May 1, 2010

BP's Oil Rigs -- Too Big to Fail?

Apparently Western Industrial Society learned absolutely NOTHING from the sinking of the Titanic. Catastrophic Failure WILL occur. Plan for it.

From Associated Press
BP's 52-page exploration plan for the Deepwater Horizon well, filed with the federal Minerals Management Service, says repeatedly that it was "unlikely that an accidental surface or subsurface oil spill would occur from the proposed activities."

And while the company conceded that a spill would impact beaches, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas, it argued that "due to the distance to shore (48 miles) and the response capabilities that would be implemented, no significant adverse impacts are expected."

Robert Wiygul, an Ocean Springs, Miss.-based environmental lawyer and board member for the Gulf Restoration Network, said he sees nothing in the document that suggests BP addressed the kind of technology needed to control a spill at that depth of water.

"The point is, if you're going to be drilling in 5,000 feet of water for oil, you should have the ability to control what you're doing," he said.

Although the cause of the explosion was under investigation, many of the more than two dozen lawsuits filed in the wake of the explosion claim it was caused when workers for oil services contractor Halliburton Inc. improperly capped the well — a process known as cementing. Halliburton denied it.

At least the Titanic had SOME lifeboats, even if they WERE only for show.

Oh, by the way, in case you were thinking that since we have a Democrat in the White House that everything is fine, Obama said on the 2nd of April that, "Oil Rigs don't cause spills."

What a difference a couple weeks make.

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