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Unread 05-12-2010, 10:24 PM
 
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Default I know this is really a back-handed compliment...

I am not happy about any of the disaster going on in the Gulf with the BP well...I think they probably violated common sense by ignoring safety regulations and prudent operating proceedures from info that I heard today regarding the pressure readings taken before the blast happened...

Halliburton will likely escape any consequences when all is said and done...
It usually does...

engineering guidelines and environmental safeguards need to be revised and ENFORCED by having someone from an outside agency there to provide oversight on any drilling rig out there in public lands...and fines need to be immediate and expensive--so expensive that they do it right...if such a thing is possible at that depth where repairing a mistake risks so much...

I know that the damage is almost to severe for us to acknowledge--especially if the drift goes into any areas with living coral beds...because the dispersal agent being used on the slick is more toxic than the oil itself to the coral...
miles and miles of coral could be destroyed never to return..which would be an ecological disaster that NO AMOUNT of money could repair...
BP has "sown the wind and reaped the whirlwind" which is the Bible's way of saying it got too big for its britches...

but I just have to say...
that is one hell of a well...

If things had gone right--maybe it would not have made anywhere close to the rate it is releasing now--
in a situation like this I think the blast did something unique that just drilling a well and maybe fraking it would not have accomplished--but I am no geologist or engineer...
(and I don't know if they frak wells that deep)...

so to see it spewing all the oil/gas out into the ocean at that depth is just to marvel at man's capacity for endless ingenuity, rampant self-destruction, and heedless hubris...

as Pogo said--"We have met the enemy and he is us!"
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