posted on Apr, 22 2010 @ 06:50 PM
I use to work in the O&G industry and knew some folks that worked for Transocean. Don't know if they still do. Also, know alot of oil field service
people, some working offshore La. and Texas. Hope none were on this rig.
I remember as a kid when I would walk the beach in Galveston, Texas, there were always balls of oil/tar everywhere.
The tar balls found up and down the Texas shoreline are not from drilling. They are caused by the natural seepage of the oil underlying the floor of
the ocean. They would be there whether or not drilling is going on offshore.
This could be industrial saboutage of some sort.
I suspect sabotage, it fits in with a "National Security" threat/event.
Oh baloney! Not everything is a conspiracy. Any drilling rig is dangerous under certain conditions. Sometimes no matter the safely apparatus in
place, things happen with little warning. Sometimes you get a few seconds warning. This rig had a blowout and when that happens anybody on the rig
floor, especially one close to the drill stem, is most likely killed.
From what I understand from the news reports, they were cementing casing.
The pressure beneath the casing was probably so extreme, the mud weight could not hold it back. Once it broke thru the cementing/casing and started
moving up the drill pipe to the drill floor, all it took was a spark to cause an explosion. The spark could have been caused by the same things that
cause a spark anywhere else. Someone smoking DID NOT cause the spark. Believe me, one DOES NOT smoke on the drill floor.
They most likely already have deep sea divers working to cap off the well, which could take just a few days or much longer. Hard to say since I
don't know what the conditions are at the ocean floor.
I was a drilling fluids engineer. Didn't work offshore, but drilling operations for onshore or offshore are basically the same. My first job was on
a blowout relief well. Seeing the huge crater in the ground from the blowout and knowing the same thing could happen on the relief well was scary as
hell. But, also very educational and interesting.
Some jobs are just dangerous. Police, firefighters, miners, electrical line workers, etc.