO SHIFT IN FLORIDA KEYS AREA

Mar 5, 1990 Several oil companies have voluntarily agreed to move their tanker traffic 10 miles away from the Florida Keys. Florida Gov. Bob Martinez said the move is designed to protect coral reef and other sensitive coastal resources from the threat of groundings and oil spills.

WATCHING WASHINGTON NOT OFF JONES'S COAST

Mar 5, 1990 With Patrick Crow Lingering discord over a planned wildcat off North Carolina has had repercussions on Capitol Hill. Rep. Walter Jones (D-N.C.) and 16 other congressmen have filed a bill to overturn a 1984 Supreme Court decision that upheld the federal government's right to hold offshore lease sales even if coastal states object. The court held that federal offshore leasing is not an activity that "directly affects" the coastal zone, as defined under the 1972 Coastal Zone Management Act,

WATCHING THE WORLD FOCUS ON OIL SPILLS

Mar 5, 1990 With Roger Vielvoye from London Oil spills like the Exxon Valdez incident off Alaska, Khark 5 off Morocco, and American Trader off California are concentrating the minds of oil companies on environmental and public relations repercussions from their world tanker operations. One of the biggest oil transporters, Royal Dutch/Shell Group, has moved to ensure that tankers on charter to the company are adequately insured against the potentially crippling costs of cleaning up a major spill in a

CONTINGENCY PLANNING CRUCIAL TO OIL-SPILL RESPONSE

Mar 5, 1990 Charles B. Anderson, Brian D. Starer Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens New York The first line of defense against an oil spill or release of hazardous substances is an effective individual company contingency plan and a well-trained and organized response team. Facility-specific plans should be prepared for coastal and offshore petroleum exploration wells and production facilities, terminals, and other oil-transfer facilities, and any other sites with a potential for spills of hazardous

GAS CONTROL-1 SYSTEM INTEGRATES SCHEDULING, MODELING, MONITORING

Mar 5, 1990 Mark A. Westhoff Colorado Interstate Gas Co. Colorado Springs Tracking and accounting for shippers' gas on Colorado Interstate Gas Co.'s pipeline system have been greatly improved by development of an integrated set of computer programs to schedule, model, and monitor transportation and sales gas. Based on a DEC VAX 11/780 computer, the system consists of a transportation gas information-management system, a supervisory control and data acquisition (scada) system, and a gas-control
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