Incident Disclosure 2011

C-NLOPB responding to SBM Spill from the Henry Goodrich

March 28, 2011

The C-NLOPB is responding to a report of 26,400 litres of synthetic based mud (SBM) spilled from the Henry Goodrich drilling rig on Monday, March 28, 2011. The spill was reported to the C-NLOPB by Suncor in accordance with the reporting guidelines and environmental officers are looking into the root cause of the incident. The spill has been recorded on the C-NLOPBā€™s website under Environment – Spill Statistics, which was updated on March 30, 2011.

Synthetic based mud is a heavy, dense fluid used during drilling operations to lubricate the drill pipe and balance reservoir pressure. Because of its weight, the mud sinks rapidly in the water column and rests on the sea floor. The synthetic base oil used in SBM is a food-grade oil of extremely low toxicity. Because of this, effects of SBM spills typically are limited to within tens of meters of a well site and are associated with physical smothering due to seabed coverage by the mud.


Incident Disclosures 2011

DateUpdate
December 16, 2011Contact Between the Maersk Detector and GSF Grand Banks
November 25, 2011Contact Between the Maersk Detector and GSF Grand Banks
November 22, 2011Hydraulic leak identified on Cougar helicopter – Update
November 21, 2011Hydraulic leak identified on Cougar helicopter
November 21, 2011Choke and Kill Lines Impairment – GSF Grand Banks
October 13, 2011C-NLOPB Responding to SBM Spill from GSF Grand Banks
October 6, 2011Grand Banks Operators Managing Satellite Communications Problem
September 20, 2011C-NLOPB Responding to SBM Spill by Husky Energy
August 30, 2011Scheduled Flight Turnaround
August 26, 2011SeaRose Power Outage
August 26, 2011Hibernia Lifeboat Impairment (Update)
August 25, 2011Hibernia Lifeboat Impairment
August 11, 2011Cougar Flight 851 Departure from Normal Flight Regime (Update)
July 23, 2011Cougar Flight 851 Departure from Normal Flight Regime
July 17, 2011Scheduled Flight Turnaround Incident
June 6, 2011Lifting system failure on GSF Grand Banks
April 27, 2011Small Fire in the Electrical Switch Room on the Henry Goodrich
April 14, 2011Scheduled Flight Turnaround Incident April 14, 2011
April 11, 2011Loss of Containment on the GSF Grand Banks
April 1, 2011Minor Incident with Flight 521 April 1, 2011
March 28, 2011C-NLOPB responding to SBM Spill from the Henry Goodrich