Tuesday, May 25, 2010

BPCares

8 comments:

Paul S said...

Wow. That's really funny.

Next the Yes Men will be entertaining us with another of their hilarious stunts.

The real issue though, is why the Obama administration hasn't done anything yet.

Tof KW said...

Right Paul, we all know that ultimately this is Obama's fault.

Paul S said...

It should be easy for the Obama administration to get things fixed up considering how much time they've had to formulate some kind of response.

Bush had days to get going on Katrina, Obama has had over a month. When is the administration going to unveil their plan? September?

Gene Rayburn said...

probably before Harper finishes his hockey book Paul.

sharonapple88 said...

It should be easy for the Obama administration to get things fixed up considering how much time they've had to formulate some kind of response.

The government may have the right to take over, but it doesn't have the technology to stop it. In fact no one may have the ability to end it. No has stopped a spill under 5000 ft of water before. (I'm no expert on this, but I this is the line that I see repeated in a lot of the reports.)

At this point, the issue may become whether there was enough regulation in place -- whether it was wise to drill without an acoustic remote-control switch (citing costs as a reason not to get one is a little dumb in retrospect). Was it inevitable?

Paul S said...

I don't think the acoustic remote control switch would have mattered sharonapple as it likely the BOP did activate but was damaged by the explosion.

Going forward, I imagine that the drilling of a relief well will become mandatory.

sharonapple88 said...

I don't think the acoustic remote control switch would have mattered sharonapple as it likely the BOP did activate but was damaged by the explosion.

Or was it?

There are reports that the BOP had leaks, a dead battery, and wasn't strong enough for its job. For the conspiracy buffs out there, the Blowout preventer used doesn't match the diagrams BP has of it.

From this article a lot of things went wrong, and the company may have been relying on the BOP to prevent any major accident. Sometimes when people try to fool-proof a situation, they just end up creating a bigger fool. All those fail-safe mechanisms were worth less than a bit of commonsense and caution.

Going forward, I imagine that the drilling of a relief well will become mandatory.

Probably.

sharonapple88 said...

Anyway, Paul you might be right that in this situation an acoustic remote control switch might not have done any good.

Depressing situation.