From a Halliburton press kit:
"Halliburton continues to assist in efforts to identify the factors
that may have lead up to the disaster, but it is premature and
irresponsible to speculate on any specific causal issues."
Is a company that very well may have been responsible for the loss of
11 human lives and a massive economic/ecological disaster really
lecturing us not to speculate on the catastrophes causes?
Let the blames begin!
I recall reading in early news articles of this incident, that BP had
considered an event of this scale and nature in their risk analysis to
create a response plan, but discarded it as they considered it extremely
unlikely to occur - their high priced talent crossed it off the list of
When a company puts an oil rig in place to exercise its American rights
license, do they file a disaster / reaction plan with some US Agency ?
And if so, does that Agency review the plan and respond with an acceptance
or denial of permission to proceed with drilling?
Now for my cynical thoughts on this ...
If there is, does said Agency have any authority or is toothless
If there is no Agency, look at the opportunity to create new employment !
If there is such an Agency, maybe there will be some restructuring happening
soon, with some replacement hirings.
Or maybe calmer heads will prevail and instead of looking for excuses to
create new boondoggles or axe the blameless, they'll figure out what
went wrong and fix the design of the BOP so that it doesn't happen again.
I'm a cynic. As long as the BOP gadgets are mechanical, a large enough
explosion will render them useless. Redundancy can only be carried to the
I'd venture to guess that when the real causes of the disaster have been
pinpointed, more redundancy and remedial actions will be taken. I'm
neither in favor nor totally against drilling, but this disaster shouldn't
One good thing may be that in the armer Gulf more of the sticky and toxic
components will evaporate before getting into the ecosystems. (I can hope,
Bingo. There is no machine that cannot be broken. Never has been and
never will be.
But what went bust this time can be allowed for in future designs.
Which means that next time it will go bust in some other way.
Not sure how you can do redundancy though--have two BOPs stacked? Bring
a second manufacturer into the game so that they are completely
different designs with different points of failure? What will happen
then is that one will break in an unanticipated way that blocks the
operation of the other.
And then there's the possibility of deliberate sabotage.
Nahh, when the volatiles evaporate, that's when the sticky stuff gets
_real_ sticky. And if you've lived in that area you'll have experienced
slowly sinking into a paved road if you stand still too long.
When Drake sailed up the west coast, he reputedly mentioned an oil slick
more than a hundred miles long off what is now Santa Barbara. Nature will do
quite well on its own:
"Why aren't enviros out there sucking it all up?" I wonder.
I remember getting tar on my feet in Oceanside, CA from the 1969 Santa
Barbara oil spill. It was a nuisance for over a year.
Courage is the power to let go of the familiar.
-- Raymond Lindquist
As a child I spent time on the Dutch North Sea beaches. Dad carried a
bottle of turpentine or some such so we could was the tar of our feet
before going home. Those tarballs were probably from fuel oil from the
ships going by, but were annoying nevertheless. Never thought about them
as particularly toxic when they were tar balls. Really liquid oil, like
what floated on the Rhine were we swam, that was something else ...
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