posted on Jun, 17 2010 @ 03:35 AM
"Drill, baby, drill,"
After watching the horror of the gulf unfold it baffles me to think we may be heading into a realm of drilling uncertainty. It seems that while our
attention is diverted, drilling will continue on and this time it will be 1km deeper than the gulf. To make matters worse, it's a different company,
with different methods of disaster cleanup. How is this bad? You may ask. It's bad because the technology that's going back underwater is no
different than that of the gulf. If something were to happen they would be doing the same thing that BP is doing. There is no sure shot solution to
stopping a well at that depth and yet we continue to push boundaries with little regard to oceanic safety.
The other part that is worries me is the fact that Canada just sent a large amount of boom material down south. If something were to happen the powers
at be would be scrambling for solutions and boom. The govt assures us that more boom is available via private industry. According to them there's
lots of the stuff just sitting in inventory waiting for purchase. So why wasn't all this sent down to the gulf when it was needed? At any rate, we
are still learning how to plug leaking wells at 5000ft and yet we continue to green light projects. How can we be allowing this to continue if we
still do not have a solution to fixing underwater wells. None of the top kill, junk shot or top hats solutions have worked so if lightning strikes
twice, the east coast is going to be in for a hellish ride. Maybe we should we just get two oil spills going and then have a competition to see who
can plug theirs first? This is absurd.
Some scary quotes:
"We're not going to shut down or offshore (drilling) under these circumstances," said Kathy Dunderdale, the province's natural resources minister.
"We have a degree of security -- as much as one can rely on -- that the proper measures and countermeasures are in place."
SECURITY? HOW DOES THIS HELP PLUG A WELL?
"There are never any guarantees in this business. But we are pretty confident that Chevron has met the regulatory requirements of the board. And
they've got a state-of-the-art drill ship there."
Deeper Oil Rig Set To Begin