posted on Mar, 28 2012 @ 02:57 AM
Originally posted by JiggyPotamus
I blame capitalism. Get the most for the least amount of money. If it isn't profitable, don't do it, the consequences be damned. And last time I
checked, refitting a well with new piping equipment is not a profitable venture, even though stuff like this wouldn't happen had that action been
Actually when stuff like this happens it costs the corporations lots of money. Just having the rig be non-functioning(i.e., not producing anything)
costs hundreds of thousands of dollars an hour. That adds up quick. Explosions, spills, destruction of equipment, etc. can easily raise the cost
into the hundreds of millions.
Any truly greedy person would recognize this, and take steps to make it as unlikely as possible--greedy people want money more than anything else, and
hate to lose it.
I think its more likely that stuff like this happens despite
attempts to prevent it. The preventative steps that are taken are not to protect
the environment, but to protect their investment...and being greedy bastards, its a sure bet they go all out to protect their investment.
Stuff like this is either an unpredictable accident occurring despite all safeguards, or these people are not the selfish greedy bastards everyone
says they are. You can't have it both ways.