Originally posted by Rigel Kent
Originally posted by Astroved
reply to post by shauny
Nevermind that of the 50,000 offshore oil rigs
Where did you get that figure from?
I was under the impression that there are less than 1000 jack-ups and semi-subs. please post your source
As of June, 2010, there were over 620 mobile offshore drilling rigs (Jackups, semisubs, drillships, barges) available for service in the competitive
rig fleet. 
Source: Worldwide Offshore Rig Utilization
Hi Rigel Kent, good question. I should have said offshore oil wells drilled, NOT current oil rigs. I've been looking for confirmation of the 50,000
offshore wells and have found round-about confirmation that this figure is NOT crazy. See this link on UK offshore drilling (almost 11,000 offshore
And more on offshore drilling:
Underwater oil drilling has been going on since 1891 (Ohio), the first offshore rig in 1896 (California).
My point being that they have been offshore drilling for over a hundred years and nothing of this magnitude has happened before.
Why did ALL fail-safes fail on Deep Water Horizon?
The world's deepest platform is the Perdido in the Gulf (owned by Royal Dutch Shell) at 7,997 feet (2,438 meters) below sea level.
Obama has just promised Petrobras $2 Billion US taxpayers dollars to do their Ultra Deep Water drilling at 14,022 feet below sea level. Why?
The environmentalists have forced US oil companies to drill in riskier, deeper water, instead of drilling in shallower, safer waters or on land. This
did NOT need to happen.
I hate the oil companies too, they have killed & buried real alternatives to oil. But this is NOT the time to shut down 33 US rigs with a National
Academy of Engineering review that was falsified by Salazar.
Oh, and to answer your question more directly: this 50,000 offshore oil wells figure came from a man with a full-time research staff. However, I do
NOT belong to his service, so I cannot research his archives. The figure was announced on a recent June TV show: Glenn Beck.